Parenting Vegan Baby Led Weaning

Starting solid foods: Weeks 7 to 9

Nine image tiles showing some of the colourful foods we offered our daughter during weeks 7 to 9 of starting solid foods. The foods are in silicone cupcake cases, and are about a tablespoon or two at a time.

During weeks 7 to 9 of starting solid foods, our daughter started to eat more, and with more enthusiasm.

Our daughter ate with particular enthusiasm when she was hungry. This feels an obvious thing to write, but I’m writing it down anyway, as it feels easy to forget! As in the previous blog, our daughter is still breast-fed on demand, and her hunger is in part due to the timing of her milk feeds. If she recently drank a lot of milk, she is less hungry for the solid foods.

Breakfasts

During weeks 7 to 9 of starting solid food, our daughter’s breakfasts were identical to mine, and she ate with me as my husband gets up earlier than us for work.

We offered our daughter toast for the first time, which felt amazing. I love making bread, and offering her toast felt like caring for her and looking after her properly somehow. A funny thing to try to explain. It was this wholemeal sourdough loaf, made with einkorn flour, with the crusts cut off and sliced into long lengths. We also kept up with porridge and yoghurt, and had a couple of ‘fancy’ cafe-style breakfasts with my husband at the weekend.

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

During weeks 7 to 9 of starting solid foods, her breakfasts were:

  • Porridge
    • Classic (soya milk, Scottish oats)
    • Peanut butter and banana
    • Apricot, tahini, coconut and cinnamon
    • Coconut, banana and almond
  • Toast with peanut butter
  • Yoghurt (Alpro plain no sugars)
    • Mango, banana, ground almond, and yoghurt
    • Mashed banana and yoghurt
  • ‘Fancy’ weekend breakfasts
    • Avocado, baba ganoush, and rice cakes
    • Avocado, hummus, and toast

Lunches

Four image tiles showing some of the colourful foods we offered our daughter for lunches during weeks 7 to 9 of starting solid foods.This includes three soups and baba ganoush. See text for more information.

During weeks 7 to 9 of starting solid foods, our daughter’s lunches were largely similar to ours. We had four different soups, and ate each for a few meals. We tried to offer our daughter soup with a range of different carbohydrates and different textured accompaniments. We also made a couple of different varieties of hummus, and baba ganoush, which she loved.

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

During weeks 7 to 9 of starting solid foods, her lunches were:

  • Soups
    • Curried parsnip and carrot soup with chick peas
    • Lentil soup with rice cakes
    • Broccoli and almond soup
      • with puy lentils and rice cakes
      • with sourdough toast
      • with steamed carrots and yoghurt
    • Carrot, almond, and cumin soup
  • Hummus
    • Coriander hummus
    • Classic hummus with rice cakes
  • Baba ganoush
    • With sourdough toast

Dinners

Four image tiles showing some of the colourful foods we offered our daughter for dinners during weeks 7 to 9 of starting solid foods.This includes pasta and potatoes. See text for more information.

During weeks 7 to 9 of starting solid foods, our daughter’s dinners were largely similar to ours. We eat a lot of pasta and potatoes during the week, and tend to build meals around these as carbohydrates. When our daughter didn’t eat the same carbohydrate as us, she had rice cakes. For example, on a few days we had wraps, which have added salt and other ingredients, and so she had unsalted rice cakes instead. Varying our carbohydrates is definitely one way we could offer her more variety in her diet.

During weeks 7 to 9 of starting solid foods, our daughter’s dinners were:

  • Potatoes
    • Potato wedge (Maris Piper potatoes, baked with rapeseed oil and paprika)
      • with peas and cauliflower cheese
      • with tomato and tofu
      • with Puy lentils and avocado
      • with kidney beans, tomato, and avocado
    • Mashed potato
      • with kidney beans
      • with kidney beans, and avocado
  • Pasta
    • with mushroom and cashew nut sauce
    • with lentil soup sauce
    • with yoghurt sauce, and a steamed carrot stick
    • with avocado
  • Rice cakes
    • with yoghurt, pepper, courgette, and onion
    • with tomato, kidney beans and tofu
    • with carrots and yoghurt

We are hoping to offer our daughter more variety in dinners over the coming weeks, including rice, polenta, cous cous, and curry.

Other/ snacks

During weeks 7 to 9 of starting solid foods, other foods and snacks our daughter ate included:

  • Tofu
  • Pear
  • Rice cakes
  • Avocado
  • Mushrooms
  • Hummus
  • Chickpeas

Over the next few weeks, we are hoping to offer our daughter more fruits (e.g., kiwi, melon).


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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