Allergy friendly BLW meal ideas

One thing I struggle with is thinking of meals that Ava can have with her allergies. Online forums and recipe books are full of lovely BLW meal ideas that just aren’t suitable for her. I know from Facebook groups and talking to other Mummies who have children with allergies that it can be a really daunting task.

I am going to do a series of daily meal ideas that hopefully might help.

All of the meals are dairy, soya, egg, peanut, banana and strawberry free. They could be adapted for any other allergies your baby may have. More details of the products I use in these meals can be found at the bottom of the post.

BLW allergy friendly meal ideas

Breakfast

Baby wheat flakes (7m+) with Oat milk. Pre loaded onto a spoon. Toast squares with Vitalite butter and quartered apricots with the skin left on to help her pick them up.

Mid morning snack

Organic rice cake with almond nut butter

Lunch 

Pitta sticks with Violife creamy cheese spread. Cucumber sticks and quartered cherry tomatoes.

Coconut Vanilla yoghurt pre loaded onto a spoon

Dinner

Chicken strips cooked on the George Forman, home made chips, tender stem broccoli and baby sweetcorn.

Raisins and blueberries (I find if I gently squeeze them she manages to eat them better as she still has no teeth to break the skin)

A treat – reduced sugar rusk warmed and melted in Oat milk.

Food Products

Some of these products I can only find in larger Tesco stores. You can also find some of them in health food shops and online shops.

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49 Comments

  1. July 29, 2015 / 6:05 pm

    I can only imagine how hard it must be with her allergies. This is great advice and alternatives! Thanks for hosting #weaningwednesdays x

    • MummyandMonkeys
      August 15, 2015 / 7:40 pm

      You’re welcome, it can be challenging, some days more than others x

  2. Amy (Feeding Finn)
    July 29, 2015 / 6:50 pm

    It must be so hard for you to continually think of new food options, your series of allergy friendly meal ideas will be a great resource for others going through the same thing. Thanks for hosting #weaningwednesdays

    • MummyandMonkeys
      August 15, 2015 / 7:40 pm

      I hope it can help other people in the same situation, thanks for reading x

  3. July 29, 2015 / 9:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing this article. I enjoyed reading about your creative menu, some foods I hadn’t even heard of before! The coconut yoghurt sounds amazing. I will look out for it for my little guy. #weaningwednesdays

    • MummyandMonkeys
      August 15, 2015 / 7:41 pm

      The coconut yoghurt is a weird taste, the vanilla is quite yummy x

  4. July 30, 2015 / 12:44 pm

    Luckily my kids are not allergic to anything… but you’ve definitely got good tips and ideas here! Thanks for sharing!

    • MummyandMonkeys
      August 15, 2015 / 7:42 pm

      It’s so much easier when they don’t have allergies! x

  5. August 13, 2015 / 9:21 pm

    I’ve recently started my kiddo on purees, he’s not too willing to scoop and eat food that are soft and squishy yet. Can I ask how you determined what your little one was allergic to? So far he’s not showing any signs but I don’t think I even know what to look for. This is a great meal post and I like your weaning wednesdays idea. Maybe I should blog about what I’m trying to feed him.

    • MummyandMonkeys
      August 15, 2015 / 7:47 pm

      Hi Julie this post here explains some of the symptons she had when she was reacting to things through my milk http://mummyandmonkeys.com/allergies/breastfeeding-baby-allergies/ when reacting to food she has eaten with strawberry and banana it was a rash and hives that started around her mouth and spread down her body. With the egg it was within a muffin and she was sick a rash started and then her tongue and lips swelled up. Hopefully your little one will continue to be ok with food x

  6. August 14, 2015 / 5:59 am

    It is so tough to adapt. Whilst initially daunting I found that I got into the swing of things too although over the years it gets tough to think of what else to do with the same ingredients. Great post

    • MummyandMonkeys
      August 15, 2015 / 8:11 pm

      Is it you or a child who has the allergies. Yes I can imagine it gets hard to think of things as I already struggle x

  7. August 14, 2015 / 7:13 am

    Funnily enough I had a friend over yesterday whose daughter has broad range of allergies. But she is a toddler and can have a larger range of foods. This is a great resource for tiddleys with allergies! #PickNMix

    • MummyandMonkeys
      August 15, 2015 / 8:11 pm

      Thank you x

  8. August 14, 2015 / 7:49 am

    great suggestions, my nephew is allergic to loads, this would have been helpful when he was little #picknmix

    • MummyandMonkeys
      August 15, 2015 / 8:11 pm

      Thanks x

  9. August 14, 2015 / 7:50 am

    This is so useful! Evie has a wheat allergy and we’ve been getting free from bread but it’s like £3 for a loaf! I’m going to try making it myself soon but it’s great to hear about some other blw ideas that are yummy. Evie’s good with dairy and all of the above, but it’s still nice to find some alternatives. 🙂 xx #picknmix

    • MummyandMonkeys
      August 15, 2015 / 8:13 pm

      The free from bread is so expensive. I would definitely try a breadmaker. That’s good that she can have everything else, wheat is enough to cope with, luckily we are ok with it in small amounts. x

  10. August 14, 2015 / 8:58 am

    Goodness you have a lot of allergies to deal with 🙁
    We only have milk and just not too much soya, but I find fatty things can be harder and for a while my little one kept losing weight. Love Violife and Oatmilk and also find Organix cereal bars so handy to have in my handbag. I’ll look forward to reading more of your recipes 🙂
    #picknmix

    • MummyandMonkeys
      August 15, 2015 / 8:15 pm

      Fatty things are really challenging. Avocado is a good one but it’s on our avoid list because of the latex family allergy (banana and plaster) Organix cereal bars and most of their snacks are great. My 4yr old still loves the carrot bars. My eldest sounds like he was similar to yours. x

