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!

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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? 

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Hello Fresh

This week we decided to try Hello Fresh. We had a voucher code for £25 off making it only £14.99 for 3 meals for 2 people. In case you are not familiar Hello Fresh is a delivery service that send you tasty recipes and ingredients straight to your door. 

We signed up to the website and then downloaded the app where we were able to choose 3 meals from a selection of 5. We chose the Singapore Chicken Laksa, Speedy Steak Stir-fry and Pork Steak. The app allows you to select, each week, the meals you would like to try (always a different selection). It enables you to pause weeks when you don’t want a delivery and also has all the recipes on there should you want them electronically.

You choose a preferred delivery day and on the day they email you with a 2 hour time slot. It doesn’t matter if you are not in they will leave it in your chosen safe place and you don’t need to worry about the produce being left out of the fridge – the boxes are packaged with environmentally friendly insulation and cool packs. 


When our box arrived we were keen to look inside. On top were 3 recipes cards showing all the information you need about each meal. This includes ingredients, nutritional information and step by step instructions. Each recipe card also has a coloured tab which corresponds to one of the paper bags in the box. Each bag contains everything you need (apart from the fridge items) to make the meal. 


We decided to try the Pork Steak first and Lee laid out all the ingredients to see what we had. We liked that you got the right amount of each ingredient so there is little to no waste. Lee then set to work creating the meal. Lee is definitely the chef in our house as he enjoys it and I am not particularly fussed. 


The meal isn’t just made up for you. It isn’t meals on wheels. You are given the ingredients and you prepare and cook the meal yourself. As I said Lee likes doing this so he really enjoyed it. 

All 3 of the meals were delicious and things that we wouldn’t have thought to cook otherwise. We will definitely be using them again. 


If you would like to give them a try click on the link below and enter the code GEMLOUIS at the checkout to get £25 off your first box. 

http://www.hellofresh.co.uk/?c=GEMLOUIS&utm_source=raf-share&utm_campaign=shared&utm_medium=app

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

Weaning Wednesday – using up the leftovers 

This week I thought I would share a couple of really simple recipes that we have tried.

The first is super easy and great for using up any leftover mash potato.

Mashed Potato Lego Bites

  1. Blend the leftover mash to make it even smoother.
  2. Spoon into ice-cube trays (we used Lego shaped ones hence ‘Lego Bites’) and freeze.
  3. To cook pop the frozen shapes onto a non-stick baking tray, spray with oil and lightly sprinkle on some mixed herbs.

Pop in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for 18 minutes or until golden brown on top.
The next recipe is great for using up any leftover vegetables. These would be lovely with sweetcorn or sweet potato. 

Veggie Bites

  1. First cook all the vegetables you want to include. We used potato, carrots, frozen peas, parsnip and cauliflower. It’s important that you include either potato or sweet potato though. 
  2. Blend or mash all the vegetables together. I mashed as I wanted a slightly thicker consistency as we are trying to get Samuel to eat more textured food.
  3. Add mild grated cheese whilst the mixture is still warm so it melts in.
  4. Add 1 egg and mix well.
  5. Roll a small handful into a ball, coat in breadcrumbs and flatten slightly onto a baking sheet. Make sure you grease the tray or use grease proof paper as they tend to stick. 
  6. Place in a pre-heated oven at 200 degrees for around 25-30 minutes turning halfway through. 

The Bites can be placed in the freezer before cooking. Just defrost before popping in the oven. 

Samuel seemed to like them especially the Veggie Bites. Lots of messy fun! 

He liked them even more the next day when they were cold. 

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Weaning Wednesday-Snacks

Healthy snacks are great when it’s not Samuel’s breakfast/lunch/tea time but we are eating or enjoying a snack ourselves. Because he is so interested in what we are eating giving Samuel something stops him from grabbing our food (sometimes not the healthy option. Doh!)

Samuels first introduction to snacks were the Kiddylicious wafers which he loved. The simple flavours were perfect for a first taste and they melted quickly. 

Samuel then tried the Ella’s Kitchen Melty Puffs. These came in savoury flavours such as carrot and parsnip and leek and tomato. They quickly became a favourite with Samuel and really helped him develop the skills needed for finger foods. He now picks them up with ease, passes them from one hand to the other, uses his tongue to push out any big bits and chews them well. 

Another savoury favourite are the Organix rice cakes. These are a bit harder and take Samuel a lot longer to eat. 

