jars and sachets - MIL is disgusted

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Murphyslaw21 Sun 03-Jan-16 09:22:37

Bit of a back story...

My house we bought before baby is very old, found out I was pregnant so did bedrooms, and living room. We have no heating or water, having run out of money we have had to put kitchen old hold.

House is warmed by a wood burner. Now my kitchen is disgusting. Mould, damp no water (outside tap only). We only use it as necessary. Pots and pans are washed in bucket with kettle water. Therefore I only give baby jars and sachets. Now I spend a fortune she has mango breakfast, porridge, roast dinners all fruit and veg. I wash her pots and sterilise them. I would not think of risking cooking as I'm not convinced pots and utensils are clean enough. We won't be doing kitchen until next year as we have to put in heating in this year. We don't have a dishwasher as no space for one.

My MIL has raised concerns and insults that it's because I can't be bothered to cook and that the jars are full of preservatives and additives. But I read them and they are 100% organic with nothing added. I'm so cross.

I give baby 3 good meals a day. I would love to cook but it's an awful kitchen. When we go out with her and I pull out a packet I get rolling eyes and sarcastic comments. The other day I said well buy me a kitchen then. And she moaned that I spent the money on doing bedrooms first. But my logic was baby needs a nice clean bedroom . We had been sleeping for six months on an air bed. Not fun whilst heavily pregnant.

I'm so angry but I'm wondering if the jars and sachets are bad.

hadtoregregister Sun 03-Jan-16 09:25:57

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lanbro Sun 03-Jan-16 09:27:41

How do you cook for yourselves? What do you eat? Why can't baby eat the same as you?

At the end of the day, it's up to you what you feed your child but surely you can do sandwiches, toast, soup etc?

Murphyslaw21 Sun 03-Jan-16 09:28:41

I should say kitchen is more of an outbuilding not really attached to house. You go out of a lean too into it via a seperate door. Microwave and steriliser in living room. Wash bits in lean too never in the kitchen .

The whole house was damp and mouldy. Hence I made the rooms she was going to be in clean

littleducks Sun 03-Jan-16 09:29:09

Hmm. How old is baby and when are you expecting to have a kitchen? 3 times a day and like alot buyishardtojudge the context. Do you offer other food that don't need to be prepared in a kitchen? Toast/bananas/yoghurt that sort of thing

Jesabel Sun 03-Jan-16 09:29:22

There's absolutely nothing wrong with jars, so don't worry about it. So long as your baby is getting fresh fruit too and a mix of jars and finger foods I wouldn't worry. If your MIL is that worried then go to hers for a home cooked dinner a couple of times a week.

PotteringAlong Sun 03-Jan-16 09:30:56

You're not giving her 3 good meals if you're only feeding her from jars and sachets. You're just not. Also, you can't do that for another 12 months. She needs proper food! What's the plan before the kitchen is sorted?

Murphyslaw21 Sun 03-Jan-16 09:31:01

Lanbro we eat mainly microwaved food. You would not want to eat food prepared in our kitchen. The shed is cleaner and that's not a joke. I don't have sandwiches as I have no cupboards for food.

TaliZorah Sun 03-Jan-16 09:31:25

There is nothing wrong with it it's absolute snobbery.

I do a mix of shop bought and home made.

TaliZorah Sun 03-Jan-16 09:32:05

Potterings post is a prime example of such snobbery

dementedpixie Sun 03-Jan-16 09:32:37

I would have done the kitchen before bedrooms tbh. Does the baby get 'real' foods too? Can't live on packets and jars forever.

hadtoregregister Sun 03-Jan-16 09:32:38

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tabulahrasa Sun 03-Jan-16 09:32:38

Are you planning on feeding her that for another year though? You can't be, surely?

What do you eat?

PotteringAlong Sun 03-Jan-16 09:32:43

But no finger food? No fresh food? That's not good for anyone, baby or adult. And certainly not sustainable until a baby is 18 months plus.

Murphyslaw21 Sun 03-Jan-16 09:33:36

She has finger fruit. Kitchen won't happen till next year. I need to get hot water and heating. No hot water means bath is filled with kettle. That's fine whilst little but no good when bigger.

I just don't have money to put kitchen in as is basically a knockdown and rebuild was quoted £15k

Bambambini Sun 03-Jan-16 09:34:36

I'd be worried too if i was close to you. It really doesn't sound ideal, any of it. I can't get my head round not having a kitchen in a family home, especially with children. How old is your baby?

lanbro Sun 03-Jan-16 09:34:47

It's hard to imagine a house where you have no space for a toaster or to keep a loaf of bread and some fruit...

I didn't do sachets or jars at all but as far as I know it's not that great to use them all the time and nothing else.

Murphyslaw21 Sun 03-Jan-16 09:34:54

Any suggestions on finger food. That does not need preparing.

PotteringAlong Sun 03-Jan-16 09:35:12

That's fine, but you've still not said how you plan to feed her! Purée out of a jar will not be suitable for another 12 months.

hadtoregregister Sun 03-Jan-16 09:35:20

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bakingaddict Sun 03-Jan-16 09:35:49

Sorry if I sound unsympathetic but your house seems uninhabitable for a young baby. Is there any way you could go and live with parents till the house is on better condition

Murphyslaw21 Sun 03-Jan-16 09:35:51

7 months. She was a surprise was told couldn't have children. If I knew I was having her I would never of bought a project house

littleducks Sun 03-Jan-16 09:36:20

Could you not make the corner with the microwave a mini kitchen? You could microwave things like jacket potatoes.

And totally not what you asked but you can microwave normal porridge oats which would be cheaper than the mango baby ones. Then you can add different fruit etc to provide a wider range of flavours.

Jesabel Sun 03-Jan-16 09:36:37

You can get microwave toddler meals when she is too big for jars.

Honestly, it might not be ideal but many children eat much worse food and are fine. If you don't have a kitchen, what else are you supposed to do?

Keep going with the fresh fruit and try to get some fresh, home cooked meals elsewhere every week too.

How about getting a little freezer too, batch cooking at your MIL's house and then you can reheat meals for her?

hadtoregregister Sun 03-Jan-16 09:36:40

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