Anyone Else Doing Winter Weaning?

27 11 2007

Weaning A BabyTheo has finally reached the age where I can’t stop him stealing food from my plate and shoving it in his mouth, so it’s time to start weaning.

Louis was a winter baby, so weaning started with summer fruit and veg. With Theo being a summer baby, he’ll start weaning on winter delights. So it’s time to invent a whole new set of weaning recipes – and to dig out the jumbo-sized ice cube trays and industrial-strength bibs!

I was wondering whether any of you are weaning babies at the moment?

How is it going? Are you going for it with root vegetables or sticking with pears and apples? What are you doing to make swede or turnip more palatable to a little one? Or are you avoiding the issue?

I’d love to hear your experiences and maybe share some recipes.

We’re still at the pear and apple stage, but will soon move on to squashes and more adventurous vegetables.

I have a friend of a friend whose baby loved butternut squash so much, she fed it to her baby every day for months. Allegedly the baby took on a worrying orange hue… :-)

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9 responses

30 11 2007
Clare

Update!
So far pear has gone down well. Cooked apple produced curdled milk vomit :-0 and yesterday steamed butternut squash went down a treat!

26 12 2007
Rachael

I started my baby on swedes, parsnips, butternut squash, carrots and he hasn’t had a problem with any of them. He is 6 months old now and he has gone past the puree stage and is just eating whatever we eat mashed up, i.e stews, curries, pasta.

1 01 2008
anne-marie

hello, my baby is now 7 months and happily eats all fruit and veg we do. a particular favourite is boiled/steamed sweet potato with a pinch of cinnamon in. another variation is to add a bit of cheese to the veg, or some homemade chicken stock (made from boiling a chicken carcass NOT from an oxo cube!).
fruit wise banana is his definite favourite which is a nice easy one if you are out and about.

21 01 2008
Emma

I had a winter baby so started weaning in summer, but two of the early favourites are more applicable at this time of year: sweet potato (cut in fingers and roasted) and broccoli (in “trees,” steamed). Lentil patties (lentils cooked with carrot, onion, celery, and herbs, then formed into patties and lightly fried) also went down a treat.

5 04 2008
Janie

I am at the butternut squash/carrot and apple/pear/banana puree stage with my five month old. We only started a week ago but it is all going down a real treat. I give a very small amount of home-made puree three times a dayand he is loving it! Sweet potato is a great favourite which i have also given mixed with pear. At this early stage I think simple is best – I have noticed that some commercial babyfoods contain meat at the 4month plus stage – i would not be comfortable with giving any protein until past six months. I took it slowly with my little girl who is now four and a great eater.

10 02 2012
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