Solids + Schedules


No need for a spoon when you have these little fingers for scooping!

It’s been awhile since I’ve written about our changes in our daily schedule, which includes updates on solids, breastfeeding + the bottle. I feel like I’ve spent endless hours googling sample schedules at each new phase of Ellery’s development.

It’s hard as a new Mom (and new Dad) to know how much your baby should be eating, how often and what types of foods. It can be overwhelming and confusing. Every book, website, etc…has a different suggestion.

So, here is how we’ve been doing things and the changes we’ve made since first introducing solids. I truly feel like we are in a great rhythm AND have a great little eater on our hands due to making a few small adjustments to our daily routine. I highly recommend talking to your Pediatrician before making any sudden changes or adjustments as every baby is different but I do know it sometimes helps to see what other people are doing to get an idea of how to “create your day”.

At about 8 months old, this is what Ellery’s daily schedule looks like:

6:30 am: Upon waking, she nurses in bed with me.

Then we get up and I make her breakfast (solids) followed by a bottle (for a breastfeeding Mom, this feeding might not be necessary).

8:30/9 am: Nap

10:30 am: Mid morning feeding of a bottle (or breastfeeding). around 10:30.

12:30/1 pm: Lunch (solids first) followed by bottle/breastfeeding after.

2:30/3 pm: Afternoon nap

4:30/5 pm: Dinner (solids first) followed by bottle/breastfeeding.

7/7:30 pm: Evening liquid feed and down for the night.

*There is anoccasionalnapmiddayif needed at this point still*

The biggest change from when we first introduced solids at 5ish months was adding lunch to our solidsscheduleand giving the solids before the bottle (again, I am supplementing with formula so when I say bottle, this translates to breastfeeding for those Moms EBF). Our doctor also recommended us feeding her everything (besides raw honey and things with lots of salt). She explained to us that Ellery can be eating everything that we are eating, pureed or cooked until tender and chopped up small. I had been following the 3/4 day rule with introducing new foods so strictly that we’d barely made it past veggie and fruit purees! This was an exciting revelation! She urged us to try some olive oil in her foods, pureed pastas, veggies, etc…

Ellery really just in the past several week has understood her ability to pick up food and feed herself. I can tell it makes her more excited to eat when she can feed herself. I have been trying to feed her more foods that I know she will be able to pick up and eat but won’t give me a heart attack about choking. Even the above quinoa dish, she was able to pick up big chunks in the bowl and feed herself. I use the spoon to give her a few bites in between just to make sure she doesn’t get frustrated.

At 8.5 months, here is a list of some example meals we have:

-scrambled egg
-goat milk yogurt with a homemade fresh fruit puree on top (Ellery loves blueberries, so those are usually in the mix)

-If we didn’t have egg at breakfast, I usually have a hard-boiled egg yolk on hand (leftover from my hard-boiled eggs at breakfast)
-Hummus (she loves the egg yolk on top of the hummus)
-Sometimes avocado/banana smash
-Some sort of veggie/fruit puree I’ve made that week.

-Pastina type pasta (little tiny stars or more recently I found this pasta made by Eden Organic) with tomato sauce (I love Raos but any kind will work or even homemade)
-Sweet potato puree with quinoa with some crumbled goat cheese on top
-Fish (local Flounder, Wild Alaskan Salmon) with some sort of grain and veggie puree

I have also begun to offer her a cup (either sippy or a small plastic cup) filled with milk (formula or breast milk) so that she gets used to using a cup and drinking with her meal. I can tell she likes having something to drink with her food (don’t we all?!) We are loving the lollacup at the moment for a sippy cup.

Again, these are just some examples and I try to find some variety within our week but when I find something she loves I do keep it around 🙂

Lemons anyone?

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