If you’re interested in baby led weaning then one of the most successful ways to do this is to focus on making baby-friendly family food so that the whole family can eat together and enjoy the same food. Nutritious finger foods are the best thing to start with, and if you include your baby at mealtimes, then the enjoyment of eating will come from the shared family experience just as much as the food itself. Fun food is also an excellent idea, and as kids love dipping, these chicken strips are perfect. Kids love using their fingers and these chicken strips and super soft when cooked and a great way to serve chicken as a finger food.
It is important to include your baby at meal times, not just for baby led weaning but for the benefit of the whole family. Sitting down for a family meal each evening has been shown to boost young children’s vocabulary because it encourages conversation at the dinner table. Eating dinner together is also the most reliable way for families to connect and find out what’s going on with each other and builds a stronger parent and child relationship. It is also said that children who eat regular family dinners also consume more fruits, vegetables, vitamins, and micronutrients, as well as fewer fried foods and soft drinks and young adults who ate regular family meals as teens are less likely to be obese and more likely to eat healthily once they live on their own.
Family dinners are also an excellent time for kids to explore new foods. While it’s great if you all eat the same thing, you could put out different and new vegetables or side dishes on the table or even just have them on your plate as this will spike your children’s interest and give them a chance to try something new with far less pressure than putting it on their plate. Having said that, eating the same meal is important so that no one feels left out and no one wants what someone else has got – plus it makes it much easier for whoever’s cooking to make everyone the same meal. For this, you need plenty of baby-friendly family food that everyone will like, and these chicken strips are ideal as the chicken is super soft when cooked so really safe for little hands to manage.
This recipe is sponsored by Dunnes Stores and serves two adults and two children and only takes 30 minutes to make.