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15/07/2013 at 21:34
As part of the 'real user' content for the Mumdrum, Sarah and the team are looking to include a section about BLW - so for this we need your hints, tips, experiences and advice.
I will start the ball rolling by sharing my big list of BLW recipes (and the advice to strip baby down before mealtimes to save on washing!)
Asparagus, sundried tomato & olive loaf
100ml olive oil, plus extra for greasing
250g asparagus spears, each cut into 3 pieces
200g self raising flour
1 tbsp thyme leaves
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
handful pitted black olives
100g sundried tomatoes, roughly chopped
100g gruyere or beaufort, grated
Heat oven to 190/fan 170/gas 5.
Oil and line the base of a loaf tin (approx 22 x 10 x 5cm) with baking paper.
Cook the asparagus in boiling (salted) water for 2 mins, drain, then cool quickly under cold running water. Pat dry
Mix flour and thyme with seasoning in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre, then add the eggs, milk and oil, stirring all the time to draw the flour into the centre. Beat for 1 min to make a smooth batter.
Reserve 5 asparagus tips and a few olives. Add the remaining asparagus, tomoatoes, olives and two-thirds of the cheese to the batter. Pour into the tin, then put the reserved asparagus and olives on top. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
Bake for 35-40 mins until the cake feels firm to the touch and is golden and crusty on top. Cool in the tin for 5 mins then turn out and cool on a wire rack
Sugar Free Banana Bread
15/07/2013 at 22:29
No recipes from me as we literally gave our son the same food we had, but the key thing I'd say is just relax and go with the flow. The more relaxed you are the better it will go. Trust your baby will get all the nutrition it needs at each stage so don't panic if they won't eat much for a while at the start. Oh, and part of that relaxing is to not stare at your baby when they eat or get jumpy if they cough a little otherwise they can pick up on your anxiety and become fussy or lose confidence. Also, I'd hate someone to stare at me whilst eating, so I bet a baby is the same.
Wipeable floor mat is handy (from poundshop), disposable bibs when out (saves carrying messy ones home), a normal fabric bib under a regular plastic one (if you use them) will cut down on stains. Um... Think that's it? Oh, and watch out for coloured icing or glitter on cupcakes. The poo resulting from a 1st birthday cake was a very fetching shade of bright green with sparkly glitter.
15/07/2013 at 22:31
My top tip is to strip them down to a nappy only when you start. Made it much easier to relax not worrying about clothing. We could then take her straight up to the bath and wash her down. I tended to save the messiest meals until dinner time for this reason.
15/07/2013 at 22:34
My top tip is have a dog to clear up the mess!
16/07/2013 at 06:06
Make sure you have a highchair that can be cleaned easily as food will get into all the nooks and crannies.
16/07/2013 at 07:21
My top tip is have a dog to clear up the mess!
Haha, ditto but with cat here.
My top tips are -
- bibs with arms
- don't put too much or too many different things on their plate/tray at first.
- cook extra to compensate for escaping food - some things just slip through their fingers.
- don't bother with a plate for a while - it's just a distraction and something else to go on the floor. Straight on the tray is far easier.
- the River Cottage Baby and toddler cookbook is pretty good and talks about blw.
16/07/2013 at 08:45
Sit on your hands and learn the difference between gagging/choking.
I use flannels for clean ups, cheap, no chemicals and otherwise you get through a million baby wipes per meal.
Don't have too high expectations, Isaac didn't start properly 'eating' until 10m and before then it was more about small tastes and play.
Also second a good (simple) high chair and splash mat.
16/07/2013 at 08:56
Doing a first aid course is useful too, to reassure you that you'd know what to do should something happen.
16/07/2013 at 08:59
Easy Clean high chair
Large splash mat
strip off for meal times or buy bibs with sleeves
pre loaded spoons are great at breakfast time
don't worry about the mess
16/07/2013 at 09:01
don't be afraid to try different flavours, disco liked green curry (very mild) and chilli early on
16/07/2013 at 09:40
Cherry Pie said she used to cut a bin liner in half and spread it out under the highchair. I now do this too. Not very eco-friendly but soooo easy, all the bits from the tray are swept onto it and then the whole lot is bundled up and put in the bin.
16/07/2013 at 11:52
My tip is to keep bits in the freezer for times when you have a takeaway or unsuitable baby meal.
If you use bibs, put it on over the top of the fabric harness to stop food getting stuck inside.
Always eat with baby, they literally just learn to cope.
Think about where you eat when buying a high chair.. we got one that goes up and down because we eat lots on the sofa and at the breakfast bar so two very different heights.
Wash bibs out with fairy liquid after use. Hang back up for next use... leaving them in the heat isn't pretty and leads to staining.
Run the bath when you finish eating ready to dunk baby in when they've finished!
Also milk feeds first so b they are able to concentrate on playing.
Nappy bags have been valuable here for picking up soggy remaining foods
Chart what baby eats incase of reactions and keep checking and retrying unsuccessful foods.
Keep a plate in the fridge to put food onto to cool babies quicker so you can eat together.
16/07/2013 at 23:29
I think I'll probably end up repeating a lot of the same things from above but here goes:
* use long sleeved fabric bibs (a few pounds at Tesco)
* Buy a few value shower curtains, cut in half then tip out food & wash in the washing machine
* Don't bother buying any baby products & just give real food
* Buy an easy to look after highchair like the cheap & cheerful Ikea Antilop that's easy to wash
* Look up the difference between choking & gagging
* For a few weeks before weaning let your baby sit at the table and play with spoons & cups to get used to the social aspect of meal times
* Read the Gill Rapley BLW book (borrow it from the library & scan/photograph the important bits)
* Share the important parts with parents & inlaws & anyone else looking after your baby so that they understand the rationale behind it
* & lastly, don't put the highchair anywhere near a wall as it's amazing how far a noodle or piece of pasta can travel!!!!
17/07/2013 at 06:36
Also, don't worry of your baby isn't ready or doesn't eat anything straight away. We started at 6 months with E, but, with reflection, she wasn't really ready until more like eight months. She was ten months before food was of any nutritional value to her at all.
And, 'food before one is just for fun'.
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