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20/07/2013 at 23:23
I'm about to start weaning H and thought it would be useful to hear people's tips on what works best etc to help. I'm intending to do a mixture of purees and finger food rather than just blw but would appreciate tips on both eg what food worked best to start with, when did you introduce new foods, useful hints etc
anything that might help make weaning easjer!
thank you :)
21/07/2013 at 08:09
We started weaning about a week before F turned 6 months. I'd intended to do BLW and whilst F seemed happy with it, I was a nervous wreck worrying about him choking. After getting myself really stressed and worked up about it, I decided to switch to purees and finger foods (although predominantly just purees for a while) and I immediately felt like a huge weight had been lifted. I felt so much happier having made that decision. I felt that if I was anxious about food then F would pick up on it. I know people will say babies can choke on purees too but, for me, I felt like the risk was lower IYKWIM. I actually really enjoyed weaning in the end.
I guess my 'top tips' would be:
1) Don't let others influence what you do, you have to do what you feel comfortable with (I felt pressure to BLW)
2) If baby doesn't seem that bothered by food straight away don't worry. Keep up with their milk feeds and just keep trying them with foods. F was about 7 months before he was really interested.
3) Go on a baby first aid course. I did two to help with my worry over what to do if they choke.
21/07/2013 at 08:58
Have a massive plastic table cloth under high chair and either have baby just in nappy ready for bath or in a bib with arms! (They really should sell bibs with arms, legs and hats!)
21/07/2013 at 10:57
I did blw so A's first foods were florets of broccoli and cauliflower. I steamed them then put them on the bumbo tray for her to play with. L had banana for his first food.
A good hint for bananas is peel it half way the trim the skin. Makes it easier for them to hold.
Pasta twirls are good for them to pick up.
Mini pita pockets were good for lunch.
They like to dip thinks so bread sticks, oat cakes, rice crackers with tubs of humous, sauces etcwere always a hit.
Buy a high hair that can be showered/hosed down.
21/07/2013 at 19:12
I did BLW rather than traditional weaning so probably not much help in the food department. Although when you decide to introduce finger food I would actually leave bananas initially as they are very slippery. The fruit we started with were pears, peaches, plums & nectarines (all quartered with the skin still on) & melon. Food that she could hold easily & that you don't have to steam. Definitely do what you feel comfortable with (I'm so glad I ignored the concerns of choking & poor use of cutlery from my mum & inlaws). Go with your babies pace. I'm also a huge fan of bibs with arms, plastic highchair (Ikea 1) & putting a cheap plastic shower curtain under the highchair to catch spills which can then be popped in the washing machine (although that last bit of advice might not apply to traditional weaning). Good luck & enjoy it, weaning is so much fun!
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