Government guidelines advise to exclusively breastfeed your child for 6 months before introducing solids. However, every baby is different and some babies cannot comfortably go this long without being introduced to food. Baby led weaning is what most people seem to be following these days – the name is pretty self -explanatory – you wait until your baby is sitting up and making a grab for your food and then introduce them to whatever you are eating – within reason. The logic behind this is that the baby eats whatever/how much he needs and grows up to be less fussy – I know of some people who swear by this method and if you do a search on you tube you will find loads of babies chowing down on chicken legs and steaks!
When I started off my childcare career in a nursery the advice was to start weaning pureed foods at 4 months and children were given foods laden with sugar such as rusks and wheat cereals which is seen as a big no no these days!
Personally I introduced Sonny to solids at just over 4 months. He is a very refluxy baby and has a tendency to projectile quite a lot of his milk quite often! My theory was that food would stay down and also help to keep the milk down. Sonny had also started waking more often in the night (he had stopped night feeds quite early on) and, while I know that this is not an official sign of being hungry, I knew he was (that motherly instinct I keep harping on about)!
Sonny thrived after starting solids – his just loves his food – gets genuinely excited when he sees me approach with the bowl and spoon and is a real bruiser these days.
Anyway this post is detailing the first 30 days of our weaning adventure , I will include later posts so you can see at what stage we introduce things like protein and wheat (at around 7 months) and more textured foods. You may find this useful and can choose to use this as a guide or not, I kept this diary so I could check Sonny’s reactions and also for future reference, not for a blog post
I only tend to introduce one new food every three days – I do this so I can monitor any reaction. I have also had to be wary of more acidic foods due to Sonny’s reflux – he tends to take a turn for the worse after apple, mango and plums so we have shelved those for now. I have still not attempted tomatoes and peppers etc. as, even at 7 months he is still refluxy and I just know that these would be too acidic for his little system to take.
After initially introducing baby rice at the 5pm feed, I always introduce Sonny’s ‘new’ food during the morning/lunchtime feed as then I have the rest of the day to monitor how and if he reacts.
I would also advise stocking up on Ella’s kitchen (this is not a promotional post FYI) I just find these guys the best .All of the ingredients are organic and you can buy pouches with single foods/tastes – they have nothing added like so many other brands so it suited us well. At first I was quite snobby about pre-packaged food and planned to buy and puree everything but hey, why make life harder for yourself?
I tend to buy and puree things to use when we are at home but if we are out and about I take an Ella’s and a spoon. Also, I wanted to stick to organic produce whilst Sonny is so small – and trying to track down things like organic parsnips and peaches out of season is a nightmare.
I know some will be of the opinion that I have weaned my son too early, however I can now say that at 7 months he is a bouncy, bonny boy. He is sitting up and making a grab for my meals. He chews and is now eating chicken and pasta amongst a huge array of fruit and veg (and of course Avocado which is his absolute favourite thing of all time).
Day 1 – 1 teaspoon baby rice with breastmilk 5pm
Day 2 – Same as above
Day 3 – 1 teaspoon baby rice with breastmilk after AM feed
Day 4 – 1 teaspoon baby rice after AM feed then the same at 5pm
Day 5 – Same as above
Day 6 – After AM feed – 1 cube of carrot. 5pm – Babyrice and milk
Day 7 – Same as above
Day 8 – Same as above
Day 9 – After AM feed – 1 cube of sweet potato. 5pm – Baby rice and milk
Day 10 – After AM feed – 1 cube sweet potato. 5pm Baby rice made with breastmilk + one cube carrot.
Day 11 – Same as above
Day 12 – After AM feed – Sweet potato and carrot mix (one cube of each) . 5pm Baby rice made with mill mixed with one cube of pear.
Day 13 – Same as above
Day 14 – Same as above
Day 15 – After AM feed – 1 cube courgette mixed with 1 cube pear. 5pm – baby rice, milk and pear.
Day 16 – After AM feed – 2 cubes courgette. 5pm – baby rice mixed with milk and pear.
Day 17 – After AM feed – 1 cube of courgette mixed with 1 cube carrot. 5PM – baby rice mixed with milk and pear.
Day 18 – After AM feed – 1 cube swede (was not too keen – takes after his mum!!) . 5PM – baby rice, milk and pear.
Day 19 – After AM feed – 1 cube swede mixed with 1 cube courgette. 5 PM baby rice and pear.
Day 20 – After AM feed – 1 cube swede and 1 cube carrot. 5PM baby rice and pear.
Day 21 – After AM feed – 1 cube swede mixed with 1 cube courgette. 5PM – Courgette and rice.
Day 22 – After AM feed – Apple and rice. 5PM – Swede, carrot and courgette
Day 23 – After AM feed – Apple and rice 5PM – Carrot and Courgette
(Decided to leave apple at this point as it seemed to make reflux worse)
Day 24 – AM – Avocado (blitzed with little water and 1tsp pear) LOVED IT! PM – Pear with rice.
Day 25 – AM – Avocado. PM Pear with rice
Day 26 – AM Sweet potato and rice. PM – Half an Avocado
Day 27 – AM Banana. PM –Sweet Potato and rice
Day 28 – AM Banana and Avocado. PM Pear and Rice
Day 29 – Seemed to have a bit of a tummy ache today so just stuck with two small portions of pear and rice.
Day 30 – AM Carrot and Potato. PM – Pear and rice.
Happy Pureeing (PS – it may be an idea to invest in some heavy duty overalls and plastic sheeting ‘a la’ Breaking Bad) xxx