A Day in the Life: Waylen

Now that I’ve blogged Waylen’s favorite foods, I’m still getting questions about how often and how much he eats so today I’m going to walk you through a day in the life of Waylen! 

Here’s what his typical day looks like: 

  • 6:15 Wake up
  • 6:15-6:30 Nurse 
  • 630-8:00 Dad and baby play time 
  • 8:00-8:15 Breakfast
  • 8:15-9:00 Play
  • 9:00-9:15 Nurse 
  • 9:15-11:00 Nap 
  • 11:00-11:40 Lunch
  • 11:40- 2:00 Play
  • 2:00-2:10 Nurse
  • 2:10-4:00 Nap #2
  • 4:00-4:30 Dinner 
  • 4:30-6:30 Play 
  • 6:30 Nurse & Bedtime Routine 
  • 7 Bedtime

Now below I’ve laid out some sample meals Waylen will eat. These are just estimates of about what he eats at each meal. Remember he’s a PIG so he eats a lot. I allow him to eat as much or as little food he wants so sometimes mealtime lasts an hour and sometimes it’s done in 15 minutes.

Breakfast Option 1: 

  • One entire Protein Waffle 
  • 2 slices of Avocado 

Breakfast Option 2: 

  • Healthy Blueberry Muffin 
  • Full fat Yogurt 
  • 3 Pear slices 

Breakfast Option 3:

  • 2 egg Veggie Omlette 
  • Avocado Slices 

Lunch Option 1: 

  • 1/3 cup left over grilled Mahi Mahi 
  • 5 Roasted Veggie Sticks

Lunch Option 2:

  • 1 Shrimp Pattie 
  • 5 Sweet Potato Sticks

Lunch Option 3:

  • 2 Mini Egg Muffins 
  • 1 “Not Horrible” Pumpkin Muffin 
  • 2 Squash Sticks

Dinner Option 1: 

  • 2 Chicken Meatballs
  • 1 Coconut nom nom 
  • 5 sweet potato sticks 
  • 2 zuchinni sticks 

Dinner Option 2: 

  •  Banza Pasta 
  •  1 Meatball 
  • 3 Steamed broccoli sticks 

Dinner Option 3: 

  • Blackbean Patty
  • 2 Avocado Slices
  • 3 Apple Slices

Remember you can find most of these recipes here on my past blog post! I also just made these Shrimp Patties for Waylen this past week and they were a hit! The only thing I did differently is swop out the mayo for Greek yogurt and skip the salt altogether. 

Hopefully this answers all your questions but if not feel free to message me! Baby Led Weaning has been such a fun and amazing journey for us and I’m SO glad we decided to go this route. He feeds himself and eats seriously everything even though he still has no teeth ha. 

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BLW: Recipes 

Alright I’ve been getting a bunch of messages asking what I feed Waylen so I’ve decided to step you through some of our go to dishes. Now Waylen seriously eats everything I offer him — he’s a pig– but these are his absolute favorites! 

Protein Waffles: 

  • 1 ripe banana 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 t baking soda (optional) 
  • 2 heaping T nut butter 

While your waffle iron heats up, mash 1 banana then mix in 2 eggs, 1/8 t baking soda, and about two heaping spoonfuls of nut butter. We alternate between peanut and almond butter!

Coconut Nom Noms: 

  • 2 T full fat Greek yogurt 
  • 1/2 c quick Oats 
  • Hand full of chopped Strawberries (or any berry) 
  • 1 T Flaxseed 
  • 2 T Unsweetened coconut flakes for coating

These are the best! You literally just throw whatever you want in a bowl! Ha we change up the berries regularly and sometimes sub chai seeds for flaxseed or just throw in both! Mix everything together, roll into balls, and then toss in the coconut flakes. Keep them in the refrigerator overnight to let them set. 

Chicken Meatballs: 

  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove 
  • 1/2 T Basil
  • 1/2 T Black pepper 
  • 3/4 C Milked Soaked breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg 
  • 1/3 C shredded Italian blend cheese 
  • 1lb ground chicken 

Sooo the first time I made these I just winged it, no recipe or anything so the amounts are just estimates of what I used, and Chappy loved them. Yes, I did say Chappy, and no I didn’t actually make them for him. Ha The best part about this was that I had used breast milk to soak the breadcrumbs and Chappy knew that before he ate them 🤣(Waylen loved them too btw.) Soak the breadcrumbs, mix everything in a bowl, roll into balls, (tip: wet your hands with water to prevent sticking) bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. 

