Although I’ve already raised a child to the ripe old age of four years old, I still feel like I’m doing everything for the first time again with Woody. I can’t believe how much I’ve forgotten since Nora was a baby and that teamed with the fact that each and every baby is very different has left me feeling like I’m stabbing at things in the dark all over again. Now Woody has reached the magic six month mark we have embarked on the weird and wonderful journey of weaning.
Nora was a terrible eater from the get go. I constantly worried if she was eating enough and if I was feeding her the right things. I spent hours cooking up batches of home made purees which she mostly despised, poor kid. I’ve never been great in the kitchen. Meal times became a chore and I would obsess over how many spoons of puree she had eaten or not as the case usually was. So when I was invited along to a weaning event with My Little Piccolo and Mothercare I jumped at the chance. I was determined to arm myself with more up to date weaning information and was willing to graciously accept any hints or tips I might receive.
The event was hosted by the lovely Alice and Emily from My Little Piccolo, both of whom are dieticians and nutritionists respectively. How amazing to be able to take tips from people with such specialist knowledge. We settled down with a trusty cuppa and got stuck into the nitty gritty of the wonderful world of weaning. I have read so much conflicting information when it comes to weaning; should you give baby rice, is baby rice devoid of any real nutrients, do you start with veg or fruit, how much should my baby eat? It really is a minefield. Alice emphasised just how important it is to hold off introducing solids until the six month mark and also really encouraged the idea that ‘food is fun until you’re one’. This is something I have 100% been keeping in mind when weaning Woody. He is still getting the majority of his nutrition from breast milk so I really don’t need to stress so much over the quantity of food he’s consuming. A fab little tip Alice gave was to introduce food on a clean finger rather than a spoon and this has worked brilliantly for Woody considering his aversion to anything other than a boob when it comes to feeding!
Now, I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit of a food snob. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good pizza as much as the next gal but I love to think I’m educating my children about the wondrous world of food and encouraging them to explore many culinary delights. One of Nora’s favourite food’s at around a year was Gnocchi, I don’t think I even knew Gnocchi existed until I was in my twenties. This is where My Little Piccolo really appealed to me. I love the idea of gourmet baby food. The flavours available include spring greens with a hint of mint, peach and apple with a hint of basil and mango pear and kale with a dash of yoghurt. They all sound absolutely delicious and filled with Mediterranean goodness. Introducing these unique flavours at such an early age helps develop babies tastebuds to ensure a lifetime of good, healthy eating. My Little Piccolo aim to encourage a life of balance in not only nutrition, but flavour, family and community as well a true reflection of the wonderful laid back Mediterranean way of life and quite frankly, I think that sounds bloody brilliant.
Good old Nora did a taste test for us. The pouches have proven a brilliant after school snack for a tired new school girl and we’ve even taken a couple on picnics with us. The huge array of flavours have been brilliant for introducing Woody to the wondrous world of food. He has loved each and every one, but especially the Spring Greens – what a healthy lad! The ease of having the pouches readily available at meal times has taken a huge amount of stress away from this new stage of babyhood and I still feel like he is eating good, wholesome food. We have also been testing out some of the delicious recipes over on the My Little Piccolo website as we are combining baby led weaning with some delicious purees along the way, the Banana and Blueberry cake is heaven with a cuppa.
Thank you to the lovely ladies at My Little Piccolo for your amazing weaning tips, this time around has already been a whole lot easier!