Friday, 19 September 2014

Weaning update

So I know that I'm a second time mum but how did I actually get Oliver eating the same as us? When did he actually start eating mashed foods and then normal foods, I just can't remember and after my original weaning post I realised actually I have no clue what I'm doing and after a meltdown at a blender not making the carrot completely smooth I thought - better get some advice! So off we went to a weaning course at a local children centre and it was brilliant, I learnt so much there and really recommend if you're about to start weaning you attend one. I had no idea about baby led weaning and I was saying, no no that's not for us but now it makes sense to get little ones eating normal food with the rest of the family as soon as possible. 

Still we are introducing only one new item for 3-4 days to make sure she's ok with it after the dairy intolerance we want to make sure she's ok with everything and it's the only way we'll be able to tell. We started with Neocate spoon which is a dairy free version of baby rice and we've now moved on to root vegetables - parsnip, sweet potatoe and carrot which she is loving.

At the introduction to weaning group I learnt that if you start weaning your baby at 6 months which is the suggested age then basically you've skipped the
pureed stage and mashed will be fine - something I didn't know! I also didn't realise that you could give your baby finger foods from such a young age. We learnt about various baby food products - which obviously with a dairy intolerant baby I need to be careful with but there is some out there that are dairy free so that's really handy for when we're going out or when I want her to try something new that to buy fresh would be expensive or just end up being wasted as she'll only eat a tiny bit at the moment. I was amazed to learn that you can have your baby eating the same meals as your family by the time they're 7 months old - obviously chopped up finger foods, not sure why but I pictured the weaning stage to be so much longer and harder than it actually is. It is scary though because it's new and out of your comfort zone of just giving your baby milk.

How did your little one take to weaning?  


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