Baby-Led Weaning with Egg Yolks: I appreciate the beauty and simplicity of the egg itself and for breakfast (or anytime of day for that matter) and combining that concept with providing a nutritious meal for my baby is a winning combination. I want to share how we utilize baby-led weaning with egg yolks into our current breakfast routine.
Baby-Led Weaning with Egg Yolks
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Our Egg Source
We are fortunate to get our eggs from my Sister-in-Law’s hens just three miles down the road. The hens have started to produce more eggs – a definite sign of Spring! Finally, right? – and I am quietly rejoicing in that fact because that means I get to bake and cook with them! I am always thinking about how to utilize these special eggs. It feels good to know where your food comes from. I know that the eggs we eat are local, they are free-range, I know the hens they come from and what they eat, for example, these hens enjoy blueberries right off the blueberry bushes in the Summer. I think it’s important to know and care where your food comes from. I understand that not everyone has access to eggs like this and I feel incredibly blessed in this regard. During the winter when the hens do not lay as many eggs and before my Sister-in-Law started raising chickens, I would try to get the most sustainable egg option from the grocery store -whenever possible. Not having these eggs during the winter makes me appreciate how amazing they are and there is a noticeable difference between these and store bought eggs. The yolks are a darker more vibrant yellow, the shell is harder and tougher to crack, they taste more flavorful and delicious. She has a variety of hen breeds so the eggs are all different colors and sizes which is pretty neat. I love the variety and it makes baking and cooking with them quite enjoyable.
Our Breakfast Eggs
It is so nice sharing a simple meal with my 10 1/2 month old daughter Margo. The concept of making something for both us us to eat can be hard because we have different, unique nutritional needs and tastes but when we can come together for a sharing the same food, I savor the experience and it is so joyful. I usually like my yolk runny or sometimes I prefer scrambled eggs if I have bread that I have baked on hand; I like soaking up the yolk with it and eating it that way: bread and egg in every bite. Since we are sharing it, I modify the way I cook my eggs to meet her needs. I do not suffer for it because these eggs come out great anyway they are cooked. She needs something with texture at this point in her eating journey so making the eggs a firm, yet somewhat crumbly texture is key. I want the crumbs of the yolk to dissolve in her mouth as she eats so that she does not easily choke. While she’s eating the yolks, I have on hand her sippy cup so she can wash her food down, usually filled with water but it could also be filled with breast milk or formula.
(Side note: Being a mom… sippy cups are important, so, I have to mention that her favorite sippy cup is the Nuk brand. We have tried a few and this works the best for her being a breastfed baby. I like it because it’s leak proof, has a weighted bottom and its aesthetically pleasing to look at with pretty designs and she can grab the handles well.)
When she started solids at six months, she easily choked on food, even a puree, that experience has led me to always be cognisant of the texture of her food. My husband and I both took a CPR course, became certified and I recommend that for any person to do, especially expectant parents. The chance of choking is always there and especially with baby-led weaning. It is important to know all the facts before attempting BLW. Every mother knows best what their baby can handle and I am just sharing what we have been doing. Over the months, she has been able to handle some sightly more complex textures in moderation as she develops those fine motor skills. It has been a slow process and she has also been a bit of a picky eater preferring the bland and savory versus the sweet and tart flavors. As for these eggs, the yolk part is what my baby will eat since her pediatrician recommended before age one not to feed her the whites because they are more likely to give allergies.
I cook the eggs somewhere between over medium and over well just to play it safe, in case she has a sensitive tummy. What’s the difference? Don’t want to fry your eggs? This can be done by poaching eggs as well or hard boiling. I fry them in butter (preferably organic) or olive oil whichever is most handy. Since I am cooking it for my baby, I check make sure they are cooked completely through by poking it with a spatula when it seems almost done. Once they are on my plate then I carefully separate the yolks and the whites. The whites should separate easily from yolks. I cut them up into pieces that are big enough for her to hold while she eats. Timing of her BLW meals is important, so between nap times when she is not overly hungry or tired is usually the best time to avoid fussiness and have it be a positive experience. She will eat/play with between one to two yolks in a sitting. She probably eats about one and the rest get scattered about. There is usually a lot of mess involved with BLW but I think it is important to be able to play and explore with food at this early age. It should be a fun, interactive experience and when she’s done she lets me know, then it is time for clean up and on to the next thing!
This is how M. lets me know she’s all done eating!
Baby-Led Weaning with Egg Yolks
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon plus more if needed of unsalted butter , coconut oil or olive oil for frying
- optional pinch of salt
- Carefully separate egg whites from yolks.
- Heat a small frying pan over medium heat with butter or oil.
- Put egg yolks in frying pan, for a couple minutes, then turn over to finish for another couple minutes. Split in half to test for doneness, make sure they are cooked through the center.
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