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    if you google the Philips Avent steamer & blender I used that. it was great. comes with recipe book and you can make different consistancies to suit baby. I used to add cous cous etc when bubs was old enough.

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    I use baby wipes to clean the chair / floor. Lots and lots of baby wipes lol. Or paper towel and a spray bottle with vinegar and water

    Bubs eats what we eat mainly but as a pp said I have back ups if thats unsuitable - frozen portions of lasagne, leftover meat / veg from previous meals etc and some pkt baby food as a back up ( organic ones). Brekkie is weetbix / porrige with puree fruit or toast. Lunch usually a sandwich or rice cakes, fruit and yoghurt etc. Keep it simple

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    I'm just starting to attempt to get DS on some sort of solids routine (7mo). He isn't a big fan of spoon feeding, he prefers to feed himself so I do a bit of both.

    Usually I give him a bottle when he first wakes (6/7am), like your DS he wouldn't tolerate solids first thing in the morning. He usually goes back to bed within the hour and I give him breakfast when he wakes from that nap. I tried oats with pear today and he seemed to like it. I pop him in his highchair and I eat at the same time if I haven't eaten earlier. It's easy enough to eat some toast or cereal with one hand while feeding DS with the other.

    Lunch I just do whenever he's in a receptive mood. This is the meal I am really inconsistent with but today I steamed up some veggies and blitzed with a stick mixer so I've got some in the freezer if needed. Dinner he just gets bits of what we're eating where appropriate or some soft steamed veggies.

    As for cleaning, I have a cheap high chair from big w or kmart that's really easy to wipe clean but DS isn't steady enough sitting up to eat in it yet. I have to use the one with padding and reclining seat which is a pain to clean but I just give it a basic wipe-down after he eats then DH or I give it a more thorough clean after dinner as part of the nightly clean-up.

    I know it feels overwhelming, while it's fun when they start eating solids it's also a lot of extra work (and washing & cleaning!), especially if you're not comfortable just giving him finger foods from your plate. The best advice is to batch cook, freeze and plan ahead for the next day. You could also not use the highchair if he sits well on the floor or in a bumbo type thing. Much easier to clean, you can just rinse it in the laundry sink.

    Don't stress too much if it gets all too hard some days, his breastfeeds are the most important.

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    Yes. Food before one is for fun!

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    I know your little one is still quite young so needs your help feeding but i try to give my son something that he can take his time with first, such as rice cake or for breakfast I give him few bits of granola and then I prepare the food whilst he's in the high chair as otherwise he's climbing up my leg etc whilst trying to cook/prepare something. Then I take a few minutes to cut up some fruit etc, heat some toast but often I don't bother heating things and will give him most food cold. Also I've found it's easier to try and eat at same time so one mouthful for baby, one for mummy! Then I start clearing up what I can while he's still eating.

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    I used to feel the same way when DD started solids - it seemed like SO much work with a clingy baby! It improved though...she got better/neater with her eating, got less clingy and I got used to it.

    Things that helped:
    -Plastic high chair with tray that removes completely.
    -She mostly ate what I ate, or had things that were VERY quick to prepare...anythign out of the freezer that we made in advance (zucchini slice, muffins, fritters, arancini), rice cakes, fresh fruit, cucumber sticks, steamed veg, frozen peas/corn/carrot mixture etc.
    -I tended to opt for foods that would be less messy...hence a lot of baked stuff or simple fruit/veg
    -Organised meals in advance if/when I got a quiet moment. eg. get a muffin and some peas out of the freezer in the morning to have for lunch

    For myself, I found it helped if I ate some of whatever DD was having... so if she was having an omelette, I'd have one too. I might not feel like it, but it meant no extra preparation and at least I had something healthy in my stomach until I could find a moment to eat. I'd cook extra veg for me, have a rice cake when she had one etc....not ideal, but it helped get me through - can be hard to prioritise your own eating.

    It can be overwhelming, but it does get easier!

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    When my bubs were starting on food i used to spend a few hours on a weekend (when hubby was home to baby wrangle) and id cook & puree loads of food to freeze so each morning after breakfast id grab out stuff to defrost for their lunch & dinner.

    Breakfast id do easy stuff like yogurt with raffertys porridge or cereal mixed in, mashed banana, weetbix etc.

    Lunch id get out pre prepared veggie puree

    Dinner pre prepared veggie puree but id often add some rice or tiny pasta to it to make more of a meal or add some cooked minced meat.

    As for cleaning i assume you have to wipe bubs face after a meal with a washcloth or baby wipes, use that same time to give the tray a quick wipe.

    The padded highchairs are worst for cleaning. A simple one like the ikea one is easiest to keep clean, target stocks a childcare version thats similar

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    I have always spent 1 afternoon a week baking, preparing food for the week ahead freezing muffins, slices etc for school lunchboxes. I also make a few dishes for family dinner and freeze in portions for those nights we get home late or if I'm going to a committee meeting or whatever. I now make bubs meals and freeze in pots too. Makes life much easier!

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    When I prepare food I put bubs in her highchair with a toy, and she watches me make our food as she table is right next to the kitchen I wouldn't ever give her something to eat unsupervised. We usually eat the same thing, but not always. If I have leftovers from dinner or what im making at lunch i put it in little freezer pots so i have something on hand if im at work, have nothing in the pantry, no time to cook etc.
    in regards to cleaning the highchair, I take 2 minutes of my time when bubs is asleep to take it outside and spray it down with the hose and then leave it outside to dry lol so much easier than wiping it down. I put the chair under the shower sometimes too


 

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