About 2 weeks ago, my 10 month old clamped her mouth firmly shut and swiped my purée laden spoon away with her chubby fist. She then turned her head back to face me and shouted. Yes, at 10 months old she shouts. I scuttled to the fridge and returned with some cucumber batons and sticks of cheddar. She seized them and ate happily. She finished quickly and the mood rapidly turned sour again. I scuttled back to the kitchen, by the time I returned she’d managed to grab a half eaten chicken drumstick from her 2 and a half year old brother’s plate. She chomped with the swagger of Henry VIII while I watched dumbfounded. The thing is she doesn’t have any teeth but this was evidently no object. She gummed her way through and, when finished, clapped her hands to indicate that she had found what she had been looking for.

I’ll come clean; I’d been conscientiously avoiding baby led weaning. Although, I’ve always made both children’s baby food from scratch, I just felt I didn’t have the time to prepare a daily bite sized menu of food. Well, now I don’t have a choice. I’ve been reading around and have been spending a lot of time on Little Grazers which has saved my life and inspired me beyond belief.

The first recipe I road tested when thinking of breakfast options was the oatmeal and raisin cookies . I made a minor modification, halving the butter and making the other half almond butter. They were utterly delicious. No one could stop eating them so I had to hide them in the utility room. Success!

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