Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Mini Noms...

B is a gannet (as the saying goes, not because she is missing nostrils or has binocular vision!) After her just about getting the hang of breastfeeding, it came to the time for us to attempt giving her food, proper food. She has embraced the act of eating with great gusto and has now perfected the 'want more wiggle'.

So what is all this weaning malarkey about? Now anybody with a little one will know that the DH changes its mind every couple of years regarding what is 'best' for babies in terms of starting to wean them onto solids. A decade ago, when A was approaching four months, the vogue then was to wean them at four months. Exclusively breastfed, he hated solid food and stopped going to the loo every time I attempted it. The whole process took months and pressured by the health professionals to follow the sage advice of baby weaning guru Annabel Karmel and her three stage mush programme, I kept attempting to force mush down his throat. I gave up the three stage torture and waited until he was ready. Around the seven month mark he started to grab handfuls of my dinner so I let him crack on, by this time he had four teeth and could eat anything he wanted to eat. You would think that I would use this experience as a benchmark for things to come with B but no. Given that she is entirely different to her brother who, had more tires than the Michelin man I started asking for advice on when and how to wean her. Lo and behold the goalposts have changed again. Now parents are advised to wean their children at six months and a new fangled method called Baby Led Weaning is in vogue or so one health visitor tells me. In short it involves giving baby normal adult food albeit cut into the shape of chips and letting them feed themselves. As you can imagine, they eat very little of the wedges rammed into their mouths so it takes a good few months and significantly more teeth to work up to eating a proper meal. So as interested as she is in feeding herself, do I want her waiting another few months until she's eating properly? Her weight gain is steady and she has caught up on the slow start that she had with her tongue tie complications. We decide to let her do the BLW and I gain parenting points for being seen to buy the book in Waterstones ("Ooh, it's fabulous!" the mothers cry, "really takes the stress out of it" they say). So far I've worked out that the only stress is stopping them choking on bits of food and learning how to recognise the difference between choking and gagging (*chucks the book on the top shelf - comment if you want it and I'll post it to you free of charge). the upside of this is that if you are the type of people who eat meat and two veg every night, then this is the way to go but if you are not, then it's a bit more complicated. Things like rice, cous cous etc are a nightmare and the mess is unbearable.  Three weeks into this and amused at the sight of B waving about chunks of roast chicken like Henry VIII, we thought that things were going well...

Then I took B for her jabs and proceeded to be lectured by another health visitor on attempting this BLW 'nonsense' and why isn't your daughter on three square (Annabel Karmel TM) meals a day by now? For big G's sake make up your mind people!


  1. LOL.. I love this Fran! We are of the time when my baby (Bethany) was supposed to be weaned at 6 months. However, after being introduced to baby rice at 10 weeks (she was a VERY hungry baby) we decided to have a go at weaning at 4 months.. sort of AK stylee, well the recipes at least. We didnt tell or ask advice from the HV, and gave them info on a need to know basis. This was after receiving a dressing down for changing her milk when she was 2 weeks old (what would they know!). Thankfully she took to solids like a duck to water and loves a variety of foods - Pakora being her favourite, much to daddy's annoyance! I dont know how we'll fare with baby 2, but I enjoyed weaning as much as Bethany did and am really looking forward to it 2nd time around :-) Joanne xx

  2. I admire your confidence! I always say 'bugger them' when I get home but then am filled with doubt afterwards. Even now when she is eating everything in sight, I am still worrying that things aren't normal. One of life's natural worriers, me.

    OM xx


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