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gillythekid Mon 06-Jul-09 16:41:09

DS is almost one and has become very interested in our food and suddenly refuses all the fish pie/chicken casserole/macaroni cheese etc that I cook for him. This is fine and could work in our favour but a lot of what we eat is unsuitable for him (feta,marinated olives, chillis, pancetta). Do I just adapt and try to omit the salt? If he wants a sandwich I don't have a clue what to put on it other than cheese! Today he had toasted pitta with a bit of hummous and cubes of cheese and cucumber which went down well.

Ewe Mon 06-Jul-09 16:44:40

Yes, just adapt and omit the salt. Of course he wants what you are having! My DD is 15.5 months and she will eat some fairly spicy things, loves chilli, curry and fajitas, he might surprise you!

Put anything in a sandwich, ham, cream cheese, chicken, tuna - whatever you have in the fridge - at one he can eat pretty much anything.

Olihan Mon 06-Jul-09 16:45:52

The only thing on that list that I wouldn't give to a 1yo is the pancetta, because of the salt levels. Everything else is fine. What do you think Greek babies eat smile?

Babies can eat anything you want as long as it's not salty. You're setting him up for a much healthier lifestyle and making your own life far easier if he does eat what you eat.

Throw Annabel 'babies should only eat tasteless mush' Karmel in the bin and make extra of whatever you're eating grin.

AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 16:47:06

just adapt, it's a good excuse for you to eat less salt. add yoghurt to spicier things, more cloves less chili etc. we often fill a pitta with grated carrot and cheese and toast it, dd2 loves it.

CMOTdibbler Mon 06-Jul-09 16:47:28

Just adapt a bit - don't add salt to your food (better for you anyway). Pancetta, feta, olives all OK - obviously not in huge bulk, but fine as part of meal. Vast amounts of chilli or wasabi don't seem to be v popular, so you might want to add extra to your portions

Tuna, chicken, avocado, marmite and soft cheese, prawn all good sandwich fillings.

DS has always eaten whatever we have - he does require me to pick the chilli flakes out of the thai dipping sauce for his squid though..

AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 16:50:32

lol at the squid. i have to choose the clamshells that don't have chili flakes out of my spaghetti alle vongole to give to dd1... blooming BLW.

gillythekid Mon 06-Jul-09 16:55:37

God I thought feta, ham and marmite were all WAY too salty for him but I'm guessing not? We never add salt to our food at all but I tend to use anchovies/feta/pancetta instead. Is tuna in brine ok (drained obviously) as i can't afford the ridiculously priced spring water option anymore (belt tightening in full effect)

AitchTwoOh Mon 06-Jul-09 17:03:14

everything in moderation, gilly, i think that's the gist. i must say my kids eat all these things, but they do so with veggies etc. and we make our own bread, which has a lot less salt in it.

CMOTdibbler Mon 06-Jul-09 20:22:16

It's all your fault Aitch grin DS is the fastest chopstick in the west when it comes to pinching food off our plates

As Aitch says, its all about quantity and food mix. So although marmite is v salty, you would give a child only a teeny amount (a tip from Nigella is to mix it into butter or soft cheese to make it easier to spread evenly), and you don't eat much anchovy.

Tuna in brine is fine

MrsBadger Mon 06-Jul-09 22:07:04

oh, and use unsalted butter

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