Welcome back to another week of Weaning Wisdom Wednesdays. I am loving reading the contributions that are sent in every week. There is so much knowledge out there and I am definitely of the belief that knowledge is power. This week I am joined by Victoria from Lylia Rose. Victoria runs a lifestyle blog and fashion boutique and I implore you to go and check out the gorgeous accessories she is selling over there, once you’ve read all the wisdom she has to impart
Hi Victoria! Please start by introducing yourself and your family.
My name is Victoria and I’m married to Ben. We have two young children – Bella, four and Reuben, two.
What method of weaning are you using/did you use? (Baby-led, traditional weaning, combination)
I used a mixture.
When did you start weaning and why?
I aimed to start at six months with both my children as the guidelines suggest, but it didn’t work out this way! Bella wasn’t interested in food at all and didn’t really start trying foods until 7 months. Reuben on the other hand was super hungry! I had to start weaning him at 5 months as the milk just wasn’t cutting it anymore and he was trying to get all our food from our plates. I knew he was ready.
Talk us through your journey, how did you start, what foods did you use?
For the very first tastes I mushed up a slice of banana, popped it on a spoon and let them have a lick. The funniest faces are pulled! Then next tastes were things like carrots and sweet potatoes pureed and just a spoonful or two at a time. Once their appetites were bigger or even if they weren’t that interested in me feeding them on a particular day, then I’d overcook a carrot, for example, so it was super soft and let them hold it and explore it themselves. I often gave them soft cooked veg alongside pureed spoon fed food. I never religiously stuck to one method – it could change each day or depending on baby’s mood!
What are baby’s favourite and least favourite foods?
I was lucky with Bella – she’d try anything. It’s only now she’s older she’ll tell us she doesn’t like something, but we can still convince her to try new things or see if her taste buds have changed. Reuben is the fussy one! It’s not that he doesn’t like foods, more that he’s stubborn and if he doesn’t want to eat something, then he won’t no matter what we do. The one thing I have never got him to eat is a sandwich. I’m sure he’ll like them if he tries them, but he’s not had one yet.
What sort of food does baby eat when you are out and about?
I used to give them a mixture of food when out. Sometimes shop bought organic ready made jars and other times I’d take a Tupperware pot of something home cooked. I also had some reusable pouches which were really handy when they were super young for pureed homemade food. These were great for storing batches of homecooked food in the freezer/fridge, then easily taking them anywhere for a day out. I’d always pack fruit too such as a banana for easy feeding on the go.
What highchair do you use? Do you recommend it to other Mums?
For Reuben we ended up with one of the Antilop high chairs from Ikea. Such a basic design, but turned out it was the perfect size and best chair we ever had. With Bella we first opted for an expensive good looking wooden high chair, but they are useless for younger babies. She just slid right out! I also got a traditional type high chair – the big plastic white ones with built in padding, but found these got so grotty so quickly and were tricky to clean. The Ikea high chairs are really easy to clean and they are also the perfect table height.
What is your opinion on offering baby fast food?
I would not give a baby fast food. I am really strict with my children and what they eat. A baby should have organic wholefoods only and nothing unnecessary.
What’s been the most challenging aspect of your weaning journey?
The mess! It’s amazing how much mess a tiny person can make with a few spoonfuls of mushed up veg!
Have you ever received any criticism for your weaning choices?
No luckily I haven’t and I hope I wouldn’t care if I did. I believe I chose the best weaning choices for my children and their needs.
Do you meal plan, or just offer whatever is available in the fridge?
Half and half – I shop based on a loose meal plan each week, but if things need using then I’m flexible and plans may change. I buy a lot of fresh ingredients, so sometimes things suddenly need using that I thought may last longer!
What tools have you bought that have been invaluable?
I have a Nutri Ninja which is mine for smoothies, but it was also great for quickly whizzing up some pureed veg mixes in batches.
If you were to do it all again, what would you do differently?
I was pretty happy with how it all went so I’d not do anything differently really. Oh, aside from not wasting money on three high chairs as I’d now know just to go with the Antilop!
If you could give one piece of advice to new Mums who are about to start weaning, what would it be?
Follow your instinct and don’t feel pressured by other people. I do see some people in forums adamant that the six month rule is a MUST, but in my experience we were a month out either way and my children are perfectly fine!
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