Weaning (Part I)

Navigating the world of weaning for the first time is like trying to work your way through a labyrinth. There are so many books, recipes, thoughts and opinions on this topic, it’s really hard to know where to begin. I decided to introduce solids to my baby at around 6 months, in line with the NHS guidelines and when I felt he was ready.

The first question I asked myself was, do I start with traditional spoon-fed weaning (feeding my baby purées), or baby-led weaning (give him finger foods to feed himself with)? After doing a lot of research on this topic, I learnt that there is really no right or wrong answer, and I should just do whatever works best for me and my baby. The most important thing is that weaning should be stress-free and fun, so my baby learns to develop a healthy and positive relationship with food. So I decided I would do a combination of spoon-fed and baby-led weaning, to get the best of both worlds.

The next question was, which food should I introduce to my baby first? After buying lots of weaning books and skimming through them all, I decided I would introduce him to vegetables to start with. According to Paul Lindley (Founder and Chairman of Ella’s Kitchen):

“Weaning is a key time for babies to develop their taste palate and food preferences. During this time, they’re more accepting of new foods and can quickly learn to like them.

The evidence shows that a ‘vegetables first’ approach to weaning can help babies learn to like vegetables, which may help to prevent ‘fussiness’ around these foods as they get older, ensuring little ones receive the valuable nutrients they provide.”

Paul Lindley (Founder and Chairman of Ella’s Kitchen)

This made sense to me, so I loosely followed Ella’s Kitchen The First Foods Book The Purple One. This book is great because it provides a step-by-step, easy to follow guide on how to start your weaning journey. You really don’t just have to follow one book or method though. I found it useful to follow one guide at the very start, but after that I would mix and match by taking recipes and inspiration from different sources, and even make up my own as I got to know my baby’s likes and dislikes.

For more on weaning and which feeding equipment you’ll need, read my next blog post Weaning (Part II).

Author: Mummy Owl

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