Weaning. It sounds so easy doesn’t it? I thought you just started giving the baby some normal food, they chucked it around a bit but then sort of got on with munching their way through the homemade organic delicious mush I’d make daily for my little bubs.
Weaning is scary – for you and the baby. It’s time consuming, messy and terrifying.
My misconceptions about how I thought I’d have the time to be making baby mush every day were laughable. I was so naive in thinking this process would be easy. Turns out that our precious babes are entirely hopeless at getting anything more solid than milk into their gullet without choking, spluttering and generally putting the fear of god into you every time you go near them with a juicy bit of pear puree or soft boiled broccoli!
I went on an infant first aid course. It was the best thing I could have done, so good in fact I’ve since sent the husband, Mum and Mother in Law along to it. Check out your local children’s centre, ours offered it for free from the London Ambulance Service and was a no nonsense eye opener about how to help your little one in the instance of choking, burns, head bumps and other scenarios.
Anyhow – here are some top tips that really helped me get through the early stages:
- No one knows your baby better than you – if you don’t think they are ready to move on to solids at 4 months, or 6 months, then leave it a couple of weeks and then see how you feel. There’s no right or wrong time to make this big change, and once you’ve started you can’t go back!
- Swat up – there is a whole host of useful information out there, some great early day recipe ideas (mainly just cook a veggie or fruit, blend it and add babies usual milk). There are also different theories on how you should wean, some believe in finger food only (baby led weaning) others in spoon feeding. You can choose what suits you best. We ended up doing a mixture of the two. I’d make a puree and spoon feed it, but also give her a stick of cucumber or boiled carrot stick to chew on at the same time.
- The freezer is your friend – I don’t know about you but I certainly don’t have time to be knocking up a fresh batch of veg, meat and fruit puree every day. By doing a batch of whatever you’re making and then freezing it in ice cube trays or mini pots it saves a heap of time.
- Pouches / sachets are great – gone are the days where baby food was filled with added salt and sugar. There are some great brands out there (Ella’s kitchen for example) which offer genuinely healthy good food for your baby. So if you’re having a tough day and can’t be arsed to faff in the kitchen, don’t. And don’t beat yourself up about it either. Do what’s right for you.
Let me know how you get on and some of your favourite weaning recipes!