This is my second Google Hangout with OzSuperNanny, Angela Jacobsen and it is the real deal, with a film crew! See Angela on camera and my own little spot (for nice lighting). The first hangout with her was on Travel with Baby here.
The topic is on Baby Food, and in the top picture you can see Angela’s copy of the book ‘Baby Food – Angela Jacobsen’s EZ Recipes’ and clicking on the link will bring you to the Google Plus post of the Hangout with the video.
So, below are the questions I asked:
MarcieMom: I read in your book Baby Food that should the baby doesn’t take to the selected formula after 3 days, to get another brand and see if baby prefers that. When my baby has eczema, she also had reflux and we went through a period of trying different brands; in the end, we switched milk bottle and it seemed to work a little. Would you recommend switching milk brands or switching milk bottle?
Angela’s reply was to try both if the parent thinks it’s the bottle more than the milk – can try different teats and sizes. But also to consider different milk and stick to trusted brands.
MarcieMom: Getting babies to start on first food is an exciting time, but it quickly turned stressful because of the eczema rashes. Keeping a food journal is a good for tracking allergies because allergy testing on an infant is not accurate. What do you recommend as safe first foods and if you are to keep a food journal, do you have a minimal stress way to do so?
Angela’s Baby Food book has a food journal, and also include safe foods. Also Angela suggested trying a food later to see if the observations differ from the original date.
MarcieMom: Here’s a question for me to boast! I faithfully introduce a new fruit and vegetable every week till my baby is about a year old. Now, she loves vege and fruits, and broccoli and mushrooms are her favs (both superfoods!) Does introducing a new vege/fruit help the baby to like them?
Angela: Yes, the more, and the earlier better. Also introducing spices at about 12 month old can get the baby to be used to them, and prevent fussy eaters.
Please refer to the rest of the fab ladies’ questions here.
Also introducing the chef who is cooking up Angela’s recipe of Zucchini and Eggplant bites is Vivian Pei. Vivian is a food writer, editor, stylist and cooking instructor who authored “Awakening the Appetite”, a cookbook by Parkway Cancer Centre with recipes especially for cancer patients and their caregivers. She has run her own restaurant, catering business and worked with esteemed chefs in famous restaurants internationally.
The zucchini and eggplant tasted great, soft for babies and tasty and fresh too! The ingredients are 1 zucchini, 1 eggplant, 3 tablespoons of plain flour, 1/2 finely chopped onion, 1 egg, 1/2 cup of grated cheddar cheese, 3 finely chopped basil leaves and a little oil. A simple simply delicious recipe that I got to savour.