13/06/2013 at 16:31
Curious as to when you started weaning and what was the trigger for you to start then?
H is 19 weeks and I am hoping to wait a good few weeks before weaninG starts. He's already showing a massive interest in food and stares at us when we eat, can hold a spoon and put in mouth, sits in highchair etc but I want him to stay my baby ad long as poss so don't really watiptop give anything but breast milk. He's never hungry after a feed and doesn't feed loads so I don't think there is a 'hunger' need to start weaning.
I'm interested to see what others do though and what your thoughts were x
13/06/2013 at 16:34
23 ish weeks for both. But lucas could have waited a bit I think. Looking back I thought that by him putting spoons in his mouth was signs of weaning but tbh EVERYTHING went in his mouth . After having Isaac I could totally tell the difference, Isaac was so much more ready than L
13/06/2013 at 16:36
E was 26 weeks. We were on holiday, all the signs were there and she grabbed some food at the table so we thought we'd make the most of it being somewhere she could taste lovely fresh food. J was 23 or 24 weeks when he first took some food but then he lost interest so we waited another couple of weeks and tried again when he was 6 months. I'm lad they were both older actually as it was so much easier that they fed themselves.
17 weeks actual, 8 weeks corrected. His reflux was awful, and our paediatrician recommended doing it then. He was a different baby once we started. I puréed all sorts of random fruit and veg combos for first 2 months.
I intend to wait until 6 months or the abouts this time
13/06/2013 at 16:40
We've sort of started now, A is 5 months. For about a month now he's been grabbing things and putting them in his mouth, he sits very well and can do so unaided for very short periods of time. He grabs food off us. For a few weeks already we've been giving him things he can't eat (uncooked sticks of veg/fruit) and he loves to sit in his highchair and gum on them. We gave him a banana a few days ago which he loved, and we figured he's telling us he wants to start. We wanted to try and stick to things he can't actually eat until closer to 6 months as recommended, but he was/is getting so frustrated. I gave him a toast finger today and he absolutely loved it, along with some cucumber. Previously he'd just gum on the cucumber and not eat any but today he did appear to have eaten some.
Like I say, we had wanted to wait a bit but he's so obviously showing the signs and is getting frustrated with not getting anything he can actually eat. To begin with I think he will actually swallow so little that it shouldn't affect his (breast)feeds. I think we'll just give him softer fruit/veg (either soft to begin with, or steamed) and bread and try to hold off on other things for a month.
13/06/2013 at 17:03
J was 5 months ish about 22 weeks I think- he was constantly hungry after milk feeds-we had already increased to 40oz a day and HV advised he may be ready for solids, once she mentioned it I took more notice of him watching us eat and he was practically drooling, he could sit umaided almost and was able to grab things off the highchair tray so we started giving him bits.
He had purée do a couple of days as was getting frustrated that he couldn't eat very much however once he got used to food he was back to a more BLW style- not totally as I feed him yogurts, porridge/cereal and he has had a few Ella's pouches when out
13/06/2013 at 17:06
Nicky was five months, he was starving as soon as he was born and it never really stopped. He started feeding more frequently at 5 months and no amount of milk would satisfy him. He grabbed a breadstick out of my hand and bit it so I thought I'd start trying him with the odd bit of banana and baby rice and it gradually went from there with vegetables mainly. Annie is not as hungry, she's satisfied with milk and I'm hoping to start weaning her as close to 6 months as possible.
13/06/2013 at 19:38
I wanted to follow the recommendation of 6 months, I (correctly) only forsore a lot of mess with weaning and he wasn't in any need of anything other than breast milk before then. Plus weaning meant he wasn't my little baby anymore, and I was in no rush for that!
13/06/2013 at 19:47
#1 - 17 weeks. I mistook the 16w growth spurt for a need to wean and started early, wished I hadn't as the first few weeks were really challenging.
#2 - 23 weeks. He started grabbing food and eating it, so he made the decision for us really!
With this baby, I will aim for around 6 months like with #2.
13/06/2013 at 19:50
23 weeks but she didn't really eat anything at all until closer to 25 weeks. I wanted to get as close to the middle of the first year as possible.
13/06/2013 at 19:54
E was six months. Really she could have waited for longer - she barely ate anything until about 8 months (baby led weaning) and didn't eat for hunger/nutrition until 10 months ish.
I don't regret starting at 6 months as it was at all her pace and choice with blw, but with hindsight I would've saved us some mess/wasted food and waited until 7/8 months.
13/06/2013 at 20:18
5.5months-ish. We wanted to do blw and he'd grabbed some carrot at that time, so took it from there! He'd been able to sit unaided at 19/20 weeks and so was used to sitting in his highchair with toys whilst we ate. He also could drink from a cup (with help) so we knew he could have a little water with food. It was all laid back and at his own pace. We will be totally led by what #2 does as to when we wean them. I think doing it just because they are 4m, exactly 6m or for whatever reason you feel like it will only cause problems. When they are ready, you'll know. Until 1yr they don't *need* much actual food anyway. It's about discovery and perfecting skills and building towards eating properly, iykwim!
13/06/2013 at 20:20
Started at 6 mths. Hadn't noticed any signs but that was the guideline so I did it. We blw'ed and she got it straight away. There was never any areas our hassle surrounding it.
13/06/2013 at 21:30
I was aiming for 6 months but E helped herself to a roast parsnip at 5.5 months and that was that. She had been sitting unaided from 4 months though so I felt comfortable that she was OK with BLW. I'm glad we waited though, it's so much more messy and time-consuming than just milk! x
13/06/2013 at 23:05
#1 6 months - although she was 17 weeks corrected
#2 around 22/23 weeks. Showed all the signs as was ready
#3 26/27 weeks. Didn't try before and still he wasn't really interested at 6 months
16/06/2013 at 18:54
E was 22 weeks. We started because she started screaming at the end of feeds around 19-20 weeks and so we upped them only to find it made her very sick aa she's never off her tummy so the hv suggested it however they also said that at 18 weeks too.. They are obsessed with early weaning here!
Other signs were her ability to take things to her mouth and sit unaided for around a minute. And her noisey nosey-Ness at meal times. She'd grab but as CP said she'd grab anything not just food. We're doing blw and I knew we were doing it at the right time when she gets upset if you take the food away.
I however was adamant we'd start at 26 weeks but also myH is away for the next five weeks and I wanted his help and support too and on re reading the guidelines it says around 6 months rather than it being a circle on the calendar.
16/06/2013 at 20:09
Thank you. I will keep watching for signs - he is feeding more and so interested in food that I'm sure he's ready. I just want to keep him as my baby, how can he be ready for weaning?!??
16/06/2013 at 23:33
We started weaning at 25 weeks, wanted to wait until 26 weeks but it was more convenient the week before. She'd be showing the signs for a few weeks (sitting up independently & being able to pick up spoons & put them in her mouth) but as we'd joined a food allergy research project I wanted to wait till as close as 25 weeks as possible. We did BLW & she was totally ready for it, chewing on the food at the 1st meal.
16/06/2013 at 23:40
Feeding more isn't a sign of being ready for weaning though, from 16-20ish weeks there's huge growth spurts and development so it could be that x
17/06/2013 at 06:32
I wonder if it is that CP as his sleeping has gone to pot as well, no more sleeping through the night
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