Alright, so originally i was going to do weekly meal plans, but then i thought:
everyone has their own likes and dislikes when it comes to food,
and seriously how annoying is it to have to keep having to edit the meal plans?!
so i came up with a better, simpler idea….. why not teach everyone my simple way to make Emerson’s meal plans, then you can switch it up as often as you like!
great idea, huh? (:
NOTE: these are things that work for me , and my family obviously use your own judgement if your child is ready/ not ready for certain foods just substitute, these are merely ideas as sometimes its hard to get creative for children’s meals!
So with all that said…. lets begin!
First thing i do is break out a piece of paper and a pen.
then i section it off into five groups
Grain Dairy Veggies Fruit protein
crackers shredded cheese cubed cucumber apple sauce scrambled eggs
rice yogurt cooked carrots cubed apples hardboiled egggs
pasta 3% milk cubed tomatoes banana chunks almond butter
Bread cheese strings cubed peppers cubed oranges peanut butter
Oatmeal cooked peas cubed melon chicken
Cherrios mashed patatos cubed peaches turkey
Baby Cereal cooked squash watermelon cubed ham
obviously there are tons more options, and you can continue your list with the foods your little one loves.
Then we proceed to step two.
Each Day should contain 4 meals of solid( or mashed ) foods
breakfast & snack should consist of 3 items of the above groups ( try to get a few different groups.
Lunch & supper should consist of all five groups , unless your baby is under 9 months ( in which it will not be having dairy but bottles instead.)
**Dairy is not recommended until 9 months , so swap for something different or just avoid**
finally add in your bottle schedules ( if you still have them ) into your schedule and ta-da! your finished!