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Bread and Butter

For all that I do like cooking more complex meals, doing Baby Led Weaning with Babybear has re-introduced me to the simple pleasure of a slice of bread with a decidedly generous slathering of butter. (Hey, Babybear needs her fats, doesn't she?) As it happens I buy an unsalted butter and if possible organic as I once read an article on how they make spreads and those room temperature butters and it turned my stomach.

Certainly if you are just starting baby led weaning, the advice would be to toast the bread so that it doesn't go all claggy and get stuck in the roof of their mouths, but once the babies get better at eating (you'll know when) then I cannot recommend a good old slice of B'n'B too highly.

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13 Responses to “Bread and Butter”

  1. Anonymous says:

    heh Aitch I thought this was going to be a recipe for bread and butter pudding – quite disappointed. Anyway agree bread and butter is a big part of our diet. Irish sodabread being particularly tasty. Agree about the butter thing – a bit of real unslated butter is much better than a ton of margarine.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I have had great success with bagels: they soak up lots of whatever you put on them (butter, cream cheese, etc) and my 7 month old hangs on to them and chews away contentedly: there is less fallout with them than most breads!

  3. Anonymous says:

    good point, and you've just reminded me of something my friend used to do… she used to slice up bagel then freeze it, I'm sure, for teething. thanks for posting, Hatty.

  4. Anonymous says:

    My niece (4 years) always requests butter on her bread so that she can “see it and taste it” – my kind of kid.

  5. Anonymous says:

    mine too…

  6. Anonymous says:

    We normally get our plastic white bread (you know, the square kind for toasting, as opposed to the nice crusty stuff) from Waitrose, but the Husband bought a Well Known Brand from the Coop over New Years. I had a slice with some butter and it was unbelievably salty.
    Admittedly I did have salted butter on it, but blimey, it was almost inedible. So, I consulted the packet, and it says “0.4g of sodium per 100g”. That's about the same as Waitrose. However, it had some additional info that Waitrose don't put on their labels – “One slice provides 5% of an adult's RDA of salt”.
    FIVE PERCENT! So my two slices of toast in the morning are 10% of my RDA???!!! Yikes, and I've been feeding this stuff to the Weeble (without the salty butter, I hasten to add). Shocker. So we are going to try and make salt-free bread later on today. I've never made it before, I've no idea if it will taste revolting, or not rise, etc… anyone have any ideas?

  7. Anonymous says:

    I have a feeling that you have to put salt into bread. Wait a minute…my breadmaker insturction book says that too little salt will result in weak gluten structure and bread with low volume and poor texture. Whatever that means.
    I made some bread for Minky this week and used 1 tsp of salt, so possibly less than commercial bread.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Thanks, Moomin, I will try using a small amount of salt. I guess you can be too paranoid about these things ;-)

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hey, my little one has 'milk roll' from Warburton that has lower salt levels – but we all NEED a certain amount of sodium (naturally found in bread, milk, butter, cheese etc) so don't panic just choose no added salt options and the lowest salt one you can find.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Any advice or comments really welcome on this topic……
    The Pickle is now nearly 14 months and has always had a real mix of different types of bread (white, wholemeal, multigrain, pitta, bagel, tortilla wraps………). Recently more multigrain than anything else. Now I know that seeds are excellent in their nutritional value my question is – are they too much for their digestion at this stage? Meaning, the Pickle seems to be having problems doing number 2's, not strictly constipated but it obviously isn't fun, is causing her some discomfort and she is exceptionally vocal about it (not great when you are out and about).
    She eats plenty of fruit, and has a varied diet otherwise. The only thing I can think of is perhaps not enough water (she likes to just *water* everything at the moment rather than drink it), or maybe the heavily seeded bread??? For those a little squeamish stop reading now…………her nappies are full of seeds that won't die.
    Any thoughts or suggestions anybody? Do you think it might be the bread?
    PS: She loves prunes and eats those regularly too. Have been reading lots re: constipation.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I haven't the foggiest as constipation has never really been a problem here. but instinctively i'd have thougth that seeds would be a good thing rather than bad. have you, er, looked to see how digested they are in your own poo? disgusting, i know, but aren't some seeds undiestible specifically so that the animal that eats them re-distributes them so they'll grow all over the land? obviously nature hasn't quite caught up with the invention of the U-bend but you know what i mean?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Ha ha ha – know what you mean…I had thought about inspecting my own and know there are certain seeds that are more evident than others, linseeds for one (you see it always turns to poos!!). Just wondered whether in a little gut it can make a difference given the relative size – maybe that in itself can cause some pain.
    I've thought about this overnight and this morning and think that the real issue is water over and above everything else. So just need to come up with a way to encourage the Pickle to drink more rather than water the floor instead.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Babybear LOVES a straw. and you can get beakers with straws in already, perhaps you could give that a try?

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