I have to say I was looking forward to weaning when Boo was a baby – mainly because I had heard that it was one of those magical points at which reflux symptoms lessened. That wasn’t the case for us, sadly, but weaning was still good, messy fun. (Though let’s not think about the nappies!)
My nephew has recently started weaning and it’s amazing the difference between how he and Boo dealt with foods in those very first weaning days. It has brought back a lot of memories for me. The mess, the faces when she tried certain foods for the first time, and the really strange foods she actually liked (and the combinations she ate them in!) One of my fondest weaning memories was Boo tucking in to (and I mean really gnawing on) a steak at my brother’s wedding when she was about 8 months old! Everyone was very impressed and she still likes steak now.
At first Boo took a bit of convincing to try foods and although she loved to play with food – we, for the most part, followed the baby led weaning idea so she had lots of different textures and things to play with. My nephew loves eating food and I think at 7 months he already eats more than Boo does!
Boo is now 2 and I am still not sure that my floor has recovered from all of the various foods that ended up covering it. It’s amazing how far babies can launch a spoon filled with food. We tried all sorts of things over the course of Boo weaning, from pouches to pre-prepared meals – which were handy to have when we were running a little late!
Boo preferred feeding herself and didn’t really want to be fed by us, we did try to help on occasion with yoghurt and cereal but she was having none of it! I guess that was just an early indication of the independent toddler she was going to become!
As well as introducing food, the 6 month mark can also be a time to change milk too. I decided to continue with breastfeeding as that was what worked best for us as a family. But if you are considering the change from breast to follow on milk, or the change from formula to follow on milk, then you might not know that….
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Weaning is now a memory for us – though we do have the odd day where Boo decides to revert back to food throwing!
Do you enjoy weaning?
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