weaning an eight month old can be a different challenge daily. Some days Lauren has a big appetite on some days and other days she won’t eat any solids. Perserveance in this case is always key. I’ve got a few tips at the end of this post to help with meal times.
Lauren just like me loves Potatoes. She can’t eat crisps just yet but she likes them mashed or grilled.
For this lovely dish you will need;
- 1/2 Onion chopped
- 1 chopped small clove of Garlic
- 2 Chopped Potatoes
- A bowl of Mince
- Tinned Tomato
- 1 chopped Carrot
- Thyme (optional)
Firstly I chop the potatoes and then boil them on low heat for about 20 minutes.
Whilst boiling your potatoes put oil in the pan alongside with your chopped onions and garlic.
Let your mince cook well as you don’t want your little one to catch samonella so please be cautious when cooking. You can also add Thyme for a bit of taste as Lauren is still small I do not add any salt or pepper to her meals. Watching her blood pressure from early! Lol
After the mince has boiled for some time pop your chopped carrot in the mix and cook till partially soft.
You can choose to blend your potatoes to make it smoother instead of mashing with a fork. I use my Tommee Tippee blender on Level 1,to blend the potatoes but still leave some lumps to help Lauren grasp the concept of chewing. I then use a fork to mash it aswell as I don’t want it too soft.
Once mashed and the sauce is done, I roll her mash into a ball to make her food more attractive for her!
You can make this dish with spaghetti or rice or any food of your choice.
Helpful Feeding tips
- Switch off the tv and concentrate on feeding baby.
- Let baby have their own spoon so they can enjoy mealtimes.
- Try different types of foods.
- Don’t be afraid to let baby get messy.
- Lastly do not force feed baby to eat, pace yourself and try a different method or day.
- Encourage others to feed your baby aswell which will help them when you go back to work.
Weaning Lauren has been a fun yet challenging experience. Sometimes I can’t be bothered when she blows raspberry bubbles of Weetabix in my face, I have just learnt to enjoy every moment including messy feeding times.
Katrina & Lauren x