Baby Led Weaning

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Sunday, December 10th, 2006

Just discovered that pomegranate segments ( the small wee bits inside –  segments, seeds dunno? )  make a great finger food. I think that pomegranates are just the best thing ever so I’m really glad that Boomer has also taken a liking to them. The only thing is that they are possibly the most expensive fruit  but worth it. Pomegranates are one of these things that you see listed as super foods , and I do think they are just super too. Apparenty they are a natural contraceptive too, don’t know what quantities you have to eat though – or maybe you don’t eat it ….must stop there.


It doesn’t mention pomegranates specifically in the allergy food guides so not sure if its one of these dangerous fruits or not – anybody got a clue?

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Frozen Yoghurt Lollies

Friday, November 10th, 2006

Having got over my irrational fear of frozen yoghurt, I decided to try out some home made lollies. Basically I mixed some natural yoghurt and mashed banana and froze it. I used our ice cube tray but ours has quite large sections i.e. about 2 ½ times normal cubes. I created handles by inserting the small spoon end of the spoon you get with Calpol – I know you know the spoon I mean.


Boomer really enjoyed these – she takes large bites and sooks the lolly. The spoon is great to grab and she plays with it once she has finished the lolly.


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Friday, August 25th, 2006

I think might have cracked the grapes/choking thing…

I've been trying to choose bigger ones, obviously, then washing and cutting them in half before giving them tho Babybear. But they still seemed like solid little suckers just waiting to get trapped in a tiny trachea…

However, and forgive me if this seems terribly obvious, if you kind of pop the grape flesh outwards with your thumb before handing it over it is much easier for them to suck and chew.

Also, I have been making sure that there is a tear at the top of the skin of the grape half (I rip it with my fingers) so that it comes apart more easily for her and hopefully diminishes the risk of it getting caught in her throat. It seems to have worked, yesterday she ate about 15 grapes. Made for a very interesting nappy this morning.

Having said all that, if your baby is brand-new to Baby Led Weaning I would wait until they had got the hang of things before giving them halved grapes to hold themselves. I used to hold onto them between my thumb and forefinger when we first started. You can't be too careful and all that…

Post Script.
Yeah, you can go to the trouble of making a tear in the top of your grape half if you wish… but why not do the more obvious thing and cut it when you cut the damn thing in half? So, you know, make a cross in the top of your grape and half down it. Clearly I am an idiot, it has taken me two months to work this out….

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Tuesday, August 15th, 2006

Boomer loooves nectarines and so do I so it’s grand. I started by giving slices of necatarines to Boomer (roughly a eighth but sometimes a quarter if the fruit was quite small) . At first I would hold the piece and she would suck of the flesh – this was when she was about 5 ½ months. By about 6 mths I could leave pieces on her high chair and dance away to do other exciting mummy tasks – while obviously never leaving my child unattended.


Now Boomer is 7 and a wee bitty mths and she can hold a eat a nectarine by herself. I often take a wee bite out of it to get her started – not because I want it myself of course.


She is also teething at the moment and I think she actually quite enjoys chomping the stone was she has demolished the nectarine. I do take the stone away fairly quickly though as it’s kinda chokey chokey gullet sized.

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Tuesday, July 25th, 2006

Aaah, that most capricious of fruits, with its three-minute period of perfect ripeness book-ended by weeks of rock hard-ness or headily perfumed squishiness. I can't be bothered with them, really.

I've given them to the baby a couple of times, and she thinks they are okay. I don't bother giving her chip-sized portions, i just slice the bum-cheek off one side and had it over. It is kinda messy but at least it's wet and clear so it's easy to wipe up.

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Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

Green, slimy, deee-licious, the avocado is probably the blandest foodstuff that my daughter eats. I first gave her it as a finger food proper (not a great success – it shot out of her hand and proved impossible to pick up – cue tears of frustration) but now she gets it on toast or a  rice cake. I take one out with us to the park and I eat half of it on bread (doused in lemon juice and buckets of salt, it's a heart attack waiting to happen) while the bub has some plain.
Some people think they are a pain to open up but the secret is to slice it in half lengthways and twist it (not unlike the peach) leaving you with one side open and the other still containing the stone. The spiffy thing with the avocado is that if you doink the knife into the stone it will lift straight out. Does not work with a peach, as I found out to mine and the NHS's cost.

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Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

This creepy, furry orange fruit is one of my daughter's favourites… bleurgh. Thank god it has a fairly short season.
Wash it, cut it in half, remove the stone and hand to child with the skin side facing outwards. Actually, they're not bad to take out to cafes etc with you as they fit quite nicely into those silly wee tupperwares and can be cut open with a normal knife. But they do ripen quickly and get very squishy very fast so time it right or everyone will get covered in orange mush.

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Tuesday, July 18th, 2006

My favourite food ever, and now my baby's… I'm so very proud.
I just wash it, half it across the stone, and twist sharply so that the halves come apart then cut into quarters and remove the stone. She used to grab my hand when I was eating peaches so we first started
with me holding it and her sucking/biting on it but it didn't take long
for her to want to take it herself.

I've noticed that it's easier to give the baby the peach quarter with the skin side facing outwards as she seems to go at it from underneath with her rather marvellous brand new TWO TEETH. My cup runneth over…

Anyway, all I'm saying it that it might be worth noting which side your baby prefers to have the skin side facing. To be honest I was a bit paranoid about her eating the skin to begin with but apart from a couple of bleary-eyed spit-ups she was absolutely fine. Keep an eye on it, though. If we see a worryingly large bit of food going in, my husband and I start making hilarious puking faces, sticking our tongues out, crossing our eyes and whatnot (it's veeeeery attractive) and she normally laughs and spits it out.

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