Parenting Vegan Baby Led Weaning

Starting solid foods: Weeks 16 and 17

Nine image tiles showing a range of colourful foods our daughter ate during weeks 16 and 17 of starting solid foods.

During weeks 16 and 17 of starting solid foods, our daughter was ten months old. We started cooking a new dish each week, to offer the entire family a range of foods, including grains, proteins, fats, fruit and vegetables. We offered her the baby-friendly version of our foods whenever we could. New foods for her included rice noodles, silken tofu, lasagne, a barley risotto, and potato dauphinois.

Our daughter ate more in weeks 16 and 17 of starting solid foods than in previous weeks, where her appetite had been limited by teething. She continued to breastfeed on demand, for approx 2 to 5 hours per day. She ate the solid food with her hands, and began to drop her spoon and food on the floor deliberately during mealtimes. We responded to this by not reacting, and replacing food two or three times, in line with advice from Solid Starts.


Breakfast

Five image tiles showing a range of colourful breakfasts our daughter ate during weeks 16 and 17 of starting solid foods.

During weeks 16 and 17 of starting solid foods, our daughter ate the same breakfasts as me, at our dining table. She ate using her hands, although she had a spoon available at all times.

She wasn’t always terrifically interested in eating breakfast foods, due to breastfeeding first thing in the morning.

During weeks 16 and 17 of starting solid foods, our daughter’s breakfasts were:

  • Toast
    • with peanut butter
    • with avocado and tofu
  • Chickpea flour omelette
    • with tomato
    • with mushroom barley risotto and grape
  • Rice cakes
    • with hummus and tomato
    • with pear and apple spread
  • Porridge
    • with berries
    • with tahini and dates
  • Smoothie
    • with banana, soya milk, pumpkin seeds, and hemp seed oil
  • Tofu scramble
    • with avocado and tomato

Lunch

Five image tiles showing a range of colourful lunches our daughter ate during weeks 16 and 17 of starting solid foods.

During weeks 16 and 17 of starting solid foods, our daughter’s lunches were similar to ours. She tried rice noodles and barley for the first times.

Our daughter enjoyed eating these lunches with us, using her hands, with a spoon available whenever appropriate.

During weeks 16 and 17 of starting solid foods, her lunches were:

  • Toast
    • with tomato almond and pepper spread, tomato, and chickpea omelette
    • with tahini, and pear and apple spread
    • with broccoli and almond soup
  • Rice cakes
    • with lentil ragu
    • with avocado, lentils, and tomato
    • with tomato, and tofu scramble
    • with tofu and kiwi
  • Rice noodles and hummus
  • Pasta
    • with peas, mushrooms and satsuma
    • with hummus
    • with almond sauce, tomato, and puy lentils
  • Barley
    • with tomato and tofu
    • with tofu, tomato, and pineapple
    • with broccoli almond soup

Dinner

Five image tiles showing a range of colourful dinners our daughter ate during weeks 16 and 17 of starting solid foods.

During weeks 16 and 17 of starting solid foods, our daughter’s dinners were similar to ours, or incorporated components of what we were eating wherever possible. New foods for her included rice noodles, silken tofu, lasagne, barley risotto, and potato dauphinois. During these weeks, when she wanted to eat, her appetite seemed bigger, and she often had ‘extra space’ for fruit for pudding!

During weeks 16 and 17 of starting solid foods, her dinners were:

  • Rice noodles
    • with tofu, carrot ribbons, and steamed broccoli
    • with lentil soup, and pear
  • Pasta
    • with peas, and mushrooms
    • with flamingo pea hummus, tomato, and grapefruit
    • with almond and broccoli sauce
  • Lasagne
    • deconstructed lentil lasagne, with pear
  • Cous cous
    • with broccoli, puy lentils, tomato sauce, and pear
    • with puy lentils, tomato sauce, cous cous, flamingo pea hummus, and grapefruit
  • Rice cakes
    • with tomato, and puy lentils
    • with tofu scramble, tomatos, and tahini
    • with tahini, mushroom, pecan nut, and pineapple
    • with chickpea omelette, tahini, and grape
  • Barley
    • Mushroom barley risotto
  • Potato dauphinois, with butterbeans, and tomato
  • Rice, with butter beans, and tomato

Other / snacks

During weeks 16 and 17 of starting solid foods, other foods and snacks our daughter ate included:

  • Satsuma
  • Hummus 
  • Raisins
  • Pecan nuts
  • Rice cakes

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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