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Jenny2020 Thu 28-May-20 19:18:27

Hi all !
So my LG has been weaning for a while and currently gets purées at dinner and porridge at breakfast but I'm looking to start giving her the bigger mush pouches than the purée.
And also add in a lunch ...
So I'm thinking wtf do you give them for lunch and dinner ? Like I would blend my own dinner but what about lunches ?
Please help ft mummy and loosing her mind probably over nothing smile

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Muffinandcake123 Thu 28-May-20 19:28:43

Hi @Jenny2020 I'm in the same boat :/

Muffinandcake123 Thu 28-May-20 19:29:17

I need to move on from puree but feel so scared and aways worried!

mylittlesandwich Thu 28-May-20 19:34:11

We aren't far on our weaning yet but we do porridge for breakfast sometimes, sometimes we have yoghurt. Then for lunch he has some steamed veg. He's too independent for much spoon feeding, he just takes the spoon off me and tried to do it himself which is a huge mess. Dinner is easy because we're cooking for ourselves anyway. If we happen to be making more for lunch than a sandwich like an omelette or something he can have some of that. He's also quite a fan of bread because he can suck it until it's a big moosh.

Wishandwonder Thu 28-May-20 19:42:54

Lunch can pretty much be what you would have for dinner. They can also have a “dessert” with their lunch. Doesn’t matter what you give when as long as it’s a balanced diet.
There are lots of great menu planners for warning available online

Muffinandcake123 Thu 28-May-20 19:48:40

mylittlesandwich

We aren't far on our weaning yet but we do porridge for breakfast sometimes, sometimes we have yoghurt. Then for lunch he has some steamed veg. He's too independent for much spoon feeding, he just takes the spoon off me and tried to do it himself which is a huge mess. Dinner is easy because we're cooking for ourselves anyway. If we happen to be making more for lunch than a sandwich like an omelette or something he can have some of that. He's also quite a fan of bread because he can suck it until it's a big moosh.

Hi @mylittlesandwich

Just wanted to know how do you give the bread? I'm so worried lo will choke sad

Selfsettling3 Thu 28-May-20 19:51:35

How old are they? Remember finger food should be given from 6 months, toast is easier than bread for the previous poster and you should be starting to move toward 3 meals a day after 9 months.

lorisparkle Thu 28-May-20 19:53:06

I did baby led weaning with mine but was still quite cautious. I found a steamer invaluable as I would steam some chicken/fish and some vegetables and they would often have that for lunch or dinner depending on whether what we were having was what I considered appropriate. As they got older I got more adventurous in what I offered.

Jenny2020 Thu 28-May-20 19:54:07

Thanks so much and I'm glad I'm not in the same boat !
So say like a 6mnth pouch at dinner and even lunch time veg / fruit ? Even the melty sticks ? She's not quite 6 months yet but has been weaning for about a month - no judgment please I was advised I just the think the jump from purées to mush is so daunting lol !
Xx

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mylittlesandwich Thu 28-May-20 19:54:28

I tear off a bit and hand it to him. He hasn't choked so far, a bit of gagging if he breaks off a bit that's too big but he just spits it out if he can't manage it. I hadn't intended to do BLW at all as I was scared of him choking but he's so determined to do it himself I didn't have much of a choice.

There's loads of good resources online about what choking and gagging look like and how to help them if they do choke.

mylittlesandwich Thu 28-May-20 19:56:26

Sorry! Hadn't considered a younger baby, I think the smooth purées are fine up until 6 months and then the thicker ones are better?

NannyR Thu 28-May-20 20:06:44

Being confident that you know what to do if your baby chokes makes weaning a lot less stressful, especially when you give them finger foods. Obviously a first aid course is probably out of the question at the moment but St. John's ambulance have some very helpful videos online. Learning the difference between gagging and choking is helpful too - gagging is a completely normal stage of learning to swallow, they might go red, cough and splitter and make noise; if they are choking, they will be going blue and be unable to make any noise and that's when you need to know your first aid.

lorisparkle Thu 28-May-20 20:50:54

Getting to know the difference between gagging and choking is so important. I became increasingly confident with ds1 (although DH and my DM where much less confident). We started at just before 6 months when ds was confident sitting up. If you are already doing purées just offer something really soft in a chip shape piece as a added extra. I found butternut squash was excellent as a first food and then carrots and broccoli. I used to stew apples and pears so they were soft and squishy too as a change from a banana

Jenny2020 Thu 28-May-20 20:59:26

Thanks so much. I actually work in a nursery so I am confident in the going blue they need you in regards to first aid it's so weird how different you are when it's your own lol !! So would you guys advise like mashed veg / fruit for lunch and a wee dinner thing for dinner time of course lol ? X

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ChoosingHim Fri 29-May-20 10:21:21

It completely depends how old they are?

