Mylo is just about to hit the 5 month mark and as most infants his age the poor little bugger has now entered those dire teething months. I remember Jasper just getting into a sleeping pattern and it all falling apart when he started teething. Not to mention those horrific number 2s that have you question how something so cute and little can produce such devastation – I mean, nothing is safe… no clothes (I can’t begin to count how many many bodies ended up being discarded on a daily basis), bedding, car seats, buggies, etc… I also remember seating for hours with him chewing on my fingers, and as much as I didn’t mind it, I really do not want to repeat with Mylo.
So, after doing some research into teething utensils, toys, rusks, so forth and so on… I decided to just make him my own little teething rounds. Now, don’t get me wrong – I have nothing against rusks, however, Mylo is a little lazy when it comes to holding things (such as his bottle… Jasper already had this down to a T by 6 weeks) so you can probably imagine that a big old rusk isn’t going to really be very appealing to him. I do love Bickiepegs, however, they’re only suitable from 6 months. What I love about these is that you get a little ribbon to tie the biscuit to your baby’s wrist which means that it is never out of reach and as long as they aren’t crawling with it attached it prevents the little biscuit from falling on the floor and picking up lots of germs and bacteria. If you are unsure of what Bickiepegs are you can find them here. I really love these and could not recommend them enough, so it is a bummer that they are only suitable from 6 months+.
I didn’t want to make anything too fancy or time consuming and I especially didn’t want anything too heavy and claggy, however, I did want the biscuit to contain some nutrition, so I decided to incorporate a reinforced baby cereal. By reinforced I mean a baby cereal with added vitamins such as, Iron, calcium, etc… I used Cerelac, part of the stash of goodies my parents brought the boys from Portugal. The flavour I used was Strawberry and Banana Yoghurt, they don’t stock it in the UK, however you can get the Wheat with milk First cereal here. Again, I highly recommend Cerelac, it’s what my parents fed my siblings and I, and what my grandparents fed them. Both of the kids love it and even when Jasper is being fussy and is having a no food day I am guaranteed to get this down him in quick time and I also plump up their evening (bedtime) milk with a little of the cereal and it just means that neither of them will wake up for a night bottle, well actually Jasper doesn’t wake up in the night for a feed anymore as expected, however, if Mylo doesn’t have a cereal spiked bottle before bed he will. This little trick has saved me many a sleepless night.
I made these from beginning to end in about 40 minutes. I spent about 10 minutes making the dough and shaping it and then baked them for 30 minutes. I can’t say how easy they are to make, I literally threw everything in the stand mixer and let it do its thing until it formed a sticky dough. Once out of the oven they have a smooth crusty outer shell, but the inside is a bit like a bread. The best thing is that I know exactly what my kids are consuming, I know that they aren’t being spiked with sugar and salt and that they are also getting a vitamin boost!
Mylo absolutely loves them, as does Jasper, and I hope your babies do too.
- 200g Baby Cereal
- 150g Gluten Free Plain Flour
- 50g Rice Flour
- 150ml Baby Apple Juice or Formula
- Heat oven to 200c/ 180c fan
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until combined.
- Butter your hands generously and knead the dough until it becomes smooth.
- Roll out into a long sausage (see image in blog post)
- Cut into 20 pieces and roll each one out into a long thin bread stick then overlap ends under three middle fingers and roll until they join smoothly.
- Place on a baking sheet and bake for 30-35 minutes.
- Let cool on rack and then store in an airtight jar.