This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sprout Organic Foods. All opinions are 100% mine. Find Sprout Organic Foods Pouches and snacks at your nearest Target. You can also get Sprout Coupons here. Ian will be nine months old in a matter of days and we have been rocking and rolling in the feeding department. I was a little shocked to learn at his recent well-baby check-up that he was 90% head circumference (thank his Dad for that one- ha!), 50% for height, and 20% for weight. I know the percentages don’t mean much, and as long as he is growing according to his personal growth curve I shouldn’t worry. Still, it was shocking to me because the girls were both consistently above 95% for all three measurements at every single check-up. We haven’t dropped a nursing feed yet, but we are still trying to actively offer more foods through baby led weaning. I wrote about our experience with BLW through months 6-8 here. Things continue to get messier and we’ve found new
challenges opportunities as he begins to eat more food. One of the biggest was what to do when eating out at restaurants. I read several different opinions on what to do for the best experience for everyone- everything from limiting time in the high chair before the food arrives so they don’t begin to fuss, to just plan for a huge mess and clean up the entire restaurant before you leave (joking… kind of). At the end of the day, you gotta do what works best for you and your kiddo(s). We’ve found several solutions that help make baby led weaning when out to eat as stress free and enjoyable as possible: -Preplanning. We always try to look up the menu before we get to the restaurant to help cut down on time waiting for our food. We order as soon as possible, and ask for the check as soon as the food arrives. Absolutely nothing is worse than waiting on a server to bring the check at a packed restaurant with three kids that are losing it because they are beyond ready to leave. Lesson learned the hard way on this one. -Feeding gear. Not all restaurants will have high chairs, and not all high chairs will be like home. Ian is still usually happiest sitting with me and sharing off my plate. As he gets bigger and more independent, I plan to use the no-slip placemats, like these from Target, to take with us instead of putting his food directly on the table. -Snacks. I always keep a few Sprout baby food pouches in my bag with me at all times. These come in handy when I can’t find anything on the menu to share with him (too spicy, too fried, or just plain too messy…). They’re also great when we need to eat on the go, like in the car- though I obviously try to limit minivan meal time. I love that he can still self-feed; and I don’t have to worry about being careful with glass jars or forgetting a spoon. Sprout is my go-to because Sprout is honest about their food- no concentrates, no GMOs, and no harmful or unnecessary additives. No surprises. Sprout offers delicious blends of whole fruits, vegetables, and grains giving babies greater exposure to wholesome foods. Research shows that developing a love of healthy foods early on helps foster healthy eating habits for life. That’s what I’ve been trying to accomplish by going the baby led weaning route with Ian. With Sprout, I know that even if he’s not able to feed himself whole foods when out to eat, he is still getting a nutritious meal because Sprout only uses ingredients like those that would be found in your own kitchen – no preservatives and nothing artificial! (Read their Mission & Values here.)
Sprout is the only brand committed to providing simple, pure, honest ingredients- meaning the ingredients on the front labels match the ingredients on the back of the packaging. That means no fillers, sweats, or concentrates are slipped in. I was surprised at the product differences when comparing some options from other brands to a few of my favorite Sprout flavors at Target. The pouch on the right contains juice concentrate, even though it’s not listed on the front packaging. The ingredients on the back of the Sprout package (the first six listed are often the most important, and certainly the highest proportions) match exactly what it says on the front. It was surprising how many the brands had juice concentrates, etc as an added ingredient.
Sprout contained: Organic Sweet Potatoes, Cooked Organic White Beans (Water, Organic White Beans), Water, Organic Cinnamon.
Other brands contained: Apple, Mango, Apple Juice Concentrate, Strawberry, Peach, Banana.
It’s fun to watch him explore new foods for the first time and I’m excited that he’s finally starting to eat more whole foods. What tips and tricks do you have for eating out with littles?