DAIRY-FREE, EGG-FREE, NO SUGAR
These easy to make cookies are great for older babies (from around 9 months) when they start to need more snacks during the day. They're also really good as an after school treat for older kids. They are dairy and egg free so suitable for little ones who are lactose intolerant / allergic to cow's milk protein or eggs.
1 cup of rolled oats
1/2 cup sieved self-raising flour
1/4 cup of melted coconut oil
1/4 cup of water
2 tablespoons of raisins
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
2 handfuls of finely diced mango
1. Pre-heat oven to 175 degrees C.
2. Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
3. Grease muffin baking tray.
4. Make small muffin / balls from your mixture and place in baking tray.
5. Bake for 20 mins at 175 degrees C.
So what happens when your little one turns one? If you've been doing baby led weaning you'll most likely find that by now your little one is very proficient at feeding themselves and hopefully, if they are anything like ours, they are very adventurous eaters! For those babies who have been weaned the traditional route, they will most likely be having a combination of purees and finger foods by now. When it comes to introducing cutlery, it can vary from child to child but what you may find is that baby led weaners might get to grips with feeding themselves with their own spoon quicker than toddlers who have been weaned the traditional route as they will have most likely been practicing with pre-loaded spoons from quite an early age. One thing I discovered though is if you are trying to get your little one to feed themselves with the small baby spoons they are unlikely to get much into their mouths. Moving onto toddler cutlery at one is advisable as even though it might be a little while before they are able to use their own knife and fork, the spoons are much wider so they are able to get lots more into their mouths (and get less frustrated!).
From one, children can have cow's milk as a drink. So if you have been giving formula you can switch to whole cow's milk if you wish. You can also start introducing a cup for milk at this stage. As the amount of milk (breast, formula or cow's milk) your one year old is drinking will have reduced it is advisable to include plenty of calcium rich foods in their diet such as yoghurt, fromage frais, cheese, custard, hummus (sesame seeds which are in tahini are high in calcium), green leafy veg, almonds (so you can try almond butter) and salmon.
Each day your little one should have 3 meals and 2-3 snacks. Nutrients are needed for growth and development in your toddler so it is important that they eat a varied diet with a combination of food from the five food groups:
- They should have starchy foods such as bread, rice, potatoes, pasta etc. at every meal and snack
- Offer 1-2 portions of fruit or vegetables with each meal and some snacks
- Milk, yoghurt and cheese - 3 servings per day (a serving is 100-120ml milk, 125g pot of yogurt). There is however very little iron in this dairy group so if you are worried about the amount your little one is eating and are concerned about their iron intake it is advisable to give them 'growing up milk' which is high in iron
- Meat, fish, eggs, nuts (ground or in nut butters) and pulses should be offered 2-3 times per day. These foods tend to be high in protein and iron
- Vegetarian alternatives such as eggs, dhals, beans and nuts - 3 servings per day with a good source of vitamin C to help with iron absorption
- Foods high in fat such as oil and butter should be eaten in small amounts whilst foods high in fat and sugar (such as cakes, biscuits and puddings) should be eaten in moderation and not instead of the other groups.
When it comes to drinks, offer your little one water with each meal and snack(aiming for 6-8 drinks per day). Water and milk are the best drinks to have between meals. Fruit juice should be avoided because it can cause tooth decay. If, when your little one is a bit older, you do want to offer juice make sure you dilute it well and offer it only with meals. Fruit juice drinks, fizzy drinks, tea and coffee should be avoided.
Toddlers should avoid eating raw eggs, shellfish, large fish such as shark, marlin and swordfish and whole nuts and round foods that are a choking hazard.
In the UK it is recommended that toddlers are given a vitamin supplement containing vitamins A and D, and for poor eaters it is recommended to find a toddler multivitamin that contains iron, zinc and magnesium.
Finally, it's good to remember that toddlers tend not to eat well when they are tired, unwell/teething or when they are over hungry and they can be easily distracted by television, games and being in a new environment (especially if there are lots of other children around which they may find very exciting!).
It is very common for toddlers and children to go through fussy periods with eating. During these periods your little one may refuse certain foods, decide they only want to eat one type of food or they may stop eating foods of a certain texture such as lumpy or sloppy foods. Other fads, normally in older children, may include only wanting to eat foods that are the same colour or not wanting to eat foods that touch on the plate. These periods of fussy / faddy eating normally pass but as parents we are programmed to worry about our children especially if we feel they are not eating well. Here are a few tips to get you through these fussy periods:
These are easy to pick up and tasty little patties that are full of protein, iron and vegetables for hungry tummies. Turkey is also an excellent source of tryptophan, a precursor to serotonin that can help you feel good and make you feel sleepy, so a good dinner choice for little ones. Suitable from 7 months onwards and great served with some other steamed vegetables like broccoli for a filling meal. For smaller babies we'd recommend using a food processor to make these but for 10 + months you can just grate the vegetables finely and mix into other ingredients.
