Eating for weight gain: We need to PUMP (*clap*) you up!
My little man is so very, very little. At 16 months old, he weighs about 18 and a half pounds. Not that we're in a rush for him to sit in a forward-facing car seat, but we have often thought that most one-year-olds will be facing forward already (good thing he mostly rides in a bike seat; he faces forward all the time.) He is a vibrant, inquisitive, and capable child. He is developmentally spot on. Still, his gain of9 ounces over a 3.5 month period was a bit alarming to us and our health care professionals.
Some have suggested that we give him Pediasure, for a bulky, reliable cocktail of carbs, fats, and protein. Primary ingredients:
Water, Sugar (Sucrose), Corn Maltodextrin, Milk Protein Concentrate, High Oleic Safflower Oil, Soy Oil, Whey Protein Concentrate, Medium-Chain Triglycerides.
Wait a minute. Can't I just mix some water, milk, sugar, and oil and call it Mamasure? Needless to say, I was not comfortable offering the Pedia-cocktail to my toddler. Instead, I am digging deep to come up with healthful, easy-to-eat, nutritious, wholesome foods that he will love: lots of granola with coconut oil, avocados on tortillas, pancakes/waffles/biscuits with butter, whole milk products, some meats, and grains. Lots of good grains. I welcome your thoughts and suggestions on good whole foods that can help bulk up our little people with healthful alternatives to the Pediasure. I also welcome links to recipes!