One of the biggest perks of baby-led weaning, in my opinion, is the ease of eating out. When we go out to eat, I don’t pack jars of ‘baby food’ or toys to keep Sebastian busy – We just bring a bib. No matter where we are dining, there is always something suitable for Baby to nom on. Bread and other easy-to-hold appetizers are perfect for little hands. Even the lemon wedge in your water can hold your little one’s attention until the food arrives.
We visited a casual sushi restaurant as a family early this week. At seven months old, Sebastian is now big enough for a booster seat now and sat next to me pulled up to the table.
Sushi belt restaurants are an especially easy dining experience with small children – No ordering required, just grab whatever looks good from the conveyor belt. The plates are also cheap, small portions. We started Sebastian off with a plate of orange slices, followed by some pineapple. When he seemed a little overwhelmed by the tartness we handed him cucumber slices soaked in vinegar, and he finished the meal with some warm unagi (eel) and rice.
Later in the week Sebastian and I took a walk around our neighborhood, just the two of us, and stopped into a local Thai restaurant to have some dessert-for-lunch. After strolling around in the sun he was content to sit calmly in my lap (!) as we shared a plate of sticky sweet rice with coconut milk and mango. He liked the rice so much that he couldn’t get it into his mouth fast enough on his own – Instead, he would look at me and open his mouth for me to feed him bigger bites. As far as I am concerned, this is still BLW as he was initiating each bite.
Noshing on a spring roll appetizer; Going at a plate of sweet rice – Look at that focus!
Bas had tasted mango a couple times before but the coconut milk was a new treat that he loves. We will be using it in a lot of snacks and desserts this spring/summer.
A good amount of food ended up on the floor so I was sure to tip well for our small meal. When cleaning up rice at home I find the best way is to do nothing for about an hour and simply let the rice harden. At that point it will just brush off of surfaces.
Where is your favorite place to eat out with your baby or babies? Also, has anyone done raw fish with their kiddos yet?