CMPI - your weaning recipes and ideas please!

(48 Posts)
Passmethecrisps Sat 18-May-13 12:27:59


My DD is 6 months old and has a CMPI. She is on nutramigen Lipl formula and has reflux. As a result of both of these issues I am keen to make weaning as positive an experience as possible for us both.

Thus far she has had purées - sweet potato, butternut squash, apple, carrot and pear - and steamed broccoli and baby corn. She does enjoy sooking on the veggies but is really pretty reluctant with anything else.

So MN - what foods went down a storm with your CMPI baby?

Do you have any recipes or ideas that you would be willing to share? I would love to hear them.


TheDetective Sat 18-May-13 12:59:12

Shamelessly jumps in for ideas grin.

BigPigLittlePig Sat 18-May-13 13:39:12

<lands on top of detective>
<brushes self off>
<awaits further instruction>

YellowWellies Sat 18-May-13 13:42:24

Checking in and throwing in two breakfast ideas:

New York bagel co. bagels are dairy and soy free and are v popular in our house either with vitalite or pureed fruit on them.

Pancakes made with oat milk and vitalite again with fruit puree.

I've just got some 'wot no dairy' puddings and coconut milk yogurts for him to try - again dairy and soy free and a good source of calcium. I'll let you know how he gets on. smile

YellowWellies Sat 18-May-13 13:46:00

Oh and pureed meats went down muuuuuuuch better than pureed veggies so now I mix one cube of chicken with a cube or two of veg. And he bit my hand off for Ella's kitchen fruit purees - he much prefers them to my cooking even if they just contain fruit, they are sweeter. I mix them with roughly mashed fruit to get him used to lumps which can irritate CMPI throats.

ValiumQueen Sat 18-May-13 17:32:40

<<Crawls in and falls asleep in the corner>>

Passmethecrisps Sat 18-May-13 19:29:28

<steps over VQ and greets ladies with a royal wave>

I bought vitalite today. All ready for spreading action!

YW name of that ice cream please? Do share!

TheDetective Sat 18-May-13 19:33:26

It looks like it's just us November lot!! New recruits needed please!!

We need help!

Natmu Sat 18-May-13 19:54:52


DS2 has CMPA. Started with purees etc for a couple of weeks then he started refusing EVERYTHING so have been utterly converted to BLW. He has more or less everything we have now and is very happy. Reflux miles better as is eczema.

So some ideas:
Shepherds pie, mackerel on toast, slow cooked casseroles (eg beef or lamb tagine), pasta with roasted courgettes and aubergine, pasta with tuna in tomato sauce, loved pancakes with hummus spread inside until we found out he's allergic to eggs as well, lamb meatballs with risotto (can use left over risotto to make arancini - mix with beaten egg and form into patties then fry), Spanish tortilla, pasta with bolognese sauce.

DS2 only has two teeth at the bottom still so I've found that softer stuff still works best. It's kind of trial and error finding the best things. Soft enough to mush but firm enough to hold. Also had to experiment with timings as he wouldn't eat anything if he was tired or too hungry so he has frequent snacky type meals in between milk feeds. Whatever works best is my mantra with this baby grin Hope some of these ideas are helpful.

YellowWellies Sat 18-May-13 20:03:17

Wow Natmu thanks!

Ice cream made from coconut cream by Bessant and Drury's is DIVINE a really good treat smile and 100% soy and dairy free.

TheDetective Sat 18-May-13 20:23:16

That ice cream sounds like the mutts nuts grin.

Which pasta do you use Natmu?

YellowWellies Sat 18-May-13 20:34:35

Det most dried pasta is dairy and soy free

TheDetective Sat 18-May-13 20:35:24

Excellent! Thank you!

Passmethecrisps Sat 18-May-13 20:59:22

Now ^that* is what I am talking about natmu! Brilliant.

My DD has only been trying solids or a week so very early but she isn't keen. Whatever purée is swallowed is likely to be by mistake as she chews the spoon.