We have also tried Samuel on the Heinz Biscotti. He has tried apple and banana and definitely prefers the apple. The banana ones get sucked on for a few seconds then he finds it more fun to bash them on the highchair until they break up. 

This week we have added raspberries to the Biubee Baby Food Feeder but not convinced he was keen. I think he liked the cold on his gums but kept pulling a face when he got a taste of the raspberries. 

As parents we are not going to be ones who say he definitely can’t ever have something and within reason we will let him try anything. Obviously we won’t let him have sweet things all the time but as a treat it is fine. At the moment Samuel loves going to Grandma and Grandads and having a ginger biscuit. 

What snacks do your little ones enjoy? 

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Weaning Wednesday 

We seem to be trying so many new foods and flavours this month so I thought it would be good to do a regular weaning spot.

In the last week we have introduced a few things. The first being toast. I lightly toasted a round of bread and just added a small amount of Bertolli we had in the fridge. I then cut the round into strips. Samuel loved it but 2 strips (half a round) was enough. 


We have also introduced Samuel to cream cheese sandwiches. Again he loved these and half round of bread was enough. This morning I toasted half a round of bread and used the other half to make a sandwich for lunch.


We are starting to feel that we can be more adventurous with Samuel and within reason try so many more foods. 

We had some messy fun with baked beans (the low sugar and low salt ones) and although most of them were on Samuels face or on the floor he seemed to enjoy them. We are not worried about the amount of solid food Samuel is consuming at the moment as I am still breastfeeding on demand. 


A new weaning gadget we have purchased this week is a Biubee Baby food feeder. It allows you to put different foods, such as fruits and vegetables, into the silicone end and then the child can suck on it a bit like a large dummy (it has lots of little holes in so the food comes out). It is perfect for slippery foods like banana and mango, that are difficult for tiny hands to hold, as well as foods likes blueberries where you might feel a bit nervous about giving them. 


So there we go just a little weaning round up. Any weaning tips or recommendations greatly received!

Child development, First time Mum, Parent, Weaning

Weaning Samuel! 

Weaning Samuel has been such an enjoyable experience and whenever you choose to start your little one on ‘real food’ it should be when your baby is ready not when convention dictates.

We started Samuel on the last day of 2016, a few days short of him turning 5 months old. We decided to follow the Ella’s Kitchen approach of just introducing one vegetable a day for the first 2 weeks. We downloaded the app and got the First Foods Book and stocked up on a few of the individual vegetable pouches. We began by giving Samuel just a couple of spoons full of plain vegetable purée around lunch time and thankfully he lapped it up. I even puréed some veg of my own, including Brussels sprouts, and he loved them too!

Samuel enjoying some carrots on his first day of weaning.
We took things slow and if we missed a day it didn’t matter. After a couple of weeks we tried fruit, giving a couple of spoons full after his vegetables. These weren’t as popular as the veg but we found by adding them to his veg he seemed to enjoy it even more. I found that by making up my own batches of individual vegetables and freezing them in ice-cube trays I could then mix together different combinations for Samuel to try. A fab buy for us was the Nutribullet Baby blender. It is a good size and came with freezer trays and pots for the fridge that you can set the date you made them on. It also came with a recipe book full of ideas for baby purées. 


We increased Samuel to 2 meals a day after about 4 weeks, adding in breakfast, which usually consists of Aptamil porridge or rusks with milk. We also added a yogurt, such as the new My First Petits Filous, or a fruit custard to his lunch time meal. 


Samuel also at this point liked to snack on Kiddylicious wafers and these were great for us at tea time when we wanted to eat our evening meal together. 


Here are a few of our top weaning products:

  1. Piccolo pouches – great for trying flavours that you wouldn’t usually consider, such as vanilla and mint, as well as being handy when out and about. A definite favourite with Samuel!
  2. Ella’s Kitchen First Food book.
  3. Nutribullet Baby blender.  
  4. Kiddylicious wafers.
  5. Cosatto Noodle Supa high chair – this is fab as it sits really upright and also reclines. You can change the height of it really easily too.
  6. Aptamil Porridge.
  7. Farleys rusks
  8. Nuk food cube trays.

In the last month we have introduced a meal at tea time and have begun to try some meat and a few more finger foods. I must say giving Samuel something he can nibble on when we eat out has been a real game changer. We now both get to eat our food warm or drink a hot cup of tea. 


    This is just the start of our weaning journey and Samuel is still very much a breast fed baby but I look forward to sharing more on this as Samuel tries more and more new foods and flavours.