Vegan Baby Led Weaning Parenting

Starting solid foods: Weeks 18 and 19

Nine image tiles showing a range of colourful foods our daughter ate during weeks 18 and 19 of starting solid foods.

During weeks 18 and 19 of starting solid foods, our daughter was really unwell for the first time. She had a temperature of over 40°C for eight days, and was very unhappy day and night. It was really tough going for the whole family. We continued cooking family meals, and offering baby-friendly versions of these to our daughter whenever she was well enough to come to the table. New foods included chia berry jam, macaroni pasta, butterbean potato salad, and plantain.

We ran into some difficulties with medication during this period, as our daughter needed to take medication, and does not like it. We offered her orange flavoured Neurofen and strawberry flavoured Calpol. She disliked both of them, and she disliked being offered them on a spoon and in a syringe. She found the experience confusing and upsetting, as she is usually in total control of what she puts in her mouth.

Overall, our daughter ate less in weeks 18 and 19 than in previous weeks. She breastfed very frequently, and at one point only drank breast milk for three days. When she was well enough to eat solid food, she used her hands. She seemed to prefer bland and plain foods whilst she was getting better(e.g., pasta with no sauce, tofu with no dressing, plain beans). When she felt better again, her appetite appeared to return and she returned to eating more adventurous foods with bigger flavours.

The foods that our daughter consumed during weeks 18 and 19 of starting solid foods are listed below.


Breakfast

Five image tiles showing a range of colourful breakfasts our daughter ate during weeks 18 and 19 of starting solid foods.

During weeks 18 and 19 of starting solid foods, our daughter was not very interested in breakfast, due to breastfeeding first thing in the morning, and being unwell. When she ate food, she ate it using her hands, with a spoon available at all times.

During weeks 18 and 19 of starting solid foods, our daughter’s breakfasts were:

  • Shredded Wheat
    • with yoghurt, banana, and peanut butter
  • Rice cakes
    • plain
    • with baba ganoush
    • with grape
  • Sourdough bread
    • with chia berry jam, and grape
  • Sourdough toast
    • with peanut butter, scrambled tofu, and tomato

Lunch

Five image tiles showing a range of colourful lunches our daughter ate during weeks 18 and 19 of starting solid foods.

During weeks 18 and 19 of starting solid foods, our daughter’s lunches were similar to ours.

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

During weeks 18 and 19 of starting solid foods, her lunches were:

  • Rice cakes
    • plain
    • with peanut butter, broccoli, and butter bean
    • with lentil soup, rice cake, and grape
    • with lentil soup, melon, and chia berry jam
  • Einkorn sourdough bread
    • with lentil soup
  • Einkorn sourdough toast
    • plain
    • with baba ganoush, butter beans, and lentil soup
  • Macaroni pasta
    • with peas 
  • Roasted potato wedge
    • with tofu, and grape 
    • with tofu, tomato, and nectarine
    • with tomato, and tofu

Dinner

Five image tiles showing a range of colourful dinners our daughter ate during weeks 18 and 19 of starting solid foods.

During weeks 18 and 19 of starting solid foods, our daughter’s dinners were similar to ours, and incorporated components of what we were eating wherever possible. New foods included rice noodles, silken tofu, lasagne, barley risotto, and potato dauphinois. As she was getting better from being unwell, her appetite seemed bigger, and she often had ‘extra space’ for fruit for pudding!

During weeks 18 and 19 of starting solid foods, her dinners were:

  • Rice cakes
    • with lentil soup, melon, and grape 
    • with tofu, tomato, broccoli, tahini rice cake, kiwi, and Oatly Oat Fraiche
  • Butterbean potato salad
    • with peas
    • with black beans
    • with baba ganoush, potato salad, black beans, and rice cake and chia berry jam
    • with black bean, potato salad, and plantain
    • with black beans, butterbeans, plantain, and potato salad
  • Macaroni pasta
    • with peas
    • with tomato, pepper, pea, spinach, and grapefruit
  • Einkorn sourdough bread
    • with tomato, spinach, and broad bean and mint hummus 
  • Potato wedge
    • with tomato, flamingo peas, and grape
    • with grape, and tofu
  • Barley garlic mushroom risotto,
    • with broccoli, flamingo peas, and kiwi 

Other / snacks

During weeks 18 and 19 of starting solid foods, other foods and snacks our daughter ate included:

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

Over the next few weeks, we are hoping our daughter will return to eating with her old enthusiasm. We will offer her new and seasonal foods, including asparagus, strawberries, and stone fruits.


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 getting on with your journey of 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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