Sweet Potato Among Other Things

I spent quite a long time in the kitchen today, making massive batches of various baby food for Henry. I made him his favourite carrot and parsnip, as well as lots of sweet potato and some apple for him to try.

He had parsnip today for lunch and then sweet potato for dinner. It’s the first time he’s eaten two solid meals in one day, and he kept opening his mouth for more. He ended up eating quite a bit. He’s a very hungry little baby these days. I’m surprised at how quick the weaning is going, considering he is only four and a half months. It won’t be long before he’s on three meals a day!


Different Tastes and the New Highchair

Henry has had carrot for the past couple of days, so I decided to introduce him to some parsnip today that I prepared earlier in the week. He loved it, and kept opening his little mouth for more. He is getting the hang of eating off a spoon a lot quicker than I expected him to. Yesterday he even grabbed the spoon off me and put it in his own mouth. I guess he really was ready to start weaning then. I hate all these guidelines that don’t take into account that every baby is different. I should really remember this and use my instincts and the advice from our personal health visitor over the governments guidelines in future.

We tried him in his new highchair that came this morning too. We bought a purple snack highchair from Kiddicare, and it is brilliant. Under thirty pounds and it does the job. They have a lot of the same highchair but with different designs, all for £29.99 too. I chose the purple one because it looks rather nice and it matches our rug and curtains as well…

I should make up some more food for him, as it is so much easier just to get out a little cube of puree from the freezer. I’ll make some more carrot and parsnip batches, and try some sweet potato, then apple next. It’s all very exciting. I’ve been using my new Tommee Tippee explora food blender as well. It works so well, and I am really glad I got it. I don’t have the space to store a full-size blender or food processor in my kitchen. Also, from experience, I know that they tend to just get left in the box most of the time until one day you feel like making a smoothie or a soup and then afterwards, realise that it’s just made a whole lot of mess to clean up when you could have just bought a carton from the shop for a few pounds.

Anyway, it is lovely and small. It’s just the right size for making batches of baby puree to freeze, small enough to leave out on the counter inbetween the toaster and the kettle, and it doesn’t make too much mess. It is also really easy to cold-water sterilise in a bowl of Milton solution.

I am glad that I haven’t gone down the ‘pre-made baby food in jars’ route. This has got to be so much healthier, and cheaper.


Being Prepared for Weaning

I like to think I’m an organised soul, the state of my wardrobe would tell you different, but I am very attached to my Filofax. I love it so much, and it is so exciting when they release the new year’s diary. Or when I treat myself to an extra map or some stickers or even a new pen! Anyway, I digress…

As Henry is about to take the plunge into the wonderful world of baby purees, I have decided to prepare for the event. I don’t have the money for pre-made baby jars and more importantly I don’t want to give them to Henry on a regular basis. Making them myself means I know exactly what goes into them.

I’ve breastfed him exclusively for four months now. I’ve given him the best start I possibly could have, and I want to continue giving him the best. I know what it is like to struggle with weight issues, diets and sometimes having quite an unhealthy relationship with food. I don’t want Henry to have to experience any of that, and if I can start him on the right track, I’m surely going to make the effort to prepare him a few purees.

Jars only on the odd occasion, like a takeaway treat.

I’ve ordered the Tommee Tippee Explora baby blender, bought some lidded ice cube trays and freezer bags, dusted off my steamer and arriving in my Tesco delivery this morning is a whole bunch of fresh fruit and vegetables. Carrots, apples, bananas, parsnips, spinach, and brocolli to name a few!

I am very excited. As you can keep them for up to a month as frozen cubes of baby puree, I an going to start preparing some now. He is going to learn to love healthy food, and there’s no better motivation for me to be a little more careful with my diet than having a baby to take care of.

Not just for the here and now, but because I want to live a happy and healthy life so I can be there for Henry as long as I possibly can be.

This is, of course, a benefit of having Henry young.

So, it will be time to start making Henry’s dinners just as soon as the blender arrives. I’m very excited.


Infant Formula

We’re moving house in six days, and Henry is going to be looked after by his grandparents. I went to the supermarket this afternoon to pick up some formula, just incase I am not available for longer than expected and he gets too hungry. I still want to breastfeed, but I would rather have a happy, well-fed baby for that day and continue as normal after than let him get all in a bother.

I didn’t expect such a range of different brands and types though! I stood in the shop for a good ten minutes trying to figure out which one I should purchase. I settled on a few single-feed, ready-to-use cartons of SMA First Infant Milk. I would put a lot more thought into it if it wasn’t just for one day, and as a last resort if I’m caught up with the move. But I’m sure they all contain roughly the same sort of thing. Personally, I can’t see the benefits of one brand over another. It also makes me glad that I chose to breastfeed after seeing the prices of formula!

I hope he drinks it from the bottle. I’m sure if he’s hungry enough he will. He’s taken a bottle before, but obviously this will taste very different!


Baby Clubs

You’ve probably heard this a million times, but I’m going to say it again because it’s the best advice I’ve got. Never buy anything for your baby full price. Ever. Collect vouchers and coupons, sign up to mum and baby clubs online, and stock up when the local supermarket holds its ‘Baby Event’.

The following are just a collection of the many branded clubs you can sign up to. They give you a range of free baby things, vouchers in the post and more baby inspired reading material than you can get through in your entire life. They all want your custom though, and every company is competing for it! So save the pounds and click through to the links below.

Emma’s Diary

Bounty Baby Club

Boots Parenting Club

Mothercare Baby & Me Club

Tesco Baby & Toddler Club

Sainsbury’s Little Ones

Asda Baby & Toddler Club

Toys R Us Mother and Baby Club

Tommee Tippee Parenting Club

Aptamil Baby Club

Cow and Gate Baby Club

SMA Baby Club

HiPP Baby Club

Pampers Baby

Huggies Club

Fisher Price Mums Club


If I’ve missed any, please comment or email me henrysmother@hotmail.co.uk