Just a quick post for our BLW these past two weeks because I have just had no time at all !! Been slacking off a little on the photo-taking as well because mornings are a rush-rush-rush as the household chores pile up!
I’m glad to say we haven’t given up on BLW, in fact I’m even more determined to continue until Sophie-doll can feed herself independently. In just two months, I’ve seen her fine motor skills improve by leaps and bounds and I’m amazed by the variety of food she is willing to experience and sample!
Meal times are her favourite time of the day! However, do remember that babies’ main source of nutrients until they are 1 year old is still milk, so as much as its tempting to replace their milk with cereals or solids, try to make sure they take in at least 600-800 ml a day and always offer milk first to make sure that they get all the goodies – solids are just extra 🙂
Here are our adventures these past 14 days:
Purple Carrot and Apple Yoghurt Muffins (6 muffins)
90 ml vegetable oil ( I use extra virgin olive oil)
1 large organic egg
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste / vanilla essence
1/2 cup Greek yoghurt
1 purple carrot, grated
1/2 Fuji apple, grated
1 tbsp pure organic maple syrup
1 cups organic whole meal flour with 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon, ground
Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Line a 12 hole muffin tin with muffin papers. Place the oil, eggs, vanilla paste, yoghurt, carrot and apple in a bowl and whisk to combine. Sift over the flour and cinnamon and mix until just combined. Using a ¼ cup measurement, ladle mixture into muffin papers. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until cooked.
These were a hit 🙂 I used purple carrots because they are so packed with goodness and she was getting sick of eating them on their own, steamed. The yoghurt makes the muffins unbelievably moist and tender and is a great way of introducing baby to yoghurt without the sugar, too!
They are also perfect for adults – my husband really enjoyed the ones I packed into his lunch sack.
Butternut Squash, Apple, Carrot and Mushroom Brown Rice Pasta ( 1 serving )
1 serving Heinz/Bellamy Brown Rice Baby Pasta
2 button mushrooms, sliced
1/2 a regular sized apple
7 cm chunk of butternut squash
Steam your veggies in your Beaba Babycook or in a steamer for about 10 minutes or until they are all soft and cooked. If you are using a Babycook, layer the veg – butternut squash at the bottom, carrot in the middle, squash and then the mushrooms to make sure they cook evenly.
As the veggies are steaming, boil water and cook pasta for 3 minutes, drain. Remove mushrooms from the top of veg. Puree or mash the squash, carrot and apple and mince the mushrooms. Stir in pasta, wait to cool a little and serve!
Well, Sophie absolutely loved this and polished it all off. In fact, she loved it so much I managed to convince her to self feed with a spoon. I would scoop up a mouthful, hand her the spoon and let her feed herself. She was so excited about her new skill ! So many veggies and she ate them up with no problem!
Cous Cous with Apple Baby Yoghurt
1 small serving of Cous Cous, cooked (with boiling water) – follow instructions on pack.
1 tbsp baby yoghurt
Small chunks of steamed apple.
Mix everything together, roll into balls. Serve to your bubba and watch her play !
Cous Cous is amazing for sensory play for babies! Sophie was so intrigued by its grainy, fluffy texture. She mashed it into pieces, rubbed it into balls, tried to scoop it up with two hands and even face planted once to shovel it into her mouth! For our next experiment, I will be adding natural veggie and fruit colors to the Cous Cous so she can explore it like dough, but its safe because its totally edible and natural !
- Sophie can now self feed with a spoon with some help! She is getting more and more independent and its easier to bring her out these days
- Sophie rejects puree – she is only into chunky, texturally interesting baby food.
- Sophie knows how to “check” food sizes. She no longer gags during meal times as she will chew until the pieces are small enough before swallowing. She knows to break muffins into smaller pieces with her hands before putting it into her mouth, and if the pieces are too big, she spits them out so she won’t choke. Can you believe it? I’m so proud of her!
- Sophie offers food – she offers food to Benjy and me, making chewing motions with her mouth!
- Sophie’s fine motor skills have developed even more – she now uses her pincer grasp for almost everything. This girl can pick up grains of rice, and happy puffs are no problem. She reaches into bowls, under plates to get her puffs and pinches it between thumb and forefinger before placing it square into her little mouth and chewing very meaningfully.
That’s it for this week, folks! Next week, we are trying baby-friendly hummus!
Libby and Sophie Rose