Our Guide to Stress-Free Weaning
Weaning can be an exciting but also sometimes an anxious time for new parents!
The current guidelines from the NHS say to wait until your child is “around 6 months old - this gives them time to develop properly, so they can cope with solid food”. The first signs of readiness for weaning are that your baby will be able to:
- stay in a sitting position, holding their head steady
- coordinate their eyes, hands and mouth so they can look at their food, pick it up and put it in their mouth
- swallow food (rather than spit it back out)
When you begin weaning, you only need to offer a small bit of food once a day. The saying “food before one is just for fun” means not to worry if your baby doesn’t actually seem to be eating very much; until age 1 milk still provides all the nutrition a baby needs. Some parents choose Baby-Led Weaning, others favour traditional puree method, and some use a combination of purees and finger foods. There is no right or wrong, you have to choose what works best for you and your family. We have a lovely range of dinner sets that will make dinnertime even more fun!
Alex initially chose a combination of finger foods and purees with baby Phoebe.
"At 6 months, Phoebe was showing all signs of readiness so I thought I'd start by offering her some veg purées, with some fingers of vegetables alongside. Every time I put a spoon of something in her mouth she threw it back up so I took that as a sign she wasn't quite ready. After a couple of weeks and several attempts, I decided to give up trying to puree and spoon feed as she was clearly preferring the finger food option. So we followed a more “baby-led weaning” approach and embraced the mess! It was summer so we pretty much stripped her down to her nappy and ate alfresco. I had so much fun with this and we started offering her what we were eating from the word go (within reason obviously...not everything!) I found great inspiration on Instagram and a few books, my favourite being 'Young Gums'. We found that Phoebe ate best when we ate with her and were eating the same food as her, it was crazy how early she clocked on to this so it definitely helped us improve her diet and we really made a thing of mealtimes with her!”
Embracing the mess is spoken by many parents who opted for baby-led weaning, we have a gorgeous range of bibs to help contain some of it, and highly recommend our long bibs!
We also stock these lovely reusable wipes to help clean up baby whilst also avoiding disposable wet wipes to be kinder to the planet.
Rachel contended with baby Leo’s allergies; he was a colicky baby and when he hit 6 months his skin erupted in hives and eczema. They tried numerous medications, and eventually, it got so bad that Leo was admitted to the hospital. Allergy tests were done, which confirmed Leo was allergic to egg, nuts and possibly wheat/gluten. Rachel found weaning quite a stressful experience because of all this, and she offers some advice for other parents going through similar.
“1) Slow - it’s easy to get lured into what other Mums are doing and what’s on social media but take it slow and do what’s right for you and your baby. My 10-month-old is still on baby rice for each meal as well as root vegetables. You may be given advice from a dietician about what and when to introduce.
2) Ask - there are lots of specific allergy groups on Instagram and Facebook. In small doses, these have been useful.
3) Attend – some counties have an Allergy Team who often have events on weaning.
4) Alternatives- There are some wonderful alternatives out there.
5) Preparation - weaning takes time anyway but with a child with allergies, it’s near impossible to eat out. So prepping is the key and batch peel/cook.
6) Research! Knowledge is power and it’ll help you muddle through.
7) Just remember you are NOT alone! Each day or week will bring new answers”
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