Baby Friendly Dinner Meals with the Family

Ali - posted on 12/03/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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I am a first time mum and would like to start having Marcus eat with his Dad and I for dinner each night. Can anyone suggest to me their favorite family friendly meals? Marcus is loving his solids and trying new tastes.

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Sarah - posted on 12/15/2009

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our children have always eaten with us my youngest now eats what ever we are eating minus salt & chewy meat but stews, soup,cottage pie, spag bog & things like that always are easy & go down well with all! just offer him what ever you are eating & see if he manages there is nothing worse than having to cook two different meals!!!
good luck & enjoy

Corinne - posted on 12/14/2009

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When I make anything with minced meats, i'll pinch a little out and make them into mini patties abt 3cm diameter. Either pan fry or bake them - whichever is more convenient.

Mashed potatoes mixed with some other ingredients, e.g. tofu and formed into balls is pretty popular with bubs too.

Danielle - posted on 12/10/2009

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Our little ones love mashed potatoes, gravy, and finely chopped chicken and also a side of yummy applesauce.

Sarah - posted on 12/10/2009

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im not the best cook but i try my best to cook for my son .. occasionally he'll have jarred food more so now i'm back at work when he's at his daddys. cuz daddy cant cook either.

if i had it my way we'd be living on stir frys!! .. oliver seems to like them though ..

my mums made cottage pie, beef/chicken stew, roast dinners .. that me, my sister and my son have all enjoyed ..

we make fish (mainly smoked haddock), mash and veg too

and i've also made him spag bol, macoroni cheese (also added ham to it), cauliflower and brocolli cheese, a sweet chicken curry and saucy chicken and sweet potato (a cow and gate recipe) .. for many of these i use baby sauces ..eg baby bolagnese and cheese sauce.

he likes cous with corgette, chicken and pepper too.

Jamie - posted on 12/09/2009

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I find spaghetti bog is perfect. I make my own sauce: tomato sauce, bbq sauce, onion & garlic & tomatos. Its perfect & she loves it

Alix - posted on 12/09/2009

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We always fed my 11 mos daughter the same things we eat and she loves it. I look forward to our mealtimes and it is easy to prepare because we are all eating the same thing. I keep in mind the salt and sugar content and don't add any until it's on my plate. When we first started solids we were using a food mill for the first couple of months you just take stuff off your plate and pass it thru right at the dinner table. It was so easy no blender or food processor or yucky jarred food. Now she is totally into finger food. We love pasta with veggies cheese and chickpeas, she even likes foods with herbs and spices. She absolutely loves roasted veggies and frozen blueberries especially when she's teething.
Hope this helps, have fun eating together as a family and invite some friends over too.

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We give our baby all her food in little chunks she can pick up and feed herself. No jar food and I have never pureed anything. Its great! We can all sit at the table together and she participates in the meal. No more taking turns to wolf our dinner while the other parent entertains her. Take a look at http://www.baby-led.com/

Amanda - posted on 12/06/2009

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my son loves everything we give him, mostly vegetables because some of the gerber jarred foods dont taste as good as the real stuff. He also loves mashed potatos. Today he tried fresh crab for the first time. Spaghetti is wonderful too.

La - posted on 12/05/2009

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The foods I have made for the family that my daughter has liked and can chew so far:
beef stew, oxtail soup, thanksgiving dinner (not the turkey just the mushier foods), egg omelets with any vegetable and cheese type added in, chili, cinnamon raisin toast, pasta or rice with flavored sauces, eggplant parm, pierogi, corned beef and cabbage, and meatloaf. My daughter loves seasoned and spiced foods. She won't eat baby foods often...prefers the big girl food lol.

Amanda - posted on 12/05/2009

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Hi Alison, I have found that a good chunky style minestrone soup goes down a treat. I don't leave the water soup part in the bowl for my son, he just gets some chunky tasty veges from the pot of soup. the rest of us eat the rest. The soup is super easy and really delicious.

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