Weaning. Without doubt my favourite phase with Baby W so far. He just looked so delighted with himself on starting solid food.
W seemed to be ready to wean from about 4 months old. He would stare longingly at my food and had begun to start waking in the night, something he, mercifully, had not done often from about 8 weeks. So he was ready. But was I? Seems strange looking back but I remember being absolutely terrified.
There appeared to be 2 main weaning strategies. Either beginning with puréed food or baby led weaning (BLW). BLW basically means allowing your child to feed themselves right from the very beginning. Appropriate sized chunks of finger food are offered and if baby likes it it gets eaten, if he doesn’t it won’t. Sounds easy enough but at 4 months W’s co-ordination was not quite good enough for this and babies probably need to be around 6 months old to have much success.
So it was the purée route for us. Did I mention I was TERRIFIED. However, not for the first time since W’s arrival, the fabulous mummy-next-door came to my rescue. She lent me her copy of Gina Ford’s Contented Little Baby Book of Weaning. It literally takes you by the hand and leads you step by step through each phase of weaning. Instructions are specific to the teaspoonful so for the nervous new mum it really takes away some of the fear! Not only does she tell you how much to give but when and how often to give it. You basically start with baby rice and puréed pears and then gradually introduce a new puréed fruit or veg every few days. W LOVED it and so far has not refused anything he has been offered. He also began sleeping through the night again, HURRAH.
There are a few things you will need before you start though…..
Firstly something for your little one to sit in. W was still too small to sit unaided so we opted for the Bumbo and this was just fantastic. I could pop him up on the table in front of me in it and away we went. Again, also WIPE CLEAN, so fabulous for my ever increasing OCD.
Secondly feeding kit basically consisting of:
- Bib….pelican bibs are good for catching dribbles or you can get some plastic ones that look like raincoats…..when you hit stage 2 of weaning you will be praying someone made an adult version of these!
- Weaning spoons
- Storage pots
MOO Score Gina Ford: The Contented Little Baby Book of Weaning
Ease of use: ★★★★★
Value for money: ★★★★★
Best bit: Tells you literally EVERYTHING you need to know
Worst bit: Some chapters get a bit repetitive