I’m about to choke, mentioning that my baby is almost one.
Whhaaaat!? It honestly has been the fastest year ever. It’s been so different with the third (and final) baby because I have savoured all the delicious moments. Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed all my babies, I love babies, but with her there was an appreciation because I knew she’d be my last and I knew it would fly – just not this fast.
My two other children have had the traditional puree and rice cereal start to life. I thought I might do things differently with the new babe and attempt ‘baby led weaning’.
It’s been six months of eating for her and she basically eats whatever we do – including a whole apple, almonds and raw carrot.
She has eight teeth.
I think there are pros and cons to it and for a while I was supplementing with a little puree but not much.
The biggest con by far is the MESS! Holy Moly – don’t attempt it if you are a clean freak. It honestly did my head in – and I’m not a clean freak in the slightest. Other cons are wondering if the baby is getting enough nutrition. For this reason I have continued breast feeding a bit more during the day than I did with my others.
The pros are absolutely the ease of feeding. I make one meal for the five of us. She is independent and can feed herself and I don’t have to sit there spooning food into her mouth. She has gagged a few times and it was scary but I quickly realised that body’s are amazing and she knew what to do.
In the beginning I used these awesome reusable pouches for things like porridge, risotto, soup or if I pureed something. I must admit that if we were having a meal that was a little hard for her to eat I would just whizz it all up in the thermomix to break it up and pop it in a Little Mashie.
So here’s what she ate:
(and please remember I am not a nutritionist or an expert on this stuff in any way. A book that was recommended that I really should have read was this)
- Avocado (first food)
- Pear and apple (steamed at first)
- She began weaning while stone fruits were in season and WOW she devoured them.
- Pumpkin, carrot, broccoli, zucchini, sweet potato, potato, beetroot (steamed or roasted)
- Chicken or Beef meatballs
- Peas and corn and cherry tomatoes
- Porridge with pear puree
- Actual pieces of meat and fish came around 8 months (but she wouldn’t get much in)
- I made these spelt rusks
- Chicken liver pate
- Risotto (we don’t have it very often but when we do she eats it)
- Brown rice cakes with avocado
- Porridge cakes
- Sushi (if we are out and about)
- Spelt pasta with whatever sauce we are eating (we only have pasta about once a month)
- Sourdough bread crusts (leftover from her brother and sister!)
- Sausage’s (gluten and preservative free)
- Sulphur free sultanas and dried apricots.
- Cashews and almonds (from about 11 months)
This is not an exhaustive list. There’s a lot more that she eats. But I wanted to give you a sense of the ordinariness of the food. I must say that avocado has been a godsend. Even if she hasn’t wanted much else, she’ll smash down half an avo in no time. All those healthy fats – the best!
If you think she is less fussy than the others, you’d be wrong. She flings food off her high chair like the best of them…much to my frustration. So I haven’t found that baby-led weaning means a less fussy eater (just my experience).
And being the third child this is not a baby who will be eating cake for the first time at her first birthday party!! Ooops….. She eats my muesli bars, and vanilla cake when they are around. And I’m not super proud of the fact that she’s eaten bliss balls too – raw cacao definitely not recommended for kids under two!
Hope this helps any of you starting off on the journey x