I can’t believe Ava is 7 1/2 months old and our weaning journey is in full swing.
When it came to the time of starting Ava weaning I felt as if I had never done it before. Everything I had done the first time around with Mia, just completely slipped my mind.
So out came the books, the shopping list’s and obviously……. Google.
I decided this time I was going to go with more of a baby-led approach rather than purees. If I said I felt a lot more relaxed with baby-led this time I would be lying. I was more relaxed in terms of what to do, what to feed and the overall doing of weaning.
We started our journey just shy of 6 months. By that I mean it was just a couple of days before Ava turned 6 months. I started with the usual baby porridge, single ingredient fruits and veg, and of course our trusted baby snacks. Ellas’s Kitchen puffs can solve a mother of all meltdown.
I feel like our weaning journey has progressed very fast. Ava very quickly moved onto more meals, thicker textures, and a lot more tastes. It is safe to say this girl loves her food. After about 3 weeks Ava was on 3 meals a day and I started to begin bringing in a lot more finger food.
FIRST FINGER FOODS
I know one of the things I found myself googling a lot of the time was finger food ideas for certain ages. You can probably guess it was pretty much your average fruits, veg, and soft things. Majority of Ava’s meals are now baby-led so I will list below some ideas for some first finger foods in case you find yourself stuck in a rut.
- Steamed Veg. Favorites were broccoli, sweet potato wedges, peas, cauliflower, and avocado.
- Fruits: Raspberries (halved), blueberries (halved), banana, apples (steamed until soft). strawberries (diced)
- Cubes of cheese ( i squash them a little to make them flatter)
- Hummus ( Ava likes to dip a breadstick) I only started giving breadsticks recently as they are quite hard.
- Rice Cakes
- Puffs (We use Ellas Kitchen)
- Soft middle of a cucumber.
I try best now to give Ava what we are having if it is possible to. If we have a meat dinner I will give her the plain meat diced up small with some veg. I was finding it quite hard trying to get a balance with the different meals to cook of an evening which is why I decided to go down the baby-led route. I will try to do my dinner later and cook something that both Ava and Mia (3yrs) can have together. This tends to leave leftovers which I freeze and can use on another day.
Some of my favorite websites/books to find recipes are:
Annabel Karmel – You can find recipes online or you can purchase her books which I have found so so helpful. Annabel provides meals for all ages and gives recipes that are suitable for the whole family! A firm favorite with Ava was the Cheesy Leek recipe which you can find in her book!
My Fussy Eater – Ciara has a goal of making food fun and interesting. Boy does she do this alright! I love the recipes she provides. Some are so simple and easy which makes days where I am in a rush so much easier. Check out these 3 Ingredient Pancakes which are a massive hit!
WHAT OUR CURRENT ROUTINE LOOKS LIKE
So as it stands with Ava at 7 1/2 months old, our routine is currently:
6:00 – 6:30am – Bottle (Sometimes if Ava wakes up earlier around 5:30am she will have her bottle and go back to sleep till around 7:00am
7:30am – Breakfast
10:00am – Bottle (5oz)
12:00pm – Lunch
2:30pm – Bottle (5oz)
5:00pm – Dinner
7:00pm – Bottle (6oz)
WHEN SHOULD I DROP MILK FEEDS?
This worry is at the top of most peoples lists when it comes to weaning. I know for me I worried with my first if she was having enough milk, is she having too much, am I over feeding her? But everything always seemed to fall into place. I cannot remembr exactly how my routine went with my first but she did have her last bedtime bottle a week before her first birthday. She dropped them on her own.
There is a great post from Bounty giving you great information on cutting down your babies milk. Check it out HERE
HOW WE STARTED SOLID FOODS
To begin with there is no need to worry how much food your baby is getting. Your baby will only need a small amount of food before their milk feeds. The important thing is getting them used to new tastes and textures. Most of their nutrients and energy will be coming from their milk.
We started on plain veg and fruit with a smooth texture. I also started finger foods at the same time. I used the Ella’s Kitchen range as their melt in the mouth puffs and sticks were great.
Getting off to a good start:
- Be patient and keep offering them a variety of foods. Even if they dont seem to like a certain taste, it can take up to 10 tries for your baby to get used to new foods!
- Allow plenty of time and go at your baby’s pace. Let them show you when they are hungry or full and stop when they show signs that they have had enough.
- Let your baby explore. Give them the chance to use their fingers or use a spoon
- Give your baby lots of encouragement and praise. Learning to eat solid foods is a whole new skill your baby is trying to learn.
So this was just a little guide to fill you in on how our weaning was going and what our current routine is. Let me know below if you have any tips, or favourite products that you used with weaning!