It’s never more apparent that you are what you eat than when you have a baby. Fill your baby with crap and they don’t sleep, don’t poo and probably don’t survive. The mission of the majority of mums I know – even the less-than-Nigella-esque ones – is to fill your kid with as much goodness as you can squeeze out of a Sainsbury delivery.
One discovers all the fruit and veg you’ve never really known what to do with before. Butternut squash, once relegated to the back of the vegetable tray becomes your new best mate at meal times.
Baby weaning advice given to mums by health visitors has changed even in the 20 months between my two boys – which really makes me wonder if anyone knows that the crap they’re talking about when they give us the on-high advice. I’m going to go out on a limb and bet the skin of my bum that it will have changed again in a months 20 months, and 20 months after that.
And so folks have their own opinions on ‘puree’ or whether to stick a whole chicken drumstick into the hands of your six month old – which I shit you not was the video which was shown to mums when my eldest was weaning. Not helpful.
We’re a middle-of-the-road kind of household and I combine mashed/puree with finger food so calories and vitamins go in, and the ‘gag reflex’ is learned. Nothing gets the blood pumping like when your baby is chocking on a stick of cheese.
Don’t get me wrong, Delia I am not, but I don’t want to sacrifice my desire to give my kids food made in my own kitchen, with no preservatives or additives. Besides which, I’m sick of shelling out for pouches of food with a year-long shelf life – and really – how is that possible?
A bit on an issue, however, when one is alfresco. Unless you are one of those, you know, superhuman mums who can mash up the fruit on a picnic, facing a northerly wind with her hair in her face (we all know one of those).
I quite frequently thank my lucky stars I live in the 21st century with all of the genius inventions that come with it, but once one becomes a mum, you realise there are as many shite gimmicky products as there are useful ones. Not so with Wee Sprout Nature’s Little Squeeze pouches.
These re-useable pouches aren’t just washable, but freezer AND microwave safe (with the usual ‘hot spots’ warning). So baby mini-man enjoys all the luxuries of home-cooked meals when we’re on-the-move. Genuinely one of those products that once you have, you never know what you did without it.
You can buy them on Amazon – Prime if you’re really fancy – here.