- Exploring Solids For The First Time!
Food, glorious food! This is my Weaning Part 2 blog, sharing Kian’s first week meals of solids!
Food becomes a part of our everyday life, almost automatically. It also bring with it a social occasion – going out for dinner with friends or sitting round the table for a family meal and catch up. Yet, it’s so new to little babies who have only been used to milky liquid and not yet familiar with the texture of solid food – they have so much to learn! How to accept food, to pick up food themselves, to chew and swallow and much more!
At the same time, babies need protein, carbs, iron and all that good stuff! Having a baby is completely new to me- had never been around babies before Kian, so weaning is another unknown world to me. It was also strange that my little nini would eat ‘grown-up’ food like chicken! Was thinking, how will I also have time to get 3 meals a day into the already busy schedule?! But I got my head around it (and still exploring!) and here’s what we had in our first week meal plan:
Breakfast (at 9 o’clock)
I tried a couple of breakfast options in his first week. His favourite (which he ate up- and wanted to even eat the bowl!) was Aptamel porridge mixed with ripened bananas, apples with a sprinkle of cinnamon! It’s really lovely! The porridge is full of its own vitamin etc. You simply mix it with water (which gives you the softened texture), mash the banana a little. The apples have to be peeled, take pips out, cut into pieces, steam them then put them into the blender (but don’t make it super smooth)- mix it all together. It’s delicious and so nutritious. The other thing we had for breakfast was scrambled eggs (made with butter and cooked through) with cottage cheese and pineapple pieces.
Lunch (at 12.30pm)
We had a mix of chicken, fish and beef for meats, with rice, pasta, eggs and lots of veg!
For fish- he had white Basa fillet and salmon. You have asked me how we cooked it. The white fish, I put in foil and cooked in oven with a few drops of oil. The salmon I put in microwave. He had this with sweet potato and lentils.
While I am on the lentils- it’s a great thing as it’s packed with Iron which is so important for babies, who can sometimes develop an iron deficiency. You can do this in lots of ways, but I simply boiled it mixed with carrots and celery and put it in the blender.
Also for lunch, when they are full of energy, it’s a good time to practice the baby-led weaning and let them feed themselves!
One of our fave lunchtime
I like this meal for that: Cucumber sticks (peal it, cut the seeds out) but make them long so they can hold it, with the lentils mix and some avocado on the side. It just works and all different textures!
Dinner (at 6pm)
A favourite is a chicken dish: boil chicken in water with veg like carrots, sweet potato, leek, onion and celery- then put in blender. He had it with a mix of rice, on its own and pasta. It’s healthy and yummy! A good tip is also if you just take the liquid, you can use it as stock for other meals, and if you make a lot, you can add salt, pepper etc and turn it into a soup for the family too (no salt for babies though).
I also cooked Kian his first pasta bolognese with beef (another iron-rich source)- it was delicious and he loved it! Will share the recipe in my next blog! Keep an eye.
If you’re busy like me and thinking, I just don’t have the time for all this (especially if you are working alongside all of this, like me) then don’t worry, I thought the same thing, but once you get into it, you will make it work! The key is to batch cook and be clever with what you put in the fridge ready for his meals that day and next, and what you put into the freezer. I love those amazingly sized plastic containers! I bought 6 for £1 in pound land and love the colours they come in (so can colour coordinate which is chicken, beef etc).
- Perfect portion size container for batch cooking