Yes, it is that time already.
Baby is bored with just drinking milk, so the time has some to start weaning.
This is both an exciting time whilst being at the same time scary…
Will he like it?
Will he eat it?
What to try first?
100s of questions and a bag of mixed answers… should we just play “eeny, meeny, miny, moe…” to pick the correct one?
It was time to look for some help.
Cow & Gate offers an online Five Step Weaning Plan with lots of useful information and tons of great tips. The program (as per its name) is split into five steps:
- First spoonfuls
- Introducing breakfast
- Introducing Variety
- Meat, Fish & alternatives
- Establishing 3 meals a day
Each step has a clear description and a lot of tips to make this step of the journey as easy and as pleasant as possible for both the baby and the parent. My favourite part of the website is the recipe collections perfect for each step. As we are on step one, we have 10 quick and easy purees to pick from.
We’ve made some Carrot Puree using the quick and easy instructions on the Cow & Gate website:
1 medium carrot
Your baby’s usual milk or cooled, boiled water
Peel carrot, and cut into slices ½ cm thick.
Steam them for 8−10 min until soft.
Cool slightly, then add 2 tbsp of the water or milk.
Blend with a food processor or hand blender until runny and smooth. Add more liquid if you need.
It is important to experiment in the beginning. Let your baby pick the flavours he or she likes; let them discover at their own pace what real food tastes like.
For us it wasn’t very hard. Leo was eager to try something new. He opens his mouth and waits for more yummy “mash” to arrive. I think he is enjoying this time, despite making really
funny unhappy faces at times.
Do you have any weaning tips for us?
Something you do or did in the past which made the whole process easier?
* We received a small goodie bag from Cow & Gate containing feeding spoons, sipping cup and a food selection to help us start the weaning process.