14/01/2014 at 20:31
I started weaning both my children at 6 months with purees and finger food particularly at snack time. But the batch cooking can feel endless! Did anyone else feel like this? I know it's worth it especially as I can't really give them what we eat as it's not really appropriate (eat spicy food and not a lot of meat). I love it when my freezer is full of food for them but dread it when it starts to run low!!
14/01/2014 at 21:12
Hi Mummy Swan
I did mainly purees with my first daughter however like you I found the batch cooking endless and in all honesty mindlessy boring. This time round I am doing breakfast as a puree and then the rest is BLW. So for example breakfast this week is weetabix with some formula milk as Ive stopped bf now and then lunch today was an omlette with sliced peppers and cheese and then dinner tonight was garlic bread and ravioli. I'm finding it so refreshing not having to keep going to the freezer for pureed parsnip or carrot or apple. My lg is loving the BLW although it took her about 2 weeks to get into it.
14/01/2014 at 21:41
I try to spend an evening a week cooking food for Annabel. I will make her a batch of food to put in the freezer in small pots. She is just 11 months now, so mostly eats what we do, my husband gets annoyed as he use to have the 'leftovers' the same foods for a day or two, but now I swipe it all for Annabel ha ha.
It is hard to constantly ensure you have healthy, quick and easy food to hand all the time. But make huge pots, and allocate a space in the freezer. It takes a lot of organising.
15/01/2014 at 21:09
Thanks guys! Yes I am quite organised with just putting aside a night every so often to cook, I love the easiness of pulling something pre cooked into the microwave to heat through. We're doing finger food at lunchtimes now (and some at dinner) and it does mean that we don't go through the purees as quick which is a bonus!
16/01/2014 at 00:09
I did BLW with my daughter & so have never given any purees or cooked any different meals for them. From 6 months they can have almost any meals that you have (the only exceptions are honey, whole nuts & to limit the salt intake). My daughter had meat with her first meal & loves spicy food. Have you tried giving the meals that you eat to your children? Having never done purees I'm not the best positioned to compare but I can imagine that it's a bit of a faff preparing lots of different meals & blending & freezing them. For us, giving the same meals has meant only making 1 meal for all of us & being able to eat my meal at the same time as they can feed themselves. Just a thought but if you enjoy what you're doing & traditional weaning works for you then fab.
16/01/2014 at 20:04
My children do like spicy food which is good and often make them curries etc. But we eat mainly quorn which I have given to them when we've had leftovers but obviously it doesn't have the iron in etc. Plus we never really have leftovers... Eat too much and then my husband has the rest for lunch!!
We have a nice balance of prepared meals and finger food now which is good along with easy lunches which means very little preparation.
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