George is actually eight months old today. Where is this time going? It's not fair, slow down please. Since he's been six months old, we've been on quite the weaning journey. To say he loves his food is definitely an understatement. As George loves his food so much, I thought it would be a great idea to share his favourite meals. Maybe your little one will love them just as much!
George's very first meal was sweet potato - recommended by my health visitor - and since the first taste, it's been a winner. Whether it's on its own or mixed with other ingredients.
Roughly two weeks after starting solids, it seemed that we moved a little too fast onto new textures and tastes. So we had to take a step back and go back to basics. From speaking to other mummas, it seems we weren't alone. I think it's just so exciting, you want your baby to try lots of new things. But the time will come, you just have to be patient and go at their pace.
Over the last two months, George has tried so many different meals already. Here are his favourites...
CHEESY VEGETABLE PUREE
When I first made the cheesy vegetable puree, George was NOT a fan. I think this had something to do with the strong taste of cheese. Something he wasn't used to. But after a good few goes of it, he soon came round. They (not sure who 'they' actually is') say that it can take babies 40 tastes of something to decide they like it. Perseverance is key!
I make this meal in a big batch as it's super easy to freeze. I haven't got a photo of them, but I bought some freezer pots from Asda at £4 for eight and I really couldn't live without them now. I'll link them here.
This meal is super easy to make and the ingredients are cheap too!
4 Chopped Carrots
1 Chopped Broccoli
3 Chopped potatoes
1 Teaspoon of butter
200ml milk (the quantity depends on thickness required)
Grated cheese (the quantity is based on your baby's preference)
Little bit of plain flour
1. Place chopped carrots, broccoli and potatoes into saucepan and boil until soft.
2. Mash / blend vegetables to required consistency.
3. To make the cheese sauce, place butter in pan and melt. Add the milk and flour. Once desired consistency is achieved, add the grated cheese.
4. Add the mashed / blended vegetables to the sauce and mix together.
AVOCADO ON TOAST
This is the newest favourite of George's. To be honest, there's nothing much to making this meal. The only problem I had with making this, is that I have no idea how to store avocado. I usually use half an avocado with each meal, so the other half I put in the fridge, but by the next day comes, it's gone brown *hand covers face*. If you have any tips for this, please do let me know!
Half an avocado
A piece of toast
1. Spoon the avocado into a bowl. Mash the avocado with a fork to the required consistency.
2. Place a piece of bread into the toaster until lightly golden.
3. Spread the avocado over the toast.
4. Cut into finger slices.
This was George's first 'messy' meal and it went down a treat. I actually make me and Greg a lentil Bolognese at the same time. Before I add in the chunky veg, herbs and spices for ours, I put a portion aside for George.
200g red lentils
1 onion, finely chopped
1. Cook lentils as per instructions on packet.
2. Fry the onions until golden and add the passata. Mix together.
3. Once the lentils are cooked, add them to the passata mixture. Stir well and heat together.
The image below is George with rice pudding. We were at a mother and baby group today and we did messy play with rice pudding. George has never encountered rice pudding before, but I wish (and I think he wishes!) that we had come across it sooner, because he loves it! At one point, he was shovelling it in with two hands. The other babies didn't get much of a look in. Needless to say, I went straight to Sainsburys and picked some up (the lowest sugar version I could find).
When we are out and about, and if George wants a snack, I find these Kiddylicious wafers the best out of everything we've tried so far. Although I don't think there's much to them, they don't make a mess which is handy if he's in his pram or wearing something nice.
I hope this little insight into George's meals has given you some inspiration. I find the Heinz baby food website really helpful for finding new recipe ideas for baby. Definitely check it out!
Send me links to your weaning meal blogs or favourite recipes, I'd love to give them a try with George!
Let me know if you decide to make any of these meals and how your little one gets on. Weaning is so exciting, for both you and baby!