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Weaning Wednesday – What Samuel eats in a day!

Having seen some similar blog/vlog posts I thought I would do a 'what Samuel eats in a day' post. It may become weekly/fortnightly as it will inspire me to try new things rather than give him the same things all the time.

This is all from the same day and I have not jazzed it up in the slightest for the purpose of this post. It is just an average day.

Pre breakfast
When Samuel wakes I will breastfeed him. This is usually half an hour to an hour before breakfast. Depending on what he had during the night depends on how long he will feed for. Last night he slept for 10 hours and didn't wake up until 6am (never happens Samuel usually wakes at least once for a feed and few more times just needing reassurance) which meant he fed on and off for about 10 minutes.

Breakfast
Whilst I prepare Samuels main breakfast he will sit in his high chair and snack on dry cereal. Today he had Weetos and Rice Crispies.
He then had Weatabix with whole cows milk which he feeds himself. Yes it can get a bit messy.
I also add his vitamins to a small amount of water which he drinks during his breakfast.
Samuel only ate half of his weatabix today so I popped some Ella's Kitchen Round Ones in his tub and he ate those whilst I had a shower (Samuel was in the room with me so I could see him).

Morning Snack
After Samuel wakes from his morning nap he usually likes a little snack and a drink. Today he had some Kiddylicious veggie straws and some water. This will usually see him through until lunchtime.

Lunchtime
Today Samuel had left over rice, sweetcorn and cucumber. This was followed by a box of raisins.

Again he had a drink of water as well as a Fruit Shoot Hydro.

Afternoon Snack
Sometimes Samuel will have more milk in the afternoon either breast or formula however today he didn't show any signs of wanting any. He had an Ella's Kitchen the red one smoothie, another box of raisins and half an Kiddylicious carrot bar as well as plenty more water to drink. This wasn't all in one go it was over the course of the afternoon.

Dinner/tea time
Today Samuel had whole grain breaded chicken, potato waffles and mixed veg, followed by strawberries. He had water to drink.

He ate most but not all. Actually Samuel can be quite hit and miss with what he eats. Perhaps I should call this post 'what I give Samuel to eat' rather that what he actually eats.

Bedtime
Samuel has a bottle of follow on milk and today he had a top up of breast milk. It depends on how tired he is or how much he has eaten throughout the day.

So there we go – what I gave Samuel to eat today. As I said it is not jazzed up in anyway. I would love to hear what your little ones favourite foods are.

Baby products, Breastfeeding, Child development, Early Years, First time Mum, food, Sleep, Weaning

Samuel at 12 months

I can't believe I am writing this post. It seems crazy that I have a one year old. I'm sure it was only yesterday that I held him for the first time. Samuel has changed so much since he was that 8lb 4oz newborn and even since my last update. He really is turning into a little boy.

Gross Motor
Samuel is able to walk a short distance independently but would still rather hold your finger although he seems to be getting more confident everyday. He loves to climb and will pull himself up on anything, climbing on and off his scuttle bug and bike with ease.

Fine Motor
Samuel is able to use his hands with purpose. He can use a spoon to feed himself and is able to pick up small objects and food using a pincer grip. He is still obsessed with putting lids back on things.

Cognitive
Samuel remembers where things were or where they should be. He likes to push cars around on the floor and tries really hard to put the correct shape in the correct hole in his shape house.

Communication
Samuel is beginning to build up a repertoire of words such as mama, dada, ball, bubble, Peppa, no and Nanna. He is able to follow simple instructions such as 'sit down', 'find daddy' and 'come here' and understands lots of individual words. Samuel likes to sing and he loves books, bringing them to you to read.

Social
Samuel can be quite shy around unfamiliar people and can be quite clingy especially towards me. However with people he knows well he will happily go with them and talk to them. Samuel particularly likes older children who he can follow around and copy. He loves spending time with his older cousins and friends. It has been really good for Samuel to spend with Daddy and Grandad without me around.

Feeding
Samuel wakes and is breastfeed about half and hour before his breakfast. He then usually goes all day without milk until bedtime when he will have a formula bottle and a top up of breast milk if needed. If he does want milk during the day he will either have a small bottle of formula or some breast milk depending on where we are and what we are doing. Samuel will have breast milk during the night if he wakes to settle him quickly back to sleep.
Samuel is now eating pretty much anything and his favourite food is peas and sweetcorn. He now has 8 teeth; 4 at the top and 4 at the bottom.

Sleeping
Samuel still likes 2 naps a day and the car and pushchair are still the places he falls to sleep easiest. In the evenings he falls to sleep on our bed and we transfer him into his own room. He has now slept through the night (between 6 and 9 hours) a few times and it's very reassuring to know he can do it. We still occasionally co sleep and we do it because it works for us.

Although I am a little sad that I no longer have a baby (he will always be my baby though) I am excited to see the little boy he is growing in to.

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Samuels First Shoes

Now Samuel is standing independently and trying to walk we thought it was time he had something sturdier on his feet, so we went and got Samuel measured for his first ‘proper’ pair of shoes. We took him to our local Clarks store. A definite right of passage in the UK. 

