What Lola Taught Me About Weaning

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The good, the bad and the yammy…

We were so excited to get Lola onto solids at six months, but we also tried to take our time and gradually introduce new foods every week.

The Beginning

The faces she makes are hilarious and I love her tasting new flavours, however I’m such a worrier when it comes to her having a balanced diet. Firstly we started on apple, which now I realised might’ve been a mistake as she loves everything sweet, and she has also developed an obsession with toast and fruit tubes.

Every mum says that it doesn’t matter too much what she eats as long as she’s eating, but considering I take my babies diet far more seriously than my own, I want her to have the best.

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Now

I spend weekends and evenings cooking for her different meals so even when I’m not home to feed her, I feel like I’m contributing to her day. Kip already pointed out that I dedicate more hours to beetroot muffins and burrito bowls than I do to any of our dinners – and I haven’t baked him a cake in years! The good things, I make enough for us all and just add seasoning to the adult portions.

Of course I can’t make everything and she does eat pre-made porridge, fruit tubes and jars from Hipp Organic, but the variety of flavours in Dubai are so limited and I feel it’s important to do as much as I can – even she rejects 80% of my meals. It can be disheartening, but I’ve learnt to accept that its a process, I take her lead and honestly its amazing to see her developing her own taste (but I will get that broccoli down her one day!)

What We Use

We do baby led and spoon feeding as she’s great with both, I haven’t bought any specific equipment apart from a hand-held blender, and I tend to use Tommee Tippee for plates and spoons, with Bamboo Bamboo plate as her main dinner dish.

Below I share our routine and some of her favourite recipes from Young Gums: Baby Food with Attitude: A Modern Mama’s Guide to Happy, Healthy Weaning by Beth Bentley.

6.30am Wake up. 240ml of Hipp Organic 2 formula

8am Snack of banana/ raspberries/ strawberries/watermelon

8.30am Nap

10.30am Hipp Organic porridge/toast and avocado with yogurt/ Shakshuka/ banana pancakes

12pm Nap

1.30pm Lunch of either turkey casserole, penne with tomato, or chicken and vegetable jar from Hipp Organic or one of her favourite meals like wholemeal pasta with cream cheese and avocado sauce/ Moroccan tagine/ baby burrito (beef, kidney beans, garlic tomato paste cooked with shredded sweet potato served with baby guac and yogurt) or sweet jacket potatoes with baby Mexican filling

3pm Nap or snack of corn fritters/beetroot or cheese and courgette muffins

4.30pm Dinner of either turkey casserole, penne with tomato or chicken and vegetable jar from Hipp Organic or one of her favourite meals like wholemeal pasta with cream cheese and avocado sauce/ Moroccan tagine/ baby burrito or sweet jacket potatoes with baby Mexican filling

6.30pm Bedtime milk before bath and sleep

As always, I’d love to hear your experiences on here on Instagram and thank you so much for stopping by the blog! x

 

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