Baby Led Solids: Research & Experiments

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Your Questions: Meal Frequency

Dear charisma,

My quick questions for today are: how many times a day was Buttercup eating at 7 months, and which meals of the day was she eating (breakfast, lunch and/or dinner)?

Since we're trying to set some sort of routine to get LO's naps and bedtime in order, I'm wondering if skipping dinner on one day, or having lunch and no dinner on other days is messing up his schedule? 

Also, I'm still not comfortable setting him up at friends' tables because of the mess. Any suggestions?

how many meals?

Dear how many meals,

Here is a quick answer for your quick question: we started off Buttercup with one meal a day (dinner). By 7 months I think we were usually doing two meals (lunch and dinner), but they were very casual. If it was too inconvenient we would skip a meal. Baby should still be getting 99% of calories from breastmilk at that point, so I really didn't worry about it. 

Also, if you're worried about mess at other people's houses, you could try putting a towel down on the floor and letting him eat down there. Then you can wrap up the mess and tuck it away in your bag. Voila! Sometimes we had living room "picnics" just because I was too lazy to do the highchair thing. Doesn't work so well once they become mobile, though...

Hope that helps!

1 comment:

  1. I just wanted to chime in... :)

    Our little guy is 8 1/2 months now, and he is doing really well with blw, but it didn't start that way... we tried at 6 months, he wasn't ready. We tried at 7 months, he wasn't ready. We tried at 7 1/2 months, score! He started with one meal a day (dinner) and eventually we added little snacks in the morning, and now, a little over a month later, he is eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner with us... well, at least attempting to, lol.

    As far as the mess, we found one of those booster seat high chairs at a thrift store, and just bring it along if we're doing dinner at someone else's house, and his mess stays contained since the trays on those things are huge.