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To think that weaning with baby food from jars is fine?

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joannita Sat 20-Apr-13 23:54:45

It's specially developed for babies right? So how come everyone is dead against it? I don't think 50p a jar is that expensive either. Baby led weaning ain't going to work for my twins. They choke alarmingly as soon as they bite a piece off anything. Pureeing stuff is a pain. So I'm doing jars.

peeriebear Sat 20-Apr-13 23:58:15

stargirl1701 Sat 20-Apr-13 23:58:18

Do some research. Try the jars yourself and see what you think.

Choking is silent - gagging is noisy. Babies gag when eating because their gag reflex is further forward in their mouth than in adults. It is a protective mechanism to prevent choking.

Could you make purées yourself? The nutritional content would be far higher than jars.

BellaVita Sat 20-Apr-13 23:58:27

Personally, I liked to give mine home cooked food when they were babies, but each to their own...

Btw, get a little blender, takes two seconds to purée food.

SavoyCabbage Sat 20-Apr-13 23:59:02

You are allowed to do what you like. That's the joy of parenthood.

I think 50p is loads though.

MaryMotherOfCheeses Sun 21-Apr-13 00:03:06

That's fine.

Though pureeing is easy if you get one of those stick blender things.

But I used occasional jars.

joannita Sun 21-Apr-13 00:04:49

You have to cook food before you purée it that's what takes the time.

CoolaSchmoola Sun 21-Apr-13 00:04:53

Kenwood triblade and a big steamer. Less than an hour on a Sunday morning fed my DD for a week for about 20p a meal.

Each to their own, but I like knowing exactly what my DD is eating.

On the occasions I did have to give her ready meals (ie on planes) I gave her Ella's Kitchen rather than jars. Not sure they're any better, but the ingredient list was reassuring.

stargirl1701 Sun 21-Apr-13 00:06:02

That's why I do BLW. We can all eat the same food so I don't have to waste time on purées.

pictish Sun 21-Apr-13 00:06:07

I did a bit of both. Jars and home made.
I think this thread will go orbital quite soon.
I think the OP might be hoping it will anyway.

BellaVita Sun 21-Apr-13 00:06:21

So what do you eat then joannita?

AgentZigzag Sun 21-Apr-13 00:09:06

I did a mix of puree and some jars, they just seemed to be pretty basic foods you'd put in purees yourself, but a bit more bland.

Some people just like to feel smug and let everyone know they've put the elbow grease in by doing it themselves grin

I was always surprised by how many adults slavered over the jars if I whipped one out, I couldn't think of anything worse than pureed lamb and veg.

AgentZigzag Sun 21-Apr-13 00:11:07

I must be naive pictish, because I can't imagine how anyone could work themselves up into a lather about jars of baby food.

<ignores the smug accusation I made in last post>

GreenPeppercorn Sun 21-Apr-13 00:11:31

I did a mix. Before BLW was even a fantastic term it was just, giving the kid bits of crap off your plate. I'm not sure there is an acronym for that. If you want to use jars it isn't going to cause your kid to sprout three heads. But, a blender and some base veg will also do the same job and it's a tad cheaper. But either way, jars don't equate murder.

joannita Sun 21-Apr-13 00:12:02

I will give you examples: breaded pork loin with salad and bread.

Chilli con carne.

Chicken and rice

Chicken curry

Spaghetti bolognaise

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Sun 21-Apr-13 00:12:35

sure, do what you want. no one cares what you do with your babies, except you. personally i wouldn't want to eat food that had such a long expiry date on it, though.

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Sun 21-Apr-13 00:13:43

whizz 'em, jo. if you're not going to offer finger food yet, just whizz what you're having. (assuming you've made those from scratch, more or less).
add yogurt to the chilli and curry whizz.

pictish Sun 21-Apr-13 00:14:03

I just think someone will be along shortly to tell us all how using jars is akin to poisoning your baby. Then someone else will strongly object to that pov. Then it will kick off.

peeriebear Sun 21-Apr-13 00:14:23

Sorry for bare link.
Jars are full of empty starchy fillers and have poor nutritional content. The manufacturers priority is long shelf life rather than taste or nutrition. They taste pretty horrible too. It's really simple to just mash some of what you're having and give them that. Babies need to get used to lumpy food.

MagratGarlik Sun 21-Apr-13 00:14:30

Both mine had pureed versions of whatever we had for dinner. I didn't cook with salt so they could have the same and if there were left-over's, they got pureed and frozen to use e.g. when we went out for dinner.

Both mine refused jars. The heating required to seal the jars and preserve the food pretty much kills off any nutrients.

joannita Sun 21-Apr-13 00:14:38

Don't really want it to go orbital. Am genuinely curious as to why more mums don't choose the easy way! Also I have twins and a 3 y old which is hard work so I cut corners where I can!

joannita Sun 21-Apr-13 00:18:15

There is tons of salt in our food. My husband is Spanish and they like lashings of it. Mil lives with us and does a lot of cooking and I can't imagine she is going to stop taking the salt and pouring it upside down into our food in a way that makes me wince! It tastes great though!

happybubblebrain Sun 21-Apr-13 00:18:32

My dd wouldn't eat anything out of a jar. I tasted it and understood why. It is easier, but what's easist isn't often what's best. It's completely up to you though.

AgentZigzag Sun 21-Apr-13 00:18:36

Wasn't there was a thread a while ago where the OP was hoiking at her friend for still feeding her 4/5 YO jars of baby food?

Or am I making that up/imagined/dreamt it? grin

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Sun 21-Apr-13 00:18:49

it's because your definition of easy doesn't coincide with everyone else's. easy to me = blw aka handing them stuff off your plate that you're eating anyway.

easy to other people might equal whizzing what they're eating anyway.

to me... spending money on jars and opening them (and gagging slightly at the smell) and spoon-feeding two babies while making other food for a three year old seems hard.

but it doesn't to you, which is great, and we're lucky that we can all please ourselves with no need to post provocative threads about it, eh? wink

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