At 9 months old, my daughter weighs in at just 14 lbs 13 oz, even though she was born at 7 lb 11 oz. (And no, I'm not even going to apologize for this gratuitious proud mama shot.)


For those of you good at math and deciphering the CDC infant growth charts, you'll know that puts her right around the 5% line for weight. Even though she eats like a horse, she still struggles to gain more than 2 oz a week, which is the low end of average. She's healthy and doing great, but I still weigh her once a week just to make sure she's staying on track. We've been hearing from a lot of other mamas who have to keep an eye on their "petite" little ones, and are wondering how they can pack on a few extra pounds and hang on to that growth curve. Since we've had good success with Amy Grace's menu lately, I thought I'd share one of my favorites: Buttery Baby Oatmeal with Yogurt.

Since commercial baby cereal dissolves in liquid without any heat whatsoever (sketchy much?) - and I prefer to use unprocessed foods when I can anyway - I started making AG's oatmeal from scratch. Once every couple of weeks, I cook two adult servings of oatmeal (1 cup uncooked oats), add a sizeable chunk of butter for extra fat and calories (usually around 2-3 Tbsp per batch), then spoon into ice cube trays and freeze.


Then, every morning I add just a splash of water to an oatmeal cube and heat it up in the microwave. You might have to play around with the time to get it right, but mine usually takes around 35-45 seconds. After that, I add a Tbsp of YoBaby yogurt to the oatmeal and mix it all up.


Amy Grace LOVES this combo, and she gets a nice serving of whole grains and calcium with some extra fat and calories from the butter and yogurt. Plus, the oatmeal dilutes the yogurt's sweetness, so she's not getting used to eating super-sweet foods at a young age (the first time she tried the yogurt by itself, she practically vaulted out of her Bumbo chair towards the spoon.)

What's your favorite homemade baby food recipe, or tips for bulking up those little babies?