I always worried he wasn't eating enough especially since he was waking 3-4 times a night to nurse or have a bottle. The doctor always said, bless your heart and would pat my hand as if I was a saint ;) Heck, if my sweet C is hungry, he can eat!
These days, at 13 months, Cullen is only waking 1-2 times a night. Usually only once, he whimpers and whines until I give him a bottle but he never opens his eyes and he drinks the bottle in 2 minutes and he is right back out. I don't mind that one bit. He has never slept the night, ever. If I had to actually leave the house at 6:30 every morning, I might mind but since I am blessed and so thankful that I'm a stay at home mom, I really do not mind waking 1-2 times a night to make bottles and make sure our baby is getting everything he needs.
Now that Cullen is eating solid foods and drinking whole milk I still worry if he is eating enough. We have gone through texture issues and Cullen very rarely lets me feed him anything off of a spoon so we just have to hope that he is shoveling in enough himself. He has around 16-20 ounces of whole milk a day and water from a sippy cup. I give him whole milk in bottles mixed with Earth's Best fruit smoothies because then I know he is at least getting a serving of fruit. I also mix in the veggie pouches sometimes. He eats breakfast at 7, a snack around 9, lunch around 11:30, a snack between 2-3 and then dinner around 5:30. All depending when he naps and how long. Most days Cullen still takes 2 naps.
Cullen's favorite foods right now are chicken nuggets, hot dogs, chicken breasts, goldfish (in any flavor), earth's best smiley cookies, earth's best banana rings, blueberries, earth's best blueberry hearts, string cheese, cheese slices, peanut butter cheerios, cut up quesadilla, grilled cheese, mixed veggies (his fave are peas) and diced potatoes. Did I mention Cullen is a snacker? He's like his Dad and I, we snack and don't tend to eat big meals. We rarely ever even cook dinner, although we always have healthy food on hand from fresh fruit and veggies to baked chicken breasts.
Cullen has a little table and I leave little snacks on it because he is a snacker and doesn't eat a ton of food when he is sitting in his high chair, he seems to get restless and bored and he starts to whine. I always keep him in his high chair during each meal for a while and then I transfer some of his meal to his play table and he can go grab bites as he plays. Might not be the best habit to start but I still know exactly what he is eating and it's not like he's eating a lot.
I leave all of these snacks on his table all the time....
& goldfish and snax rice cakes.
This pertains to babies 12-15 months although on the Earth's Best site there is info on every age before 12 months. Click HERE for the info.
Here is the info I read on babies Cullen's age, 12-15 months:
Happy Birthday, Baby! (12 to 15 months) - THIS IS REFERRING TO A GIRL (I just left it as is since it's written that way on the Earth's Best site)
Offer a wide variety of wholesome foods in a supportive, non-pressured setting and according to a regular, predictable schedule.
Present new foods at least twice a week.
Offer new foods along with old favorites.
Serve small, toddler-sized portions to not overwhelm your child.
Foods should be easy to chew and be bite-sized.
Provide snacks that are fun and interactive for your child, like Earth's Best OrganicTM Pop Snax.
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Cullen really likes the sweet potato cinnamon! I break them in half for him and he chows!
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Hope you all had a great weekend!!
I know this is a long post but I hope you all find it at least a tiny bit informational :) I'm always looking for tips, tricks and Mom advice for getting C to try more foods!