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Weaning Journey Part 2 – The Mixed Approach

August 14, 2016

Paisley has done so very well at weaning so far and we are very much enjoying the journey. If you read part 1 of our weaning journey, you’ll know we opted for a mixture of baby led weaning and purees. Now, at 7 months old, she is happily eating 3 meals a day and we only really have the purees as a base/sauce for mixing with chunkier things or for adding flavour. She is able to manage lumps very well which I think has been helped on with the baby led side of it which is also going spectacularly.
We aren’t in any set routine of what she has for each meal as we are still experimenting so I will be sharing with you some of the things we’ve tried for each meal time, some of the products we’ve used and towards the end of the post there is also a giveaway running to win an Oxo Tot Mash Maker. We were sent one of these to try from OxoTot in exchange for our honest opinion and to run a giveaway so all words are my own. So, here’s a run down of what we’ve done so far…You want some?

Breakfast.

Paisley always has her boobie juice as soon as she wakes up and we’re all still in bed. Then she’ll typically have a little play on the floor while I sort everyones breakfasts.
For baby led breakfasts she has anything from scrambled egg on toast, blueberry and banana pancakes, slices of apples, oranges, and bananas, eggy bread, crumpets and croissants and hard boiled eggs.
If we are having a spoon fed breakfast, it can range from porridge with blueberries, to yoghurt with apple and pear purees mixed in and she’s also had weetabix.

Lunch

Lunch is normally baby led and to be honest is where I need to up my game a bit.
She has enjoyed cheese and ham pinwheels, steamed vegetables such a as cauliflower, broccoli, mange tout, baby corn, fresh fruit such as apples, bananas and chopped blueberries and some cheese fingers and hard boiled eggs. I would like to include more variety in to her lunches. Things that take little time to prepare but are full of flavour and good for her (well, all of us really).

 

Dinner

Her dinner really does depend on what we’re having. If we cooking a fresh healthy meal from scratch (something we are making a conscious effort to do more of)  I’m happy for her to eat it too. All we do with this is cut her some pieces that she can easily grip and let her have them. If it’s not something that’s ideal for being held, for example we had cauliflower and broccoli cheese last week which was really messy and cheesy, I either spoon feed it to her as it is or run it through the Mash Maker and then spoon it to her.
Sometimes we’ll do a combination of both so I would spoon feed her one part of the meal but let her feed herself the rest if its something like veg or sweet potato wedges or similar.
She is starting to get the hang of the spoon herself too, I can normally load it up and put it on her tray and she will pick it up and successfully get the right end into her mouth and get the food off it.

The messy truth of batch cooking.

The messy truth of batch cooking.

If, on the odd day we’re having a lazy day and having a ‘bung it in the oven’ type dinner that I’m not happy for her to eat (normally due to salt content etc)  then we will pull out one of her frozen portions from the freezer and let her have that instead. They only take a minute in the microwave and I know that even if I’m not eating the best, at least she is.
So for dinners so far she has tried all sorts of things including a good hearty roast, many rice and pasta dishes, chicken, sausages, lots of different veg and mostly she is doing it herself. I realise I haven’t really shared a lot of her meals but I will be making a much bigger effort to share them on Instagram  so do give me a follow on there if you are interested in seeing what she’s having.

Snack timeKiddylicious snacks

For snacks, we mainly give her a piece of fruit, cheese or egg but I’ve also been using some of the crispy type snacks you can get in most supermarkets. Shop bought baby food isn’t nearly as bad as it used to be with so many food regulations in place and many of us consciously wanting to make the best food choices for our children, so I am more than happy to giver her things like the Organix,  Kiddylicious and Ella’s kitchen ranges. These are great as Dexter is more than happy to eat them too. The packets generally last a while as I only give them a few each at a time and then seal the packets shut with a food bag clip. They’re also very handy for keeping in my bag or in the car if we are out longer than expected or if either of them get hungry.

What we use

So far, we haven’t bought anything particularly new for Paisley. She’s got that whole second child syndrome going on where almost everything she has was originally her brothers. She has got a new high chair and after asking a lot of other parents we opted for the basic Ikea Antilop high chair. As you would expect from ikea, it’s very simple in its design. It’s easy to clean, is the perfect hight for our table and the legs come off so we can easily take it to my Mum’s if we are heading there for dinner.
We didn’t get any new plates or bowls, we have the Ikea Kalas Plates for Dexter that were less that £1 for 6 and they’re still going strong. That said, it’s not very often we even give her a plate a we tend to just put her food on her high chair tray.
For mashing her food, we have been using the Oxo Tot Mash Maker which has been useful for batch cooking. I’ve used it a couple of times for just mushing up a banana for breakfast but mostly I’ve used it for portioning. It’s quite simple to use, you just put in a meal sized portion in the bottom part, put the grinder on top and turn the handle. This pulls the food through and mashes it at the same time. It’s lightweight, easy to use (Dexter loves to have a go and help me) and easy to clean (also dishwasher safe) and makes batch cooking that bit easier too.. You can actually win one of these in the giveaway at the bottom of the post too.

