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 Wednesdayย 

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 Easymatยฎ

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. 

Aquaintยฎ 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, 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. 

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

    Weaning Wednesday – shop bought baby foodย 

    Ok let’s be honest making up batches of baby food can be a bit of a faff. You have to remember to take it out the freezer to defrost and it turns out they don’t even like what you have made and you still have 20 portions in deep freeze. Honestly I have only gone out a couple of times and bought specific veg to make batches for Samuel. Other times I have just used left overs from our food (see previous Weaning Wednesday post) and the rest of the time he has a pouch of shop bought baby food. The convenience when out for the day also means pouches are often on our shopping list. 

    We started Samuel off, when he began weaning, with the individual veg pouches from Ella’s Kitchen. These were fab as I didn’t waste time making loads of batches of food he didn’t like. It was especially good when introducing fruit as it meant a lot less waste. 

    We have also used pouches further down the line when introducing meat and new flavours like mint and vanilla. We have found the Piccolo pouches especially good for this and Samuel seems to really enjoy them. 

    I know some people are really against shop bought baby food but I know the products we are using are organic and with no added salt or sugar. In fact most days Samuel eats better than I do. 

    What are your thoughts on using shop bought baby food?

    Are there any brands you would recommend?