A few days ago I posted on my Facebook wall that I was stuck for baby-friendly lunch and dinner ideas. Which started a great discussion… which lead me to writing this.
See, before I had a baby, I could happily survive on just sandwiches (or sometimes I’d forget to it at all!) In fact, before I had to start weaning Alex, I still survived on sandwiches (and an occasional fruit).
When it came to weaning, I realised that (a) I had no patience for puréeing things and cooking separate meals for us and the baby and (b) that Alex was not very happy being spoon-fed the various mush I was giving him.
So Baby Led Weaning seemed like a great option for us. We had a few false starts, of course, Alex being frustrated by not being able to pick things up and eat them (and as a result refusing any food, and screaming bloody murder every time we tried to put him in the high chair), but I’m happy to report it all gets better.
Mealtimes now are not nearly as stressful as they once were, a lot of the time food does get eaten (especially if it’s scrambled egg or a ham sandwich) and I cook fresh food every day (well, almost, sometimes I do run out of ideas and have to resort to Ella’s Kitchen pouches). Plus, we get to eat together and I don’t have to rush to grab a bite of something while he’s napping.
I will be posting some recipies that either people shared with me, or that I’ve picked up from books or invented myself, so stay tuned.
And to finish off, here’s a little video I digged out of an 8 month old Alex exploring a “shashlik” (a Russian version of shish-kebab), just basically a piece of marinated meat cooked on skewers on fire. I recently filmed him exploring a bowl of spinach soup, and will post it too when I get to edit it! :)