Guest Post: Top 10 Tips For Weaning
I am so excited to be guest posting on Simply Muna’s blog. Before I get into my Top 10 Tips for weaning, I thought I would tell you a little about myself. My Name is Elyssia and I am a 26 year old Wife and Mummy to beautiful little girl Daphney. Over on my blog Mummy Stephens I talk about family life, parenting, reviews and recipes, so pop over and say Hello!!
I would just like to take this opportunity to Thank Simply Muna for having me on her blog.
Right let’s get into my tips!
Top 10 Tips for Weaning.
Daphney is now nearly 9 months old and we started weaning on her 6th month. So. we have had a while to find what works… and doesn’t for us. I have put together my top tips for weaning to hopefully help you out in the weaning journey.
These tips are for spoon led weaning as we have only just started Baby led weaning.
1.Start Weaning slowly
… Which for me was hard! I was itching to give her food and see what she thought of it, but wait until your baby is ready and look out for the following signs:
- They can stay in a sitting position and hold their head steady.
- They can co-ordinate their eyes, hands and mouth; so they can look at the food, pick it up and put it in their mouth, all by themselves.
- They can swallow food. Babies who are not ready will push their food back out with their tongue, so they get more round their face than they do in their mouth.
People often mistake the following signs as a baby wanting to wean:
- chewing fists
- waking in the night when they have previously slept through
- wanting extra milk feeds
Just to add, don’t start weaning when you’re in a rush or just about to leave. You want to leave a good 30/40 minutes, so you can focus only on the task at hand!
2. Start off small.
Your baby won’t want to eat more than a few mouthfuls in the beginning but it’s all about getting them to try different textures and tastes!
3. Try veg first.
Starting baby off with vegetable purées first will help them to get a taste for veg, which hopefully will last a life time! A baby will always like the sweet foods like strawberries or banana over a vegetable as it just isn’t as sweet.
4. A large varieties of flavours in the first couple of weeks.
Try baby on a different vegetable or fruit purées in the first couple of weeks to help develop good little eaters.
5. Embrace the mess.
Ohhh my goodness the mess!! I used the traditional methods to wean Daphney aka spoon and bowl but I still wanted her to feel the food and at the beginning have a play and play she did! Top tip; strip baby down to just a nappy when first feeding and we got a plastic sheet to pop under her highchair which for the first couple of weeks didn’t really get used but now it’s halved my cleaning time!
6. Make weaning fun
Sing songs, tell stories, let your baby smell the food and I even used Daphney’s favourite toy at meal times! If Daphney was unsure I would grab Mr. Penguin and pretend he was eating her food and she would find it so funny and would want to try some! *Mum Win!!*
7. Get your partner involved!
This is such a great bonding experience and it is great to show your baby that meal times are meant for family and everyone eats together.
8. Make sure baby isn’t full.
Don’t try and introduce your baby to food when they are full or tired, it just won’t work. I used to wait at least an hour, if not 2, before giving baby girl her food.
9. Take it easy.
I remember being told to always make my own baby food which I have done, but it is ok to use ready made baby foods! There are a lot of healthy and organic baby food brands which are great to have in the cupboard, ready for when you just need a break and they don’t all need to break the bank! Aldi do a great range of baby foods which are all organic and Daphney loved them *just check the sugar content as some baby foods are very high in sugar! Some I’ve seen are 45g of the sweet stuff per 100g!!!
10. Take photos!
Weaning is such an amazing time and such a big step in your little ones life so get snap happy to remember the little moments.
What would your weaning tips be for fellow mamas?
Thank you for reading and don’t forget to pop over say Hello!
Thanks Elyssia for these great tips! No doubt, they will definitely come in handy with weaning my little one now. Of course, if you’d like to see more of cute little Daphney, head over to Mummy Stephens. There you will also find my 7 Easy Homemade Baby Purees.