Welcome to another week of Weaning Wisdom Wednesdays. Each week I am joined by another blogger who imparts their weaning wisdom. There are so many different methods of weaning out there and it’s so nice to read all the different ways each week. This week I am joined by Eva from Captain Bobcat. Take it away Eva….
1. Introduce yourself and family.
My name is Eva blogging over at www.captainbobcat.com
I have an 11 months old girl and a 3 years old boy and we live right on the border of London and Surrey.
2. What method of weaning did you use? (Baby-led, traditional weaning, combination)
My first one was spoon fed and we started baby led with my daughter, however she didn’t get enough food so I started to give her porridge and other puréed food. Now at 11 months old she’s on a traditional weaning diet: some finger food and some puréed food
3. When did you start weaning and why?
I started both around 6-7 months. With my first one we started because that’s been advised, and with my second one we started because she clearly required more food, the breast milk wasn’t sufficient anymore.
4. Talk us through your journey, how did you start, what did you do?
My two children couldn’t be any more different! But one thing is the same: I try to prepare homemade food for them as much as possible. I make my own purees and steam vegetables. I also made a switch with both of them at around 10 months and started to give them the same what the whole family is having. Although, this was hard with my son, as he went through a gagging person when I introduced lumpy food. This didn’t happen to my daughter as she started off with feeding herself. I am a huge fan of preparing batches and popping them in the freezer. Unfortunately, they both seem to prefer puréed fruits instead of the real fruit, so I make lots of smoothies.
5. What was their favourite food?
Fruity purées and pasta/pizza are the absolute favourites. Oddly enough the real fruit isn’t their favourite. My daughter likes veggies and meat, but my son literally could live on cheese and pizza, and refuses to eat meat too.
6. What sort of food did baby eat when you were out and about?
Normally just bits off my plate, so I try to order less spicy dishes and I also pop a little pouch with some purée in my bag, in case she’s having a picky day.
7. What highchair did you use? Would you recommend it to other Mums?
We have a Grace and a Mothercare – both very cheap, plastic so it’s easy to clean, and foldable. With a tray, which works as a tray/plate too for the baby. No need for pricy high chairs, they only eat in theirs, we don’t use it for sitting and playing in it.
8. What is your opinion on offering baby fast food?
9. What was the most challenging aspect of your weaning journey?
My son was and still is very challenging, had some issues transitioning between purées, then lumpy food. Never touched meat. Didn’t want finger food as an older baby, he always expected me to feed him with a spoon. Except biscuits and toast.
10. Have you ever received any criticism for your weaning choices?
Oh yes. Both friends and family. On both occasions, even though they have a completely different weaning story. Seems like I just can’t get it right 😉
11. Did you meal plan, or just offer whatever is available in the fridge?
Never did meal planning, but always trying to cook something either suitable for them too or cook separately for them. From whatever is available in the fridge 🙂
12. What tools did you buy that were invaluable?
Plastic pots for the freezer and a blender. Nothing else really, just basic plastic cutlery and plates.
13. If you were to do it all again, what would you do differently?
I’d start with traditional (finger food and purees combined) with my son. He’s extremely picky and we’re still having a very hard time getting him eat meat, veggies and fruits. This might be down to some other condition but I believe I should have introduced him to feeding himself right from the beginning.
14. If you could give one piece of advice to new Mums who are about to start weaning, what would it be?
Children will not starve themselves, they all have different needs. Some eat less, some eat more, but as long as they are happy and lively, they will be fine.
Thank you so much to Eva for joining us!
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