to feed my baby chips and fishfingers?

(31 Posts)
sausagessausages Mon 11-Nov-13 14:09:27

I'm doing baby-led weaning with my 8 month old and we're going out for a pub lunch next week.

People always seem to use chips as an example of awful food to feed babies but he loves potatoes, they are easy to handle and obviously I wouldn't use salt. Apart from that its just the fat content, which I didn't think was a particular issue for babies. Is there something I'm missing that is really bad?

The fish finger thing is slightly different as they would be (maybe) a more regular event. As I see it the good quality ones are fish (good) with a bit of breadcrumb (fine), but it feels wrong for some reason I can't put my finger on.

I'm now bracing myself for lots of comments about how stupid blw-ers are!

ElenorRigby Tue 12-Nov-13 17:51:14

Fish fingers and chips fine, avoid juice or any sugary drinks though

PollyIndia Tue 12-Nov-13 15:55:56

When DS was 6.5 months we went to a lovely fish and chips restaurant in pembrokeshire and he had a few chips and some of my battered monkfish. He seemed to like it. I didn't do BLW but I never pureed anything either so he started with finger foods.

CrohnicallyTired Tue 12-Nov-13 15:52:26

Oh- give peas a try, DD developed her pincer grip at around 8-9 months, I'm convinced it was a result of BLW- what better incentive than food to motivate her!

CrohnicallyTired Tue 12-Nov-13 15:49:51

I fed DD quality fish fingers minus the coating from quite early on. The fish is a nice texture for her to eat (she didn't have any teeth till 9 months) and you don't have the worry of bones like with an actual piece of fish. By the way, she has never actually choked on food, she gags occasionally but remember that is a protective mechanism to stop them choking.

sausagessausages Tue 12-Nov-13 14:15:53

That is amazing IAFUDS! The more i think about it the more I am worried about other people's opinions rather than what I actually think is good/bad in terms of health. I'm off to put some fish fingers under the grill!

We were given a weaning session in our area and discussed BLW. Two foods that they mentioned were great for baby's little hands were fish fingers (they suggested removing the coating however) and chunky chips! The fatter the chip the less oil they will absorb. If you were being extra cautious you could even remove the crispy outside from the chip too!

BrianButterfield Tue 12-Nov-13 09:41:11

I remember about that age taking DS out to lunch with a group of mums and babies who discussed Annabel sodding Karmel and spent ages spooning Ella's Kitchen pouches into mouths - I mean, out of twelve people I was the only one not with a pouch in hand! I got some looks when I let DS chow down on (unsalted, homemade) chips and bits of meat and bread from my steak baguette, but I couldn't, and can't, see anything wrong with it. He had loads of teeth and never choked.

MiaowTheCat Tue 12-Nov-13 09:40:44

Its not as if its their daily diet so I tend to view most things as ok as a one off these days. You'd go insane if you didn't!

Mylovelyboy Tue 12-Nov-13 09:30:57

I think its fine. As you say. Nice and easy for baby to hold. I don't consider chips any different from roast potatoes to be honest. Same thing, different shape and no one moans about them.

Vicki1972 Mon 11-Nov-13 15:11:41

Actually, probably worth checking the salt content of fishfingers as well. Isn't that one of the main reasons to avoid too many processed foods.

Vicki1972 Mon 11-Nov-13 15:09:27

I would be wary of chips from places like mcdonalds because of the salt content but pub chips should be ok. I don't think they add salt as a matter of course.

gnushoes Mon 11-Nov-13 15:04:23

Eldest DD first fed herself on a chunky pub chip and gummed it to death. Perfect fist food. Guidelines were different then and she was 5 mo. I don't see the problem as part of a varied diet.

zatyaballerina Mon 11-Nov-13 14:40:13

Occasionally most things are fine in tiny portions, including fishfingers and chips. It is preferable to order a side plate of veg and let him eat that if he's actually hungry for a meal but let him taste everything within reason.

I'd be careful of more than a taste of processed foods because they can be harsh on some babies stomachs.

Sammie101 Mon 11-Nov-13 14:30:00

I just had the weaning talk with my HV and she said chips were ok to give babies because they need the higher fat content, so I'm assuming it would be fine smile

Strumpetron Mon 11-Nov-13 14:29:35

I'm sure he'll enjoy them, everything in moderation and all that!

AscoyneDAscoyne Mon 11-Nov-13 14:27:01

Give him the fish, sorry

AscoyneDAscoyne Mon 11-Nov-13 14:23:49

I would and have as a one off. We blw and my 7 month old dd has had a couple of chips with no salt when we were out and about. If you are not sure about the batter on the fish fingers then just pick it off and give her the fish smile

passedgo Mon 11-Nov-13 14:23:03

Joy when a child reaches two their olfactory system kicks in and they learn how to identify foods that are safe and foods that are poisonous. That's why they have a setback then, evolution has taught them that every new food could be a potential health hazard, so they have to gently relearn and experience which foods are OK to eat and which foods aren't. It is also linked in to toileting and learning about 'clean' and 'dirty'. Which is why teaching them to use a spoon or fork is really important.

sausagessausages Mon 11-Nov-13 14:22:49

sorry, just to clarify, it is chips at the pub (a few off my plate) and fish fingers at home (where I can check the salt)

sausagessausages Mon 11-Nov-13 14:21:51

Thanks passedgo but the philosophy behind blw is that, actually, the don't choke! He eats baked potatoes, apples, carrots for example with no problems.

I think the consensus is what I originally though then, everything in moderation. thanks again.

Gileswithachainsaw Mon 11-Nov-13 14:18:44

I don't think it's worth buying a meal for an 8 month old but I guess it's easier than restricting what you order.

It's worth bearing in mind though that likely hood is they won't be the good quality ones , more like cheap catering pack ones and might have a bigger salt content.

Won't hurt as a one off

sausagessausages Mon 11-Nov-13 14:18:39

thanks everyone!

I've tried peas Gin but the lack of pincer grip makes me feel a bit mean :-(

I am going for variety too Joy, he has had pretty much every vegetable under the sun and hasn't turned anything down yet! I'm a bit sad to think he might still end up a fussy toddler then.

LimeLeaafLizard Mon 11-Nov-13 14:17:42

Can you take a bit of fruit or cheese or something with you and just let him have one or two chips? I don't think there is anything wrong with fishfingers and chips once in a while but not sure I'd want my 9 month old to have them very often.

passedgo Mon 11-Nov-13 14:17:31

The danger with chips is that an 8 month old could choke on it, fish would be much the same, particularly the breadcrumbs if they are crispy. So as long as it's soft and baby seems safe with it it's ok nutrition wise.

Rusks and ricecakes are different because babies can't break bits off, they tend to dissolve in the mouth. Chips don't dissolve in the mouth without chewing so until your baby has their chewing and swallowing faculties in order you need to be careful.

bundaberg Mon 11-Nov-13 14:17:25

it prob won't have batter.... but even if it did i can't imagine it would be an issue? ds2 used to love veggie tempura from when he weaned at 6 months!

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