When it comes to the technical side of being a Mum I often fall short. I can’t bake, my crafts are terrible and world book day costumes are always bought from Tesco (extremely flammable don’t go near naked flames today kids)
One thing I do believe I did okay with though is weaning. I found it all very exciting with my twins and actually very easy. As with anything though if you do it a few times you learn what works and what doesn’t so I thought I’d give my top tips in the hope they may help someone who is just starting out.
I wrote very sarcastically about this in the past so if you’d like to take a look you can find my ramblings here.
Now with all my children I did Baby led weaning so I’m not too helpful when it comes to spoon feeding.
The most important thing to know is Baby Led Weaning means just that. Be led by your baby. I see so many frustrated Mothers on social media giving it a go and finding their baby struggles to grasp anything and it all falls onto the floor, or they only lick the food and fail to digest anything, or they just sit and watch the rest of the family eat.
This is brilliant! They have to learn, they have to drop things and become frustrated and try try again. The same with licking and not eating, that’s a great start. It’s a completely alien concept to them and baby steps are fine. Meeting their tentative tastes with frustration they aren’t eating anything will only bring negativity to their first eating experiences.
It’s a great idea to have the baby sit and watch the rest if the family eat. Eventually they will model your behavior and for this reason sitting them in a chair to eat and watching them whilst not eating yourself isn’t a great idea in my experience. Make eating fun and social for them from day 1!
When it comes to first foods, as long as you are cooking and know what has gone into the food there is no reason your baby can’t eat the same as you from the beginning.
I hear Mum’s complain ‘She wants whatever I’m eating!’, if you’re eating the same this should be avoided and harmonious mealtimes will reign supreme.
I am always careful not to cut up my little ones food too much. I do this because if you chop up a food into small bites the baby may pop the chunks into their mouth, fail to chew and begin to choke. I find it much safer to leave all foods in bigger, manageable pieces that can’t go into the mouth all at once. Babies are very good at knowing how much they can handle and will only take a bite they can manage I find.
Babies don’t eat much. Until they are one (and beyond if you ask me!) eating is all about learning and they should still be having all the milk they need for nutrients. If you make sure this continues there is no reason to worry about the amount of solid food they are having until they get older.
Finally, relax. Enjoy these special firsts with your baby because before you know it they will be wolfing down their dinner in 5 fork fulls flat and rushing off to carry on their games.
I must mention here, I am not a professional. Please do not take anything I have said as gospel, please do your own research and ask health professionals if you are not sure of something. All of the above is findings from my own experience and is meant as Mum to Mum advice. If you feel something I have said is incorrect I’d love to hear your experiences.