Eden was such a fussy baby when it came to weaning. The only food and pouches she would eat were the Ella’s Kitchen ones, I didn’t mind as they are all organic and I just loved the packaging and how they were all different colours to sort of match what was inside. My cupboards were lovely and colourful, thank you Ella’s Kitchen.
Buying pouches soon became expensive and I started thinking about making my own. To start with I only made a few as I knew how fussy Eden was and wanted to make sure she would eat them. Luckily she quite enjoyed my homemade attempts and I soon became addicted to making them myself. I loved experimenting with different fruits and vegetables. I decided to have a look at some of the Ella’s Kitchen pouches to give me some ideas of what ingredients to purée together.
I thought I’d share some of our favourites with you and if you’re thinking about weaning then this might inspire you or give you an idea of what ingredients go together. Some of them are a little strange but they do go well together:
- Bananas and apple
- Peaches and banana
- Carrot, apple and parsnip
- Strawberries and apple
- Bananas and blueberries
- Broccoli, pears and peas
- Red pepper, sweet potatoes and apple
- Prunes (yuck! But Eden seemed to love it)
- Carrots, peas, pears
- Potatoes, carrots, onion
If you want to go down the homemade purée route it might be helpful to invest in a blender so it’s completely smooth, no lumps. It doesn’t have to be expensive or fancy, as long as it does the job that’s all that matters. Also invest in loads of little pots to store and freeze the perfect meal sized amount. I actually found these little square containers from Poundland to be the perfect size for Eden. I think you get 3 or 4 in a pack for £1, obviously. They’re great! I’ve still got them now and use them for their carrot sticks and various bits of fruit and veg for when we’re on the go.
A few ideas for more slightly lumpy textured meals as little ones get older:
- Spaghetti bolognese
- Roast dinner
- Mild curry
- Chicken/pork/beef and veg
- Shepherds pie
- Mild chilli con carne
- Bangers and mash with veg
When Eden was onto more textured meals I used to just mash up or blend together what ever we were eating that night, much easier and cheaper than preparing and cooking all those meals separately.
Weaning is such a great, fun stage so enjoy experimenting with different flavours and textures! You might get a few funny faces and a few splats on your face and looks as if to say “what the f…. is this mummy!?” So get your camera ready for that!