  11. August 14, 2015 / 9:32 am

    I like the idea of squeezing the raisins. Why didn’t I thought of that?! Great tips! Thank you. #picknmix

    • MummyandMonkeys
      August 15, 2015 / 8:15 pm

      I don’t know where I got the idea from haha x

  12. August 14, 2015 / 10:13 am

    Wow I cannot imagine how difficult must be for you to find alternative food for your baby. This looks pretty good though and I will try a few things for my 1 year old daughter because they look yummy!! 😉 Thanks for sharing and hosting, xx
    #PicknMix

    • MummyandMonkeys
      August 15, 2015 / 8:16 pm

      Hope they go down well 🙂 x

  13. August 14, 2015 / 10:44 am

    Weaning is such a daunting thing, especially if you have allergies etc to deal with AND you’re doing BLW. Some great ideas and tips here. #picknmix

    • MummyandMonkeys
      August 15, 2015 / 8:17 pm

      Weaning can be daunting anyway! We do a bit of a mix as with all her allergies its sometimes to hard to freshly make stuff especially if we are going to be out and about x

  14. August 14, 2015 / 10:46 am

    It must be really difficult and perhaps even daunting at times to prepare meals for Ava. I cannot imagine how stressful that would be as none of my children have allergies. What a creative menu you have come up with though! I will keep checking these as they seem very healthy options for all children. Thank you so much for sharing and hosting #PicknMix 🙂

    • MummyandMonkeys
      August 15, 2015 / 8:19 pm

      Thank you, yes it can be daunting and that’s one of the reasons I have done it as to start with I had no idea of some of the products I now use 🙂 x

  15. August 14, 2015 / 11:06 am

    They look really healthy anyway reagrdless of the allergy! always looking for inspiration! x

  16. August 14, 2015 / 11:09 am

    Great advice – do you order a lot on line or hunt things out in store? #picknmix

    • MummyandMonkeys
      August 15, 2015 / 8:20 pm

      I mainly get things through my online shopping but just normal supermarkets. You can get a lot of the things in healthfood stores too x

  17. August 14, 2015 / 11:21 am

    Yes the Sunny Start brekkie is great, my boy loved it! #PicknMix

  18. Angela at Daysinbed
    August 14, 2015 / 11:27 am

    Weaning is hard work but with allergies on top of that I can imagine you have to do your research. This post in really interesting. We like the Kallo rice crackers! They are tasty! I no longer have a baby but will keep this post in mind in case any of my friends come across this issue!

    Angela at daysinbed

    • MummyandMonkeys
      August 15, 2015 / 8:22 pm

      I’m not a rice cake fan but my boys love them too. 🙂 x

  19. August 14, 2015 / 2:46 pm

    Oh my word poor thing! I can’t imagine having all those allergies bless her! Looks like a great little menu for her though. We never did the BLW – she just wasn’t really interested and as we both worked full time we went for an easy option so we could just spend time with her! Plus any food I do make for her she spits out and throws it to the dogs!

    • MummyandMonkeys
      August 15, 2015 / 8:23 pm

      Haha lucky dogs. We tend to do a mix as sometimes it just isn’t practical making her a safe meal as she can’t eat a lot of what we have. x

    • MummyandMonkeys
      August 15, 2015 / 8:23 pm

      You’re welcome x

  20. August 14, 2015 / 6:14 pm

    Gosh it must be so difficult navigating allergies. I can’t imagine how much harder it would make things. Lovely ideas – I wish we could get good produce in the BVI! #picknmix

  21. August 14, 2015 / 9:52 pm

    Thankyou for sahring, I will be checking back for future posts too! Our little bean is dairy, soya egg and gluten free so I am glad of all the suggestions I can get!! #picknmix

    • MummyandMonkeys
      August 15, 2015 / 8:25 pm

      Hello, eek at your allergies, sounds like you have a tricky time too. x

  22. August 14, 2015 / 10:44 pm

    Will never moan about how hard it is to think of something to cook for tea again! #picknmix

    • MummyandMonkeys
      August 15, 2015 / 8:24 pm

      Haha 😉 x

  23. August 15, 2015 / 7:57 pm

    I found weaning challenging enough without having to deal with allergies – I can’t imagine what it is like! Looks like you have a happy, healthy girl who is doing really great with weaning – a credit to you. I like the idea of home made chips – might try them for my little man 🙂
    #picknmix

    • MummyandMonkeys
      August 15, 2015 / 8:26 pm

      Thank you so much what a lovely comment. We have an airfryer and it’s so easy to cook homemade chips in. Sweet potato ones are the best x

  24. August 16, 2015 / 9:54 am

    This is a lovely days eating for any baby. Love the idea of squeezing the fruit, I never thought of that before. I’d love to have you link up with #foodpornthursdays – all food related posts are very welcome 🙂 Thank you for hosting #PicknMix xx

  25. August 16, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    I can imagine how stressed out you must be. Weaning can be a nightmare at the best of times but having to do so with a child who has food allergies, sending you a mummy hug. I’m glad your able to give her a varied diet though. Good luck with finding more recipes 🙂

    Thanks for co-hosting #PickNMix

  26. August 16, 2015 / 8:49 pm

    I can’t even imagine how hard it is to find suitable things for allergies. I found it hard to wean let alone having to avoid certain foods. looks like you’re doing a brilliant job though! linked to you from #PicknMix

  27. August 17, 2015 / 9:29 am

    This is a brilliant post for weaning babies with allergies – it must be so hard! When I weaned M (he’s now 2) he had a cows milk intolerance from 8wks old so we had to wean him on soya alternatives and he was on prescription formula. I was surprised by how many alternatives there were out there. Luckily for us he outgrew his allergy before he was 12 months. #picknmix

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