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.

13 Responses to “Bread And Butter”

  1. kayleigh says:

    I tried my 6 month old son on a slice of toast with butter and he loved it.. I just get so scared of giving him food as he chocked on rusk a few weeks back :-( I had to slap his back and put my fingers back his through to get it out !

    • Aitch says:

      Who doesn’t love toast? ‘-D
      Hey can I say regarding putting yer fingers in to hook something out, i was told in no uncertain terms at that infant resus course that it was more dangerous than a slap on the back and just leaving them to it, because of the risk of accidentally poking it and sending it into their throats by accident, so i’m glad that didn’t happen.

  2. Skip says:

    It’s scary at first, definitely, Kayleigh – but as Aitch says, leaving them to it is the best approach – it’s amazing how capable they are! The whole gagging thing is a bit shocking until you realise that it’s just their way of learning how to control food inside their mouth, and they’re more than able to spit it out themselves. Babies’ gag reflex is much further forward on their tongue than an adults, to protect them from trying to swallow something too big, so in the early days babies often gag lots and spit food out. But it’s all part of the process, and once your baby has learnt to CHEW then he’ll learn to SWALLOW. They’re so clever really… ;)

  3. Jessica May says:

    We gave out LO Toasr quite early on, he got so excited the second time round that his hands couldnt work fast enough, he face planted the high chairs table trying to get it in fast enough. We have since added a little marmite which went down very well indeed. Ill have a marmite lover if its the last thing I do.

  4. Kate says:

    Hey. My daughter is coming up six months and im really not sure if or what finger food to give her?. Is finger food ok at six months because im petrified of her choking.

    • Aitch says:

      have you had a look round the site yet? the thing about you being scared is Very Reasonable Indeed, especially with all the messages we get about choking (from people who have something to sell you, very often), but what will you do if the baby chokes on… anything? could be something picked up off the floor, remember, and purees won’t save you from that. i always recommend doing an infant resus course, or at the very least looking for one online. also, have a look here for just general stuff on getting started. Good luck!

  5. Shazia says:

    My little one is 7 months….is butter ok to put on toast for her?

    • Aitch says:

      Sure, go for it. Toast and butter can be salty, so keep an eye on that in the context of everything else that she’s eating, but yes, go ahead.

  6. Dawn says:

    My baby just turned 6 months is it ok to try her with a bit of toast with butter?

  7. Carla says:

    What bread is best to give my 6 month old? White or wholemeal?

    • Aitch says:

      HUGE question. Honestly. Some countries say wholemeal from the get-go, others worry that it will interfere with vitamin absorption and suggest starting on white. I did whatever I had floating around (chunky crusts or toast to start) and they don’t seem to have come to any harm. (anecdotal evidence that’s not worth the paper it’s not written on…)

  8. aliesja says:

    Hey my 6 month old baby won’t sleep and acts like she hungry all the time like I’m not feeding her enough what foods could I give her that will fill her up and is toast OK just scared she will choke

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