Hi everyone. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see I’ve started our weaning journey with Jack, so I thought I’d do a little blog post explaining as best as possible how/when we started.
We started weaning not long after 4 months, official guidelines state you should start at 6 months so if you want to start early please get advice from your GP or health visitor before going ahead like I did. We were told to start jack earlier due to his reflux and the fact he was draining 8 oz bottles 5 times a day and still wanting more. There was no way he would last until 6 months. Also, every baby is different. Some are ready earlier than others.
Anyway, we started him on the Ella’s kitchen first taste pouches. I didn’t want to faff about making purées until I knew what kind of tastes he was a fan of (once I knew I still didn’t do it, whoops). We started on sweeter vegetables such as carrots, parsnips and sweet potato then a week or so after introduced fruit. After a few weeks of single tastes we moved onto mixing. At this point he was still only having 8 or so spoonfuls a day, we pretty much kept it like this until just before 6 months. I followed his cues and he seemed content with what he was getting.
A few days before he turned 6 months I gave him a kiddylicious wafer which he loved, I thought it would be good to start getting his hand to mouth coordination a bit better. Worked like a charm. Plus they melt down so they are great! Once we hit 6 months the real fun began.
I’m currently doing BLW mainly, with some spoon-feeding. Don’t feel pressured into picking one and sticking with it. Try out and see what you and your baby prefer. Do your research. I personally find a mixture of both suits us, some babies will thrive on BLW alone and some will prefer spoon-feeding. If you’re nervous about choking (which I was/am) don’t let it put you off! Babies have a natural instinct to gag and they will do this regardless of wether it’s purée or finger food, or so I’ve been told. It’s a good thing, albeit not the nicest experience. Again I’m no expert so please don’t take my advice without consulting your health provider.
He now has weetabix at half 8 in the morning and his lunch at 12/12.30 and then dinner is 4.45/5. All these times work for us but again, you need to find what suits. It was trial and error to start with until we found a routine that works around his naps and still even now those times can go out the window.
Right now his favourites are yoghurt, toast, spaghetti bolognese and chilli con carne but this changes regularly to keep me on my toes.
- Start with single tastes for a few days for the first few weeks. This way you can see if your baby has any reactions, and it gives them a chance to get used to the taste.
- Get a crinkle cutter! I cut all jacks finger foods with this, or at least all the fruit and veg. Just makes it easier for them to grip.
- Don’t be disheartened if they don’t like something, I tried scrambled egg with jack and he screamed his head off. A week later I tried again and he loved it. Likewise don’t go out and buy a million sweet potatoes if they enjoy it, take each meal as it comes.
- Always start weaning when you baby is content. After a bottle, and when they are not tired or grumpy. (It there is such a time)
- If possible try start with sweet veg, fruit is a given.
- If you decide to try BLW, invest in a floor mat. The sheer amount that ends up thrown down is ridiculous.
- Keep in mind it’s all fun and exploration for them. They won’t eat everything, instead will mostly just play with the food.
- Get on pintrest, I’ve found lots of great ideas on there for little recipes and finger foods I wouldn’t of thought of.
- Don’t feel pressured into anything, if you decide to feed from pouches that’s your choice, if you decide to make your own then that’s fine. If you decide to do only BLW great, or if you decide to stick with spoon feeding that’s perfect.
- Every baby is different and will eat different amounts.
- Have fun and relax!! This is an amazing experience and your baby will pick up on your vibes.
Leave your best weaning tips in the comments for others to read and share.
Lots of love x