Baby Led Weaning – Follow the Leader, Melon & Bananas

Here is a flash back to our life with Baby Led Weaning – it made feeding Pip Squeak and a Toddler at the same time SO much easier and Pip Squeak got used to different textures much more quickly than her brother did at the same age.

The key is to follow your instincts and watch your baby at all times.

When I was struggling to make the decision to do Baby Led Weaning, a friend made a really interesting observation/ comment: she has been bay led weaning her baby from the start. A friend of hers tried giving her 9-10month old some finger food (having seen how well the baby led weaning baby ate) and the older baby chocked and “sicked it all up”, much to her horror and dismay! The thought was: if you let them have finger food from small on, they learn to eat it – they learn to feel what it is like in the mouth, they learn to chew (with gums), they learn not too have too big a piece. The baby led weaning baby will at first lick, suck and push little pieces around.The older baby hadn’t learnt any of this. I am sure you can convert an older baby – you just need to take it slowly and watch them closely. Give them a chance to learn and not frighten themselves!!!

Will stick to pear, banana and sweet potato for a few days/ maybe a week (these were the first foods Red Ted had), maybe make them both some steamed apple slices and then let her explore some more.

Onwards and upwards!

Baby Led Weaning

I know they say that the whole thing about Baby Led Weaning is to follow your instincts, so you don’t really need any books or manuals. I subscribe to that. The only problem though, is that it takes you a while to figure out a few things:

  • Slippery fruit, leave some skin on – easier to hold and baby will gnaw around it.
  • All food should be at least 2inch long: gives baby something to grip with enough sticking out on top to suck.

Since doing these, Pip Squeak has really explored -carrot & boroccolli today. Melon yesterday. I know the photo inserted isn’t a “proper” BLW photo, as she is only sitting in front of food, but I had to just post it! As I think it is lovely **Proud mum**. She did have a good suck on the melon and the skin really helped.

What is REALLY interesting about BLW, isn’t just that Pip Squeak is happy, but that Red Ted ADORES having some lunch and supper with Pip Squeak. He just wants to feed her stuff and for her to have the same as him. He loves it. Two happy babies!

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Guest post-The Nappy Mountain! (Part 1- Potty Training)

In  case you missed my Guest Post at baby budgeting:

I have been following Baby Budgeting for a while – what an “Ingenious” topic to blog on – after all Babies do cost a fortune! And all of us want the best for our children, providing them with as much nutrition, fun and experiences as possible! Thank you Baby Budgeting for all your ideas so far.

 Being a “little green” (note, the word “little” – I basically “try”), I was pleased to see the “Green Month” theme and even more pleased when I was “allowed” to contribute. There is one topic close to my heart, but I would like to submit two posts over two days which refer to it:

 The Nappy Mountain!

nappy-mountain-cropped

Photo curtesy of Kingston & Merton Nappy Network

 For first two years of your babies life, not only will you be using up over 5000 nappies, it estimated that these will cost you a minimum £800. Every additional half year will mean an approx extra 730 nappies at a minimum of £125 per 6 months! I think that these calculations erred on the side of “cheap” and minimum use. You will probably be spending more!

 There are two ways to help reduce costs and the impact on the environment. I will talk about one today and the other tomorrow….

 Firstly: Potty Training!

Out generation is encouraged by books, media, health visitors and (I don’t doubt) the nappy manufacturer’s to potty train our children later and later. Many families don’t even THINK about potty training until their child is 2.5 years old, let alone starting potty training at that age. And when they do, they frequently use the “half way” house pull up nappies.

 Now think: each month you probably spend at least £20 (optimistically cheap estimate!!). So every month you delay potty training, that is £20 pounds down the drain – in some cases children are trained 18 – 24 months later than it is possible (i.e. at 3 – 3.5yrs) – that is £360 – £480 wasted on nappies alone?! (not mentioning the cost of baby wipes or nappy bags).

 Our parent generation trained children around 18 months. Ok, this means the process is slower, more work and more infuriating, BUT if a child isn’t trained til 3.5yrs – that is at least £500 less spent by our parents.

 I potty trained mine just before his 2nd Birthday. It took 3 weeks (very boring) and we do still have accidents now (4 months later) – but this is normal. No one tells you this. Everyone tells you “we did in 1 day”, “we did in 3 days” – making you wait and wait and for “the right moment”. Some children will take 3 weeks regardless of when you do it. Some will do it faster. It is hard to decide when exactly is the right time.

 Pull up nappies just prolong the process and make money for the nappy companies. Don’t go there. They are a waste of money. Go nappy cold turkey and you will sort it faster. Don’t wait for summer. Do it when it is right. We did it over Christmas – in some ways winter was better, as when Red Ted wet himself it just went into his trousers and not all over the carpet.

 And here’s a scary fact: your child is more likely to experience incontinence problems if (s)he is trained after the age of 32 months  The ONLY observed downside of training early, is that it may take a little longer.

 Ok. Enough lecturing. Save money. Potty Train.

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Spinach & Courgette Pastry

Here is a super duper quick and tasty recipe to keep everyone happy.

Ingredients:

  • Frozen Puff Pastry
  • Spinach (fresh or frozen)
  • Courgettes
  • Pesto
  • Parmesan
  • Pine nuts
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • Roll out the puff pastry
  • Add layer of pesto
  • Add layer of defrosted frozen spinach or generous portion of fresh spinach (remember spinach reduces significantly)
  • Slice and add a layer of courgette
  • Sprinkle pine nuts
  • Pepper
  • Add a bit of parmesan in the last 5min of cooking

Place in oven at around 180C for 30-40min. Check on it, when corners go brown, it is ready!

Yum!

Hope you like it!

For more from me, hop over to Red Ted Art for lots of fun craft ideas and book

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Choc & Raspberry Muffins

Sorry! No photo this time. What a shame too, as the muffins did look rather scrummy, if I say so myself – even if the icing was a bit runny! No photos as they ALL got scoffed before I remembered to take one. And I tell you, that is quite an achievement, I made 12 + a cake (the original ingredients were for far too many, the recipe below is adjusted for about 12 muffins!!!). Much to the dismay of The Englishman and Red Ted, half he cake went to neighbours (saying thanks for all the fab hand me downs we get) and 10 muffins to a tea party in Ham!

Enough. Here is he recipe:

Muffins:

  • 110g Butter
  • 225g Sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 110g flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt (unless you have used salted butter)
  • 60g coco powder
  • 120g milk
  • 1tsp vanilla

Frosting:

  • 150g Butter
  • 200g icing sugar
  • handful of raspberries

Muffins:

Mix sugar and butter. Add eggs & vanilla. Mix all dry ingredients, then add alternating with the milk. Bake in 180 C approx 25min – but check. Also used these ingredients in a cake tin and it worked!!

Icing:

Now my icing went all wrong. So the above is guess work. Not v helpful, eh? But it was yummy and the yummy bit where the raspberries. So. Advice from icing queen: use lots of butter. Whisk for AGES until it is nice and soft. Add some liquidised/ blended raspberries and then icing sugar. Don’t add all the raspberries (like i did) as they are v liquidy. Once you have a nice consistency, add remaining quartered raspberries for flavour and texture.

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More! More! Or why Baby Signing Really works.

Ok, this is really going to sounds like a “sales pitch” for Baby Signing. I am not trying to sell anything (I have never been to a signing class), but just want to “share”. We had such a lovely experience with Red Ted, that I think everyone should consider giving it a go.

Baby Signing

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