Weaning was one of those stages where I found everyone seems to have an opinion.
You MUST do baby led weaning or your child will never eat and forever be fussy.
You MUSTN’T use pouched food or your baby will die.
Give your baby a rusk.
Don’t give your baby a rusk.
Oh I weaned mine when they were eight weeks old. It never did mine any harm.
Grrr, just bog off and leave me to it ey.
Like with breastfeeding and giving birth, it was another one of those areas where your damned if you do and damned if you don’t. So today on the blog, here are the things I did and the items I found super helpful on our weaning journey!
Purees worked for us at first
I mostly made purees because I was anxious b would choke. It’s really hard not to lose your sh*t when you think they are choking but really they are just gagging. Watching your baby gagging on a bit of banana is never fun! So I went with my instincts and started off with purees until I felt he was ready for mushy bits to hold and chew.
Steaming, Blending and finger food
I used a basic steamer and a hand-held blender. That was it. Super easy and super cheap. I’d keep bits of veg for b to hold and eat, as well as feeding him some pureed fruit and veg.
ice cube trays for freezing
Ice cube trays were a must at the start. I’d freeze up multiple batches of carrot, sweet potato, pear, apple, whatever else. Once frozen, I’d pop them all out into labelled boxes. It then made meals easy – carrot and pear for lunch – done. Turnip, sweet potato and broccoli – done.
You can find things like ice cube trays and the Tupperware boxes in the pound shops. You really don’t need to spend a fortune on branded “special weaning” stuff…in my opinion!
Also, if you find your little one prefers finger food and need to use up a load of puree, here are some ideas for using puree after the baby days!
make life easy when travelling
We used pouches and pre-made food if we were travelling or out and about. It was easier and one less thing to worry about.
do a first aid course
I worried a lot when b started nursery. How will he get on with the food, what if he chokes and dies? What if he chokes and DIES?! I know it’s ridiculous but I felt anxious about this. He was only eleven months old and so tiny (to me anyway!). One thing I tried to keep in mind – everyone at the nursery has far more first aid training than I do! Stop worrying Emma. And a few years on, I’m pleased to say the worry was for nothing. You can read about our nursery journey here.
If you’re really worried about choking, do a first aid course. Before the weaning stage, I found our local children’s centres offered classes on this type of stuff. It is worth checking out your local centre and seeing what’s on.
So there, our weaning journey and the things I learnt. B eats pretty well to be honest. He can be picky but that’s what toddlers do right. We’ve found the “I bet he can’t eat THAT?!” trick works very well! As do BB8 sandwiches and Bear Hunt roast dinners!