Welcome to my new guest series Weaning Wisdom Wednesdays. Each week, a guest blogger will feature, either by writing their own original piece about what they’ve learnt during their weaning journeys or by answering my set of questions. This week we are joined by Maria from Mummy to Logan.
Hi Maria, welcome to Weaning Wisdom Wednesdays. Please start by introducing yourself and your family.
Hello, I’m Maria, 24 years old and I’m a stay at home mum from North Wales. I am engaged to my fiancé Rob who I’ve been with coming up to 5 years. I started blogging while the baby napped as a form of stress release or hobby, if you like.
What method of weaning are you using?
Before Logan arrived I was very set on traditional weaning with just jars and purees, but when I started looking on Pinterest and blogging community especially, I discovered BLW and decided to look into that, so now we are doing a combination of blw and jars/spoon feeding. However, I have given him the spoon to play with from time to time.
Talk us through your journey, how did you start, what foods did you use?
It just started one day and decided to try him with baby rice, he wasn’t sure at first but then started loving it, then moved onto banana porridge and homemade fruit purees (Big thanks to mummytodex for the tommee tippee blender!), Im not sure how old he was but his first finger foods were banana and toast. But now at 10 months old he will eat pretty much anything you put infront of him, he’s really not a fussy baby.
What are baby’s favourite and least favourite foods?
Logan’s favourite foods are banana, toast, grapes, oranges, carrots, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, apple, mango…you name it, he will probably like it. One thing I’ve noticed he doesn’t really eat much of is sausage and courgette.
What sort of food does baby eat when you’re out and about?
When out and about I take with me a couple packs of Kiddylicious wafers, which he loves and they are so handy to keep on you. I also take with me a pouch of food whether it be savoury or sweet.
What highchair do you use? Do you recommend it to other Mums?
The highchair we have was a gift, but I have found the same one on Amazon (http://amzn.to/2mNKasp) It is a really sturdy high chair and goes well with our red walls. (The version we have is red and white) The only thing I would say is the seat doesn’t seem very comfortable and its not very portable as the base of the high chair Is very heavy and doesn’t fold away.
What’s your opinion on offering baby fast food?
Hmm my opinion is everything in moderation, if me and Rob are out at McDonalds or Burger King and Logan’s awake I can guarantee he will try and take something from our tray (he’s in high chair) he hates being in pram if we’re not moving. So we’ll offer him his trusty banana/carrot or blueberry wafers first and only when he’s eaten them we’ll hand him some fries or a piece of the burger bun/tomato off the burger.
What’s been the most challenging aspect of your weaning journey?
The most challenging aspect was definitely the starting up process, being a first time mum I had no clue where to start and so I was googling for days and panicking, am I doing the right thing for my baby, are premade baby food jars bad for him etc. But now I feel totally relaxed about it as Logan’s a really good eater.
Have you ever received any criticism for your weaning choices?
No I haven’t. A lot of my family have never heard of BLW and they are all doing, or have done the traditional method so they’re quite impressed that Logan’s doing so well.
Do you meal plan or just offer whatever is available in the fridge?
I do not meal plan but I would like to, just haven’t a clue where to start or how to go about it. But yeah we just wing it and offer whatever we have in.
What tools have you bought that have been invaluable?
Spoons, plastic bibs that catch all uneaten food, plastic mat for the floor as he does tend to chuck some of his food on the floor when he’s playing with it.
If you were to do it all again, what would you do differently?
I would probably try and batch cook and freeze purees that I’ve made myself as I would much prefer my future babies to eat my food as I know what’s in it. However the jars are good for convenience or if there isn’t enough food inn.
If you could give one piece of advice to new Mums who are about to start weaning, what would it be?
Hmm, be brave and don’t be scared about them choking, babies are actually quite inquisitive. Whatever method of weaning you chose, remember a fed baby is best, whether its BLW, traditional or combination. Just relax and enjoy the journey.
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