I will certainly try some of those things matmu

Taranta Sat 18-May-13 21:37:04

Evening, I have a 2year old who is DS who is CMPI. I'd really recommend 'How to Cook for Food Allergies' by Lucinda Bruce-Gardyne which is great for all diff types of allergies and replacements to make standard recipes work.
One recipe I've found v v useful is veg pasta sauce made up in a batch for freezing, with leftover veg in the fridge - eg carrots, peppers, celery, onion. courgette, mushrooms, roughly chopped, soften in a pan for ten mins, add half teaspoon soft brown sugar, tin chopped tomatoes, teaspoon of balsamic vinegar, low salt veg stock cube and 200ml water, simmer for 20 mins then whizz with hand-blend. Great with vermicelli, rice or couscous, and as a base for other dishes like mixing with chopped cooked chicken, or lentils, little pork or beef meatballs, etc etc.
Would also recommend garofalo pasta - great baby friendly shapes, like little wheels, stars, etc.

Passmethecrisps Sat 18-May-13 21:41:19

Thank you taranta!

The book sounds great. I had looked for books but suspect I was beig to specific.

The veg sauce sounds lovely - perfect for DH and I as well.

Any sign of you son growing out of the intolerance? Many of the ladies above know each other and we have all agreed to having our fingers crossed for the promised "growing out of it"

YellowWellies Sat 18-May-13 21:58:10

Book bought - thanks Taranta smile

BigPigLittlePig Sat 18-May-13 22:11:53

There is hope! YW where did you get this icecream? May have to sample some.

Thanks for the ideas, taranta and natmu - will have to start being a bit more ambitious.

Natmu Sat 18-May-13 22:13:38

I just buy cheapy normal dried pasta from Tesco. It's soya, dairy and egg free. I've also found that fusilli is the best shape. It goes softer when cooked and DS2 seems to find it much easier to pick up because of the ridges.

Passmethecrisps that's why I've ended up doing snacky meals in between milk feeds. I find he's much more interested in touching and tasting things if he's not actually hungry. I've really had to fight the instinct which says he's not eating enough.

Couple of other good ones:
Porridge fingers - mix 3 tbsps of porridge oats with 3 tbsps of rice milk (or other substitute) leave for 10 mins or so until mushy then press inti the bottom of a bowl and microwave on high for 2 mins. Cut into fingers whilst still warm. You can also add other flavours to this eg mashed banana, cinnamon, raisins etc.
I also make batches of fish cakes which I keep in the freezer. Good for an emergency meal. Tuna croquettes are easier than fish cakes. Tin of tuna about 4 medium spuds boiled. Mash potato and tuna together with juice of a lemon. Shape into sausages and roll in bread crumbs then bake in the oven on an oiled baking sheet until golden.

If I think of any others I'll pop back...

Natmu Sat 18-May-13 22:15:37

By the way most of these ideas come from the Baby Led Weaning Cookbook. Good ideas for everyone to eat not just the babies!

Taranta Sat 18-May-13 22:21:00

Passmethecrisps well, we think DS's reaction to cows milk protein is getting less aggressive, so therefore he is growing out of it, but v v slowly. we see pediatrician every three months, and now he's just 2 we're doing a dairy challenge, did last one at 20 months. He's developed a runny bum though last few days though, so not looking brilliant. I think it used to be thought that most babies grow out of it by 1, but now its more like by time they're 5. Ah well! I'm lucky that DS can eat soya and egg, so it's really not much of a hassle.
PS do also post in Allergies as they're lots of CMPI experience on there smile

Passmethecrisps Sat 18-May-13 22:24:44

Sorry to hear that the intolerance isn't shifting. Our most recent paed appointment we were told 2 years. Bit of hedge betting I think!

Great idea about posting in allergies. I tend to stick to the same few areas so I am not sure what even exists!

Thanks for your ideas and good luck with DS

Passmethecrisps Sat 18-May-13 22:26:05

natmu that is just DD! She loves feeling things but as soon as it looks like she might swallow she shudders and gags.

Regular snacks is the way it will be then.

