My little mans 7 months old and im starting to get him on 3 meals a day. He's quite a fussy eater, even with his jars, and ive never tried him on "normal food" if you like, stuff like toast, bread etc.
I need some meal ideas for breakfast lunch and dinner. Normally he has things like
Breakfast - apple and oat cereal with a banana finger biscuit (he doesnt eat it just plays with it)
Lunch - A jar of banana porridge or banana suprise
Dinner - a jar again of something he'll actually eat
I really want to vary his meals but have no idea where to start
Weaning at his age is so much easier now as all bar a few things like honey he can everything just make sure it's low salt, 1g a day is the suggested maximum. I'd intoduce him to more flavours and textures now while they're keen to try things, if he always has samey things then when he's older he might reject trying new things?
Breakfast he can have normal porridge or weetabix with cows milk, if he prefers it sweetened add a little fruit. Lunch I just give me lo similar stuff to what I have so he'll have a sandwich, bagel, omelette, pitta bread etc all as finger food with cheese, cucumber, tomato and then a Fromage frais. Its amazing how well they can chew and swallow at this age and they rarely gag but even that is just bringing it forward in their mouth it's not like choking.
Snacks mine has breadsticks, crackers, fruit, dried fruit..
Then dinner is what we have but I don't do blw I like to know he's getting a full meal so I whizz it up in the blender and spoon feed him it but he has fish pie, curries, garlic chicken, spaghetti bolognase, pretty much anything we have.. Then dessert is usually a small treat jar if he's had plenty of healthy in the day.
Basically it reflects our diet cos as he grows up he will follow us what we eat, and it fits in with us saving a fortune on jars and powder cereals. That's just my lo and our outlook on it but hope that helps ideas to try new things
breakfast- either weetabix/ready brek made with full fat milk with fruit added or as finger food after
Lunch - marmite/dairylea/houmous on toast, or finger foods like cheddar, tomato (which she loves!) oatcakes, breadsticks dipped in something, with fruit or a yoghurt (usually only partially eaten so the rest i either eat or i save it for after dinner)
Dinner - Fish(she loves fish, especially salmon. I bought a fillet and chopped it up, froze it in individual bags, so when i want to cook it i already have a portion ready) chicken and i either give as finger food with veg on the side or i mash everything (veg, potato, meat/fish) I bought some silicone ice cube trays that i cooked, mashed and froze veg in and put in labelled bags - so easy and quick if all else fails and you have nothing else! Bolognaise or cheesy pasta, any leftovers from our dinner the night before!
If you eat well and sit down with him to eat and he can see you eat the same things, maybe he will be encouraged to do the same? I try not to put any pressure on her to eat, even if inside my head i am screaming because of the mess she is making, or its all going on the floor! I let her play with her food as well as taste and eat it and it seems to be doing the trick so far. Its getting better and better and it only makes it to the floor now if she has simply had enough or by accident. She doesnt eat a massive amount, but every day is an improvement on the last. Its a hard job being a Mum, we think we are finally figuring things out then BOOM it all gets so much more complicated again I hope this helps a bit and i havent waffled too much
My Lo mainly eats what we eat, with the exception of baby porridge at breakfast.
Breakfast is porridge, toast/pancake and some fruit
lunch is beans/pasta/melted cheese on toast/fruit with bay rice or yogurt
Dinner is a mashed or chopped version of what we eat - chicken casserole/lasagne/spag bolg/cottage pie/fish pie
He takes a good variety of finger foods too. We did TW and started with individual purees so that he got used to separate tastes.
Annabel Karmel's book is really good for starting off, it has a lovely section on weaning and the recpies are fab
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