04/05/2012 at 12:28
Over the past few years there has been controversy over ready made baby food jars containing things they shouldn't etc but has this put anyone off? I have to admit I was working full time when my boys were tiny so it was a form of massive convenience for me. I made the effort of choosing organic. Nonetheless it has left me feeling a little guilty that I should have made my own!
08/05/2012 at 08:53
I've bought the odd ready meal for when we're out and about (although not jars, I have to say) but I've done the majority of cooking from scratch for DD (who is now 2). I work full time too (although back on mat leave now), but I either cook in bulk or make extra of what we're having, adapted if necessary, so I've always got a good supply of meals in the freezer.
I think the ready meals are ok, but they're expensive compared to cooking your own and seem quite bland compared to home cooked food.
08/05/2012 at 10:11
08/05/2012 at 19:37
As a childcare professional, mum, and Grandmother I wouldn't chose to eat a ready meal myself so wouldn't feel right feeding one to a baby. Cooking fresh gives an introduction to "real family food" I'm with Lizzie and always make sure I have emergency meals in the freezer. If you are worried about vitamins etc then I'm sure your HV will reccomend a suitable vitamin supplement.
Meals are good family social occasions and if baby can eat family food sooner rather than later it's easier and happier for everyone.
08/05/2012 at 20:43
I made everything from scratch for my first. When she was 8 months old we went on holiday and I took a variety of pouches and jars. She refused to touch any of them and I spent my evenings cooking meals for her and she ate chips for most lunches. Never again! My second was given a mixture of everything - jars, homemade, pouches. Admittingly he had a feeding disorder so he was really allowed absolutely anything he wanted as it was better than tube feeding. He now eats more foods than my first. If I did it again I would use a mixture just so that they don't become too fussy.
08/05/2012 at 23:54
09/05/2012 at 22:06
i use mostly homemade for my LO, i make casseroles in the slow cooker over 24 hours, so its all lovely soft and tender - i throw in whatever meat and veg we have, then i only have to put a potato in the microwave and he has a meal. i also use lots of frozen veg for ease - they are no less good for him. We arent very into fish but i know he needs to have it so i have been known to cook some 100% cod fishfingers and cut the batter off! he loves them!
I have relied on jars in the past for puddings like rice pudding - but i always taste everything to test temperature and i have to say they are so bland i now just give him yoghurt mixed with lots of lovely fruit or adult ambrosia creamed rice (it comes in handy microwavable pots) mixed with chopped fruit - much tastier and he loves it. Theres no need at all to get baby cereal - it has more sugar in than weetabix or porridge so LO just has one of the two with more fruit.
i do have some pouches of ella's kitchen fruit for being out and about (they are 100% fruit) but they are 90pence each and dont tasted nearly as nice as fresh fruit to me (although LO loves them i have to say) but when im at home its as easy to reach for the fruit bowl. Personally i never like the idea of giving my LO meat pouches or jars, no offence to anyone else at all but liquidised meat makes me feel a bit funny! Meat cooked in the slow cooker is fine for him or cold meat chopped small.
I did wait till 6 months to wean LO and i know that for people weaning earlier it would be tricky to give some of the above, but i didnt find it too much hassle in the first stages pureeing a bit of fruit and veg and filling up ice cube trays - it was short lived. Im not a great cook by any means but it honestly doesnt feel much hassle at all and LO gets a much greater range of tastes lots of fresh fruit and veg and we save money.x
10/05/2012 at 09:01
10/05/2012 at 09:42
forgot to say that tea times i just crack an egg or open a can of beans, or do something on a jacket potato. This is as easy as giving him something from a jar. have tried him with salad bits but he isnt too keen as doesnt like BLW much, but im sure in time he will have cold stuff too at tea time x
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