in the early'ish days of weaning plenty of your meals can be adapted to feed your baby too with a few adjustments:
- order a roast and ask them to cook your veg a little more and without salt so they are nice and soft plus a potato cut up and a few strips of meat will give plenty to keep a little one interested
- scrambled egg, toast fingers and a large chunk of mushroom or an omelette cut into strips from a breakfast go down well
- pasta (penne cut in half, macaroni, or any grabbable shape tends to work well) with a veg or bolognese sauce
- sausages (we take the skin off and cut into chunks) and mash are surprisingly grabbable even by the littlest hands.
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.
- Wagamama's - watching my 10 month old polish off a Mini Grilled Chicken Katsu to the surprise of the the American family next to us was a sight to behold!
- Any pizza/ pasta place will have a tomato/veg sauce based option or if your little one is a bit older a small margarita pizza will go down well
- Nando's kids menu has some healthy easily pick-upable options; grilled chicken strips with corn on the cob and cherry tomatoes (cut in half) were a hit for us
- As above any decent pub should offer a kids size roast that can be easily adjusted too.
And a final few tips to make it as stress free as possible are;
- be prepared for mess! Either grab a pack of disposable floor mats and keep them under your buggy to pop under a high chair or just be happy to scrabble around on your knees at the end of a meal cleaning up the bigger bits of debris. Generally we have found waiting staff are happy to see a child enjoying food and don't mind too much
- keep some rice cakes, breadsticks etc in your bag in case food takes a while to arrive as well as some distracting toys etc
- don't be shy about asking somewhere to not put butter/salt into you or your baby's food, most places are happy to oblige. Whilst food out of the home is likely to be higher in salt we normally take the opinion that one slightly higher salt intake day isn't going to do any harm in an otherwise healthy week.