Nicola and Dexter’s Baby Led Weaning Journey

Lovely Mummy Nicola from http://mummytodex.com has been doing baby led weaning for two months now.  Here she shares their baby led weaning journey so far:

We’ve been doing baby led weaning now for just under two months. It’s been such an incredible journey so far, for both me, and my baby Dexter. More than that, it’s been a steep learning curve. Dexter has learnt how to use his pincer grip to pick up small pieces of food while I have taken a crash course in easy food preparation. 

The most challenging aspect for me has been finding the time to prepare delicious and nutritious food without compromising on the time I spend with Dex. It’s hard enough to fit all the feeds, cleaning, baby classes and playtime in, without having to also squeeze in cooking three times a day. Meal prep has been the absolute key for me during this period as well as having lots of space in the freezer to stack different foods and meals. Maternity leave is all about baby classes, coffee shops and soft plays, so it has also been important to me to make foods that can be eaten on the go. 

What Dexter eats:

Breakfast

A lot of us skip breakfast in the morning, but for young brains, breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. It needn’t be complicated or boring. We try a variety of different foods each day, many of which can be premade. Pancakes are an absolute staple. We make all sorts of different types: traditional flour, egg and milk pancakes; sweet potato pancakesbanana pancakes and butternut squash pancakes. Every type can be made in advance and either stored in the fridge for a couple of days or frozen for when you need them. When you are completely lazy like me, it’s great to be able to grab a few pancakes out of the freezer instead of having to stand over the hob making fresh ones before you’ve even had your morning coffee!

Pancakes aren’t the only thing I store in my freezer for breakfast time. I keep crumpets (perfectly soft when buttered or slathered with peanut butter or cream cheese); muffins (like these yummy banana and raisin ones) and porridge cups or fingers.

Lunch

I prefer to have things ready for lunch that can be thrown in a Tupperware box and taken out of the house. Most of the time we are out at a baby class or visiting friends, so I need something that can be transportable. Pinwheels are absolutely ideal for this. They are easy to batch make and taste incredible. It takes all my efforts not to eat them all when I make them! What’s great about pinwheels is how versatile they are. You can use a whole range of ingredients to make a tasty and healthy piece of food. Try these tomato, spinach, ham and cheese ones here or these pizza pinwheels.

Another easily transportable food is the egg muffin. I first found out about these when I did a bit of Slimming World after Dex was born. You crack a few eggs in a bowl and then stir in some ingredients – tomatoes, cheese, grated courgette, spinach, flaxseed, the list is endless. You pour the mixture into muffin cups and bake for ten minutes. They make a nutritious lunch alongside a couple of rice cakes and a piece of fruit, or an ideal snack for on the go.

Dinner

Eating dinner together as a family is one of the few joys in life for me. The best bit about baby led weaning is that baby can just have a little bit of whatever you’re having, so no need to cook two separate meals. We cook a wide range of meals from chicken curry to spaghetti Bolognese. Nothing is off limits.

What’s important to me is that I can batch cook. Put simply, I make enough food to last three meals and freeze it. It can be incredibly difficult to stop my husband going back for thirds (or fourths!) so I try and get this batch cooking done when he is at work or out cycling. A slow cooker has been a great investment for us. It means I can bung a few ingredients in it of a morning and not have to worry about it all day. I haven’t changed anything about how I cook our meals except for one crucial thing: I no longer add salt while cooking and skip adding honey if the recipe calls for it. 

Baby led weaning has worked so well for us , it’s been truly amazing to watch Dexter learn how to pick up the food and put it in his mouth. Family members are always astounded when they see him feeding himself with minimal intervention. We have been lucky that we have had hardly any gagging; it lasted only the first week or two and now only occurs when he has something particularly hard. I recommend this method of weaning to anyone who wants to try.


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