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22/05/2013 at 14:45
Henry's only 4 months so I'm in no rush, but I want to be ready for that 6 month mark. Iv realised I have no clue what he should be eating, how much, when?
I like he sound of blw because to a degree he could eat what we do but with his milk allergy that's going to be pretty hard. I'm thinkin a bit of both, finger foods and pure. So my questions-
Easy finger foods to try?
How much (this applies to puree and finger foods) and at what times of the day?
The pouches of baby food, do you warm them? Put in a bowl? Literally no idea.
22/05/2013 at 14:58
I started O off with porridge (which can be made up with the milk you have for H) at lunchtime. After a few days, I introduced finger foods like bananas cut into chips, toast (you can get dairy free marg or use Vitalite). He also had pureed veg as well as O-friendly version of our meals. It's just a mix of everything we did. The pouches of baby food will tell you what to do with them but you need to be careful with them as milk is used in some of them, beef stew for example. You will end up checking the ingredients of all the packets in the shopping aisle!
22/05/2013 at 15:00
How is Henry 4 months already?!
We did a miz of purees and finger foods. We started with things like banana, cucumber, rice cakes, brocolli or cauliflower, toast, those special baby crisps. Things that disolve or mush down easily. I then just blitzed up some boiled veg so carrot or brocolli or cauliflower, aubergine etc and froze in ice cube trays. I'd literally pop one out and heat for seconds before leaving to cool and spoon feed. We did baby rice too. Then moved onto pouches and jars Plum and Ella's Kitchen were great hits, the orange pouch being a firm fav: carrot & apple I think it was. I never bothered heating those initially, just squeezed into bowl or even onto spoon if out and about and fed that way. Then again as he got older and we did the meal versions of the pouches we followed the heating instructions on the packet.
Oh another thing he loved was beans on toast!
22/05/2013 at 15:02
I did a mixture of puree and finger food. Although i didn't BLW properly i actually highly recommend reading the book. It's got great information about te background behind weaning in general. What foods and when and how to introduce things etc. Well worth a read even if you won't be BLW.
We did fruit and veg finger food from 23 weeks. Just playing with it and sucking them etc for a few weeks. We then slowly moved onto bread and meat. From 6 months they can have anything so i gave P a little of whatever we had to hand....chicken, beef, toast, fish etc.
I remember feeling like it was a complete minefield and having no clue about how to start but, like all baby stuff, you pick it up as you go along. I second what DS says about the pouches having milk in them. I found the Ellas Kitchen pure fruit ones really handy though.
22/05/2013 at 15:08
That's really helpful thanks guys. Re: the pouches, for example I was looking at the Ella's kitchen ones as there's quite a few dairy free, how much of the pouch do you give/will they take initially?
Same with ice cube purée, how many in one sitting?
22/05/2013 at 15:21
You just play it by ear really. P has always been a greedy guts but would probably eat a fruit pouch in 2 or 3 sittings. 1 or 2 ice cube trays at a time. They really do have just a taste to begin with.
I don't think you can really do it wrong as long as you read his reaction. If he's not keen they a taste and build up slowly. If he's opening his mouth and banging his tray for more then give him a little more.
22/05/2013 at 16:49
Honestly, I wouldn't get too hung up on quantities - it was all *very* much hit and miss with C. Some days she'd eat a whole pouch, other days virtually nothing. We started on the Ella's kitchen ones and gradually started introducing different flavours - we would introduce a new flavour once every two/three days, once we knew C wasn't allergic. We'd also give her finger food to play with, if she ate it, it was a bonus. The mix of blw and purees worked well for us as she's a pretty good eater now (read that as: she eats everything in sight, the little chubster )
I would highly recommend the EK pouches - they are the most expensive, but they are the tastiest, and to this day C still prefers them. You can shove them in your handbag, and you can squeeze them straight onto a spoon if you're out.
22/05/2013 at 17:00
Get the BLW cookbook. It has all the basics about BLW and recipes. Once you've read it, itall makes total sense!
Just be chilled about it, don't expect them to eat much at first. Remember the milk they have bf/ff is their main source of nutrition for a long while.
22/05/2013 at 17:26
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22/05/2013 at 17:37
I've done BLW so I've no idea about quantities. She just eats what we're eating & eats however much she wants. I'm afriad I don't know how that would work with milk allergies but good luck with whatever route you choose to go down, BLW or traditional (puree's & finger food)
22/05/2013 at 18:56
Thanks again! So much more clearer. I know i sound like a dunce but I had no clue. And thanks for the links, shall be having a good read x
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