Mr H is now eight months old and is well into the weaning process. Like his older siblings before him, we opted to take a ‘baby led weaning’ process. I’m not a huge fan of that term if I’m honest and it can get people’s backs up a little.
I’ve had comments that we don’t do ‘true’ baby led weaning as we load up spoons for the children (apparently a no no) and I know others that have a taken a pureed approach and get defensive about their choices.
We opted to take the route we have taken as it worked well with Mr D and Miss E and, frankly, third child on I simply don’t have the time to be steaming, pureeing, mashing up various food stuffs – I just about manage to get my own meal whilst it is still hot so the prospect of have to spoon food Mr H doesn’t appeal to me!
The approach we have taken is to simply give him the same as we are eating, with the exception fo fish and eggs which I always wait until around 10 months for.
This has worked well and he really seems to enjoy his food, although when he doesn’t want something he makes it quite clear and will push things away. He is a big fan of croissants, bananas, parsnips and carrots. He hasn’t yet mastered drinking water, and I think we might try out a different cup for him if he still isn’t getting on with this one we currently have in a month.
We were sent a copy of The Flavour-Led Weaning Cookbook by Zainab Jagot Ahmed, which is officially released later this week, to take a look at.
We did a couple of recipes from the book last week and they went down well – as you can see from the pics below.
This is a great little book, especially for those who are weaning their first baby. There is a whole section devoted to how to wean and Zainab details her ‘flavour-led weaning’ and explains what it is and how it works. She also provides some good and useful information around vitamins and a reminder of the things that young babies really don’t need in their diet (like salt and sugar).
The book follows a puree method of weaning, so I skipped the first couple of pages. There does look to be some good ideas and I liked how the tastes are built up gradually.
There are plenty of great family recipes in this book, so even when your little one is fully weaned there are plenty of recipes in this book you’ll want to use as part of your regular family meals. We have so far tried the Easy Cheesy Shepherd’s Pie and the Simple Garden Veg Paella.
The paella was delicious and was super easy to make. I don’t often make this sort of dish as it can often require a lot of attention when cooking. This recipe was really simple.
The instructions are really easy to follow and I found the preparation and cooking time guides to be fairly accurate. The easy shepherd’s pie wasn’t one I tried (vegetarian) but Damian tells me it was really tasty and Mr H seemed to enjoy it.
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