So as my lovely boy approaches 6 months I am starting the process of weaning. With my first child Meme, everyone would say to me ‘oh weaning is so much fun’, but quite frankly I was terrified. Meme was a terrible eater and I never felt ready for the weaning stage.
I started with the whole pureeing vegetables, sweet potato and butternut squash, freezing them in ice cube trays. Generally following the rule books. I was a nervous first time mum. Feeling clueless about how to go about making that move from milk to food. My worries and anxieties probably were picked up by Meme. This no doubt made the job even harder.
Weaning Baby Number 2
With Harri I was a little more confident. I eased over to baby-led weaning a little more. Instead of pureeing everything I let her feed herself with finger food starting with brocolli and cauliflower. Then moving onto bread sticks and cheese as she got a little older. It was very messy and I’m not sure how much she actually managed to eat (she was still waking for a bottle in the night for a lot longer than Meme was). However it was a lot more enjoyable. Harri is also a much better healthier eater than Meme. Obviously that could have nothing to do with the weaning techniques but I think I definitely felt more confident with Harri to experiment and try different methods than I was with Meme.
Weaning Baby Number 3
Now it’s Alfie’s turn and I am determined to be relaxed about it and for us both to enjoy the experience. Introducing different flavours when I feel he is ready. Not worrying too much about how much he is actually eating. Food is actually for fun until they turn one.
I think sometimes you can worry that as soon as your baby turns 6 months they should be eating 3 meals a day. They honestly don’t. It takes a little time for your little one to actually understand how to eat. Starting with a little bit of baby rice is always quite a good way for them to start to learn the technique.
I also find that timing is quite important. With Alfie I find that if he is too hungry he wont entertain eating, he just wants a bottle. He usually has a bottle around 5am so before he is due another one around 8 am I try to feed him a little bit of porridge about 7am and he seems to respond a little better.
I plan to do a similar route of baby led like I did with Harri when possible. I need to be realistic that I am a Mum of three. Unlike Meme whose routine was a lot more rigid, with Alfie everything including weaning needs to be a little more relaxed. We have already tried some different flavours including broccoli, avocado and sweet potato which have gone down a treat.