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Rose Fox ([personal profile] rosefox) wrote2016-05-28 01:10 am

"Feed the hungerbeast"

Now that we're starting Kit on solid foods, I'm trying to figure out when to give them food, and how to include them in mealtimes. I don't think they've ever really seen us eat! J and X leave work at 6 and have ~45-minute commutes, so usually J cooks while X and I put the baby to bed, and then the adults have dinner around 8 after Kit's asleep. And mornings are such a rush; I'm not awake then, but I think J and X usually grab a quick breakfast during Kit's morning nap. So I think for now, solid food will have to happen on the baby's schedule, and I guess once they're old enough to stay up until 9, they can have dinner with us at 8. (I was always a night owl and perfectly comfortable eating on an adult schedule, so the whole "kids have early dinner" thing totally baffles me.)

Parent-type friends, what do/did your young kids' mealtime schedules look like? How did you manage this transition?

[identity profile] 2016-05-29 05:14 am (UTC)(link)
We started solids a trifle later, six months, in part figuring it would minimize the boring spooning-goo-into-mouths period. The twins took to solids quite quickly and went from barley cereal (rice proved too constipating for them) to mashed-up veg and fruit and such pretty quickly. The youngest considered solids a parlor game for quite a while, and only started really tucking in at about ten months. The advice about allergies and so forth has changed completely since my kids were little, so I won't go into that. At first solids are a lot of mess for very little intake, so typically people do just one meal a day at first and work up. (I don't think we bothered doing baby feeding at the same time as grown-up meals until the babies were old enough to sit up in a high chair. But we did generally have the babies with us at mealtime, being passed around -- when the twins were little we were living with extended family, so lots of arms available.) The boxed baby cereal was convenient just at first as it could be made up in very small quantities, mixed with different fruits, etc.