5/19/2014

First tastes: Spaghetti Bolognese



As you may know we chose to wean Noah at 4 months old as we believed it was the right time for him. In that first month he only ate one meal a day, usually porridge or a veg/fruit puree and those solids didn't replace any milk feeds. In the 2 months following he gradually ate more and more and was introduced to many new flavours. From day one he showed a genuine interest in food. He knew what that spoon was the first moment he saw it, his mouth opened wide and to be honest it hasn't closed since! He really loves his food. 


I decided to wait until he was 6 months old before I gave him any meat as I know it will be a lot harder to digest. The thought of feeding him meat made me feel a bit funny too for some reason. I knew his first try of meat had to be in a meal I cooked from scratch. I decided to make him one of our favourites; spaghetti bolognese. It was also his first "proper meal" as he had only had mixed veg puree's and fruit before hand. Here is my yummy baby friendly recipe-

Ingredients
Lean mince meat
Onion
Garlic
Mixed Herbs
Chopped Tomatoes 
Tomato Puree

Fry light 
Spaghetti Pasta

Directions
Fry onions and garlic gently in a little fry light. Add mince meat and cook thoroughly. Once browned add chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and mixed herbs. Simmer gently whilst you wait for the pasta to cook.  Once I had separated Noah's portion I added salt and pepper to ours. Serve and enjoy! Noah certainly did! 


I chose not to BLW Noah as I didn't feel comfortable doing so. Perhaps it's because I am a first time Mum and a rather panicky one at that. Maybe the next baby I will be a bit braver, who knows. So we've gone down the traditional route and so far it's working for us. I decided to spoon feed the bolognese and let Noah explore the spaghetti. 


He was rather unsure about the spaghetti at first as you can tell by his expression. He would touch them and they would stick to his hands. He did try to put some in his mouth but next time I won't cut them as small so he might have a bit more success. 




The bolognese went down a treat, he devoured it. I had blended it up for him but it was more like a paste rather than a puree. After he ate his fill we poured the remainder on his tray to let him explore and play with the food. I hoped he would try to eat some but he didn't. He just smushed it around with a rather disgusted look on his face. He will get there. All in all Mummy's spaghetti bolognese went down a treat!


What where your babies first tastes? Did you go down the traditional side of weaning or did you try babyled weaning? 

3 comments:

  1. I love BLW but I know it's not for everyone. It sounds like you and Noah are doing fantastically and that spag bol sounds great for his first meaty meal. He's so damn cute! x

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  2. Ahhh bless! Noah looks like he enjoyed himself! Weaning is always a messy but fun experience and I think you are doing a fab job!

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  3. Having kept a record of Noah's weaning experience may help yourself and others :- When it comes to weaning other children. Found boys in our family also had good healthy appetite. Youngest seems to enjoy a great range of foodstuff. I think Health Care Professionals are more encouraging in regards to fresh healthy foodstuffs for children. Possibly some foods may help ease teething process for children.

    We are naturally protective of our children, and possibly need to share more in regards to weaning process experiences.

    Rachel Craig

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