Baby Led Weaning

Growing healthy babies with healthy appetites


Ah, autumn, season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, as some dead poet once said. (Think it was Keats, but to be honest I probably only remember the poem because the next line contains the word 'bosom').

As Lorna has already pointed out in the increasingly enormous Main Page comments section, there are pumpkins to be eaten but it's best to keep them small-to-medium or they lose flavour. However, our great triumph thus far has been corn-on-the-cob, simply microwaved for three to five minutes in a covered glass dish with a splash of water.
They are hot when they come out, and much as you try to run them under the tap to cool them the cob stays boiling so you have to set them aside for a while until you're sure it's safe.

Then chop the cob into 1-2 inch pieces, take a bite yourself to get things started and voila, one happy, occupied child. Some children can eat the whole thing (please see above photo and the impressive Little Wriggler) but I just chop them up to save wasting a whole cob at a time. Babybear tends to get bored about halfway through so I just cut the rest of the corn off for her and let her exercise her pincer grip for maximum time wasteage.

And I know that I said I would look into baby sweetcorn ages ago… I have tried to buy them but while there are so many local veggies around it seems too naughty to clock up that many air miles. (My corn-on-the-cob came from Spain, which is hardly round the corner but still…) I have no doubt, however, that faced with a farmers' market filled with turnips I will cave in this winter and try the baby corn, wherever it has flown in from.

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5 Responses to “Sweetcorn”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I saw the sweetcorn picture and rushed out to buy some cobettes. I'm going to give them to Minky this week. We shall see what happens…

  2. Anonymous says:

    Baby corn = poison. (Frozen corn has to be eaten at every meal.) Minky threw once piece two metres across the kitchen into a pile of clean washing. Food is not popular today.

  3. Anonymous says:

    We went out to lunch yesterday at a lovely pub in the middle of some village off the M4 and with my roast dinner veg came a little disc of sweetcorn. Bruno loved sucking it – until it fell on the garden floor and was wolfed up by the dog!
    I will be going shopping for some more this week.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wow I had no idea you could microwave sweetcorn while still on the cob, brilliant idea!
    New to this site (son hitting the six month mark next weekend so familiarising myself with how BLW works – you'll love to hear that my GP recommended it! He's my second so possibly more relaxed about the whole idea than I might have been first time round (Annabel Karmel was my weaning goddess and stuck to her timetables of mush rigidly, real hassle not doing that again!) – although from looking at alot of my friends with two I'd say that second babies often naturally do BLW – my niece has been feeding herself from the word go – simply because by the time one's sat down to start feeding them they inevitably have got bored and started helping themselves!
    Just seen on one of the postings that you now have a forum which I will have a look at too but for now working my way through all these postings as am rather enjoying the reading.

  5. Anonymous says:

    why thankyou, sarrabird. i think you're right, you know, about the later children. my mum now admits that my youngest sister (there are four of us) was pretty much feral…

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