My Top 10 Weaning Tips

By | October 15, 2016

Weaning is something we’ve never had trouble with. I wouldn’t even say we’ve weaned, just given them food and they’ve eaten it. At just over 6 months they’ve both been eating the same as the rest of us, not even mashed up or blended. The Boy at 5 doesn’t like cheese, but that’s it, thy eat absolutely anything else. I’ve been very lucky to have two totally unfussy children.

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So these are my top tips to make weaning as easy as possible.

  1. Don’t panic. They’re just tiny people, with a few exceptions, such as honey, they can eat anything you can.
  2. Try them with as many different flavours and combinations as you can right from the very start.
  3. Ice cube trays! For the first few weeks, they’re going to eat such tiny amounts. I’d cook up, for example, an apple, mash it up and freeze it in ice cube trays.
  4. Introduce normal meals after a few weeks, or straight away if you want. We gave The girl a Sunday lunch after about a week of just fruit and veg. I just mashed it with a fork.eating curry
  5. Introduce lumps early. I know 10 month old babies that still won’t eat anything really solid, because they’re almost scared and don’t know what to do.
  6. Let them have a go feeding themselves. But only put bits on their plate at a time, my greedy girl will just keep stuffing it in if there’s a lot there. Doing it like this means you get time to eat yourself too.
  7. Make your baby part of family meal times. We all eat the same food at the same time, the kids really enjoy the social side of this, and babies really like trying to copy Mummy and Daddy.
  8. Let them make a mess. Remember anything red stains, but don’t worry about the mess, it’s a fun way for them to learn.
  9. Praise them for how well they’re doing with something new.
  10. Try to stick to a routine. Babies love routine, so things like eating at the same time every day, will really help them adapt.

Has anyone else got any weaning tips? Did anyone have a hard time with it, is there anything you wish you’d done differently? Let me know in the comments.

Two Tiny Hands

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  • These are good tips. I remember getting pretty tied up in knots around weaning the first time around and the message to relax is important! With my second, he refused anything but Ella’s pouches for the first month of weaning and then after that fed himself whatever you put in front of him. #familyfun

    • donna

      I’ve been really lucky. They’re both absolute food monsters

  • Fab post and I agree with the staying chilled bit. We did blw and I’d recommend it to anyone xx

    • donna

      It just makes it so much easier long term doesn’t it?

  • Oh I am so glad weaning is behind me. I found it such a chore. I must say you have made it sound very easy. My second child weaned a lot better than my first but if I’m honest I think that’s cause I was a lot better and more relaxed the second time around… apart from the mess, like you they had free range of making as much ness as required… thank you for sharing at #familyfun xx

    • donna

      I honestly really enjoy it. It’s hard to tell if my tips actually help though, or if my kids are just really good eaters. They honestly never stop!

  • I definately vouch for the include them in family meal times. We pretty much have given my son everything we have eaten . yes they don’t eat a lot at first but its fun watching them learn! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

    • donna

      It is great fun! I get a lot of ‘but won’t they choke?’ And I always say ‘why would they? Have you ever choked on a banana?’