1. Peel and roughly chop the carrot and parsnip (or grate at this stage if doing it that way).
2. Add to turkey mince and other ingredients and blitz all the ingredients in food processor (or just mix if using grated veg) together for 1 minute.
3. Heat a griddle pan on medium heat with a little bit of light olive oil for frying.
4. Form patties into a finger shape and cook for approx 3 minutes each side, testing that they're no longer pink in the middle before allowing to cool and serve.
These biscuits are a yummy treat for all the family and suitable from around 9/10 months as you start introducing more snacks into your baby's diet. They are low sugar rather than no sugar as we are not averse to a very small amount of sugar here at LOL, however if you'd like to make them sugar free you can omit it.
You can use the basic oat biscuit recipe above and adapt with lots of different things; we also like 'Cranberry and orange zest', 'Dried apricot and ginger' and if you're feeling naughty 'Chocolate Chip'.
6 months - starting out
When starting out it’s very much about going at your baby’s pace. You may want to go slowly in the early days and offer your baby just one or two foods a day. We’ve given, as examples, quite a bit of variety in this meal plan just so you have some ideas of different foods you can offer your baby. However, there’s no need to worry if your baby is eating very little in the early days as they will still be getting the majority of their nutrition from their usual milk feeds.
From 7 months onwards most babies are getting the hang of eating and are happy to try lots of new foods so this is a good time to introduce plenty of new foods and flavours. By 8 months your baby should ideally be having three meals a day (with preferably two courses at lunch time). You can also start to offer one or two snacks at around 8 months but don’t worry if your little one isn’t yet interested in snacks at this stage. You will also most likely notice that your little one is drinking less milk from 7-9 months of age.
By this age baby-led babies will already be in charge of how much they eat and they may now get quite excited around meal-times (especially if their favourite food is on the menu!). By this stage your baby will be having three meals and two healthy snacks a day. It’s advisable that both lunch and dinner include a main course and pudding especially now that milk feeds will be reducing.
For formula fed babies, they should be consuming around 500ml of milk in 24 hours. By one, this amount should reduce down to 400ml of cow’s milk offered in a cup (and not in a bottle). Breastfed babies will be having approximately three breastfeeds over 24 hours.
Now don't get me wrong we love cooking here at Little One Led, we are afterall two mums (one a nutritional therapist and the other a very keen cook) that write a food blog about weaning but when faced with coming up with three varied, nutritious and likely to be consumed meals a day it can get somewhat repetitive. Wake up and make breakfast, clean high chair, floor, kitchen wall and wriggly baby, think about what to cook for lunch, prepare lunch then clean high chair, floor, kitchen wall and wriggly baby, prepare dinner then clean high chair, floor, kitchen wall and wriggly baby and repeat........
I am sure other mums (baby led weaners or not) can associate with this so we thought we'd come up with some of our favourite cooking cheats that enable you to not spend the majority of your time cooking and suit self feeders.
What are your failsafe quick cheats for your baby led weaner?
* a loss of energy and motivation to cooking that is common for parents of babies and small children.
Interested in finding out more about baby led weaning? At our workshops you'll learn how it all works; when to start, the benefits of baby led weaning, what foods to offer and what foods to avoid, nutritional requirements for your 6 month old plus baby as well as addressing any questions about choking and reducing milk feeds.
We come out to antenatal and postnatal groups across London or offer sessions in the East Dulwich and Crystal Palace areas in south London. Mums, dads, grandparents and babies welcome!
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Eating out whilst doing baby led weaning should theoretically be easy bearing in mind they can eat what you do right? Well in our experience the reality can be a little daunting at first and have you stealing furtive glances at someone spooning an Ella's into their little one's mouth. Whilst in an ideal world we'd always be prepared for a meal out with a baby and have a tupperware full of steamed veg ready to go, it is nice to able to go crazy (!) and have an unscheduled lunch out now and again. With this is mind here's some tips we've learned along the way.
in the early'ish days of weaning plenty of your meals can be adapted to feed your baby too with a few adjustments:
As they start having proper meals (around the 9/10 month mark in our households) most babies will happily start polishing off bigger portions and you may find you no longer want to share your food with them. Thankfully, whilst some places are still stuck in the nuggets and chips era of kids meals, plenty of other restaurants and cafes provide fresh, healthier stuff to feed your growing baby. Here are some of our favourites for baby led weaners.
And a final few tips to make it as stress free as possible are;
Pasta already polished off here.