It’s 8 weeks since I first wrote about weaning Imogen onto solids and the progress has felt 2 steps forward, 1 step back since then but I guess ultimately it’s moving forward. We did go through a brief phase in mid December whereby she would only eat food I fed her, not wanting to feed herself at all. Then things went back to the mix of finger and spoon-feeding we had been doing before. Until the beginning of January when she totally refused to be spoon-fed. After a couple of days of her refusing porridge, I tried to spoon-feed her mashed up fish pie (I didn’t think she would be able to pick it up with her fingers yet). Her mouth was firmly closed and I decided she didn’t like the fish pie (her sister was also refusing to eat it). I left the plate on the table and went to get a breadstick for her and she managed to pull the plate onto her highchair tray (I’m constantly amazed at how far she can reach) and ate the pie with her fingers!
It’s been finger food all the way since then and mealtimes look a bit like this:
Breakfast is one of:
- Weetabix soaked in a little milk (formula or cow’s whatever is to hand) but still solid enough for her to pick up with her fingers
– Blueberry or banana American-style pancake cut into strips
– Toast and low-salt butter (if not having any other bread that day)
Usually with an added piece of fruit, her favourite is a banana and it would seem that ‘nana’ might be her third word (after mama and dada!).
Lunch is one of:
– Sandwich made using one slice of bread usually of a scraping of cream cheese and low-salt peanut butter
– Polenta fingers
– Sweet potato wedges with grated cheese on top
– A thick soup made with roast sweet potato or butternut squash and some low-salt baby stock. I soak bread fingers in this which she can pick up.
Lunch is usually served with some vegetables like baby tomatoes cut into halves, cucumber fingers or avocado pieces on the side.
Dinner is largely whatever we have which is great! Some recent meals have been:
- Pasta shapes (something easy to grip like fusilli) with tomato sauce and grated cheese
– Pasta with cream cheese and broccoli
– ‘Shepherds’ pie using red lentils
– Chicken roast dinner with everything cut into strips or chunks
– Sweet potato and bean bake
– Flaked salmon, potato wedges and roast vegetables
I try to make the meals and sauces from scratch so I know what goes into them, especially watching salt content.
Snacks – rice cakes, baby biscuits or fruit. She loves bananas but also eats blueberries, grapes and satsuma pieces cut in half and pear fingers. She made a beeline for her sister’s whole pear the other day so I gave her one of her own and she devoured it, spitting out the skin as she went!
Milk – she starts the day with a breastfeed and breastfeeds when she wakes during the night. She has around 100-150ml of formula milk at around 11am, 3pm and 7pm. After her meals we offer her water in a sippy cup and she is getting quite good at picking up the cup and drinking a little out of it.
At some mealtimes she eats a lot and there is very little mess and dropped food. Hurrah, we are getting somewhere! Then the next day she will mainly be interested in using food to test the theory of gravity and mush between her fingers. Which is a completely normal part of the process though I do find a little frustrating but I know we will get there in the end.
Weaning Adventures Part 1