WEANING ON THE GO
Feeding

9 Ingenious life hacks for weaning on the go

It’s a messy business, but with a few tips and tricks up your sleeve, weaning on the go should be a fun and stress-free experience – for both you and baby.

Life hacks for weaning on the go

1. Buy pre-cut packets of fruit and veg when doing your supermarket shop. These are great for throwing in your bag on last minute outings (cooked when appropriate).

2. Look out for no salt cereals in shops. They are perfect for popping in a tub and taking out with you.

3. Use leftover porridge up by making porridge fingers. Simply bake the porridge in a tray and cut into handy sized chucks that your baby can chomp on when you’re both on the go.

4. Annabel Karmel’s award-winning masher is ideal for creating quick meals when you’re at a cafe or restaurant, or any time you’re caught off guard by a hungry baby!

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5. Fresh filled pasta can be cooked up in 3 minutes, popped into a container, and whoosh – you’re out the door!

6. Share your own food – minus the salt of course! We all know that little ones find our food more interesting than their own – so keep an eye out for opportunities to share (just hide the doughnuts!).  Or don’t be afraid to freeze leftovers using ice cube trays.

7. Use her pram as a highchair. This can help keep distractions to a minimum and keeps the mess in one place.

8. Pouches are the modern mums’ lifesaver. Always have a few handy for when you have to leave the house unexpectedly, or just can’t face doing up a whole new batch of weaning pots.

9. And finally – whatever you do – do NOT forget the wet wipes!

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Well, we did same it was going to get messy, didn’t we?!

More finger food ideas

✔ Small pieces of lightly toasted bread or bagels (spread with vegetable purée for extra vitamins).

✔ Small chunks of banana or other very ripe, peeled and pitted fruit, like mango, plum, pear, peach, cantaloupe, or seedless watermelon, well-cooked pasta spirals, cut into pieces.

✔ Small, well-cooked broccoli or cauliflower ‘trees.’

✔ Pea-sized pieces of cooked chicken, ground beef or turkey, or other soft meat.

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✔ Homemade ice-pops. Homemade Ice Pops are a great way of soothing sore gums and they are ideal for making fresh fruit lollies from pureed fresh fruit or pure fruit juice.

Note: All weaning foods should be age and baby appropriate. Only you know your own baby’s stage!

More you might like

Guide to weaning
Beef and potato puree 
How to get baby started on solids

Ask Tracey

Midwife Tracey Donegan answers your questions about pregnancy and birth

Q When should I have my first pregnancy scan? And how many scans should I get throughout my pregnancy?

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Your first scan is known as your dating scan and is routine in all hospitals. Most mums will have this scan at their booking visit, which can be anywhere between 12-18 weeks. The earlier the scan the more accurate it will be. If you have experienced recurrent miscarriages some hospitals will scan you earlier. Contact your antenatal clinic for more information. In Ireland, most women will have two scans in a healthy pregnancy – a dating scan and an anomaly scan at around 20 weeks. However, some units provide a dating scan only. Private scans are also available in most cities and many parents use these services for additional reassurance and to find out the sex of their baby.

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ASK LUCY

Q My son is 18 months old and has just started saying his first words. It is an extremely exciting time in our house and my husband and I are eager to encourage his speaking as much possible. What advice would you give us on how we can foster this without bombarding and confusing him?

AThere is nothing better than hearing your baby begin to talk. All the hard work you have put in over the last two years is coming back tenfold.
Toddlers will vary significantly with ability and speed of which they talk however a guide would be about 50 words by 2 years of age. The most important thing to watch for is that your baby/toddler is cooing and babbling and begins to string sounds together like “Mama/Dada” They should have a wide range of speech sounds and like to imitate you and things they hear.
There are many ways that you can promote Speech and Language development at home:
1. Slowing down your own speech and taking time over conversations with your little one. Every day is a new experience when you are 18 months, nappy changes, bath time, baking a cake brings endless opportunity for you to interact and offer new words for them to hear and repeat. Make eye contact, smile and use exaggerated tones to keep things interesting and fun for your tot.
2. Review the toys that you have on offer to your tot and ensure that they give plenty of open ended play opportunities. Role play is a wonderful way to allow children to take the lead. Kitchens with lots of plates, cups and pots. Fill the pots with dry pasta and allow your child to cook and serve you. Playdoh, painting, gardening and sandpits are also great for allowing your child to take the lead and babble about what they are doing. Read plenty of books together and point and allow them time to answer any questions that you ask.
3. Limit screen time. Overuse of televisions and iPads do not give your child opportunity to interact in a two way manner.
4. Ask your child lots of open ended questions “What’s that?” “Where are we?” Point at things they know the answer to for boosting confidence (Car/ Car, etc.) When they don’t know the answer, explain it to them. Limit baby talk and speak clearly with good pronunciation, remember you are the teacher and they will copy you.
If you are concerned about your child’s speech and language development, be sure to speak with your GP or developmental Health Nurse. They are very skilled at understanding the difference between speech delays and spotting something that may require professional attention.
Enjoy watching their little brains absorb the world around them and listen to what they have to say. It won’t be too long before they won’t stop talking to you, asking “Why Mummy/ Daddy?” every 5 minutes….