Κυριακή, 22 Απριλίου 2012

Vegan Baby Led Weaning: First Foods *Cauliflower*

The second time


I wanted broccoli to be the second food I'd offer to my baby, but I was unlucky. I've been trying to buy some vegetables for 4 days now. Everytime that I get really close to get them, my sweet little baby finds a reason to cry desperately and makes my life difficult (but in a sweet way). Yesterday was my last chance! I got dressed, I dressed my son, sitted him on his stroller and took the way to...ehm, I had no idea where I was going. I thought that a bio market would be a good idea, so I headed to one. We stopped at a park for a  quick breastfeed and we took the roads again. When I reached our destination, I realised there wasn't there anymore...ggrrr...I remembered I had seen another one, once, not too far away. I walked a bit and there was it! Full with nuts and seeds and fruits and a million different nut milks and everything! What a great store! I loved it! I went to the vegetable corner to find out that there was no broccoli but I was lucky enough to find a tiny cauliflower. We needed an easy to grasp vegetable and cauliflower would be fine. "Yes my friend"...I said to the cauliflower and picked it up "you're gonna be eaten by my son".

I decided to steam it to keep more nutrients inside it. I have a steamer my mama gave me. She never used it before  cause the instructions' leaflet was in french, german and spanish. I had to spend some of my precious time for translation, but I think it worths it! Using a steamer turned out to be a lot less complicated than I though at first.

While I was finishing the preparation of our meal, Phillip sat on the table with our son on his lap. The baby was continuously searching about something. He had realised that it was time for meal and he was searching for his toy/food! When I left a cauliflower floret infront of him, he immediately grabbed it and putted it into his mouth. He's totally into the rythm!

[caption id="attachment_403" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Hm...very interesting...[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_404" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Let's taste it!!![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_405" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Patient daddy holds baby at every meal[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_406" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Hey you...come back![/caption]

[caption id="attachment_407" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Now get in my mouth![/caption]

UPDATE (4 days later)


So, our baby-led weaning experience with cauliflower, the first day, was perfect. First of all, it was super easy for him to hold. Cauliflower, just like broccoli, has a natural 'handle' so the baby can play with it without having to figure out how to hold it first. And second of all, it was almost not messy at all. Or at least not as messy as the avocado. And it doesn't leave any stains on the clothes! The second day Phillip decided to cook the cauliflower. He overcooked it and when the baby had been trying to pick it up he couldn't cause it would fall to pieces. Disaster! He got really angry, I breastfed him and everything was fine! The third day we ate at my granma's and when we got home he slept for like three hours and we didn't give anything except breastmilk. The fourth day have been better. He played a lot with his food and we all had fun. I think he shows some serious interest about what there's in our plates. I hoped this wouldn't happen soon...






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