Sweet Potatoes: 

  • Cinnamon 
  • Olive oil 
  • Sweet potato 

These are super easy!! All I do is peel, slice into strips (about the size of my pinky,) drizzle with olive oil, toss, then sprinkle with cinnamon. I cook them at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. 

Pasta

  • Banza chickpea penne 
  • 1 can of no salt diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 c shallot 
  • 1 garlic clove 
  • 1 t black pepper 
  • 1 t dried basil 

Banza is a great, healthier alternative to pasta for your little babes so try it out if you haven’t! For the sauce I sauté the shallot and garlic in about a tablespoon of olive oil until the shallot is translucent and the garlic is fragrant. Add the tomatoes and can juice, pepper, and basil. Simmer about 5 minutes until thickened and then toss in pasta!

Blueberry Muffins: 

I used THIS is the recipe for Waylen’s blueberry muffins and they came out great. 

Black Bean Burgers: 

We use THIS recipe for southwestern style black bean burgers! These are packed full of flavor and great for the entire family! It’s also a great way to expose your babe to fun and yummy spices! 

 

Besides those foods Waylen also will eat tons of roasted veggies. I just cut them into finger size strips, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with pepper, and bake at 400 for 15 minutes. And eggs, I cannot forget eggs! He will eat a veggie omelette almost every morning! I will prep a bunch of veggies on Sunday so they’re diced and ready to use throughout the week. Our favorites are mushrooms and onions, green peppers and onions, spinach and tomatoes, or broccoli and cheese, but we seriously add whatever we have laying around! 

Waylen has become a pro at eating these days. He will scarf down anything I’m willing to give him. Although when we started Baby Led Weaning we focused mainly on veggies, now Waylen will eat whatever meal we are having. It makes feeding him so fun and easy! Now I must admit sometimes, (okay- a lot of times,) I’ll make Waylen healthy protein waffles and then make myself floury, sugar filled waffles ha. I should probably eat healthier too but… oh well!

What are your favorite recipes to feed your little babes? I would love to try out some new ones out on Waylen! 

Baby Led Weaning: 3 Months In 

The difference between how Waylen ate at 6 months versus now is seriously insane! I was amazed at how coordinated he was then but now it’s an entirely different story. He now uses his pincher grapse, he’s SO good at chewing everything, he rarely misses his mouth, and has even started opening his hand to get food out. I used to only know he actually got any food because it would speckle his poop (seriously ha) but now he bites off huge chunks, and chews them right up! 

Here’s a list of the foods we’ve tried so far: 

  1. Broccoli 
  2. Sweet potato 
  3. Avocado 
  4. Zucchini 
  5. Carrots 
  6. Greek Yogurt 
  7. Eggs 
  8. Squash 
  9. Spinach 
  10. Hummus 
  11. Mahi Mahi 
  12. Raspberries
  13. Watermelon 
  14. Banana 
  15. Cauliflower
  16. Peanut butter
  17. Mango
  18. Pears 
  19. Cheese (feta, goat, Cheddar, motzerella, provolone)
  20. Tomatoes 
  21. Apples 
  22. Shallot
  23. Ground beef
  24. Pasta 
  25. Bell pepper
  26. Onion
  27. Turkey
  28. Strawberries
  29. Pumpkin 
  30. Coconut 
  31. Oats 
  32. Flaxseed
  33. Kale
  34. White bean 
  35. Pineapple 
  36. Almond butter 
  37. Orange 

We are now at the stage where I will offer him some of my meal when we are out to eat. He LOVED everything from the Greek Festival in San Diego. Spanakopita, pastitsio, he scarfed it all down. Clearly he’s a Greek baby! He also regularly eats veggie noodles with homemade sauce, egg muffins, meatballs, snowballs, and protein waffles. We still make his food semi separately from ours because we don’t add any salt to his. ( I’m horrible and add WAY too much salt to mine.) No salt doesn’t mean no seasoning for Waylen’s food though. We roast all his veggies in olive oil and black pepper, season his pasta sauces and hummus with garlic and herbs, and sprinkle cinnamon on his roasted sweet potato fries. 

His favorite foods these days are squash (still,) PB banana waffles, egg muffins and sweet potatoes with cinnamon! He will seriously down and entire waffle and two mini egg muffins every morning for breakfast. It’s impressive!

