This is a sponsored post with SMA® Nutrition.
Alice was eight months old a couple of weeks ago which means we are already well into solid foods
It’s flown by incredibly quickly and only in the last week or so do I actually feel like I’ve managed to get slightly ahead of the curve with batch cooking purees in advance.
Like Theo she has been really keen to try new foods, but she’s taken enthusiasm for meals to a whole new level and right from the start protested quite strongly and loudly if everyone else was eating something and she wasn’t. Although I haven’t specifically set out to try baby led weaning, she has recently become very keen on feeding herself particularly with rusks or puffed maize baby ‘crisps’ and as they buy me and extra few minutes sorting the rest of her food out, I’m starting to look at other things she can self feed.
As far as purees go, we started with simple fruit or veg like carrot or apple and have now progressed to trying out meals or combinations of flavours. I used Annabel Karmels books with Theo so I’m taking a lot of recipes from them, but also using Google when I need to mix up something quick and I’m stumped for which flavours to combine! Both butternut squash and pear puree as well as a mix of green vegetables have been very popular, but as I say she hasn’t actually turned refused anything yet, even unsweetened cooking apple puree!
One thing I haven’t got round to adding in to her diet yet is meat. This is partly because I don’t eat a lot of it myself and therefore tend to have a fridge full of vegetables and partly because meat suddenly seems to make meal preparation more complicated. You end up having to make salt free stocks, or having to braise the meat in advance, extra steps which I will get round to having the time for eventually, but at the moment I’ve only just got on top of the vegetarian recipes!
As a result of the lack of meat in her diet and because she had passed the six month mark, I recently decided to switch to SMA PRO Follow-on Milk to complement her weaning diet and ensure she’s getting the right mix of nutrients, including iron which she may lack in other parts of her diet.
SMA PRO Follow-on Milk is SMA Nutrition’s most advanced formula yet which contains Nutri-Steps®, a unique blend of ingredients including Iron to help support normal cognitive development, Vitamin D and Calcium to help support babies normal growth and development of bones and omega 3 & 6.
Having suffered with anaemia during both my pregnancies, I know first hand how horrible it can be for the body to be deprived of iron therefore I wanted to ensure she gets enough of that mineral in her three 200ml milk feeds every day.
Another decision we’ve recently made involves switching Alice’s feeding chair. We originally had her in a birth – toddler booster seat which went on top of a normal chair. It was brilliant when she was very little and we could have her up at our level at the table at breakfast time, but once solid food was introduced the fabric cover became a bit of a nightmare (not least of all because you can’t machine wash it!) So we got Theo’s old plastic highchair out of the loft and swapped it for that. Alice still manages to get food on every surface, but at least it can all be wiped down now. I’m sure Theo wasn’t this messy, or do we just forget?
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Breast milk is best for babies and breastfeeding should continue for as long as possible. SMA PRO Follow-on Milk is for babies over 6 months, as part of a varied weaning diet. Not intended to replace breastfeeding.
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