Parenting Vegan Baby Led Weaning

Starting solid foods: Weeks 10 to 12

Nine image tiles showing some of the colourful foods we offered our daughter during weeks 10 to 12 of starting solid foods.

During weeks 10 to 12 of starting solid foods, our daughter continued to eat with enthusiasm. She began heckling me for more food whilst she was eating, if there was something she was particularly enjoying. Our daughter did not seem to be breastfeeding any less, which may have been due to being very active and burning the energy she was consuming. During this period, she breastfed for between about 2 and 5 hours per day, and between 12 and 20 times.

Breakfasts

During weeks 10 to 12 of starting solid food, our daughter’s breakfasts were similar to mine, and she ate at the table with me, or with me and my husband as he had some holiday from work.

Our daughter wasn’t always very interested in breakfast during this period. She often breastfeeds first thing in the morning, because she wakes up hungry and thirsty. Although I’m sure she would eat more solid food if we skipped this, she’s still only nine months old, and we’re not in a particular hurry to stop this if she wants it. She tends to breastfeed laying down in bed whilst waking up, which feels a lovely way to start the day.

Our daughter enjoyed eating breakfasts with us, using her hands and preloaded spoons.

During weeks 10 to 12 of starting solid foods, her breakfasts were:

  • Yoghurt (Alpro plain no sugars)
    • Mashed banana and yoghurt
  • Rice cakes
    • Mango and rice cakes
    • Rice cakes and grape pieces
    • Peanut butter and grape pieces
  • Smoothie
    • Banana, ginger, and peanut butter smoothie
  • Porridge
    • Classic porridge
    • Porridge with banana and peanut butter
  • Toast (from this wholemeal sourdough loaf, with einkorn flour)
    • Toast and baba ganoush
    • Toast and avocado
  • Shredded wheat
    • Shredded wheat with yogurt, banana, and peanut butter
    • Shredded wheat with yoghurt, almond, and banana
    • Shredded wheat with yoghurt, and ground almond

Lunches

During weeks 10 to 12 of starting solid foods, our daughter’s lunches were largely similar to ours.

We had four different soups, each for a few meals. We tried to offer our daughter soup with different accompaniments – this included bulgar wheat and cous cous for the first times, which she loved. We also made baba ganoush again, which she loved, although it got into the grazes in her arms from a busy day of crawling, which made them very red and sore. During this period, our daughter also ate solid food outside for the first time – we played it safe with a relatively clean rice cake picnic! We also offered our daughter rice cakes and peanut butter for the first time, which I had been scared about. She managed admirably, and I wasn’t sure why I’d worried.

Our daughter enjoyed eating these lunches with us, using her hands and preloaded spoons.

During weeks 10 to 12 of starting solid foods, her lunches were:

  • Soups
    • Carrot, celery, almond and cumin soup
      • With sourdough toast
      • With rice cakes
    • Classic lentil soup
      • Sour toast, avocado and banana
      • With rice cake
      • With bulgar wheat
    • Tomato lentil soup
      • With sliced tomato
      • With cous cous
  • Pasta
    • Pasta and tofu with roasted carrot pieces, and carrot and almond sauce
  • Rice cake
    • With peanut butter
    • With baba ganoush
    • Plain as a rice cake picnic
  • Toast
    • With baba ganoush
  • Mashed potato
    • With borlotti beans

Dinners

During weeks 10 to 12 of starting solid foods, our daughter’s dinners were largely similar to ours, or incorporated components of what we were eating. She ate cous cous and bulgar wheat for the first times, and loved these, although found them hard to pick up! We also had nut roast for the first time, which she loved, and a chick pea omelette, baked in the oven, which she really enjoyed (watch this space for recipes for both in a future post!). I made a large tray of chickpea omelette, and we have a good amount of it frozen for future use, which feels really organised. I’ll share the recipe for both the nutroast and the chickpea omelette next time we make it.

During this period, or daughter really enjoyed any foods that she could pick up in a pincer grip. She had a fruit picnic for dinner one evening, which she thought was great!

During weeks 10 to 12 of starting solid foods, our daughter’s dinners were:

  • Pasta
    • Pasta, broccoli, and hummus
    • Hummus, pasta, and avocodo
    • Hummus and pasta
    • Pasta and avocado
  • Cous cous
    • Cous cous, tomato, and borlotti beans
    • Borlotti beans, cous cous, baba ganoush, and grape
  • Bulgar wheat
    • Bulgar wheat, baba ganoush, and tomato
  • Potato
    • Nut roast, with mashed potato, and mashed swede
  • Chickpea omelette (made with gram flour, onions, carrot, cumin, and mushrooms)
    • Chickpea omelette and grape pieces
  • Other
    • Butter beans, tomato, and kiwi fruit
    • Courgette and tofu
    • Butter beans and mashed potato
    • Fruit picnic: Kiwi and satsuma

Over the next few weeks, we are hoping to offer our daughter polenta, spaghetti, curry, and shepherds pie.

Other/ snacks

During weeks 10 to 12 of starting solid foods, other foods and snacks our daughter ate included:

Over the next few weeks, we are hoping to offer our daughter more seasonal fruits and vegetables (e.g., rhubarb, strawberries, asparagus).


Interested in knowing more about the approach we are taking to starting solid foods with our daughter? There’s more information about our approach in my previous posts:


I’d love to hear about you, in the comments or on @wholemealmum or #wholemealmum.

How did you/ are you offering your baby solid food?


wholemealmum

Mother of a baby girl, born in July 2021. Finding my way with it all. Recipes, parenting, and walking.

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