This is the first article I wrote for my page!
I don’t profess to be an expert in nutrition and this isn’t a blog post to tell other mums what they should or shouldn’t be doing. I think I am pretty much just a regular mum and so I’m sharing my story about various baby related topics. I’m hoping that some of the ideas and things I’ve learnt may be able to be of use to other mums and if I’ve inspired one person then I’ll be happy!
I’m currently weaning Makena and I’m really enjoying getting inspiration from social media like Instagram. Naturally I only have a foggy memories of weaning the boys. I realise that I can’t remember much of the first six months of their lives, perhaps longer!
This page is therefore mostly focused around what we’re currently doing, but I’ve taken a look at all the useful things I bought along the way and am sharing those too.
I started weaning Muruthi at around four months when really you can’t feed them anything other than baby rice and purees, so I got into the habit of doing that with all of my children at whatever age I started weaning – 4 months, 5 months and 5.5 months. I just couldn’t get my head around the idea that my baby would go straight from milk to a great big lump of something and find it particularly appealing! Being an anxious mum, I tended to worry about choking and in the early days I would confuse a good gag reflex with baby in trouble! I do remember that it took a long time to get Muruthi from purees to big boy dinners but now he’s a thriving 4-year-old with a great diet and a good appetite and I realise that it doesn’t matter how you get there, you’ll get there in the end.
With Riri, I did end up buying a few cookbooks to give me ideas but chose to follow Annabel Karmel after borrowing a book of hers from a friend. I liked how she did do a lot of purees and blended foods with a meal planner for the early weeks; it had some ideas for flavours that I hadn’t thought of the first time round. Second time around I felt like I should be doing a bit more home-made stuff mainly because pouches are quite expensive, and also because I was feeding two it just seemed easier to try and give them both the same! Riri was just a blended or mashed version to begin with.
I bought three recipe books and at the moment now I’m weaning Makena I’m making use of them again.
Now that I look, there are heaps more recipe books on the market, even ones endorsed by allsorts of celebrities! But I would say try and just go with your own intuition – sometimes all this literature can make us feel even more anxious about what we’re doing particularly if struggling to make all these wonderful recipes due to lack of time! What I tend to do these days is try and make meals I know my boys like so we don’t have a hugely wide repertoire but we do have something different on most nights and I cook in large batches so that I don’t have to cook every day, and a couple of nights a week will have leftovers. Most of the things I’m cooking can easily be blended for Makena.
Makena is the first baby where I have genuinely decided to mix it up a bit and give her finger foods early on, and I have to say after a few days I was feeling a lot more confident mainly because she’s done some super vomits whenever she gets a lump stuck, I know that gag reflex is very protective!
What I do is give her a blended pureed meal and a few finger foods, which become the vehicle for the puree! Soup and crusty bread has been an early winner, and she’s brilliant with pasta. In fact she’s not so keen on me trying to shove a spoon in her mouth unless it’s yoghurt!
I bought a few new nifty weaning aids this time around, mostly Nuby baby products (not an Ad!)
The little Nuby Steam and Mash set was great for making small amounts of purees quickly and easily, and I use the lidded bowl to steam frozen veggies for the boys’ dinners too.
The other thing that I got this time around was a little fresh food feeder net for soft fruit – reassurance in the early days that they won’t be able to get any big lumps but enjoy sucking on fresh fruit. My lovely Childminder used one of these with Riri and so I thought – I’ll get one of those next time!
Makena’s favourite thing from the net has been strawberries.
I don’t really have any specific advice about weaning except just go with the flow; do you what you feel confident with and somehow, baby will lead the way. All my kids have been different (and of course I have become less nervous with experience so more confident to let Makena feed herself). Both boys are great now and I don’t have any concerns about their diet.
Don’t worry too much about quantities, I spent far too much time thinking my kids weren’t getting enough, I can’t remember how many times I’ve said to them “if you don’t eat your dinner you won’t sleep!!” Who knows if that truly is the the reason they woke up last night but I do know is that they growing and developing perfectly well!
Makena appears to be doing great too, steadily eating larger amounts and chewing and swallowing big chunks! After a month of weaning I took her to be weighed and she had jumped up a centile line – her clothes are most certainly tighter!
Keep following my instagram blog for weaning updates – I will share the kind of foods we are giving and useful things that I find on the way .
Any hints or tips front of the mums is always appreciated and if you have any questions I will do my best to answer them!
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