YellowWellies Sat 18-May-13 22:37:57

When Jonas swallows tougher finger food he shudders and wriggles as if it feels odd but he's such a piglet its not putting him off - fingers crossed it stays that way.

Passmethecrisps Sun 19-May-13 08:03:08

We are still getting full wincy face, shudder and gag. Not sure there is any swallowing actually happening at all. We will work on it though with some of the ideas on here.

Natmu Sun 19-May-13 08:14:31

Passmethecrisps DS was just the same for ages. I thought he would never eat! But just keep offering it and she will figure it out. DS is now 8 months and totally different with food. Good luck! smile

Chocolate and pear sponge is a fave here. Put tinned pears in the bottom of a oven proof dish, pour over some of the juice.

Sponge: 4oz dairy free marge ( I use m&s )
4 oz sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla esscence
3oz s/r flour
1 oz cocoa powder

Top pears with sponge mix, bake and serve with Swedish glacé vanilla soya ice cream. Increase quantities as needed. You want it still gooey in middle so don't cook for too long.

(Not for babies really obviously but it's a nice family pudding when they reach the family meal stage)

vvviola Sun 19-May-13 08:44:10

DD2 is allergic to dairy & egg, so we've been cooking without either for the past year (I "allow" cheese & milk in the house for DH & DD1, but I have enough going on without making extra meals, so all family meals are egg & dairy free).

Bit hits with DD1 at the beginning were:
Avocado - mashed or in fingers. She still adores it
Mashed/puréed courgette
Risoni pasta - the one shaped like little grains of rice
Pikelets made with coconut or oat milk (like mini American pancakes)

I pretty much did regular family meals and gave her bits mashed up and then let her experiment with finger food sizes too.

I'm about to (finally) try making rice pudding with coconut milk - I'd say that might go down well at an earlier stage too (DD2 is 21 months now).

I do a lot of baking (not a huge selection of options here in NZ I find, and what there is can be v expensive). Banana muffins are a huge hit (and DH make me a birthday cake that was egg & dairy free this week which was delicious and v easy). It's also handy because I find I have less ability to improvise when out with DD. With DD1, if I was out longer than expected I could always find something on the menu for both of us, for DD2, I need to have something with me - although there's always avocado available!

Sorry, I think I've rambled a bit! It's been a bit of a roller coaster of a year, but she's thriving now and I barely miss anything (except lasagne. I think we'd all love a nice lasagne grin)

Dorisday13 Sun 19-May-13 08:53:57

Hi, we're dairy and soya free (and aspiring vegetarians). I think almost anything can be made with the alternatives, we use vitalite and either rice/oat/almond/cocunut milk. I recently made healthy 'icecream' with cocunut milk and agave nectar and fruit. It was very good!!
We're lucky because my lo seems to like most things and she has breast milk on her cereals :-)
Recently she's loved moussaka and tagine(with less chilli than normal). Falafels and lentil patties are a lunchtime staple and great for freezinggrin
Will also lurk for more tipssmilesmile x

Sauté off onion fresh chilli garlic and ginge. Add chunks of a sweet potato a tin of chick peas (drained) 1-2 tbsp of curry paste and stir. Chuck in a can of coconut milk , passata and some veg stock. Season accordingly.

Leave in slow cooker on low of about 6 hours. Add some creamed coconut at the end , take lid off for last half an glue or so to reduce slightly,

You should be left with a yummy curry smile can be puréed or mashed ir left as it is.

Passmethecrisps Sun 19-May-13 10:23:33

where that recipe sounds brilliant.

vviola that is how I feel is that we are going to have to be more prepared than I previously thought. Not sure avacado will be quite so easy to come by in central Scotland when out and about though! I think I am going to become the queen of portable Tupperware!

You are right doris in that it is going to be a case of swapping things out. At the moment I am just getting to grips with suitable alternatives.

Passmethecrisps Sun 19-May-13 19:22:27


QQ re pancakes/drop scones.

I found a nice quick recipe for drop scones where I could use nutramigen but because of this I don't fancy eating them myself! Do you think I could freeze them?

I was going I just make plain ones to begin with and offer her plain and some bits spread with purée.

