Mommy T's adventures; bringing up Baby T

Category: Baby Led Weaning

T for Taste

I was completely lost for a topic for today’s #AtoZChallenge and then while lazily browsing through my phone gallery for old camera pictures I chanced upon this photo of #babyT eating his first solid meal at 6 months – mango. And how he savoured it. It was the month of June, that he turned 6 months and we were almost finishing mango season here in India and so I was very keen that he get his share of mango that year and not wait a whole year to have it.

Munching on Mango at 6 months

So for today’s challenge #Tisfor Taste.

If you had a chance to visit my earlier blog post #Oisfor Olfactory  then you would have read that sense of smell and taste develop while babies are in utero, i.e. when they are in their mother’s womb. Add to that the fact that babies have a highly heightened sense of taste, even more advanced than most adults, pleasing their taste buds is not all that difficult.  Continue reading

N is for Natural Parenting

As is the case with every day of the #AtoZBloggingChallenge, I rack my brains all day, start panicking by evening and then suddenly a light bulb comes on somewhere in my brain and I find a topic for the day’s alphabet. But today was a moment I have been waiting to write about even before I started the #AtoZ Challenge and in fact the whole purpose behind my blog I think. Today’s topic was also fueled by this little boy, the reason for everything else right now. <3

Wooden blocks FTW

After losing a small piece of my mind, over why #babyT was not yet stacking stuff (Yes, when you are a mom, such stuff is what nightmares are made of. I exaggerate of course.) I decided to take the plunge and buy him the very expensive Wooden Blocks by Melissa & Doug. We do have several types of blocks already, stacking rings, shape sorters, but i wasn’t seeing him enjoy them nor was he sharpening his fine motor skills. So the wooden blocks happened. And what do we have? I opened the packaging and placed the blocks in front of him and he stacked them. The boy stacked them. 5 in a line. He did!! I went into “hence proved” mode and for the n’th time accepted that natural parenting was the right way to bring up our child.  Continue reading

Chicken soup for the baby’s cold

We’ve been MIA since a few days now. And that’s because babyT is down with a bad cold. It’s his first time, he’s confused about what is happening to him and we are at our wits end to make him comfortable. 

He wanted to drink milk for healing and comfort but was not able to do this effectively due to his blocked nose and general weakness. We’ve been helping him with lots of cuddles, warm water, garlic and ajwain packs, nasal spray and our new favorite device; the Nose Frida. 

Meanwhile we’ve gone from two meals and two snacks to zero solids. BabyT’s appetite has completely vanished. We tried a lot of semi solids to help him but he was not interested and not able to eat them. Then came to the rescue, the renowned chicken soup for the cold. 

Chicken soup is known to make all aches go away – physiological and emotional. ? So we tried that and it was lapped up very eagerly. It gave him vital energy when the cold was draining him and helped him start drinking breastmilk again, which in turn healed him faster. 

Here’s our recipe: 

You will need 

  1. 1 piece of chicken on the bone (drumstick, wing or neck)
  2. 1 small garlic clove
  3. 1/2 inch of ginger
  4. 1 pinch each of turmeric, coriander, cumin powders
  5. Juice of half a lemon

Marinate the chicken with the above, making sure you have crushed the ginger garlic together to make a coarse paste. I also crushed the flesh and bones lightly so as to let the juices out. Let this marinate for about 30 minutes.

Now for the soup: 

Take about two cups of water in a saucepan. To this add: 

  1. 2 crushed peppercorns
  2. 1/2 inch pc of cinnamon stick
  3. 1 clove of garlic crushed
  4.  Tiny pinch of ginger slivers
  5. Grated carrot (about two inch piece)
  6. 1/4th onion chopped (optional)
  7. 3-4 stalks of coriander 
  8. 1 mint leaf (optional)

    Heat this and just as it is to begin boiling, add the marinated chicken, along with any juices that may have formed. Bring to a boil and then reduce flame to lowest and cook for a good 30-45 minutes. If you feel the water has reduced considerably, add some more. 

    Once done, strain it or pick just the liquid parts (avoiding onions, coriander, whole spices basically.) Since babyT is still less than one year old, i didn’t add salt. You can enhance flavor with some pepper or cinnamon powder. You can even shred tiny pieces of chicken and feed baby. 
    This is more like a broth, is light on the stomach yet soulful. If you want to make it more filling add carrot and potato chunks while boiling and mash or purée them once cooked. For older kids you can make a healthy thick soup by making a butter flour base (roux) using ghee/home churned butter with wheat or ragi flour.

    The leftovers make a great pick me up before dinner for adults too. Do remember to add some salt and pepper.

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