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Feeding Baby | Managing Portions from 0-24 mos

It’s another foodie week–so why not talk about baby food!

I have added a “discussions” section over on the styleberry facebook page which is going to serve as a wonderful resource for any of you who have questions about topics that we chat about here on the blog. Find the current discussions HERE. This is the best place to go if you want to correspond with me, as emails & facebook messages are piling up & I just don’t have the computer time to sit & get to them promptly. PLUS–I have learned so much from like-minded mamas out there and you all are so kind & willing to offer tips, tricks & advice. This is a place for us all to share our knowledge.

Julie asked about portions on the baby food topic & it reminded me that I have a great resource to share with you. I had a really hard time figuring out if I was feeding my baby the right amount of food because there really are very few resources available for those of us that do not feed out of the jar. I met with a nutritionist to go over caroline’s diet & we nitpicked it…because I am crazy like that. She provided me with the following document, which is a great breakdown. You can download the PDF from the Oregon Dairy Council. Hope it is helpful! It is taped to the inside of my cabinet! :)

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I should add a few of things that I did that differed from this chart:

  1. We do not offer juice. at all. She gets milk or water.
  2. I offered new foods every 2-3 days. I always gave her the first taste in the morning just in case there was a reaction. (she had none)
  3. I gave her a fork long before a spoon. She had a blast poking her food & it is much easier to use than a spoon.
  4. I used one box of rice cereal & quickly switched to whole grain & never went back. Next time I will skip rice cereal & start with whole grain. For more on why to skip rice cereal, read about Dr. Greene’s White Out.
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  • Tori @ FIToriBLOG.com - It’s no wonder we’re friends :-) love this!ReplyCancel

  • Shannel - Thank you so much for sharing! I’m printing this and saving it for when baby food time arrives!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - Thank you so much for sharing this! I hope many Mommas get great use out of this.ReplyCancel

  • Anne - Thanks so much for sharing this!! Printing it now.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - This is awesome!! Thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - I was just wondering if ther eis another place online where I can read what you are blogging. I didnt notice b4 since I was only browsing but I have bookmarked your page to come back to read when I realized that I can only read half of your page. It looks as though the border is cutting off down the center or alittle to the left of your blog. Thank you so much for all of your information though! I have already planned to cloth diaper and to make our own baby food. This was just a wonderful place to find tips and extra information!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - wow, Never mind. I hit send on the comment and when it came back it was noraml and easy to read. Lol Hooray its fixed.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - What does it mean when it says “Add strained vegetables and fruits first, then add cooked vegetables or mashed and finely chopped fruits later?” What are “strained vegetables?” Thank you for this post, it’s very helpful!ReplyCancel

    • -shawna- - I have no idea! I think it’s a little weird. I started with pureed pears/apples + a little cinnamon & nutmeg!ReplyCancel

  • Tasha Guinn - Love, love, love your blog. Just discovered a week ago and I have read almost every post so I can’t even remember what brought me here! Probably Pinterest! My LO is 14 months and I was wondering what kind of lunch/snack ideas you have for feeding toddlers to get them interested?!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - Such a great post! My baby is 8 months old now and I always wondered if I was feeding him the right portions. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Angelina Yannuzzi - What kind of whole grain did you feed Everett? Was it something specifically for babies or just whole oats? Any info/pointers you can give me would be appreciated! (What was your ratio of breast milk/formula to oats?) My son is 16 weeks and I’d like to start introducing him to new things. Watched the WhiteOut video and want an alternative to rice cereal.

    Thank you :)ReplyCancel

    • -shawna- - just whole oats! I spun them in the blender to make them a finer consistency at first. I cannot store my milk (and honestly have only touched the pump twice since he was born) so I just used water & mixed to a consistency I was comfortable with. I added apple puree too, so it didn’t taste bland.ReplyCancel

  • Tessa - I am loving your blog. At first I only read the ‘making baby food’ post which I found through pinterest. I’ve since enjoyed the “when babywise fails” – it did for me, and now wondering about schedules and feeding for my 7-month old. It’s a great resource! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Carissa - Thanks for sharing this chart I found it on Pinterest and I used it for a blog post today but I linked it back to your site!ReplyCancel

  • Tarayn - I have a 10 month old that is eating me out of the house! I’ve been looking for reccomendations on how much she should be eating! She is breastfeeding still and nurses 3-4x a day if I can get her to do more I will! Did you ever think your little ones ate too much? I feel like the amounts in this link are huge portions but I guess I have a big eater bc this is very close to what she eats! Haha! Could you give some ideas of what you offered your 10-12mo for bfast/lunch? I’m doing a lot of turkey/cheese/bread for lunch and need ideas! Bfast is normally cereal/bananas/yogurt or egg yolk/bananas–I try mostly finger foods but that gets hard with yogurts and cereals too!ReplyCancel

  • Bianca - Thank you thank you thank you THANK YOU for posting this chart! My little guy is now 17 months old and while he has a fairly good appetite, he is also a typical toddler – loves something one day, uninterested in food the next, and frequently picky about what he will eat. He is also intolerant of dairy, which makes it more of a challenge to ensure he is well nourished. I stress about his eating all the time, and have never been sure how much to feed him. This chart is incredibly helpful, and your posts in general are very inspiring. Thank you so much for putting such great information out into the world! You’re awesome, and I am so grateful to have found your site today.ReplyCancel

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