We first noticed about 2 months ago that Lawson was polishing off his bottles like an absolute truck, and every time we increased his feed by an ounce, he’d polish that off too and want more… Thus, we have started weaning! I was super excited to start weaning Lawson and watching him try new tastes and textures, and ever since day one, he’s absolutely loved it! That boy will eat anything! So I thought I’d share with you today some of Lawson’s favourite first foods that I have given him, in case some of you are coming up to weaning, or are already weaning!
1. CARROT AND PARSNIP
This is actually the first purée I gave Lawson, I even think I did it wrong because it was a very textured purée, but I added some water to it and it gave it a really nice consistency. For this one, boil the carrots and parsnips (do however many you like depending on how much you want!) for 15-20 minutes, blitz with a hand blender and add water if needed. I made a batch of this and stored it in the freezer.
2. BUTTERNUT SQUASH
A well-known favourite amongst babies – Lawson took to this straight away. With this one, I actually stuck it in the slow cooker – literally by itself, nothing else with it, on high for 3 hours – it was done perfectly. It’s so easy then to spoon the flesh out and again hand blend it. No water needed with this one, it’s such a lovely consistency!
3. BROCCOLI AND CAULIFLOWER
This one I felt was a bit of a risk. It’s a bit more lumpy, and even after trying it I thought that I wouldn’t be too keen having it on my plate! But still, I thought I’d give it a go, and classic Lawson – he loved it! I wanted to get him used to different coloured foods, and greens are probably the hardest ones – so I was dead proud of him for that! Just boil broccoli and cauliflower florets for 10-15 minutes, hand blend and add water if you feel it’s needed. This one freezes really well too.
4. BANANA PORRIDGE
I just use Ready Brek oats for this recipe – baby porridge is such a waste of money! I use 2oz of his milk mixed with 3 scoops (I use an old scoop from his formula) of Ready Brek, cook in a pan and add some mashed banana. He LOVES this one, and it’s a quick and easy make if you’ve ran out of frozen batches!
5. PEAR / APPLE & PEAR
Peel and quarter 3-4 pears (depending on how much you want), boil for 10-15 minutes and blend with a hand blender. This is by far Lawson’s favourite recipe – it’s also a lot nicer to clean up because it’s a clear colour rather than bright orange (roll eye emoji). For apple and pear, it’s exactly the same just with added apple!
6. MANGO AND BANANA
Peel and chop 1 mango, add some mashed banana and blend with a hand blender. Lawson still isn’t that sure about this one – I don’t know if maybe the mango is a bit sharp for him, but true to form he eats it anyway!
And there you have it, these are the foods I have tried with Lawson so far and how I make them. So far so good!
I’m going to be doing a bit of a ‘weaning week’ next week on my YouTube channel, so head on over there if you want some more updates and tips on weaning.
I am also documenting Lawson’s first tastes through the medium of Facebook Live (oh technology, how great you are) – so if you want to see some of Lawson’s hilarious faces when he tries new foods, go to the Land of Lawson Facebook page to keep up to date! He turns 6 months on Sunday which means new stuff OTHER than fruit and veg (gulp).
What are your favourite recipes for babies? If I’m honest I’m running out of ideas a bit so any inspiration would be greatly appreciated! Leave me a comment below if you have any good ones for me!