Pancakes freeze fine. Just layer with baking parchment or grease proof paper

Passmethecrisps Sun 19-May-13 19:56:32

Brilliant! Thanks where.

I will get to it now.


BloddersMum Sun 19-May-13 20:17:55

Fish pie is a winner here. Made with oat milk and vitalite for the white sauce. Add cooked spinach. Once cooked the pie is blitzed with extra sauce to big lump consistency (9 month pfb).

Oat milk rice pud with fruit puree. I add under half the sugar stated in recipe. Also the birds custard in a tin powder (not instant) is cows milk free. Made up with oat milk and again half the stated sugar. Add fruit puree of choice.

vvviola Sun 19-May-13 22:22:01

Passmethecrisps: yes, I can imagine it might not be as available in Scotland as in NZ! Banana is another good one too grin

From a practical point of view, I got a little lunch bag for DD2 (lots of Japanese stores here, so a huge range, but should be easy enough to find something). It had two containers and a net area - so I fill the 2 containers and then the net area holds DD's antihistamine. It means her food it all contained & I'm not having to rummage around (and it also means when others - DH/MIL etc are around they don't have to wonder what she can eat - if it's in the lunch box it's safe grin)

Passmethecrisps Tue 21-May-13 21:21:06

Tried avocado today. Not very impressed.

Bought some pitta bread today to try spread with avocado tomorrow

Passmethecrisps Tue 21-May-13 21:28:35

The lunchbox is a great idea as well vviola. I suspect I may need to establish something similar given the look of disappointment on the faces of my parents when I wouldn't give DD some ice cream.

YellowWellies Wed 22-May-13 12:10:42

Get some bessant and drurys coconut milk ice cream (the strawberry tastes like real ice cream) for them to give her xxx

Passmethecrisps Wed 22-May-13 12:17:53

Where did you get it from?

Oh, and do you reckon I can give P soy milk? Not as a drink but to make pancakes with.

Dorisday13 Wed 22-May-13 13:09:12

You can get bessant and drury in TESCo :-)
Does anyone have any lunchtime ideas? Must be veggie, bored of eggs and falafels!! X

vvviola Wed 22-May-13 17:16:01

We can't use soy milk as though DD isn't allergic to it according to the tests she seems to react a little to it, but I've been using oat milk in cooking since fairly early on - I just went with the idea that if I would have used cows milk in that situation, then I would use oat milk.

Which is a long way of saying I can't see an issue in theory with using soy milk in cooking for your DC.

Passmethecrisps Wed 22-May-13 19:54:26

Thank you vviola! We haven't had tests as P has in intolerance rather than an allergy. The milk she is on is also for soy allergy so she has never been exposed to soy. I was looking at the other milks in the supermarket and they all seemed to have their issues - I thought oats could also cause reactions and the rice milk said not to use it before 6 years old confused

vvviola Wed 22-May-13 21:55:35

You'd probably need to check with a dietician, but I think oats are only an issue if you are trying to follow a gluten free diet. I think oat milk is fairly gentle. Rice milk isn't recommended in large quantities til over 6. There's also almond milk but we stay away from that due to possible nut allergy issues.

It's a bit of a minefield isn't it!

DD2 the little sod won't tough the special formula, so she drinks oat milk during the day and still has a breastfeed at night, but they don't recommend using only oat milk as a drink til over 2.

YellowWellies Thu 23-May-13 15:40:23

Pass she's got a 30-50% odds of reacting to soy. There's only one way to find out (gulp!). Though because of phyto oestrogens as a boy Jonas shouldn't have too much soy so we'd steer clear even if it didn't cause screaming abdabs - which it does in our house confused

We use oat milk for cooking, coconut or almond milk for my cereal and BM or nutramigen for his cereal / porridge.

I get Bessant and Drury's from a health food shop on St Clair Street in Kirkcaldy. If we sort out a meet up in Fife bring a cool bag and I'll get you some.

SecMom Thu 22-May-14 07:13:48

you could always look here Some good recipes and ideas for blw a cmpa baby :-)

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