The Sales Assistant alongside a trainee asked us to sit Samuel on the edge of the seat so his feet hung down. She then used a handheld foot measure (no idea what they are called) to measure the length and width of Samuels feet. I remember as a child they had a machine that you put your foot in and it closed in around it to work out the size you needed. Surprisingly in this day and age there was nothing that technical. 

Samuels feet measured at a 3.5 F and the shoes that we liked also happened to be in the sale at 50% off. 

Samuel was such a good boy trying on his new shoes and the Sales Assistant even commented on how good he was. His cousin Henry was with us and he helped to feel Samuels feet to make sure they fitted in the shoes. My Dad was also there, he always said he would buy Samuel his first pair of shoes. 

I took my camera with me so made sure I got some pictures of Samuel trying his new shoes on and standing in them. 

When we got home I went on to Clarks Kids Facebook page and via their link I uploaded a picture of Samuel alongside his name and date of birth. They then created for us a lovely animation to celebrate Samuel getting his first pair of shoes. Such a lovely touch that can be shared (see my Instagram page) and such a lovely experience overall. ​

Baby products, Child development, First time Mum, food, Parent, Weaning

Weaning Wednesday – Embrace the mess!

A couple of weeks ago something just clicked. Samuel had started refusing food, especially anything taken off a spoon. Weatabix and yogurt that he had once loved he was now turning his nose up at. Then one day I just left the spoon on the table and Samuel grabbed it and put it to his mouth. I placed the bowl in front of him and he began to attempt to scoop out the food using the spoon and put it to his mouth. 

By the end of the meal there was food everywhere with Samuel using his hand to scoop and then licking it off. But he had eaten it and he enjoyed it. The next meal we did the same, gave a spoon to Samuel and placed the bowl in front of him. Again lots of mess but the food was being mostly eaten. 

Now we just give Samuel his food and let him get on with it. We don’t interfere and weatabix and yogurt are back on the menu. Yes it can get messy but let’s embrace the mess. Who said having children was a clean job anyway!

Baby products, First time Mum, food, Parent, Weaning

Weaning Wednesday 

It has been a few weeks since my last Weaning Wednesday blog so I thought I would do a quick post on some of the new weaning products that we have been trying.

Mini Easymat®

The Mini Easymat is a silicone tray/plate that is perfect for sectioning off different bits of food and encourages Samuel to feed himself. It sticks well to the high chair or table (Samuel is yet to pull it off) and comes with a lid and storage bag so any leftovers can be saved. 

Coverall

Now Samuel is desperate to feed himself we needed something that covered more than a bib. We got this coverall from Morrisons and I just loved the cute fish print. It keeps Samuel nice and clean (well his clothes anyway) whilst he eats. 

Ella’s Kitchen Melty Hoops

Samuel is really starting to develop his fine motor skills and these hoops are perfect for perfecting that pincer grip. Samuel finds them very tasty too. 

Ella’s Kitchen Smoothies 

The pink one, the red one, the green one, the yellow one, Samuel loves them all. He is happy drinking them from a cup, taking them from a spoon or just sucking them from the pouch. Whatever way Samuel usually finishes a whole pouch in one sitting. 

Aquaint® Sanitising Water

I discovered this spray on a mums YouTube channel and then came across it on Ocado when I was doing my shopping. It is quite pricing for a 500ml bottle but it lasts ages. I still haven’t used a whole bottle and we even took it on holiday. It is a disinfectant that is safe to use on anything without rinsing. It is safe to swallow so it is fab for high chairs, little hands, dummy’s etc. 

So there we go. Are there any new weaning products you have tried? 

Baby products, Child development, Early Years, First time Mum, food, Parent, Weaning

Weaning Wednesday – Breakfast

Breakfast is never something I have been good at. Before getting pregnant it was very rare that I had breakfast and if I did, it would have to be an hour or so after I woke up. When I found out I was expecting I made the effort to always eat something but it is never anything exciting and I fear I am going down the same route with Samuel. I seem to be giving him the same things and have only, a couple of times, tried to mix it up a bit. By writing this post I hope to inspire myself to get more adventurous with both Samuels and my own breakfast choices. 

When we first introduced Samuel to breakfast we started off with rusk mixed with a bit of milk. This went down well and as he got used to it we made it thicker and thicker. We then moved on to baby porridge. We used the plain aptimal one and Samuel loved it. This was something we then stuck with for a long time as we knew he would eat it. It wasn’t until he was nearly 7 months that we tried other things. 

Toast is now a popular choice with Samuel. We just toast it lightly and cut into strips. Weatabix is also a favourite and I just mix it up with some warm formula milk. 

This week Samuel has tried scrambled egg, which he really liked and the new Ella’s Kitchen brekkie pouches which he has also found tasty. 

Samuels other breakfast tries have been beans on toast, crumpets and American pancakes. Over the next few weeks it is my aim to try some of the breakfast choices from the list I posted last week and hopefully make our mornings a little more interesting. 

