Again I have been off the blogging planet for a while…………..my little baby boy is growing up and now is working on making my kitchen as messy as possible by flicking, smearing and playing with anything edible put in front of him.
I swear my walls are wearing more food then he swallows!!
Previously I was looking forward to this moment having deluded myself into thinking it would be easier.
How wrong was I……………
Weaning isn’t as simple as it sounds.
Firstly you have to decide which method you want to follow – baby led or spoon feeding puree.
Baby led weaning is where the baby sets the pace. They feed themselves and rather then having purees you give them ‘real food’.
The idea behind baby led is that the baby gets use to real textures and foods and are therefore less fussy as they grow up. It also allows them to discover their own gag reflex, and develop hand to mouth co-ordination. In babies there gag reflex if a lot shallower then an adults, therefore the food never (in theory) should be able to block or choke the baby as they cough it up before it gets that far.
This method can be very messy!!!!!
Spoon feeding is just what it says on the tin, you spoon feed you baby foods that have been blended beyond recognition. This does allow your baby to take on more food earlier then baby led as the parents have more control over how much is eaten.
I decided to try a mixture of both.
I got along fine with the spoon feeding but was not enjoying the baby led bit.
My problem was that I was too nervous while watching Snoop sucking on bits of banana and rusks. On several occasions as I watched him cough and struggle with bits that had broken off in his mouth. It was instinct to try and help him remove the pieces when all a long I should have allowed him to work it out himself .
I decided to halt my baby led journey in a bid to calm my nerves, till my friend recommending letting Snoop feed himself something like a yogurt.
Although spoon fed sounds like and easy option it by no means is less time consuming!
I know there are plenty of jarred foods I could be buying I don’t fancy the idea of feeding Snoop from a jar when thats the last thing I would do for me and Adrian.
There is only one thing for it and that is to make all the food from scratch.
This way you know exactly what is going into your baby. Sorted.
To make life easier the food is best made up in batches and frozen in ice cube trays as these make perfect portion sizes.
My freezer is now filled with ice trays filled with all sorts of pureed veg and sorts.
And of-course you need a bit of variety, hence Thursdays have become cooking days where I spend all day cooking up batches and freezing them.
It does feel quite satisfying to fill the trays up and look at the little portions all ready for him. Even more so when he munches down on the food you have lovingly prepared for him.
I am finding though that in the same way he had to learn how to feed from my breast, he also has to learn how to eat food as up to now he knows that he eats by sucking. This means he spends a lot of time wearing his lunch.
But as my Aunty says…as soon as it spills on to their chins you want to spoon it back in.
For recipes and guidance on what to prepare I have used Annabel Karmel’s cookbook.
Snoop will be a paleo baby 80% of the time but for now we are just working on the transition from milk to solids so I am not going to fuss over the odd deviation from the paleo wagon. He at least hasn’t had bread, wheat or rice so far.
The highchair you can see in the picture is awesome. Very sturdy and really easy to put together. You can adjust the settings literally with one hand and best of all the straps are vinyl for ease of cleaning.
Fisher Price @ Boots Best of all if you order form Boots you get a load of points for your advantage card!!
Also I am back at the gym working as from yesterday and will have an exciting event coming up in May.
Watch this space for more details………..
Sally Dixey is a Crossfit London Coach