We are on Week 3 of our BLW and I’m proud to say that Sophie Rose and I have more or less kept on track. It’s really difficult doing it everyday without help as the mess gets worse and worse so I just do my best. On mornings when we both can’t get out of bed, it’s just milk for S .. thank goodness she’s still at the stage where milk is enough to meet her daily needs.
Another challenge I find with BLW is the concern that she’s not eating enough – this has really tempted me to stop BLW and just stick to conventional spoon feeding to make sure everything goes down, but when I see her enjoying her food, self-feeding and getting excited about new tastes and textures, I know I’m making the right decision for the both of us. No one ever said motherhood would be easy! And definitely no one believed that I would become the sort of mother who bakes at night and does all the housework (with the help of her superman husband) in the day. ^^
This week’s BLW milestones
Sophie tried chicken strips for the first time!
We cheated a little. We were out having lunch and she was taking a huge interest in my Jalapeno Chicken Wrap. So we just took out some boiled chicken, dunked it to clean it in water and gave it to her. She hated it.. I think it was a little too tough for her gums and two tiny teeth and she mostly sucked all the juice out of it before unceremoniously spitting it out onto my lap. Leaving chicken drool all over my dress.
Yuck, Mama, yuck.
And since the success with her veggie fritters, I decided to try her out on pancakes! Doing BLW once your bubba can take eggs really opens you up to a whole new world of possibilities!
For brunch on Saturday morning, K and I decided to let Sophie Rose join us at the dining table. Our table cloth was due for a wash anyway, so we didn’t mind letting her muck it up. Because her Stokke Tripp Trapp highchair doesn’t have a tray, it can be inconvenient giving her messier foods with liquids. There is a tray that can be fitted onto the TT but its sold out and unavailable for the next few months, which is also why we got her an IKEA high chair as well.
Ricotta Banana Pikelets ( mini hotcakes ) with baby vanilla yoghurt and maple crumble.
Easy as pie, and boy did she enjoy them!
I think she really enjoyed being part of the breakfast conversation ^^ She’s started to make more consonant sounds on top of the basic vowels and although we haven’t heard a proper word yet, we’re so excited for the day we do.
Ricotta Banana Baby Hotcakes (recipe adapted from My Lovely Little Lunchbox)
1/2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 cup (185ml) milk
1 tbsp FRESH ricotta cheese
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
Melted butter, to brush
Baby yoghurt and banana slices to serve
Sift flour and sugar together into a bowl and make a well in the centre.
Whisk milk, egg, cheese and vanilla together, then add to dry ingredients, whisking until smooth.
Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat and brush with a little melted butter. Drop level tablespoonfuls of the mixture into the pan and cook for half a minute or until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip and cook until golden brown
I find fritters, mini muffins and pancakes a really easy way to introduce fruits which I’m afraid she’ll choke on. The fritters allow her to eat corn, carrots and broccoli without a choking hazard, and my recipe for banana blueberry bread below introduces blueberries which are soft from cooking and sweeter, too.
Here’s the second high-chair we got her from IKEA. While we really love the Stokke Tripp Trapp, we couldn’t get the tray which I think is quite essential for BLW in a house as small as ours and with only one cleaner-upper (me). The Tripp Trapp would work better when she’s a bit better with her feeding and eating skills and can really join us during dinner without us constantly having to clean up her mess.
This IKEA highchair comes in a full set for only $30, and I think it’s a great deal ! It’s light, super easy to clean (I just hose it down in the shower after meal times) and the tray is large enough for her to make a royal mess.
My husband had to go and beautify it with a floral cushion, because, you know, his Princess has to have a throne, even if its for smearing smashed bread and gooey saliva pancakes.
After forking out in excess of $400 for our Tripp Trapp, we weren’t willing to spend on a second high chair, so we bought two of these, one for my place and another for my mum’s place, where she spends about six to seven hours a day and gets her daily porridge.
Also, since Autumn is coming in the rest of the world and butternut squash is in season, I decided it would be time to introduce some spices, namely, cinnamon, to Sophie Rose !
So for breakfast, she had her Miffy Toastie, but this time x Fall Edition ^^
This was one breakfast she particularly enjoyed !
Wholemeal Miffy Toasties with Butternut Cinnamon Spread
1/4 cup butternut squash puree, cooled
Dash of ground cinnamon
1 slice wholemeal bread, toasted
1 bread cutting or cookie cutting mold (we used Miffy)
Use mold to cut out toast shapes. Mix puree with cinnamon. Spread the butternut puree on bread. Serve to hungry baby ^^
She finished one side of the Miffy Toasties (only managed one or two ears before) AND drank half a pot of baby yoghurt. I mean drank. She held up the pot to her mouth and slurped down the yoghurt.
And the biggest success of last week?
Mini Blueberry Banana Muffins!
I used a grown up recipe and modified it to make it sugar free, salt free and also oil free. Very healthy, but they can only keep for two days as they have no preservatives at all. This makes about 20 mini muffins. You can halve the batter and add more cinnamon and agave syrup for your half 🙂
2 bananas, ripe, and mashed
100g unbleached wholewheat flour
1/4 apple worth of puree
1 handful blueberries
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp Vanilla bean paste
Warm oven fan-forced 180 degrees celsius
Sieve flour, baking powder and cinnamon. If I’m feeling lazy I don’t bother but sieving does give the muffin a fluffier texture
Mix mashed bananas, vanilla bean and apple puree together.
Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients until smooth. Add blueberries.
Pour mixture into small molds. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
My husband polished off four of the adult version and tried to nick some from Sophie’s stash to. It makes a great breakfast and a really healthy one, too! Sophie had 1.5 pieces, which is a record !
Progress this week:
- Sophie Rose has figured out a spoon is filled with food and goes into her mouth. I guide her hand every day to make scooping motions, and so far she’s succeeded once or twice. I give her a soft baby spoon to hold so she will associate it with meal times and start using it to feed herself. The other day, I caught her chasing a morsel of veg with her spoon to the edge of her tray before bending down to push it into her mouth !
- She can chew visibly and is starting to swallow food
- She is not shocked when gagging and in fact knows she has to do it when food gets stuck. She gags, the food flies out and she smiles in triumph.
- Her fine-motor skills are getting better. She used to only be able to self feed when I held up the item and handed it to her. She can now pick it off the table with some effort, and even reach into bowls for her veggie puffs.
- She takes a full breakfast and a bowl of porridge every afternoon, but her milk intake is down 😦
Plans for next week:
- We have purchased many interesting frozen healthy baby meals from Petit Bowl, which I will be reviewing very soon after a tasting session! Sophie Rose ate so many of their samples at the fair I was guilted into buying 17 packs of their food. But they are all homemade and look absolutely delicious, plus the owner is a big supporter of BLW, so .. interesting times ahead!
- We are trying out brown rice vermicelli next week. She’s loved the beehoon we gave her at Pu Tien a few times, and she’s started making slurping noises, so I think she’s ready.
Wish us luck, and if you’re BLW, do share your journey with us ^^
Libby and Sophie Rose