Planning Meals With Baby
A big challenge with our family was once our little girl started eating the same solid foods as we did. She was also used to having supper around 5:30. Both my husband and myself work, so getting home and supper ready can be challenging. Sometimes you don't always have time to cook a nice meal for your baby. I know when my husband has to work late and I don't get home until 5:30 she wants to eat right away, so cooking a nice meal is out of the question. Solution! Have backups ready.
When you do have a chance, make a large batch of chicken or beef vegetable soup. Then separate it out into baby size jars and freeze. That way when you know supper is going to have to be something quick, you take one out the night before and place in the refrigerator so when you get home you just have to warm it up. Your baby will still get a good meal without the wait.
The other problem is that when your little one starts eating the same foods as you do, some foods they just can't eat right away. Especially meats. We started planning our meals according. We now make more pastas and potatoes. For vegetables, we stuck to beans, peas and carrots. Avoiding corn until she had some more teeth. Rice mixtures also work good once the baby has learned more about chewing.
Before the baby, we ate quite a bit of fast food. Now, all of us are benefiting from skipping McDonalds when it comes to a quick meal. If you are having a McDonalds moment, grab a cup of their soup for the little one. Even if mom and dad want to splurge a little big, baby can still have healthy vegetables and noodles.
Please share your workarounds for quick meals and challenges you faced when your baby started eating the same foods.
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