People are keen to put labels on all forms of parenting and feeding is no different. After you get past the breast vs bottle debates you get the joy of spoon fed vs baby led weaning, and the other minefield of when is too early to start at all! It’s a personal choice and one I know no one takes lightly. I personally spoonfed both my kids, using a mix of my own home made stuff and a lot of baby jars. We also gave finger foods (baby led weaing?!). I’m not sure there should be such restrictions on what way you decide to feed. As long as the baby is thriving and you are all happy that’s the main thing.
One thing I will say is don’t be too scared of weaning. With my first I was so scared of him choking that I left it ages before giving him anything other than pureès. I have since learnt that they are clever little buggers and even if they do appear to ram far too much in their tiny mouths, they are very clever at getting it back out if needs be. My daughter continually suprises me. I must say though never to leave them unattended, ever for a minute while feeding – it can go tits up very quickly! There are lots of great videos online to learn about choking and it can be helpful to check out some infant first aid classes in your area, it can massively boost your confidence in how you cope. I attended one run by the British Red Cross for free and it was great.
Speaking to a lot of mums I realsie that we all struggle to get it right. I thought I would give examples of what I started with and a few great recipes to keep at hand – I have recipes pinned to my kitchen walls so I can make stuff up quickly. Feel free to copy these and print them off. Whenever and however you decide to start then good luck to you! I suggest you invest in some stain removal washing powder – vanish is a personal fave and the supermarket brands are just as good I’ve found just make sure you get the stains before they go throught the wash or theres no getting them out! Don’t bother with blenders and baby steamers as they very quickly gather dust on the top shelf! A pot and a tattie masher are just as effective!
So as well as the usual veg and fruit pureès that we all start with I gave;
Baked sweet potato, butternut squash or parsnip wedges, can be baked and cooled and stored in the fridge for a couple of days as a handy snack.
Other veg that are good are cauliflower and broccoli florets well cooked – buy frozen as it’s still got all the vitamins but a lot cheaper and easier than buying fresh every week and much easier.
Watermelon is a great first finger food as it’s so soft so is advocado and banana.
Eggy bread-dip slices of bread in egg and fry until golden on both sides. Slice into fingers.
Toast well spread with dairylea or cream cheese.
Well cooked peas are brilliant for learning co ordinations- and really fun to watch!
Well cooked pasta, I coated with a little butter to make it softer.
Shredded chicken (I always put gravy on it to make it softer but that’s probably highly frowned upon!)
Fish Pie Bites
Salmon,Haddock,Cod or Hake fillet
Tablespoon grated cheese
Wrap fish in foil and bake at 180 for around 12min until it easily flakes.
Boil potatoes and carrots and mash
Flake fish into a bowl naking sure to remove any bones, add potato and carrot, egg and cheese. You want a atodgy texture to form log shapes.
Refridgerate for up to an hour.(can stay in fridge like this for 2days)
Fry in a little sunflower oil until golden.
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup thick natural yoghurt
2 carrots, grated
1 red gala apple, grated
1/4 cup caster sugar
2 cups self-raising flour
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp ginger
Spicing is up to you i like just ginger.
Add oil, eggs and sugar and mix.
Add grated carrot and apple and yogurt.
Gently add the flour and apices and fold in.
Bake in fairy cake cakes at 180° for 15min until skewer comes out clean.
Any veg you have such as grated carrots, peas, broccoli (i always hav frozen peas and broccoli in now)
1 potato(cubed and boiled and cooled)
Oil-i use spay veg oil.now so i dont use too much
Mix egg and milk, add cheese and cooked veg and potato.
Heat a frying pan with a tiny bit of oil.
Pour mix into a deep frying pan and cook over low heat until cooked through-you can pit it under the grill to cook the top if needed.
Leave to cool then it can be cut into pieces. Can be stored in the fridge for up to two days
3 tbsp porridge oats
4 tbsp milk-breast/formula or cows
Half a banana mashed
Soak oats in milk for 10min
Add mashed banana and mix
Place in flat bowl and press down and microwave for 2min, cut into fingers while still warm. Serve when cooled.
Gluten and dairy free banana pancakes-best thing ever if you’ve nothing in the cupboards
1 mashed banana
Mix egg and mashed banana until properly combined and fry panckes in a little oil. Serve cooled.
I don’t pretend to be an expert and I find that I am learning all the time. Whatever way you chose to go forward in your feeding journey is fine and don’t let anyone make you feel guilty we are all just trying to gt by one day to the next!
Weaning part 2 is going to look at healthier toddler meals and ideas for snacking – if I dont research ideas in advance then they just end up getting quavers all day! (Which believe me is no bad things aome days!)
Hope you all have a great week. Happy monday everyone.