Isla girl has always been on the long and lean end of the spectrum for her baby well-check appointments. The doctor never seemed to be worried about it and she's stayed consistent with her growth trend. But, I can't help to worry every time I put her down for a nap or even to bed for the night that I didn't feed her enough. Or, that she's starving but doesn't know how to communicate that with me. Yes, I know the majority of that is postpartum anxiety speaking because she's growing right on track.
There are two things that I've found to help ease my concern. The first thing that's helped is using sectioned off baby plates. I know there's a spot for her protein, a starch, a fruit and a veggie. From those little sections, I can gauge how much she actually ate (vs. what is now living on the floor) and rest at ease knowing her little tummy is full. The second thing comes in handy if I've been lazy with the dishes (aka we're talking overflow the sink status) and can no longer lean on my sectioned-baby-plate crutch, are following up one of Isla's meals with an on-the-go snack. Whether that be a handful of fresh fruit, cereal or a biscuit. Recently, I heard about Pediasure Sidekicks and decided to give it a try. They're great on their own or mixed into a recipe where you'd typically use milk or water. For the most part, our girl is a good eater, but every once in a while the spirit moves her and she is not having what I prepared. Maybe I should take notes on my cooking, but in the meantime I can rest easy knowing I can pop a straw in one of these bottles and know that this little shake if filling in wherever Isla missed out on key nutrients.
I've found a few recipes that Pediasure created including the Sidekicks, but thought it'd be fun to try out my own. Since it is the season over apple picking, I subbed in the Sidekicks Vanilla Shake for milk in this Glazed Apple Crumb Muffin recipe, by Sally of Sally's Baking Addiction. It's the perfect jump start for our mornings when I'm rushing around running errands and I don't have the time to put together a good breakfast.
I'd love to hear how you would use Pediasure Sidekicks in a recipe for your picky eater! If you decide to try it, be sure to take advantage of the Ibotta or Walmart bundle offer here. It was so simple to pick up this shake at Walmart. I bee-lined it for the baby section and ran smack dab in the middle of all the Sidekicks my heart could handle.
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I have been compensated by PediaSure for this post; however, I am sharing my own thoughts. All opinions are my own.
, by Samantha Broderick