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Between 7 and nine months your baby will start to develop the skill necessary to eat finger foods. Initially this will be between your babys' thumb and fore finger (pincer grasp). Your baby will still continue to put everything into his/her mouth!

Finger foods help babys to develop the skill of chewing and feeding themselves. Most babies can know start to cheew on a few lumps. Please remember to go at your baby's pace. Never leave your baby alone whilst feeding. Its a very messy time so dont forget to protect your carpets etc!

Dont forget that your baby still needs a minimum of a pint of milk a day (or breast milk!). Once baby is used to food, offer the solids first then the milk. It is important to offer your baby a wide range of different foods to provide all the necessary vitamins and minerals

You can now give your baby most unsalted family foods so long as it is the right consistency for your baby. Continue to avoid sweet biscuits & rusks, sugar (unless adding to sour fruit such as rhubarb!), salt, nuts and honey.

By about 9-12 months your baby should be having 3 meals a day (minced or chopped) and having healthly snacks such as fruit in between.

After six months cows milk can be used for mixing food, but not given as a drink until your baby is twelve months old.
 

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Pear dessert

One peeled and sliced ripe pear
one tbsp apple juice (unsweetened)
one tbsp 8% fat fromage frais
Pinch of cinnamon for taste

Poach the pear in the apple juivce until soft (about 5 minutes). Allow to cool, press through a sieve. Add the fromage frais and cinnamon.
 

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Ratatouille

One teaspoon olive oil
Half a small onion, finely chopped
One diced small courgette
1 small pepper, yellow or red, seeded and diced
Few slices of aubergine, diced
4 tomatoes, skinned and seeded


Lightly fry the onion in the oil, and add all the other vegetables. Stir, cover and turn down the heat, allow to cook until the vegetables are tender. About 30 minutes. Purée or mash to an appropriate consistency for your baby.

 

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Chicken casserole

Half an onion, chopped finely
1 chicken breast, skinned and diced
1 dessertspoon olive oil
1 carrot, peeled and diced
3-4 button mushrooms, wiped and thinly sliced
150ml water
50g frozen peas, thawed


Gently fry the onion and chicken until the chicken is cooked on all sides. Add the carrot, mushrooms and water. Stir and cover. Simmer gently for 15 minutes, before adding peas. Cook for another 5 minutes until the peas are warmed through. Ensure consistency is appropriate for your baby.

 

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Lemony Rice Pudding

25g pudding Rice
300ml Full Fat Cows Milk
2-3 strips of lemon peel
Sugar to taste

Heat the rice, milk and lemon peel together gently until the rice is tender. Stir regularly. Add a little sugar for taste. Remove lemon peel and serve.
 

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Jeanette,

Thanks very much for this - you have been busy!

One thing I have been having a bit of trouble with is finger foods. Kirstie will play with food, occasionally put it in her mouth but not really eat anything. I've tried toast, cheese, melon, baby biscuits (although these seem a bit too sweet) but don't really know what else to try or whether I should expect her to eat it rather than just play with it at this stage (she's 9 months).

Any ideas??

Thanks

Allie
 

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Hi Allie

Dont worry about kirstie not really eating the finger food. Its a new skill they have to learn and each baby is different. She will get better. Play is really improtant so let her carry on doing whats she doing.

Just put a couple of pieces of finger food down as oppossed to making the finger food her meal. She can then pick at it at her own pace, which again is really important.

Other finger foods to try include;

grated raw carrot
grated apple
breadsticks (baby ones if you feel she is ready)
tender cooked carrots or other veg
bread cut into shapes (again if you feel she is ready)
ripe pear cut into strips
banana strips


I have come across some good websites on weaning:

www.healthpromotionagency.org.uk/Resources/nutritionmatters/section2.pdf


www.healthpromotionagency/nutrition/pdfs/weaning2000.pdf

Hope this helps

Jeanettexxxx
 

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Tomato and Mushroom Pasta Sauce

10z very small pasta shapes
1 large tomato, skinned, seeded & chopped
4 sliced button mushrooms
2 large basil leaves
1 tablespoon milk
15g(1/2oz) margarine
20g(3/4oz) mozzarella cheese, cut into cubes

Fry the tomato with the basil leaves in margarine for about 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and fry for a further 2 minutes. Add the milk and the mozzarella cubes. Stir well to melt the cheese, then mix with cooked pasta and serve immediately.

