If you are ready to start weaning, no doubt you are scouring the internet, Pinterest and IG just like I did, searching for exciting weaning-things to try. I’ve written this as a guide from my own experiences and with the benefit of hindsight to help you guys. Do I have all the answers? Nope. But, because I blog about this stuff, I have tried LOTS of different feeding products and I have found out lots of things along the way. Here is Babyled’s ready to wean lowdown.
If you little is AROUND six months, can sit pretty much unaided and can bring their hand to their mouth then they are showing signs they are ready for the good stuff. Here is little Mila looking cute to give you an idea:
Watch the VLOG:
I’m stuck for finger food ideas
So most people go from sticks of fruit and veg, to things like toast (on this note – I think toast is easier BLW fayre than bread…bread always got really stuck in my son’s mouth in the early days…). But what about when you move on from that? I’ve made a little chart of food ideas, mostly the foods I gave to my little guy. I’ve tried to leave the obvious stuff like veg sticks, toast and sandwiches off there and add some ideas you might not have tried yet!
What do I need?
Honestly…nothing. Apart from food and probably a high chair. But there are loads of things that can make your life loads easier.
Some awesome products you might want to know about…
An easy peasy way to gently re-heat your little frozen meals. I used to microwave all our frozen food but the heat isn’t always distributed evenly. This solves that problem. If you are going down the puree route then this would be a great purchase.
There are quite a few on the market. We had the Nuby UK ones but they didn’t work well on a high chair so I’d say that these work better for the later stages when you are ditching the tray. Vital Baby do a good one – Dex had one at his Nana’s and it did stick to the high chair like glue.
I LOVE these. As mentioned in the VLOG these are amazing. You can see how well Mila can handle them and they are relatively inexpensive for the impact they had on our feeding times. It also reminds you that you can give both a fork and a spoon! I got mine from Amazon.
Nom Nom pouches
I know, I know. I rave about these A LOT. But Nom Nom pouches are fab. Do I need to say much more?
What should I remember?
Don’t sweat it if it goes wrong. If they don’t like what you make. If you have to buy something ready-made. We ALL have those days. I blog about homemade food and we don’t always eat homemade. Seriously, real talk. You need to know that sometimes it won’t go to plan. I’m always here to answer any questions or listen to you moan about their child only eating yoghurt (you’d be amazed how many people do get in touch for this reason!)
Have fun. Get some cutters, put things in nice neat lines, choose a meal that is all red. Make it fun for both of you. For us, it was all about exploring and building a positive relationship with food (in the hopes he doesn’t sit by his computer eating jelly beans instead of lunch…oops).
Embrace the mess. The chaos. Eat outside when it is warm! Get a dog. Think if it as a daily messy play session. Just ‘let it go’…and on the days you can’t, don’t offer cous-cous. Or chia pudding.
I hope this video and article help you guys who are at the first stages of weaning. I also hope you enjoy it as much as I did. This post was so much fun to put together. I must thank Mila’s Mummy and the brands who helped with this post – either with products, photographs or info.