Top tips for healthy family food!

Healthy eating tips for families

Hello, my name is Angela!  When I saw Babi Pur’s callout for guest bloggers on healthy family eating I thought, that’s one for us!  We’ve been a family of three for nearly 18 months now and I started my blog http://thereandbackagainamotherstale.wordpress.com/ when my daughter, Joss Daisy, was very small to share ideas on family cooking, being creative, balancing work with home and entertaining little ones.  I will start by saying that the mantra ‘everything in moderation’ is something I subscribe to, so I think we have a healthy balance in how we eat and the family lifestyle we lead.

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Bwyd Time!

Its been a funny week here in Cardiff as we faced the prospect of introducing First Tastes to my daughter Tegan, and seeing how she would react to having solids for the first time. Teg has just turned 5 months, and the tell tale signs were there apparently – her weight gain had dropped a little, she was waking at regular intervals in the night (up to three or four times), and yet I was a little startled with how soon this all felt. These months have really flown by – how can she be eating real food already?

So with some handy tips from friends I launched into the Stage 1 weaning this week, and found it extremely therapeutic to be steaming and mushing fruits and veg. I’m not a natural Nigella in the kitchen, but this I can do it seems! We’ve now got trays of fruit and veg in our limited fridge top freezer!

I’ve discussed and laughed with friends about this whole experience; as one mum confessed she served a baffled husband the sweet potato and parsnip puree as a side dish one evening – “its what we call ‘potsh’ in Welsh” she tried to justify – “maybe don’t puree our dish next time”, commented her husband!

The first two days of sweet potato and carrot were met here with Tegan’s mouth firmly clamped shut – she was very resistant! I didn’t push the matter despite wanting my puree’ing excitement to be met by a hungry, mouth open baby. Happily on day 3, we had a little breakthrough –  some homemade apple puree was met with some tentative sups from the spoon, a bit of giggling at my encouraging and stupid munching noises, and we were away.

Yesterday, Day 5 she took about 4 tiny spoonfuls, and today, day 6, she’s taken the sweet potato and carrot puree at lunch and tea – hurray! Its so exciting to see her discovering new tastes, and new abilities of moving food around her mouth. I can’t quite believe how exhilarating the whole experience is. But as you can see – I’m probably still a bit keener than poor little Teg…

 

I’m keen to keep building on the experiences and tastes, and indeed have found the Annabelle Karmel book to be the way I want to go, alongside baby led weaning, where she gets to play with the food at the same time. I’ve yet to read up a bit more about this side of things, and i’ll let you know as we continue on our journey of discovery.

Here’s a few helpful comments again from Facebook from a few mums who’ve been there and done that! Thanks to everyone who are keeping me on the straight and narrow!

  • Sally Phillips Nothing like home cooking Beth, Owen will eat anything now. 🙂
  • Gwenllian Hughes Forget the mush. Try baby-led weaning. It’s brilliant and no faffing with blenders or jars of purée. It worked brilliantly here! I’ve got a book about it if you’re interested? x

  • Rachael Haggan Get in a massive supply of bibs x
  • Emma Laird We are working from the annabel karmel complete baby and toddler meal planner all the recipes I’ve made so far are winners! Think I might start on a baby food diet!!!

  • Rachael Pascoe Baby-led weaning is the way to go Bethan, Inés is 8 months now and refuses to be spoon fed, I just give her a plate of whatever me and Gaz are eating and just let her go crazy. It’s amazing to watch her pick up food and feed herself, she eats everything!!
  • Elizabeth Parbutt Hi Beth, depends how hungry she is – i found pure baby-led was a bit torturous for Sam as he couldn’t handle the food that well right away nor eat as much of it as he would like – so he just screamed from hunger! What worked for us was a combo of spoon fed alongside finger food. And once she’s got going, don’t assume she’ll only want bland stuff – worth getting her started on a variety of flavours. Good luck, enjoy the mess!

  • Fionna Allan i did a combo of both baby-led (easy if you have a routine) and ‘the other’ – basically made it up as i went along rather than feeling like i had to choose. elin is happy to eat anything and everything, so go with what you’re comfortable with and don’t feel like you have to choose one or the other … and you’ve seen elin eat 🙂

 

One year on

Quentin @ 12 months Old

Our little boy Quentin has recently turned one. A huge milestone in his life so far.
I look back on our first 12 months with wonder. So much has happened!

He is now the proud owner of 12 pearly white teeth. He is happily crawling & cruising. He is both adventurous and daring. He Babbles away endlessly and happily eats whatever food we offer and has even started using his own fork & spoon.
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Breaking the Mold

Becoming a parent will always be a life changing experience, one moment your an individual or part of a couple, the next you are charged with the responsibility of a new life. When pregnant you will try to visualise how your life will change and how you will parent but when the vision becomes reality things can go very differently.
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The Joys of Weaning

Starting the weaning process with your baby should be fun and exciting but many parents find it stressful!
When my little boy Quentin was almost 6 months old. We looked into how to go about weaning and like parents most we got the baby rice etc from the supermarket and started to research the best ways of introducing new foods. It was then I stumbled across ‘Baby-led Weaning’. Continue reading