Puree the pasta and sauce for young babies.
 

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VEGETABLE SOUP (2 SERVINGS)
1 large potato
1 medium carrot
1 cauliflower or broccoli floret
130ml (4 fl oz) water
Approx. 170ml (6 fl oz) milk (what baby normally has)

• Peel and chop the vegetables into small pieces.

• Put all the vegetables into a pan along with the water and bring to the boil.

• Once boiled, lower the heat, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the vegetables are fully cooked.

• Liquidise or mash and allow to cool.

• Add the milk and mix well.



 

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CHICKEN & VEGETABLE STEW (2 SERVINGS)
75g (3 oz) cooked chicken breast (no skin)
1 small carrot
1 cauliflower floret
1 medium potato
Approx 100ml (3 fl oz) milkj (what baby normally has)

• Wash, peel and chop vegetables.

• Cook the vegetables in sufficient water to cover them, until soft.

• Cut the cooked chicken into small pieces.

• Add the chicken to the vegetables and simmer for a couple of minutes.

• Drain off any excess water.

• Liquidise or mash and allow to cool.

• Add the milk and mix well.

SHEPHERD'S PIE (1 SERVING )
Large onion or 1 stick celery
90g (3 oz) minced meat (beef or lamb)
30g (1 oz) mushrooms (optional)
30g (1oz) carrot 1 large potato
1-2 teaspoons of cooking oil
Approx. 60ml (2 fl oz) milk (what baby normally has)

• Peel and chop the potato, carrot and onion into small pieces.

• Wash and slice the celery and mushrooms.

• Heat the oil and brown the onion until soft.

• Add meat and cook until brown.

• Add mushrooms and carrot and cook for a few minutes.

• Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.

• Meanwhile, boil the potatoes.

• When potatoes are cooked, drain off excess water, allow to cool for a few minutes and mash. Mix the milk into the mash at this stage.

• Spread the mashed potato on the top and serve.

CONSISTENCY/TEXTURE OF BOTH RECIPES MUST BE WHAT YOUR BABY CAN MANAGE
 

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Thanks for these Jeanette.

Hannah is now getting more interested in finger food and is being a bit more fussy over being spoon fed. How much should I give her finger food for a whole meal as she doesn't seem to eat as much of that as she would if spoon fed.

Also any ideas on breakfasts? She was eating weetabix and banana but seems to have gone off that at the moment. She will eat toast but I'm not sure if that alone is sufficient for breakfast.

Thanks Celia
 

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Glad to see someone at the same stage as me. Josh is now just over 7 months and is thinking about the finger food stage.

He will hold a biscuit for bread now and seems to get quite annoyed if I don't give him something to hold.

My real problem is whether or not I am over feeding him. He takes about 4 ice cubes of soup and round or half a round of bread at lunch. come dinner time he takes about 4 ice cubes of dinner and a petit filous or other apple/pear etc. In between he could have a bickie and some juice (won't take from his cup yet, still wants his bottle).

He is more or less down to a 6oz milk bottle in the morning and 9 oz milk going to bed (in between he could have a milk 6oz and some juice).

I find it really hard to know what to feed him now although it is getting easier as he merges into "normal" food. Over feeding is a real fear as we hear so much now about obese children.

Well must go the wee tinker has decided to wake again.

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Barbara I was told by my health visitor to keep feeding them until they push the food away. Hannah is small anyway and very active so I don't have worries about her being obese. What you seem to be giving him sounds about right.

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Hi Girls

What Celia has said is right. Babies at this age will only have what they want and they are very active as well!

it is important that you give your children a well balanced diet. You should try and aim for 2-3 servings of starchy foods such as potatoes, rice, bread, pasta etc.

Fruit and veg should be included in at least two meals a day.

other suggestions for breakfask include:
porridge
unsweetened baby breakfast cereals, either given as prepared with preferred milk or add some pureed friut
full fat milk yoghart

I will be adding some more recipes but dont forget to add your favorities!

Jeanette xxx
 

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Fillets of Plaice with Carrots, Cheese and Tomatoe

Makes 5 portions.
Suitalbe for freezing.

