We are approximately 9 days away from the 6 month mark (not counting at all) so its about time I start thinking about weaning properly. I have pretty much decided we will go down the baby led route just like I did with Little but the closer the time is getting, the more I’m starting to doubt myself! I don’t know if I’m just in denial that my second baby is almost 6 months or it’s because I know more now – but the thought of baby led weaning is making me nervous.
So on Wednesday I went along to an Introduction to Solids course run by my local children’s centre and I’ve come away feeling excited to get started!
‘Food is fun before one!’
How do I know my baby is ready?
For me I know Baby is ready because she watches you eat with content and gets super upset when watching someone else eat.
Other signs they could be ready:
- If they can stay in a sitting position and hold their head steady,
- If they have good hand-eye coordination skills – they look at things and bring it to their mouth by themselves,
- They can swallow food.
It is often easy to say “oh I think they made be ready for weaning” when they need feeding more often, chew their fists or start waking in the night but these are all normal behaviours. Does not mean they are necessarily ready for weaning.
What do I need?
- A comfortable place for them to sit – that will support them in the sitting position.
- Bowls, cups and spoons – we were very kindly sent a Tommee Tippee easy drink straw* and OXO tot silicone spoon set*.
- If you are going to be starting with mashed foods then I would recommend a mash maker food mill*.
- It is going to get messy so a bib* and something to put on the floor under the highchair/table.
Now what do I do?
- Start off by giving them mashed or soft cooked vegetable sticks like potato, carrot, sweet potato, broccoli.
- Then begin introducing toast, pasta, rice, hard boiled eggs etc.
- Meat can also be introduced from 6 months but needs to be soft cooked. Chicken is a good starting place.
- Cows milk can also be used in cooking or mixed with foods such as porridge from 6 months.
- Introduce a cup and offer water with all meals. Free-flow or open cups are best for baby’s teeth.
Top tips from other parents
- “Let them try everything (within reason). Things you think they’ll hate, they’ll love and vice versa! Oh and invest in an under highchair mat or a dog to make cleaning up easier!” Hayley from Devon Mama
- “Try not to keep a list of what they like/don’t like . Just because they rejected something one day doesn’t mean they won’t like it the next time.” Beth from Bamm Boo
- “Variety. Have different colours, different shapes, different textures for them to explore with their food. It helps them (and you) to establish what baby likes. And don’t worry about them getting into a mess whilst they’re exploring. It’s nothing a bath can’t fix!” Liz from The Hart Of The Munchkin Patch
- “Always keep a camera / phone to hand. Whether you follow the traditional or BLW route, there will be some fantastic messy faces to capture!” Emily from Emily and Indiana
- “Chillllll out. Obviously you need to be aware of things like choking and allergies but most kids wean with no real issues. Stay relaxed and your baby will too, don’t panic if they seem slow compared to their peers or the books – they’ll get there. Just relax.” Hannah from Hi Baby Blog
- “Don’t get frustrated if it takes a while before they want to eat anything. It’s a completely new world for them. I thought Baby Lighty would take to weaning straight from the off, but it took about two months before something must’ve clicked and he thought “hmm, I quite like this eating malarkey!” Nicola from All Things Spliced
What are your top tips for preparing to wean? What weaning route did you choose?
*These products were sent to us for the purpose of this post. However all views and opinions are our own and 100% honest.*