Teddy, (now 7 months old!), has taken to solids just as well as Cormac did. He loves them, AND he loves sitting in his high chair giggling at Cormac as they eat. Cormac has always been a pretty good eater, but he’s definitely gotten a bit more of that cliche toddler pickiness in the past year. I’m definitely always looking for ways to subtly up his veggie intake. And as for Teddy, I’m just loving this fun stage of introducing his to new flavor and textures.
So what have they been eating? Breakfast is by far Cormac’s biggest meal. He inhales a banana within 2 minutes of leaving his bedroom. Literally every single morning. Then Brent usually makes him two fried eggs, maybe with some toast, or some avocado slices.
Sometimes we do steel cut oats, and we’ll put a little bit of grape jelly in Cormac’s. Truthfully when Brent isn’t around to make us all breakfast, I usually just give C some plain Greek yogurt and more fruit while I guzzle coffee and try to stay awake.
That’s a look of pure joy, is it not? Another super quick, easy way to get some veggies in him for breakfast or lunch is a green smoothie, usually banana, milk, frozen mango and two big handfuls of baby kale and/or spinach. Cormac calls it “yummy green juice,” and will seriously chug two bottles full. (See above)
And obviously when we have more time, he loves making and eating pancakes with me on the weekends.
Teddy eats mostly just finger foods now. So for breakfast I usually give him some banana slices or avocado slices. I coat them in oat cereal or crushed puffs to make them less slippery for his not so coordinated fingers. He also loves a mum mum dipped in some mashed avocado, clearly.
Recently, I also made a big batch of these super easy, four ingredient pumpkin pancakes. Who knew eggs, banana and pumpkin could make a pancake? Pinterest did, obviously.
These are cute, tiny 2″ pancakes that I froze, and now just heat up a couple at a time for Teddy’s breakfast or lunch. He loves them. I’m thinking I’ll make a batch of muffins with some shredded veggies baked in for both of the boys to nibble on throughout the week.
Lunch is always more scattered for me. I admit I’m awful about eating it myself most days. Cormac’s usual is pita and hummus. Kid cannot get enough pita and hummus.
If not pita and hummus, maybe a cheese quesadilla or a peanut butter and jelly. Lunch is usually rounded out with a veggie (roasted sweet potato fries, roasted beets, avocado, green smoothie are his usuals) and fruit (clementines, grapes, apple slices, raisins).
Dinner is always Cormac’s lightest meal (unless it’s pizza, in which case he chows down big time). Dinner is pretty much the same for everyone in the house, but we just don’t expect Cormac to eat much. The biggest symptom of food pickiness Cormac has these days is that he doesn’t like his food all mixed up. So he’ll eat pasta with sauce, but will eat around the veggies in it. Usually he’ll eat a couple bites of whatever protein we’re eating and maybe a few bites of veg, and usually plenty of whatever carb we might be eating. He loves rice and bread, and especially pizza.
Salmon is probably his favorite protein choice. Other favorites are sushi (egg tamago), quesadillas, mashed potatoes, and chicken tenders (dipped in ketchup). I find I can usually encourage him to eat a bit more if there’s some kind of dip involved.
Teddy will nibble on anything we’re eating that’s soft enough for him. A little bit of pasta or some pizza crust, sweet potato fries, avocado.
I know some people have concerns about choking or other concerns with baby led weaning, but it’s a good fit for our family and I like having everyone in the family eat the same thing.
Overall, I try to encourage both the boys to try nearly everything and try not to limit them to “baby food” or “kids menu” items. Sometimes it’s a struggle but I try very hard not to focus on how much they eat (though it can be so hard not to encourage Cormac to eat “a couple more bites” when he’s not into a meal). I just focus on giving them a variety day to day and I just explain to Cormac “Well, this is what we’re having for dinner. I’m sorry if you don’t like it.” It works a majority of the time, but there are definitely occasional meltdowns. I just feel fortunate for the most part that they’re both pretty good eaters and I’m loving getting Cormac more involved in the kitchen with me!
If anyone has any brilliant or creative veggie ideas for a crazy three year old, I’d be more than happy to hear them!