Baby products, Child development, First time Mum, food, Parent, Weaning

Weaning Wednesday – 75 finger foods for babies

Whilst out with some of my lovely NCT Mummy friends we got on to the conversation of finger foods and what is suitable to give to our 7, 8 and 9 month olds. So I wanted to put together a list of ideas. One of the Mummys in particular has been amazing at the whole baby led weaning and her little one will literally eat anything. A few of the ideas I have magpied off her, some we have tried ourselves and some we are still yet to give ago. 

  1. c a r r o t s – cut into sticks and cooked until soft.
  2. b r o c c o l i  – cut into florets and cooked until soft.
  3. c a u l i f l o w e r – cut into florets and cooked until soft.
  4. b e l l  p e p p e r s – roasted with a bit of olive oil and then the skin removed.
  5. b e l l  p e p p e r s – raw cut into strips.
  6. a s p a r a g u s – cook until soft.
  7. b u t t e r n u t  s q u a s h – roasted.
  8. b a b y  c o r n – cook until soft. 
  9. p a r s n i p s – roasted, steamed or boiled.
  10. g r e e n  b e a n s – steamed or boiled. 
  11. m a s h  p o t a t o  b i t e s – click link for recipe.
  12. c h i p s – oven roasted.
  13. p o t a t o  w e d g e s – oven roasted.
  14. s w e e t  p o t a t o  f r i e s – oven roasted.
  15. c u c u m b e r – cut into strips.
  16. v e g g i e  b a k e s – click link for recipe.
  17. p e a r – cut into slices or poached with cinnamon.
  18. a p p l e – cut into slices. 
  19. m a n g o – cut into strips.
  20. p e a c h e s – fresh or tined in juice.
  21. m e l o n – cut into strips.
  22. f r u i t  t o a s t
  23. r a s p b e r r i e s – use with the Biubee baby food feeder
  24. s t r a w b e r r i e s – whole or using the baby food feeder.
  25. b l u e b e r r i e s – using the baby food feeder.
  26. b l a c k b e r r i e s – using the baby food feeder.
  27. g r a p e s – sliced length ways or using the baby food feeder. 
  28. b a n a n a – cut into strips.
  29. a v o c a d o – cut into strips.
  30. t o m a t o e s – sliced.
  31. a p r i c o t s – cut into slices.
  32. o r a n g e – split into small segments.
  33. p i n e a p p l e – sticks or slices.
  34. p l u m s – halves or wedges.
  35. w a t e r m e l o n – cut into strips.
  36. p o t a t o  s c o n e s – click link for recipe.
  37. s u g a r  f r e e  m u f f i n s – click link for recipe.
  38. b a n a n a  p a n c a k e s – click link for recipe.
  39. m u s h r o o m s – cooked and sliced.
  40. b r o c c o l i , c h i c k e n  &  p o t a t o  b i t e s – click link for recipe.
  41. b a n a n a  t o a s t – click link for recipe. 
  42. s h r e d d e d  l e t t u c e.
  43. c o u r g e t t e – cooked until soft and cut into strips.
  44. m a s h e d  a v o c a d o  s a n d w i c h e s. 
  45. p o t a t o  &  b u t t e r n u t  s q u a s h  t o t s – clink link for recipe.
  46. b r o c c o l i  &  c h e e s e  f r i t t a t a  f i n g e r s – click link for recipe.
  47. s w e e t  p o t a t o  p a n c a k e s – click link for recipe.
  48. v e g e t a r i a n  s a u s a g e s – click link for recipe.
  49. c h e e s y  s w e e t c o r n  f r i t t e r s – click link for recipe.
  50. 3  i n g r e d i e n t  m u f f i n s – click link for recipe.
  51. b r e a d  s t i c k s.
  52. p i t t a  b r e a d.
  53. t o a s t – cut into strips.
  54. c h i c k e n – shredded.
  55. n a n n  b r e a d.
  56. h a r d  c h e e s e – in sticks, cubes or grated.
  57. c r e a m  c h e e s e  s a n d w i c h e s.
  58. c r u m p e t s.
  59. f r e n c h  t o a s t – click link for recipe.
  60. f r o z e n  y o g u r t  d r o p s.
  61. m i n i  r i c e  c a k e s.
  62. c o o k e d  p a s t a.
  63. e g g s – hard boiled cut into wedges.
  64. e g g s – scrambled.
  65. o m e l e t.
  66. f i s h  f i n g e r s.
  67. e n g l i s h  m u f f i n.
  68. g n o c c h i.
  69. c h e e s e  o n  t o a s t.
  70. t u n a – flaked.
  71. g a r l i c  b r e a d.
  72. m i n i  e d a m  c h e e s e.
  73. c h e e s e  s t r a w s.
  74. t u n a  m a y o n n a i s e  s a n d w i c h e s.
  75. m i n i  p a n c a k e s.

So there we go. I hope some of these ideas inspire you to try something new with your little ones. 

I would love to hear about any ideas you have for finger foods.