250g Carrots, peeled and sliced
225g Plaice fillets, skinned
2 tbsp full fat cows milk
20g butter
2 ripe tomatoes, skinned, de-seeded and chopped
40g cheddar cheese, grated

Put the carrots in a steamer over a pan of boiling water and cook for 20 mins.

Meanwhile, place the fish in a microwave dish, ad the milk, dot with butter and cover, leaving an air vent. Microwave on high for 2-3 mins.

Melt the rest of the butter in a saucepan and add the tomatoes and saute until mushy. Stir in the cheese until melted. Blend the carrots with the tomatoe mixtureRemove the fish from the cooking liquor and flake, making sure there are no bones. Mix the fish with the carrots and tomatoes. Serve.

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Banana and Cherry puree

Makes 1 portion

6 ripe cherries, halved and stoned
1 tbsp boiling water
1 ripe banana
1 tbsp baby rice

Put the halved and stoned cherries into a small pan together with the tablespoon of boiling water and simmer for 2 mins or until softened. Puree and sieve. Mash the banana with the cherry puree and stir in the baby rice. Serve lukewarm.

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Apple, Pear and Blueberry Crumble

Makes 4 portions
Suitable for freezing

1 large or 2 small ripe pears, peeled, cored and chopped
1 apple, peeled, cored and chopped
60g blueberries
1 reduced sugar baby rusk

Put all the fruit into a streamer over a pan of boiling water and cook for about 5 mins. Alternaviely put the fruit in a saucepan and simmer for about 5 mins. Crush the baby rusk and stir into the fruit puree. Serve lukewarm.

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Fresh Fruit with Peach Melba Yoghurt Dip

Makes 3 portions.
Suitable for freezing.

50g raspberries
1 ripe peach, peeled and cut into chunks.
Approx 1 tbsp icing sugar (to sweeten).
Maple syrup.
Grek yoghurt or live natural yoghurt.
Fresh fruit, eg. apple, pear, banana, kiwi fruit, strawberries, mango, apricot.

Put the raspberries, peach and icing sugar into a food processor and blend. Then press thorugh a sieve to get rid of the seeds.

Mix 2 tablespoons of maple syrup with 50g of greek or natural live yoghurt and stir in 2 tablespoons of the raspberry and peach puree. Serve with a selection of cut up fruit.

Jayne x
 

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Suitable from 10 months onwards.

Scrambled egg with cheese, tomatoe and ham.

Note - Raw or lightly cooked eggs should not be given to babies.

Makes 1-2 portions.

2 eggs
1 tbsp milk
15g butter
1 tbsp grated cheddar cheese
1 small ripe tomatoe, skinned, deseeded and chopped
1 wafer thin slice of ham, shredded
Salt and white pepper (for babies over 12 months - personally I'd leave this out though)

Beat the eggs together with the milk. Melt the butter in a thick-bottomed saucepan and add the egg mixture. Cook slowly, stirring all the time. When the eggs are almost set stir in the cheese, tomatoe and ham. If your baby is over 12 months, add a little salt and pepper. Make sure the eggs are well cooked and serve immediately.

Jayne x

 

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Tomatoe Sauce with Carrots and Basil (to go over pasta)

Adding veg to the tomatoe sauce will enrich it and it tastes yum.

You could also add other things like mushrooms, peppers, etc. If you blend them in as well then they can't be picked out by fussy eaters, and it's a great way to get baby to have extra veg.

Makes 4 portions
Suitable for freezing

200 g carrots, peeled and sliced
3 tbsp tiny pasta shapes
15g butter
half a small onion, peeled and chopped
1 tsp olive oil
1 medium courgette, topped and tailed and sliced
4 ripe tomatoes, skinned, de-seeded and cut into pieces.
4-5 basil leaves, shredded
50g cheddar cheese, grated

Put the carrots in a steamer over a pan of boiling water and cook for about 20 mins or until tender. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions.

Meanwhile, melt the butter together with the oil, add the onions and saute for 2 mins, stirring occasionally. Add the courgette and saute for 3 mins, stirring occasionally. Add the tomatoes and torn basil leaves, cover and cook for about 5 mins, stirring occasionally until mushy. Stir in the cheese until melted. Blend together the tomatoe sauce and the cooked carrots. Drain the pasta, stir into the sauce and serve.

Jayne x
 
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