Jenny2020 Mon 01-Jun-20 15:58:14

She's almost 6 months x

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Jenny2020 Mon 08-Jun-20 10:15:44

Does anyone have any advice on some veg to hand blend to start the lumpiness ? I have tried brocoli which was a fail and carrots was a bit haha xx

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Cheeseycheeseycheesecheese Mon 08-Jun-20 10:22:45

For a lumpier veg try roughly mashing potato, suede, parsnips etc rather than to smooth.

If you're worried about finger foods being a chocking hazard start with banana (it naturally segments in 3rds) it's mushy enough that they can chew it.

Scrambled eggs on toast is a winner here for lunch, we also give ds cheese or jam sandwiches.

Fivebyfive2 Mon 08-Jun-20 11:35:19

Hi op! My ds will be 6 months this week so we'll start weaning at the weekend I think. We're going to watch first aid videos first!

We're planning to follow the Ella's kitchen plan of vegetable puree/mash for the first 2 weeks and see how it goes from there. I'm too much of a wuss for blw I think!! I found the book really useful for ideas and reassurance 🙂

We've got a few pouches in and I've been setting aside bits of our meals (potatoes, brocoli etc plus some pasta) blending them and put them in the freezer so we have a few options ready. We'll try stuff like toast, scrambled eggs and those melty stick things after a couple of weeks I think. For breakfast I think I'll just give him ready break, as it's a guilty pleasure of mine (I won't add golden syrup to his just yet though 😂)

Question... If I need to use milk to blend stuff, am I OK to use the little cartons of formula? I breastfeed, but the idea of feeding ds and expressing to mix in his food seems like a massive faff?! I do know mums that do this but they're far more patient than me!

Harrysmummy246 Mon 08-Jun-20 13:41:37

@Fivebyfive2 You can use cow milk in food from 6 months. Just not as a drink til after 1yo

FWIW, I didn't mash a single thing for DS. Started at 6 months (christmas dinner!) and just gave well cooked stick shaped things. He hated porridge etc anyway for a long time so just had what we had. Ate a bit (nappies!). Played a lot. Got the hang of it eventually. Brilliant eater now at just shy of 3yo

yikesanotherbooboo Mon 08-Jun-20 14:02:33

Don't over complicate things. Cooked vegetables are perfect consistency at 6 months. We used to often have thick soup and the baby could dip bread in. If you really want to mush things up a fork is adequate .

lorisparkle Mon 08-Jun-20 15:39:47

It is often better to have a soft piece of veg / fruit that they can feed themselves rather than stuff with lumps in it. If you know something is solid before putting it in your mouth it is less of a surprise than being used to a smooth texture and suddenly having to deal with a random lump.

Jenny2020 Mon 08-Jun-20 21:39:05

Thanks everyone ! I blended brocoli and she hated it .. mashed carrots today and loved it! She's great with the little ellas kitchen. Melty sticks so that's a start with finger foods ! Am I right in saying from 6 months they can have basically anything but NOT honey and nuts ? ...
So if I'm blending say spag Bol do I just blend / mush the meat in it too ?
Thanks for your help guys it's been a great response !

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yikesanotherbooboo Tue 09-Jun-20 08:04:05

Yes you are, and obvs avoid choking hazards such as whole grapes, whole cherry toms and don't add salt when you are cooking.. I found penne with bolognese easier than spaghetti and just serve a little portion on her tray for her to work on. You can stuff a spoon in from time to time if you like but ion that case as she is not in control I would break the pasta up a bit.little sandwiches are easy for lunch or any egg based meal. The other thing to bear in mind is to persevere with things that she initially considers poison. Carrots and parsnips eg are sweet so palatable to a baby but it takes time to learn to like green veg. There is a lot to be said for introducing as many flavours as possible over the next six months before she learns the power of 'No'. The other bit of obvious advice( sorry) is that she will learn from you and be interested in what you are eating and doing. If you model enjoying your dinner then she will take cues. I know it is difficult if you eat later at night but you can eat the same as her for breakfast and lunch and some meals all together and perhaps just sit with her and have a little something while she eats her evening meal.

Jenny2020 Tue 09-Jun-20 11:23:45

Thanks so much for your reply !! It's scary to think that she can handle things like toast ect haha but I know she will be fine !
Also me and my partner are big spicy fans ... so I was gonna make her own wee tomato sauce for pastas ect ...
can I add garlic herbs ect ? Saves time instead of cooking seperate every night smile
Also what's the deal on gravy my hv told me no not till 1 but kids in nursery ect get it ? Long as it's the slow salt one am I right ? Xx

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