I had planned to wait and begin to wean Rosalie at 6 months. I liked the idea of baby led weaning. Mainly for the ease of being able to give Rosalie whatever Nick and I are having for dinner each night. I also think it makes sense. If you give babies ‘proper’ food from the start you are only weaning baby once. With the spoon feeding method, you effectively end up weaning twice. First onto purées and then off again onto ‘normal’ food. Yes baby led weaning was definitely for me. Except it didn’t exactly go to plan…
It all started on Christmas Day. We had both Nick and I’s family sat around our considerably extended dining table tucking into dessert after a pretty magnificent Christmas dinner. When Nanny June (Rosalie’s GG) pipes up ‘Give her abit of custard’. With the family all there and agreeing we should give it a try we went for it. Aaand she loved it!! She couldn’t slurp it off the spoon quick enough. We all laughed at how eager she was, she was like a little bird with her mouth open waiting for the next spoonful. It’s safe to say there was very little waste.
So reluctantly the weaning had begun. I was staying at my mums. We didn’t have any baby food so off to the shops we went to purchase some Farley’s Rusks. We have a slight family obsession with Farley’s Rusks. I think my brother and I ate them (as a treat!) until we were like 11! They had no Farley’s Rusks in the local shop so we bought some baby porridge. The next day Rosalie tried some porridge and again all gone. My baby all gone!
After a few days at my mums we then went back home. We didn’t have much food in but I had some baby rice we had been given as part of our baby shower hamper. I gave Rosalie some baby rice and again she lapped it up.
I did some research online to find out which fruit and veg we could give her. As Rosalie is only 4 months old we are limited. That’s another reason I would have preferred to have waited until she was six months old as then we could have pretty much given her anything. At 4 months she can have cooked parsnip, potato, yam, sweet potato or carrot. Mashed banana, avocado, pear or cooked apple.
I have been putting each purée in the blender to make it extra smooth. I did try her on sweet potato mash at first. She did eat it but it was clear she wasn’t a fan of the lumps. I have since given it to her blended and she gobbled it all up.
At first I fed Rosalie 2 table spoons of puree once a day, immediately after a breast feed. This is one frozen ice cube of puree in the trays I am using (also from the 99p shop!). I didn’t want to feed her too much as her tummy is still small. I was conscious not to over feed her and give her tummy ache. I started off feeding her at lunchtime so if any of the food didn’t agree with her or did give her tummy troubles it would hopefully have stopped by bedtime. This seemed to work well and we have had no problems.
I have been feeding Rosalie for two weeks now. I have tried to give her lots of different things to try to get her used to different tastes. So here’s what Rosalie has had so far:
– Dinner – Sweet Potato – 2 tablespoons of puree
– Dinner – Pear – 2 tablespoons of puree
7th Jan – Lunch – Banana – 2 tablespoons of puree
– Dinner – Carrot – 4 tablespoons of pureeShe has been eating her dinner really quickly. She squeals if you don’t feed her quick enough. Her bowl is clear way before Nick and I have finished our dinner so yesterday we decided to give her two cubes of puree so 4 tablespoons of puree at dinner time. She ate it all and cried when there was no more!
This wasn’t how I planned to start weaning but as with most things in life and motherhood, rarely does it go to plan. Our little pickles are forever changing and I think the best thing you can do as a mother is to go with the flow. Be responsive, your baby well tell you what they need. I never believed this before but they really do, Rosalie in particular is very opinionated!
A part of me still does worry that she is too young and that it will do some damage to her digestive system or make her obese (that was written on a lovely NHS website!!). But when I think about it, I know my baby. I am pretty confident that if she didn’t want it she wouldn’t be eating it. I am very conscious of over feeding and only feed her a spoonful when her mouth is open and she is wanting it. As I said before there is very little waste, a few trickles fall out of her mouth but she doesn’t spit any out, and to me that is a sign that she is enjoying it.
It is working really well for us. It is very clear Rosalie loves her food. It hasn’t caused any adverse effects and she is still sleeping through the night. As with everything else we have introduced to Rosalie, she has taken it in her stride. Nothing seems to faze her. My girl is growing up. It’s mummy thats struggling to keep up!