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 Jade from The Oliver Tree.
1. Introduce yourself and family.
My name is Jade, in our family we have my fiancé Keith, our little munchkin Malcolm who is nearly one years old, and our two dogs Holly and Buddy. We live in a village called Buttevant, Cork, Ireland. We live in a small cosy cottage in the middle of the countryside. When it came time to start weaning Malcolm onto solids I had no idea what to do or where to start.
2. What method of weaning did you use? (Baby-led, traditional weaning, combination)
When I started off I did traditional weaning but at around 5 months My sister in law told me about baby-led weaning. I don’t agree with all the stuff baby led weaning is about so I do the combination of the two. I will feed him if he can’t use his hands to eat the food.
3. When did you start weaning and why?
I started weaning Malcolm at 4 and a half months because he was a very hungry baby. I felt that he needed more than just formula.
4. Talk us through your journey, how did you start, what did you do?
When I decided, I was going to start weaning Malcolm, I started with baby porridge, just twice a day for two weeks. Then I started adding Ella Kitchens into the porridge. When he was about 6 months I started giving him chunks of soft food for him to hold and eat himself. I would give him half a banana, carrots cut in strips and boiled or a piece of broccoli. When he hit 6 months I only used the Ella Kitchens as emergency food or when I knew we would be out for a long time. As he hit about 9 months I tried chicken and fish. I steamed the chicken and gave him big chunks so that he wouldn’t choke on the chicken. For breakfast, he has either Weetabix or porridge with fruit in it. I try and make my own food for Malcolm instead of using the jars only because I know what is in my food. Weaning Malcolm onto food was the hardest thing I had ever done; he loves food so much but I would worry he would choke on the food. Now he eats basically everything. Just need to teach him to feed himself now.
5. What is their favourite food?
Malcolm loves avocado mashed up on its own or with anything in it, he also likes the Yellow Ella Kitchen smoothies. His favourite would probably be raspberries, he would eat a whole punnet if you let him.
6. What sort of food did baby eat when you were out and about?
When we were out and about I would get a baby bowl for Malcolm. This would have mash and sticks of cooked carrots. I would also bring an Ella Kitchen with me just in case they had no food suitable for him.
7. What highchair did you use? Would you recommend it to other Mums?
The highchair I used is Graco. I would highly recommend their highchair because you can use it from 3 months up. I used to have Malcolm just sit in it when I was working around the house. It can recline back for little babies. It comes on wheels so it is easy to move around. It can also adjust to different heights. You can take the highchair off the stand and put it on a dining chair for when they are a bit older. It comes with two trays, one for eating and just a flat one. They easily click into each other, and it’s not expensive at all.
8. What is your opinion on offering baby fast food?
Personally, I am all against it. The baby doesn’t need fast food; they gain nothing for having fast food and you are only making trouble for yourself when they became older.
9. What was the most challenging aspect of your weaning journey?
The most challenging thing for me was letting Malcolm feed himself. When he would gag, I would have a full-on panic attack. It would stress me out so much. Another thing I found hard was finding food and recipes for him to try new food and new combinations for food.
10. Have you ever received any criticism for your weaning choices?
No I haven’t.
11. Did you meal plan, or just offer whatever is available in the fridge?
I would try and plan meals at the beginning of the week so I knew what to get for him and make sure I had enough food that he could eat and I would make a meal around what he was eating for us. Just so I wasn’t making loads of food.
12. If you were to do it all again, what would you do differently?
I would let him feed himself more with the spoon and I would try and make my own puree food.
13. If you could give one piece of advice to new Mums who are about to start weaning, what would it be?
My piece of advice would to just go with your gut and don’t let anyone tell you different. You know what best suits you and your baby. You also don’t have to stick to one time of weaning you can combine them and take pieces from each type that suits.
Thank you so much to Abi for joining us!
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