Baby Led Weaning here we come!

Wow! My last post was in December when I had Tara. I cannot believe how time has flown and how quickly we’re yet again at the 6 month mark.

I knew both my children would have different food journeys but how different I wasn’t really sure until now. I could get Trilok to eat anything, Tara on the other hand is strong willed and I need to play according to her rules. Hah! but I am her mum and I will get her to do what I want. LOL or so I think for now. ;)

In my mind being cleft affected should not alter her food journey. Sure, we will try different methods to feed but that shouldn’t alter her potential acceptance of all food. I always wanted my children to be good eaters. They don’t have to fall in love with the food they eat, but they sure need to accept it, respect it and most of all finish it. Too ambitious? We will have to see. :)

Drinking milk itself has proven to be a bit of a challenge with Tara, but we always manage to get there slow and steady. I thought purées is something she would take to easily, but BOY WAS I WRONG! Yikes!!!! the girl hates cereals and purées! How do I even think of initiating solids when she won’t have anything to do with them? My answer hopefully lies in BLW – Baby led weaning. A strategy I didn’t try with Trilok but I am seeing hope in with Tara. The girl loves to chew, from her fingers to toys and teeters and blankets! She in my mind is the perfect candidate for BLW! Knowing breastmilk is her primary source of nutrition she can certainly take her time in exploring and enjoying textures. So far I have tried mashed bananas, sweet potato, boiled potato and a portion of her brothers brekkie, a porridge mix of raagi and fox tail millet with banana filled into her ‘Boon Pulp’.

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I love our ‘Boon Pulp’ it’s a nifty little silicone feeder with holes and I think its ideal to let her do her own thing. We just need to fill it up and hand it over to the babe and she does the rest, squirting the mash into her mouth. Messy? HELL YES! but oh what joy to watch her go for it!

It’s only been a couple of days but I am ready for this transition challenge. BLW, you best work for us!

Did you try BLW? How did it go? Was it successful for you? I’d love to hear.

Quick Fix: Cocoa Banana Pancakes

I think I made these more to fix my chocolate craving than my son’s, Lol! Anyway, we both scarfed them down at pretty much the same speed. These are super easy and can be whipped up in a jiffy!

Since I experimented with these, I won’t be able to give you the exact measurements for all. I just went with my gut on this one.

choco1Ingredients:

  • Un-Sweetened Cocoa powder
  • Organic raw sugar, to taste
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Egg
  • Vanilla essence, 2 teaspoons
  • One Banana
  • Butter
  • Icing sugar for dusting
  • Whole wheat flour, refined flour or self raising flour (any flour of your preference)
  • 1 Teaspoon baking powder (optional, no need to use this if you’re using self raising flour)

Method:

  • Mix up all the ingredients as you would to make a pancake batter
  • In a heated pan, plonk on some butter and ladle out the batter
  • Cook until brown on both sides

choco2Serve:

  • Serve while still warm
  • Chop some bananas and roll them up
  • Dust the top with some icing sugar

Extras: Can be served with a layer of Peanut butter or whipped cream too and one can use berries instead of bananas. Yummm!!!