Food, glorious food! Cold veggies all mushed up.
Emily has been on solids for a couple of months now, and whilst my parents were visiting yesterday, I took the opportunity to do some cooking for Emily. She has taken very well to purées, but I am a little ashamed to admit that her eyes light up if she sees a mass-produced food pouch in front of her. I’m pretty sure my cooking isn’t that bad, in fact I am pretty sure Rich would have had enough of me long ago if it weren’t for my cooking.
Freyja was also a good eater when she first started (not so much now unless you give her fish fingers, mash and peas). She also took to baby-led weaning very quickly. I used to be impressed with her fine motor skills, picking up the smallest morsels of food and putting it straight in her mouth. I am even more impressed by her as I now watch Emily struggle to pick up half a baby rice cake and repeatedly bash it into the side of her face, a couple of centimetres away from her open mouth.
Doing the whole weaning thing second time round has really got me thinking about the purée vs baby-led debate, especially as I believe the advice to new mums will change soon to suggest that they baby-led weaning is the way to go. For example, Emily loves broccoli purée, but give her a floret, let her watch Freyja and myself eat broccoli, and all she will do is bash it on the table and squash it with her hands. Then she will cry because she is hungry.
I think it must be so hard for new mums with so much seemingly conflicting information about weaning to know what is right. But we need to remember that all babies are different and we shouldn’t approach weaning (and many other aspects of parenting) with a “one size fits all” approach. You need to do whatever is working for you and your baby. Try different approaches and do what works, and if something doesn’t work, don’t be afraid to try it again a bit further down the line.
Anyway, yesterday the white fish, potato and spinach purée for lunch and pasta stars with tomato and butternut squash sauce were both successful with Emily. But I also had another little moment of success in that Freyja has decided that she likes pasta stars. You may not think that is a particularly big thing, but previously she would only eat spaghetti. Give her tagliatelle or fuselli and she would refuse to eat them. I even used to get her involved in making fresh pasta with me so she could see the noodles come out of the machine as she turned the handle. She would eat linguini (close enough to spaghetti to get away with) but not the tagliatelle. She still won’t have a sauce with her pasta, but we’ll get there in the end!