Baby Led Weaning

Growing healthy babies with healthy appetites


Not the most obvious of finger foods but luckily the Husband is an adventurous type (especially when faced with an empty fridge) and so he steamed Babybear some spinach for a couple of minutes then wrung it out a bit and plonked it in a pile on her highchair tray.


Surprisingly, she found it incredibly easy to eat. Her technique largely relies upon jamming as much of the green stuff as possible into her mouth and then pulling out what cannot be immediately downed in one bite before pushing the rest back in. It's grimly fascinating, not to mention hugely convenient as there are few vegetables her parents enjoy more than spinach done with a wee bit of garlic, lemon juice and olive oil…  

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8 Responses to “Spinach”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Be careful with spinach. A worried canadian here….Maybe you don't have this problem in europe yet, but all of our non local spinach has been pulled off the shelves due to e coli contanimation from california grown spinach. There were a lot of infections. Locally grown stuff would be safe.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Ho-kay… have Googled this. Seems that it is being taken very seriously in the States. I don't tend to give Babybear any salad leaves unwashed (I know this doesn't kill e. coli, I'm just saying) and I haven't ever given her raw spinach.
    Even according to the FDA, the bug will be killed by cooking at 160 degrees for 15 seconds, not that it's worth the risk (and how exactly to you gauge that temp?).
    If I was in North America I'd be throwing out my bagged spinach until further notice from the FDA for sure, but I'm in Glasgow, Scotland here so I'm going to proceed as normal. I don't think it's a question of us not having the problem 'yet' – it's not spreading as such because it is related to hygiene practices on farms, in particular one farm, it seems at the moment, in California.
    However, as a matter of interest I am always pretty cagey about bagged salads and other bagged items after reading an article about how they are dipped in chlorine stronger than a swimming pool, and ALWAYS clean salad leaves after that listeria outbreak in Wales last year that was traced to raw sewage being diverted across lettuce fields in Murcia, Spain. Bleh.
    Can I tell you the best thing to do, veggie-wise? Suck up to your friends and neighbours with allotments and gardens… that's what I do and but for a surfeit of marrows we are doing rather nicely out of it.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Angelcake seemed to enjoy the raw spinach leaf I gave her more than the others I was lovingly steaming for her!
    (organic Dorset grown.)
    Only trouble is she won't be able to tell that any leaf she may happen to grab off a passing tree whilst we're out walking won't taste quite so delish,…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Good idea…actually my fiance has a nice sized garden at his dad's and grows alot of veggies. The only problem is that I'm in newfoundland and we have a very short growing season…it's amazing how most of our vegetables come all the way from california.
    But I love this site. Thank you for the info. I was led to it by wikipedia when I was doing some research on how to wean my baby (I have to go back to work soon). I had no clue a 7 month old could eat solids. I was scared to death of him choking. But he likes real food alot. The only problem is whenever I am eating a snack he expects his share. ; )

  5. Anonymous says:

    Spinach is the best suggestion ever! After switching from mush (I hated making it, squirmywormy hated eating it! – so what a relief!), steamed spinach is now a firm favourite! It is messy no doubt. Have noticed squirmywormy having really red cheeks after eating spinach (and of course rubbing it all over his face) – anyone else notice this?

  6. Anonymous says:

    How do you give it to him? Bruno is having difficulty with leaves whether cooked or not…

  7. Anonymous says:

    I steam the leaves, then just give 'clumps' of it to squirmywormy on his high chair tray, who then sucks on fistfuls of the green stuff. Found that it does have to be steamed until very very soft, since squirmywormy has no teeth yet.

  8. Anonymous says:

    how's he doing with the red cheeks? Babybear got that for a while with tomatoes, it was quite unnerving. i laid off them for a wee while and it was fine. are you on the forum as well, hsin? you should join us if not.

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