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Old 10-10-2009, 11:13 PM
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What do you feed your baby/toddler?

My son is now almost 18 months. I pretty much followed all the book recommendations about feeding.

When he was about 12 months he started eating table food, he ate whatever we ate. We eat pretty healthy. Whole wheat breads, organic eggs, whole milk, lots of fruits and veggies, etc....

I was curious to know what all the other AF mothers do? Any tips for quick and healthy meals when you are on the go and schedules get hectic? Old standbys???

Just a few recommendations from my friends are: frozen peas, tofu cut into small squares, soy hot dogs, low sodium vegetable soups (mainly use the veggies). Most of these are suggestions for quick meals and food on the go.

I think it would be nice to hear some others, sometimes I feel like I feed him the same stuff over and over.
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Old 10-11-2009, 08:06 AM
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I start my kids on solids at one year, so I basically skip all the introduction foods (they go straight from breastfeeding to solids...still breastfeeding too). Anyway, so far all six of my kids love pasta. LOVE it. Of course they eat their oatmeal, veggies and fruits too.

They all like rice with veggies in it as well, but that gets way more messy than pasta, etc.
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Old 10-11-2009, 09:10 AM
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My kids are going to be 6 and 4 and they will still eat the same things over and over and not get tired of it sometimes

I gave my kids a variety of maltomeal, oatmeal, and chocolate maltomeal for breakfast usually. Then they loved pretty much any kid food, mac and cheese, hotdogs, my oldest loved canned carrots...lots of finger food. I always stressed that they weren't eating enough or eating the same things over and over, but I read in a Parenting magazine that as long as they get their basics you shouldn't worry. They had a kid's weekly diet in there and the girl ate chicken nuggets and french fries like 4 or 5 times that week, but got her milk in and the nutrition person said she was fine, and I know my kids eat better than that and from what you described your child eats WAY better than that, so you are doing great!

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Old 10-11-2009, 04:35 PM
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I am doing great, thanks for asking!!! I am really wierd about feeding him a protein, veggie and starch at meal times. I feel like if I do that then I am balancing him out. Then a popsicle, pudding or jello for dessert.

Some Moms I know will do quick and easy but try to be healthly. We don't eat fast food so he really doesn't know french fries............... yet.

I was just looking for some suggestions. A friend of mine does always keep pasta on hand and then cuts up a slice of american cheese and then stir. Makes a healthier version of mac and cheese?? She mainly does this quick meal if her and hubby are having something like pizza which her little one can't quite eat yet.

Thanks for your suggestions!!!
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Old 10-11-2009, 04:45 PM
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My go-to if I don't have anything quick and easy for lunch(if I don't want to feed her leftovers) is scrambled eggs. She'll almost always eat that. But I usually just heat up extra leftovers for myself and then feed her from my plate. She pretty much eats everything we eat now. Even tacos, since there's usually at least one broken shell in the box, I'll take half of a shell and just put some meat on and melt the cheese and give it to her. She has fun, even though it makes a giant mess for Mommy to clean up Well, that's probably WHY it's fun for her
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How do you ladies get your toddlers to eat chunkier textures? My daughter just turned one - she's got 4 teeth with 2 more coming in - and she pretty much refuses any food that isn't pureed with the exception of breads and bananas! I also can't get her to eat meat. She refuses chicken (I tried stirring in a pureed cube of it into some sweet potato but she clamped her mouth shut after 3 bites - and this happened repeatedly over the course of a few days) and gags over fish. I don't know what to do.
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:52 AM
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Have you tried the stage 3 foods even though she is already eating table foods? It has bigger but soft chunks of food. Some of them have meat in them though.

Sorry, I can't help out about her not wanting to eat meat. My son ate everything!!!! Maybe some of the other moms can help you out with this one.

There are some really good suggestions so far. Thanks you guys!!!
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Old 10-14-2009, 09:05 AM
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Thank god Mia is finally eating again. My little muffin is an EATER! This morning she ate an entire whole grain waffle, 3/4 of a banana, some grapes, and drank a bunch of water. I am amazed by how much this little girl can eat and she is still only in the 10-25% for height and weight. She has the metabolism I used to have!
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