Waylen is still my good little piggy and has yet to come across a food he doesn’t enjoy so let’s hope that continues forever! He eats everything up as soon as I can make it! I would love to hear what you’re feeding your little babes so send me all your BLW recipes! 

Baby Led Weaning: 1 Month

We are knee deep in Baby Led Weaning and are seriously having so much fun! It was a little nerve racking at first but Waylen has proven to me again and again that he is totally ready for all these finger foods we’re giving him. He chomps and chomps away and rarely ever gags on anything. Some of the early days I wondered if he was getting anything but let me tell you, the poop don’t lie. Ha. 

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So far we’ve introduced broccoli, sweet potato, avocado, zucchini, Greek yogurt, eggs, squash, carrots, watermelon, and mango.

Waylen’s favorites by far are Greek yogurt, mango and broccoli. He will do some serious chowing down on all of those and onlyyy ends up covered from head to toe in Greek yogurt. No big deal ha. I love giving him Greek yogurt too though because 1) he gets to practice with his spoon (which he’s surprising good at!) and 2) I can mix a bunch of different stuff into it. One of our favorites? Avocado! Seriously those little buggers are slippery so mixing it in with his Greek yogurt makes it a lot easier for him to eat! Also since introducing him to his spoon he seems to chew other veggies more. Maybe because he loves gnawing on the spoon? I’m not sure, but whatever it was he now has started to chew his veggie sticks better! (Which is really helpful since he still is toothless!) 

We still are introducing foods fairly slow so he’s not quiet at taco night and spaghetti Wednesdays yet but we are slowly working our way towards that. 

Here’s a few examples of what meal time looks like at our house: 

Breakfast:

  • Over Medium Egg and avocado Toast for me| scrambled eggs and avocado for Waylen
  • Greek Yogurt and fruit for me | same for Waylen!

Lunch: 

  • Roasted veggies, Chicken, and Rice for me | Roasted veggies for Waylen

Snacks for Waylen: 

  • Sweet potato pops (roasted sweet potatoes and breast milk blended then frozen)
  • Greek Yogurt pops: seriously I put pretty much everything in these. Greek yogurt, breast milk, zuchinni, sweet potato | Greek yogurt and fruit | Greek yogurt and avocado or seriously anythinggg you have 

Now I must admit, I don’t always eat what Waylen is eating. Sometimes I eat fast food and pizza and junk while I watch my cute little ham chowing down on some serious veggies. Trust me though, it really isn’t hard to roast or steam up some veggies even if I’m not eating them. It is SO worth it and a lot easier than making mushy baby food! 

Baby Led Weaning does get messy so I highly recommend getting this high chair from Ikea because you can literally just hose it down afterwards. Plus you’ll need to invest in some quality bibs. This one from Ikea is my jam and I also love these ones from Babpron. 

We’re still just beginners at this but if anyone has questions feel free to comment below!

Baby Led Weaning: Week 1

We are officially one week into Baby Led Weaning and let me tell you it has been so much fun (and messy!) We still started out slow with our introduction of different foods so this is what our first week looked like: 

  • Days 1-3: broccoli 
  • Days 3-6: broccoli and sweet potato
  • Day 7: sweet potato, broccoli, avocado 

To prepare the food for Waylen’s little hands and toothless mouth we steamed the broccoli, roasted slices of sweet potato in olive oil, and sliced the avocado with a little skin left so it would be easier to grasp. Overall the experience has been great! Right now he definitely gets more food on his hands, face, highchair, floor, hair, mom… (etc. ha) then he actually swallows but he’s learning and seems to love chewing on all the different textures! His facial expressions are UNREAL and are seriously hilarious to watch. 



Now I’m not going to lie, BLW is not for everyone! Your baby is going to gag/cough at some point. The first time is a little scary but both you and your baby will get through it and quickly learn what is manageable. Waylen gagged a little the first day and has barely gagged since but he is still learning how big of bites to take. He usually is fine but every once and a while he’ll chomp off a mouth full and will give me this look of confusion and disgust ha. Something along the lines of “what the hell is this mom?!?.” Then he’ll just spit out what he doesn’t want and keep going. 

His favorite thing so far is gnawing on a broccoli stem. I swear no matter what why I lay the broccoli he loves to pick it up by the head and chew away on the stem. Not exactly what I had in mind but oh well! 


Next up on the menu is zucchini, carrots, mushrooms, eggs… and like 100 more things ha so I’ll keep you posted on how it goes!