Hi there - I've been busy re-jigging the site a bit. I have now grouped all the recommended equipment under one tab at the top called Equipment. From there you can visit all the individual pages on books, high chairs, crockery and cutlery and so on. At the moment all the equipment linked to is in pounds Stirling but I do intend to add a US section at some point soon.
I have also added a Recipe page where you can quickly skim through all the recipes I have devised for BLW.
Finally I have set up a Forum Page so people can, well, you know start forums about BLW- share ideas, ask questions give advice, let off steam that kind of thing. On the forum page you will also find a Poll. I would love it if people stopped by and quickly answered the poll- I'll try to do one each week.
Hope you like the new pages- one last thing I would LOVE it if anyone would be willing to donate any of their BLW pictures that I can use on the website too. To get in touch email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out a contact form on the right hand side here.
BLW Mama xxx
OK so my plan this evening was to create some kind of healthy biscuit that I could offer to J. Given that I was making them with J in mind they had to be:
They also had to be made with the contents of my kitchen which included no marg and only one egg.
So I made them and they are not bad actually. Considering they are nearly everything free that is- I'll be honest they ain't gonna impress Nigella but they are a healthy treat for your little one without having to compromise on what you are willing to give your baby. I have always found that my kids are just pleased to be given a biscuit, they are not too fussy about whether it is really sweet- if it looks like a biscuit they automatically think TREAT!!! Because these biscuits are not overly sweet you probably wont be tempted to nick them all as well- although that said I had about three straight from the oven.
So if you fancy giving these little biscuits a go here is the recipe and instructions:
Mess is a well known byproduct of baby led weaning but then I always think weaning in general is quite messy even if you spoon feed- or it always was when I did it anyway. I'm not a big clean freak to be honest- a bit of mess doesn't bother me which is a good job since I've got three small children. So far the mess from baby-led weaning has been manageable- One of the biggest things that makes me not care about how much mess J is making is the fact that a couple of feet away his 2 year old brother is feeding himself and making even more mess.
There are ways to avoid it being too messy as well. Try to save the really messy stuff for dinner that way you can take their clothes off and put them straight into the wash. Most people bathe their babies on a night so you can wash them off in in the bath. The most messy food I find is yoghurt, porridge and other runny food.
For lunch stick to finger foods like rice cakes, bread, steamed veggies, fruit, meat etc.
Obviously invest in some good bibs- most people choose the all over ones that cover baby's arms as well. If you don't want to fork out a lot of money on bibs there are other options. In the summer let them eat topless or even naked- they will love it and you will save on washing. Another great idea was given courtesy of Sarah Bonner from the BLW group on Facebook. She get's old T- Shirts- cuts the sleeves out and uses them as bibs. This is such a cool idea I love it and so environmentally friendly.
On the note of being environmentally friendly you are probably going to want to invest in some reusable cloths as well. You could just use wet wipes- but you'll be going through an awful lot. I would recommend buying some of the supermarket's value range for cleaning up when you're out and about but at home I'd use clothes. Amazon sell some gorgeous packs that are eco friendly and come in all sorts of colours. However my personal favourite thing for cleaning up after feeding time is good old Muslin. The best thing is you'll probably have loads knocking about from when your baby was a new born. By six months you won't be using them much for breastfeeding and they'll just be sat in a drawer. Perfect timing- I use them to clean the little man, clean his high chair, clean the table. They are soft, lightweight and easy to wash.
I also found a little hand flannel thing that I got in a towel set which I use. You put your hand inside it and it's a flannel- I wet it with warm water then clean J's face, then his hands, then the tray. I then dry him off with the muslin.
The other major casualty of baby-led weaning is the floor. You can keep this clean by laying down a mat but I find this too much of a hassle. I tend to broom everything up after each meal then mop every two days unless it's really bad. One thing that was recommended when I was researching for this site is a steam cleaner. These are a bit pricey but I would definitely look in to getting one if you can afford them.
I hope you enjoy BLW enough to put up with the mess- it's a small price to pay!
BLW Mama xxx
I suspect that both myself and J have a gluten intolerance so I've been experiencing with some gluten free recipes recently. In particular I wanted something to replace bread and a few people suggested I try pancakes. This is pancakes American style- not the type you toss on Shrove Tuesday. I got a good recipe from the internet made using rice flour and then I jazzed it up a bit.
I made two lots of pancakes- Smoked Salmon, Spinach and Roquefort and Bacon, Spinach and Goat's Cheese. They were really yummy and went down a treat. I served them with baked beans.
Basic Pancake Mix-
1 cup of rice flour
1/2 cup of coconut milk (I don't eat Cow's Dairy but you can use any milk)
1 tbsp olive oil
Smoked Slamon, Spinach and Roquefort
Small handful of smoked salmon chopped into bits
Few chunks of Roquefort crumbled
1 frozen portion of spinach defrosted
Bacon, Spinach and Goat's Cheese
1 rasher of bacon cut into bits
1 frozen portion of spinach defrosted
25g of hard goat's cheese grated
1. Make up basic pancake mix
a) Add eggs, milk and oil to a bowl and stir to combine
b) Gradually add rice flour and whisk until there are no lumpy bits
c) Cover and leave to stand at room temperature for 1 hour. Meanwhile prepare other ingredients
2. Make other ingredients
a) Grill bacon until cooked. Cut into small pieces
b) Defrost spinach portions
c) Grate goat's cheese
d) Crumble roquefort
3. Mix basic pancake mix with ingredients
a) Divide the basic mix into two bowls
b) Add the salmon, roquefort and half the spinach to one bowl- stir until combined
c) Add the bacon, goat's cheese and the rest of the spinach to the other bowl- stir until combined.
4. Cook the Pancakes
a) Heat some olive oil in a pan- make sure the oil is really hot
b) Pour 1/4 cup of the mix into the pan
c) Wait until the pancake starts to bubble at the sides and then flip over- the pancake should lift up easily if it is ready to flip
d) Re-flip the pancake and brown further if need be
e) Place pancake on a plate and continue making pancakes
You should get 4 of each flavour. You might need to add more oil to the pan half way through cooking too.
Hope you enjoy them
BLW Mama xxx
I thought when I come up with any new yummy BLW recipes I'd add them to the blog here. I just made this the other night for my toddlers and my 6 month old. They loved it. It made 3 toddler sized meals and 2 meals for my 6 month old.
1) Cover chicken legs in flour and brown in a little oil in a frying pan- leave to cool
2) Dice onion and fry off in oil unitl soft
3) Chop vegetables and apricot to desired size- I left them quick long and chip sized so J could pick them up and then just chopped the rest up smaller for my toddlers who would freak out at a massive piece of veg in their curry
4) Pour 1/2 a can of coconut milk in a jug and add spices and tomato puree - Be sure to shake or mix your can of coconut milk so the cream and the water are mixed together- Mix together to create a nice yellow sauce
5) Place the chicken legs, veg and apricot in a oven proof dish and cover with sauce
6) Cook on 180 C for 35 minutes. Serve with Rice
Hope you like it!
BLW Mama xxx
I love cooking for my family and trying out new recipes. My focus is on good, healthy non-processed food. My recipes on here are all simple and easy to make and I cater for many dietary requirements and allergies. The recipes are made with Baby-Led Weaning in mind but because Baby-Led Weaning means eating together these recipes are suitable for every member of the family, young and old.
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