17 Jul 2014
We are now 4 months into our weaning journey. It's flying so quickly. I think this little boy is an eater - well for now at least. He loves his food. Thats what I tell everyone. He's such a good eater. Seems a strange thing to say when written down but he is. I think having a fussy eater in M, its been a bit of a shock to have another baby that has taken to food so well.
We are approaching weaning as well weaning. I don't think of myself as baby led weaning purist and we are not completely following traditional weaning either. We are kind of hovering somewhere in the middle. A happy medium for our little chunk for sure.
We do not oppose the use of spoon feeding ( I do not want to be cleaning yogurt, baked beans or porridge off my ceiling) we love a bit of fruit smoothie pouch action. Especially the Ella's kitchen ones. They are perfect for popping in the bag and easy and filling. We are not a completely organic home cooked meals every night. Yes my kids do have fish fingers and potato waffles. And yes they clear the plates. But this is balanced with home cooked meals with new flavours and textures for them to try. (This week that includes a lamb mince hash concoction with broccoli) and yes my kids love yogurt and have an ice lolly in the evenings. (Well big does little is quite happy with some fruit)
Our approach to weaning was a way in could fit in with our lives currently. How could this be easy for us all, and satisfy little one growing needs. And I think we have found it. My 8 month old will devour a sandwich, a babybel, a packet of crisps and still eat more given half he chance. He loves cucumber and sausages. And is partial to a chip. He will try all that is put in front of him. He lights up as his food comes. But don't get me wrong, this is not neccairilly quick option. Sure I'm not sitting there spoon feeding him but he does take his time with his food. We sit together, I encourage sharing and self feeding. And yes it does make a mess. And I do feel like I am constantly making food, cleaning up food or buying food - not taking into account the washing up and washing of clothes. Those clothes get messy. But this way works for us and more importantly works for our little man. If he was struggling or not enjoying it I would rethink our approach. But he enjoys it. He is learning. I know we will hit a fussy stage, as with all kids. I just hope that we will move through it with as little tantrums as possible.
M is still fussy, but he is getting better and as I am preparing meals for two boys some days M has to try things he is not so keen on. Its the way it works. The boys have one meal - you don't eat that I am not making anything else - may sound harsh but that's how it is.
Below is a list of just some of the meals and ideas which work for us. I'm still learning too - so if you have any suggestions or links let me know.
multi grain hoops in a little milk - little man will quite happily sit and munch through the bowl. Individually I may add.
Shreddies - as above. Though he sucks out the milk
Pancakes - standard good breakfast I say!!
Scrambled eggs - I always microwave mine, quick and makes less mess.
Porridge - I've been making a big bowl of ready Brek for both boys. And depending what fresh fruit we have in the fridge I'll stir that through. A favourite being raspberries at the moment.
Toast - cut into small square with butter, Jam or dairylea spread.
Sandwich thin - with dairylea, peanut butter and jam (no allergy history here)
Mini rice cakes
Mini cake bars
Cheese cubes or babybel
Sausages - with mash and mixed frozen vegetables - mix altogether and makes easier to pick up as the mash makes it sticky for them.
Toad in the Hole.
Microwave rice packs - mixed in with mince (lamb, turkey, beef, chicken or pork!) , or chicken chunks.
Burgers and homemade wedges - served with baked beans or peas.
Fish fillets with couscous and broccoli.
Mild curry made using the innocent fruit tubes ( recipe on the blog this week)
We are learning and things will be changing again soon as I go back to work, little starts nursery and big starts school in September. Then who knows how things will be then!