Julianna loves breakfast! She always has! That is one meal we have never had any “trouble” with. So lately I’ve been thinking, I should try some new breakfast ideas. So of course, to Pinterest I went!
Her new favorite is oatmeal. I think she likes it so much because she now can spoon all of the bowl by herself! Such a big girl. So I explored some oatmeal options and came across these oatmeal bites. Side Note- I did not come up with this recipe and will link the actual page for you to view!
They were a HIT! I let her try it while I was rolling the balls. She kept asking for more! They were a great snack today, too! These would be perfect for breakfast, on the go breakfast, or just a snack! They are healthy, too! (we use Natural PB)
Need some other basic breakfast ideas? Here are some of our go to’s:
Whole Wheat English Muffin
Mini Egg Muffins (she still won’t ear eggs)
Oatmeal- mix your favorite fruit (we love banana and cinnamon)
PB Toast and banana
What are some of your favorite toddler breakfasts?!
As always, let me say this first. All of the things I’m about to mention is what worked for Julianna. So take it for what it is worth and use your judgement for your little one!
When Julianna was two months old we flew with her the first time. I’m telling you it was the easiest flight ever! I carried her, see our carrier below, and she slept the entire time. We woke her up to feed her but that was it! So if you have a little baby, do not worry! TSA is very flexible too about liquids when traveling with a baby/toddler.
We flew again when Julianna was about six months old. This time not as easy as the first. She was more “mobile” and more aware. We forgot about her schedule and did everything on demand for travel days. We had one rough flight where she was really fussy. We just fed her, gave her, her pacifier, and bounced her up and down. Not much more you can do. She also took a nap which helped.
Next flight she was 1! I was a bit nervous for this one. BUT she did fine. We packed A LOT of snacks and her favorite toys. We also let her get below us and crawl a bit. I know this is sort of gross but we sat on the plane for over an hour before take off, so my husband and I were desperate.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know Julianna and I recently went to Buffalo just us two girls. I was extremely nervous to fly solo with her. Not only is she walking/running now, she loves to play and can be a little “wild.” So I overpacked snacks, made her lunch to have on the plane and brought more than a few go to toys.
We took off, she sat in my lap and ate some fruit. I was like ok when is the melt down going to happen?! To my pleasant surprise she did PERFECT! I couldn’t stop bragging on her all weekend. She did great! All the snacks helped, and the fact that I had her favorite toys helped too. We also had some kind/fun seat mates! On the second leg of the trip was her lunch time, which helped as well.
Side Note Tips:
Be strategic with your times, if you can!
Bring ALL the snacks and don’t worry about how much your kiddo is eating (take that with a grain of salt)
Pack your child’s favorite toys
Do not carry on luggage!
Always use the family restroom
Use a carseat cover if you are checking it
Check your stroller at the gate and pick it up at your next gate!
Be flexible and calm! (I know easier said then done at times)
There is really nothing fancy about this post and my advice. When it comes down to it, you know your child! Go with it!
You deserve that glass of Prosecco! Go put a bottle in the fridge for later! I already did!
When we were pregnant with Julianna both my husband and I knew we wanted to make our own baby food. I remember our “to do” list before she arrived. Making baby food and freezing it was last on the list. But I actually, surprisingly, made it to the end of the list the week she was born and was able to freeze baby food prior to her arrival.
We still have and use this ninja for other things, too! We actually bought the ninja well before we even started trying for a baby. So I swear by my ninja!
Like I said up above, nothing fancy! It is super simple…just cook everything and then puree! Here are some combo ideas once you have tried each food separately:
butternut squash/green beans
pear (I don’t think we mixed anything with pear)
strawberry/peanut butter (baby PB & J)
Tips: Cook squash in slow cooker on low for 4-6 hours and then puree (if you buy whole). We bought frozen and fresh veggies. So do whatever works best for you! I would make big batches and freeze but you could also just make it as you go. I would also bake the apples and then puree. They may need some water when you puree. You can add water to the ninja, in general, if you feel the mixture needs some moisture. In my opinion, making your own saves money!
First, I want to preface this post saying that this is what worked for our family. Every baby/toddler is different and not one thing works.
When Julianna was first born we did EVERYTHING on demand. Meaning when she was hungry, we fed her. When she was tired, we let her sleep. So honestly, there was no schedule. Once she was about six weeks old we were on a feeding schedule. Honestly, it was still flexible. We fed her every three hours unless she was hungry before. If she was consistently hungry before the three hour mark we would increase her ounces of formula. Then, she started sleeping through the night and napping less during the day. Parent WIN!
When Julianna was about five months old that is when we were on a strict schedule. See below:
8:00- wake up/bottle
8:30-9:45 play, play play!
11:30 (food-once she started solids at six months)
11:45-12:45 play, play, play!
12:45- 2:00 nap
2:30-3:45 play, play, play
5:30-6:45 play, play, play (and she would always sit with us when we ate dinner)
6:45 bath time
7:00 pajamas/settle down
Julianna followed this schedule for quite some time.
Now Julianna’s schedule is way different than mentioned above. She has been on this schedule, which is her current, for about five months. See below:
8:00-9:00 wake up (she will wake up in this range)
1:15 -3:30 Nap (she may wake up prior to 3:30)
6:45 bath time
7:00 wind down/snack
7:20 read/brush teeth
I think when it comes down to it, you have to do what is best for you. We did so well with a strict schedule and not straying from it. But, hey, that might not be the case for you! Which is fine! Julianna was a very easy baby, too.