So this is the third time I’ve had done this but it’s still very daunting. Although current guidelines say it’s best to wait to 6 months I stated spoon feeding Gracie and the boys at around 5 months. I started very slowly just a couple of spoonfuls a couple of times a week then gradually moved up to a a few spoonfuls everyday. This time I chose tea time as the best time to do this though with the boys I did this at lunchtime. It doesn’t really matter when you try giving a spoon feed as long as it works for you and is at a time when your baby isn’t to tired or hungry or feeling unwell. I think it’s important to include the baby at mealtimes even before they are feeding. We have had a highchair that is suitable from birth with Alfie and again with Gracie and I can’t rate them highly enough. Although isn’t it always when you start to make or eat dinner that babies decide they need fed or lifted so you may end up nursing them in one arm and eating with the other so newborn high chair may be surplus to requirements .
There is so much advice, information and free guides available to keep you right. I have used the cow and gate 5 step weaning guide with all three of my babies and this time I also used an Ella’s kitchen guide. These are both free just request them on the website.
Some of the things you will need to get started are;
- Small freezeable tubs
- Flat tip spoons
- Small bowls
- Wipeable bibs
- Blender or food processor
- High chair or secure seat
Some of the first foods we have tried include;
- Advocado and banana
Although I do like to make homemade purées I also like to have a stock of baby pouches in the cupboard. I like Ella’s kitchen as you can see clearly what’s in them. I have been spoon feeding Gracie now for about 4 weeks and she is now getting 2 small spoon feeds in the day and gradually I am introducing breakfast. I have gave her baby porridge twice this week at breakfast time. She has cut down on some of her bottles but is still taking 5 bottles a day. As she ups the amount of food she takes she will cutdown on her milk in the middle of the day however I am just taking her lead on this. I’m not a big fan of finger foods I’m to scared of them choking. I tend to hold off quite a while before giving them food to hold. I do have a food holder that you put food in the net and the baby bites on it which I got in Poundland. They are not particularly easy to wash and after using a couple of times I have thrown them out as I don’t think they are hygienic but I’ll give it ago this time and see how how we get on . I will prob not start to introduce meat until Gracie is over 7 months and between now and then concentrate on getting her to eat 3 meals a day. So that’s our weaning journey so far hopefully it continues as well as it has been going. So for now happy weaning everyone.