Mash maker

What next?

As a family, we’ve have taken Paisley’s introduction to food as a starting point to change the way we eat. While we do still have some easy, oven dinners sometimes, we have been making a conscious effort to meal plan. We look at the food we have and meal plan around it. We have recently started ordering a veg box delivery too so that we know we always have stock of fresh, in season fruit and veg that we can incorporate into our meals.
We have also decided to make Mondays on our house ‘meat free’ at dinner time. This is to encourage us to try new meals but also to get us eating more vegetables. Especially Dexter – unless its baked beans or a form of potato, he’s not interested!
I hope to be sharing a lot more of meals with you, not just Paisleys but ours too.

If you are looking at starting weaning soon, why not enter my giveaway below to try and win your own Oxo Tot Mash Maker and If you have enjoyed this post, please share it with your friends.
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86 Comments

  • Reply Tracy Nixon August 15, 2016 at 8:58 am

    Baby led – I always started off with rice and cereal based solids then introducing different flavours gradually. I usually blend veg/meat in a blender when preparing our family meals, then pop in ice cube trays and freeze.

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 15, 2016 at 11:28 am

      Yeah we did the ice cube trays, so handy as it’s already portioned

  • Reply emma walters August 15, 2016 at 9:33 am

    i’m doing a bit of both, i usually end up with a cold tea by the time a have chopped and mashed Eva’s tea up though

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 15, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Cold tea is the worst!

  • Reply gemma hendry August 15, 2016 at 10:38 am

    just about to start weaning our little girl, going to start with baby rice then move onto veggies

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 15, 2016 at 11:29 am

      aww all the best with it 🙂

  • Reply lucy higgins August 15, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    My niece loves mashed carrot and swede! My sister just uses a masher so this would be perfect!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 15, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Ohh we’ve not tried swede yet! I’ll add it to the list.

  • Reply jessica woods August 15, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    My nephew is nearly ready to be weaned this would be great for him

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 15, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      It’s such a fun stage

  • Reply Katie Skeoch August 15, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    Baby led. We try different flavours with our youngest (another on the way). I prep & freeze for quickness when I get a minute! Sunday night is meal prep night

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 15, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      Thats What I was doing last night too hahaha

  • Reply Sharon stanley (@Shandy2008) August 15, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    sweet potato, chicken, mash and gravy

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 16, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      Mmmmmm Sweet potato!

  • Reply Samantha O'D August 15, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    mushed up Sunday dinner for about 2 months then baby led. My daughter will not accept food from anyone, she likes to feed herself. She loves pasta. We feed her the same as everyone else or she’s not interested.

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 16, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Ooh we love a good roast! We have quite a few in the freezer already

  • Reply Penny H August 15, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    This would be perfect – we are at the first puree stage at the moment and she especially likes red peppers, sweet potatoes, spinach and fruits.

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 16, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      Ooh we haven’t tried peppers yet!

  • Reply Claire Nutman August 15, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    I cook and then divide into portions and freeze, and use fresh ingredients !

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 16, 2016 at 5:30 pm

      We do too, makes it so easy

  • Reply Claire Sutherland August 15, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    We are not quite at the weaning stage yet so not tips to offer quite yet!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 16, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      Ah well good luck when you get there, it’s a great time!

  • Reply Ruth Harwood August 16, 2016 at 6:56 am

    we simply mash up what we’re having, or the parts that can be mashed!!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 16, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      Keeps it simple 🙂

  • Reply Sally Collingwood August 16, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Baby led, always start with very bland food like baby rice and slightly increase weekly, not too fast.

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 16, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      We never did rice, I wonder if she would eat it

  • Reply laura stewart August 16, 2016 at 10:02 am

    my daughter loves banana 🙂

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 16, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      We have a little banana fan too

  • Reply Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog) August 16, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Stewed apple and custard is a fav!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 16, 2016 at 5:32 pm

      Oh, that sounds yum!

  • Reply Amanda August 16, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    Mashed banana is a hit with my little one 🙂

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 17, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      We had that today, it went everywhere!

  • Reply Lisa Wilkinson August 16, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    My little girl won’t eat of a spoon so we have had to do baby-led. I do steamed veg and fruit sticks to begin with.

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 17, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      Steamed veg is a good way to start 🙂

  • Reply Rich Tyler August 17, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Mashed Banana & Baby Rice

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 17, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      Banana seems a popular choice

  • Reply Karolina Rozwarska August 17, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    My daughter loves chicken soup and carrots!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 17, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      Ohhhhh chicken soup! Yummy

  • Reply janine atkin August 17, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    my nephew is being weaned and he eats anything we put in front of him!!!!

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 18, 2016 at 9:54 am

      Paisley is the same! She certainly loves her food

  • Reply Kerry Kilmister August 17, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    My daughter loves butternut squash x

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 18, 2016 at 9:54 am

      ohh yes, that’s a favourite here too

  • Reply Laura Harrison August 18, 2016 at 12:01 am

    I prepare a large batch and freeze in portions xx

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 18, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Easiest way I think

  • Reply Solange August 19, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    Mashed banana always goes down well.

