I woke up this morning with a real hankering for pancakes. I quickly brushed this off. ‘Don’t be ridiculous Tess. Alex is on nightshift. All of this effort with a 6 month old babe for one.’ Then as I was feeding Emilia and trawling through ‘wholemeal spelt pancakes for one’ archives, it dawned on me. I’m cooking for two now. Yes!! Pancakes were certainly going to happen this morning. Perhaps they are going to be our Sunday morning tradition. Yes this sounds like an excellent idea.
Even before I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to do baby led weaning with my babe(s). It just made so much sense to me.
Emilia has always been a confident feeder. She was starving the second she was born. She clearly takes after her mum AND dad. I was lucky that she latched on straight away and our breastfeeding journey has been stressfree (so far!). She’s always been in control of when she wants to feed and how much she wants. So why all of a sudden would I take that control away from her? Why should I spoon feed her puree and decide how often and when she eats? Her growth is tracking perfectly. I trust her intuition. I’ve always joked that she’s a strong, dependent woman.
This is just my opinion and what I feel comfortable with. Ultimately when and how you decide to start solids is entirely up to you and your babe. You know them best.
Early on I knew this whole purée thing wouldn’t flow with our babe. She was way too interested in my porridge, salads, cakes, cookies and curries. So we waited until just before she was 6 months old to start. She was very clear in letting me know she was ready. I would be eating my meal whilst feeding her. She would stop feeding, stare at my food and then stare at me indignantly as if to say, ‘Really? You’re not sharing with me again mum?’ She would reach out to our plates and try to take food off them. When I handed her pieces of celery or whatever we were eating, the food went straight into her mouth. She was ready.
The general principle of baby led weaning is, Emilia eats what we eat. How simple is that? I’ve watched many mums on social media agonise over how long it takes to purée food for their babes. How monotonous it is. I’m more than happy to skip this step. As is Emilia.
For now though, I’ll get back to the pancakes.
I used this recipe but I added a few bells and whistles. I added in some nutmeg and cinnamon for extra flavour. I used regular full cream milk because I adore it. Obviously these are no longer vegan but you can choose whichever plant based milk substitute you like. I added in some raisins too for a burst of sweetness. I made sure that Emilia’s pancake didn’t have any raisins as they could be a choking hazard. I topped my pancakes with Greek yoghurt (Chobani is my staple), the remaining 1/2 banana and a drizzle of maple syrup.
I put the dog outside and Emilia and I sat up and enjoyed our Sunday morning breakfast. As you can see, most of hers ended up on the floor but it was more about getting her used to the feel and taste of the food. Exploration and play time for now. Nutrition will come later.
The only thing that would have made this morning sweeter was if Alex could have shared it with us.
Next time for sure.
I hope you all have a lovely, slow, family filled Sunday.