Just a quicky tonight but back in October I was looking for good toddler recipes to try on Reuben. The Ella’s Kitchen toddler recipes book was recommended by Sarah? Claire? I forget and can’t find the post but basically what happen then was I came across some research by Ella’s Kitchen (with Reading Uni). This was a different type of toddler recipe from what I was expecting…the crux of the research was if kids play with vegetables (not so much fruit) in between meals, they are more likely to actually eat said veg at meal times!
If you take part in the Mum’s Days facebook wall, I’m always lamenting Reuben’s lack of interest in veggies – he’ll eat things in a tomato sauce with pasta, when he’s in the mood and occasionally has a go at a carrot when we’re having a meat and 2 veg type of meal but otherwise, no thanks. So, this sounded like a good idea!
Ella’s Kitchen have a set of activity sheets to try, which we are going to have a go at but in the mean time, yesterday I just gave him some leftovers from our tea – beans and cauliflower (in hind sight, the cauliflower was a silly idea on our wooden floors!) with some little pots with lids – he played for a bit and did put a green bean in his mouth before making a face but it is definitely a positive start!!!!
And then he did some walking for me – he’s not keen on doing on demand and flatly refused to walk for Grandma and Grandad tonight , but look at his little face!
After all this scary eating stuff on facebook for the Hallo”wean” photo competition, which was announced yesterday – congratulations to Faye and her boogie monster baby! – it seemed fitting to talk about Baby Led Weaning today!
The winning photo from the Hallo”wean” facebook competition – Faye’s baby after a run in with the boogie monster!
Sarah’s becoming a bit of a resident writer here on Mum’s Days! Having also shared her experience of bottle feeding, here she is telling us how she got on with Baby Led Weaning her two girls, Ava and Eliza, because, as she pointed out, and I quote, “There’s still not a lot written about it!” It’s funny because after she sent this through, Amy then asked the question on Facebook – “Baby Led Weaning, good or bad idea?” The general consensus was, do a bit of both, however, the die hard BLW experts would say if you do BLW you have do it exclusively!
Ava and Eliza loving BLW!
Reuben at 6 months – Back when he would sit near a bit of broccoli
I wrote my experience of Baby Led Weaning back when Reubs was 6-7 months, which basically says, it’s not for me but if you want to have a go, here are some resources! It wasn’t until Reuben was about about 9 months, when I was around at my friend’s house with a few of her mum pals, that I started to question my decision. All of those mums had done BLW and while Reuben was just getting to grips with a little sandwich, all those babies were eating chunks of cheese, watermelon complete with pips and skin, and the one that really got me…corn ON the cob!
Corn ON the cob – beautifully modelled by Sarah’s youngest, Eliza
But I stuck with my decision as he was eating amazingly well. Up until he started teething and everything he used to like, the failsafes, he now hates!
Now Reuben is eating all by himself – GET OFF MY FOOD, MUM, I DON’T NEED YOUR HELP!! – I’ve been looking to BLW for some ideas to help him to really enjoy his food again (and not just scrambled egg and porridge but veg too!) and also to help me to be more hands off. I find it difficult not to get frustrated when the food I have lovingly created is being lobbed around the room, but you have to just go with it and, apparently, it doesn’t mean they will turn into yobs.
This is a lovely potted guide to Baby Led Weaning so I hope, if you’re just about to get started on your weaning journey, that you find this helpful! (more…)
Yesterday I FINALLY got Reuben a high chair. I feel like a terrible person because a) I’ve been feeding him either on a bouncy chair or in him bumbo (both of our preference is the former) and b) for that reason I’ve not been giving him hardly any finger food. The mess, oh the mess! So now we have a high chair, today we’ve been trying out some baby led weaning recipes.
Hello, I’m cute
Before I get onto that though…just because I haven’t blogged about it, does not mean I’m not ‘being Annabel Karmel’ – in fact I have been positively channelling her. For the past week and a bit I have been a baby food making machine all whilst working out AND I even did a bit of cleaning! AK would be proud of me. I’ve been hash tagging my progress tweets with #beingannabelkarmel – please do tweet me your attempts at baby food prowess and use this hash tag so others can see!
I have to say, I’m actually really enjoying it. Much like Ellie said in her comment on my first weaning a baby post, I’m enjoying weaning a lot more than just milk feeding, which in general I never got the hang of – when to do it, how much, etc, etc! So food is good. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Got it.
I’ll do a progress report soon, but today I wanted to share some photos of Reuben in his new high chair, sort of eating. Because in my humble opinion, he looks adorable!!
So, back to baby led weaning recipes…
What I know of baby led weaning is you’re meant to give your baby things on a tray and let them ‘play’ with it. Smear around, mash into their hair, eyes and ears, and throw on the floor. During this process they might eat some. I’m not overly keen on the idea of this kind of mess – mud, yes, paint, yes, food, no. But it’s good for hand eye coordination, it’s simple, and teaches your baby to chew so we try it, don’t we?
Previously we tried the Nuby Nibbler feeding net. I like the Nibbler, this is my kind of finger food. You put food in the net, and it contains the mess! Reuben knew exactly what to do with it too – here’s a vine (i.e. 7 seconds!) of him on his second attempt at using it. Piece of cake (well banana).
A Nuby Nibbler Vine
Today as a first attempt at baby led weaning, Reuben had peas (which he smeared around and pushed to the corner of his tray, and then threw on the floor), broccoli (which he picked up, studied for ages and did put to his mouth but I’m preeeeetty sure none actually went into his stomach, and then threw on the floor), a bit of cheese (which he poked and squished, and then threw on the floor), and some banana (which he mashed about the tray, put in his mouth, and then threw on the floor). It was fun though!
Cheese – there’s no way this is going in my mouth but I’m willing to mush it up a bit
Broccoli stalk – Mmmm, OK, I know just where to put this…the floor
It seems, however, I’ve got baby led weaning recipes all wrong though. It’s not just steamed veg and bread sticks. There are websites (and books no less) dedicated to proper recipes – I’m talking beef casserole, chicken soup, and mushroom risotto! I’ve got a pal who’s baby has recently rejected the spoon and she’s having to go whole hog baby led, so, the fact such recipes exist is good news for her. And, here’s a few sites if you fancy giving it a shot too…
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