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 20, 2016 at 8:36 am

      It sure does

  • Reply Laura Hood August 19, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Spoon fed I always make fresh so I know exactly what my child is digesting , Iv never really understood LED weaning it scares me lol X

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 20, 2016 at 8:36 am

      Oh it’s simple enough really and you still have control over what they eat.

  • Reply Carly Belsey August 20, 2016 at 5:48 am

    I did baby led weaning mainly but I did prepare my own meals too. Mainly lots of different veg but tried different ones separately first in case there were any issues with them and different meats blended up and frozen in little pots 🙂

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 20, 2016 at 8:37 am

      That’s a good way

  • Reply LEE HARDY August 20, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Try & use what we are eating, the food that is suitable mashed down.

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 20, 2016 at 8:39 am

      thats how we started 🙂

  • Reply kim neville August 20, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Blend our meals up and freeze in little labelled pots.

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 20, 2016 at 8:41 am

      ah yes, dont forget to label

  • Reply Tracey Woods August 20, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Mashed banana

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 20, 2016 at 8:42 am

      another banana fan

  • Reply Hollie Newton August 20, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    I’m a big believer in baby led weaning

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 21, 2016 at 3:45 pm

      It’s so easy!

  • Reply A.E. ADKINS August 20, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Banana, sweet potato, butternut squash and strangely aubergine (not all at once though!)

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 21, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      Yeah Paisley like aubergine too

  • Reply Diana August 20, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    My daughter just turned 6 months. I started introducing her to solids just few days ago and it’s not going very well. She seems to spit everything out and if she’s just about to swallow something she starts gagging :/

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 21, 2016 at 3:46 pm

      She’ll get there. And theres no rush

  • Reply kate andrews August 20, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    It’s baby led, we usually try her with what ever we are eating veg wise, her favourite is mashed banana or strawberries

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 21, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      We’ve not tried strawberries yet. They’re on the list

  • Reply Petra Hora August 20, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    apple and carrot

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 21, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      Paisley loves apple

  • Reply Richell Lever August 20, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    I spoonfed as I just didn’t like the mess and I also have a better idea on how much they were eating.

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 21, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      Yes we did that with my first, much less messy

  • Reply JUDITH LUSCOMBE August 20, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    My little grandson eats the same as us but this prize would be very useful to mash the veg.

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 21, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      It makes it so easy

  • Reply Caroline Buckley August 20, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    I’m just about to start weaning my 6 month old daughter. I hope it’s easier than it was with my son! I’ll start with baby rice

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 21, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      I’ve found it easier the second time

  • Reply Leanne Bell August 20, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    We did purees with our first Daughter (now 6) & a bit of both when weaning our 21 month old. Think we are going to combine again with our newest edition, but she is a bit too young to start at the moment.

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 21, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Yeah we did purees with our first too.

  • Reply Natalie Thomason August 21, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Fruits and soft foods

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby August 21, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      keeps it easy

  • Reply Adrian Bold August 21, 2016 at 1:03 am

    My nephew Jack is nearly ready for the weaning stage This would be great for him!

  • Reply carol boffey August 21, 2016 at 7:01 am

    Mashed cauli and carrots

  • Reply Shannon August 21, 2016 at 8:30 am

    I wasn’t keen on the baby led approach but my baby boy had other ideas. Whatever I make for the rest of the family I take some out for him, before we add sauces and spices.

  • Reply Kim Styles August 21, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Baby led -I use lollipop moulds to freeze meals as they hold the right amount for a meal at the moment . I make a lot of pumpkin or marrow based meals mixed with other flavours as it is a favourite

  • Reply Allan Fullarton August 21, 2016 at 10:35 am

    We do as well. It make it so easy.

  • Reply Jayne Kelsall August 21, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Still on milk at the moment but some great ideas above .x

  • Reply katie robertson August 21, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    My daughter loves banana and spinach puree’s I have banana and spinach smoothies on a morning and she has some too before I add sugar and coconut milk to mine. She has a combination of baby led and spoon fed meals she loves sharing the same foods as me so she will have her puree on a morning and then she will have finger foods the rest of the day. I prep the puree with my nutribullet and only give her what she will usually eat and as for the finger food I just cut them into vertical slices and serve.

  • Reply Chris Bull August 21, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    My grandson is just 5 weeks old but we intend to try baby led this time 🙂

  • Reply Terrie-Ann Wright August 21, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    I aren’t at the weaning stage, but I plan to keep trying flavours just because a child doesn’t like a flavour the first time doesn’t mean their taste buds won;t adjust to it.

  • Reply Caroline O'Keeffe August 21, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    I’m doing spoon led weaning as we had to start weaning early due to terrible reflux. She’s now 6 months and basically has whatever we have but mashed to lumpy puree. Little gannet eats anything and everything so proud of her x

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