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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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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. 

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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. 

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    Weaning Wednesday – shop bought baby food 

    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? 

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    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?