I would try to sit down on a Friday night and write out the dinners I would like to cook over the following week. On a Saturday morning, I would go through my cupboards and fridge to see what I already had, or to see what I was running low on. I would write out the shopping list of what I needed to get to make the dinners on my meal plan.
Every so often, I will batch cook a breakfast option, for those busy mornings when we have slept in because one of my toddlers likes to have all night parties and keep us parents up until all hours! Batch cooking stuff like pancakes or healthy waffles are definitely a game changer for me. They can be taken out of the freezer the night before and heated in the microwave or toaster. Each week, I will update this page with my Meal Plan for the week ahead. To view the plan, simply click the button below or the Meal Plan image.
According to one theory, the baby will choose foods with the nutrients she might be slightly lacking, guided by taste. The baby learns most effectively by watching and imitating others, and allowing her to eat the same food at the same time as the rest of the family contributes to a positive weaning experience.
Self-feeding supports the child’s motor development on many vital areas, such as their hand-eye coordination and chewing. It encourages the child towards independence and often provides a stress-free alternative for meal times, for both the child and the parents. Some babies refuse to eat solids when offered with a spoon, but happily help themselves to finger food.
Here at Tots2Toddlers.ie, we actively encourage Baby Led Weaning as a positive method to introduce your baby to the exciting world of food. We post regularly to our Instagram and Twitter accounts, detailing what foods we are preparing for our own little ones, and providing suggestions and ideas to anybody that is considering doing the same. From tiny tots to tempestuous toddlers, all should benefit from a more diverse diet and varied pallet.