How to make weaning up as you go along SUCCESSFULLY!

I consider my eight month old daughter to be successfully weaned.

She will eat anything that you put in front of her, be it puréed, textured, lumpy or finger food. She is gaining weight steadily and he bowels are consistent (sorry #TMI). So I thought I would share our journey, and how we made the transition from milk (bottle fed baby) to solids in just three months.

We used a mixture of home cooked food and pouches…

Miiiiiiiiiiine!

When little miss was five and a little bit months old, and she had been having baby rice for breakfast for around ten days. We decided to start the actual weaning process.

We were aware that we had technically started by giving her the baby rice… but we were only doing this to fill her tummy up, as she was becoming increasingly upset due to hunger (we think) during the day.

Three things that triggered Daddy and I to wean little miss:

1. We first thought we should start giving little miss baby rice as she was taking so much milk, so often, that she was being sick an awful lot.

And I mean A LOT!

Since she was born, she did the normal posseting thing, but this was something else.

Projectile. And very , very icky.

2. An indicator (well, we thought it was an indicator) that she was ready to move on to solids, was how little miss was taking food from the spoon.

Not a drop spilt.

3. Then when baby started to wake at 5 am each day, we knew she was trying to tell us that she was hungry and in our opinion, ready for food.

When your baby has slept through the night since six weeks old, it feels like starting all over with a new born when they wake in the night. I enjoy sleep deprivation about as much as little miss enjoys being hungry!

What can I say?

She’s her mothers daughter.

Because of this, I was very keen to push through all barriers and start to get baby weaned.

Gimmie gimmie gimme!

From the first moment we tried, little miss loved her baby rice and took to eating puree like a duck to water. I am such a proud Mummy.

Plan for week one

Milk when she wakes up between 5 am and 6:30 am
Porridge with next bottle usually at 10 am
Milk for a late lunch at around 2 pm
Milk for tea at around 6 pm
Milk at bed time with snuggles, story and jim jams at 7 pm each night without fail

Plan for week two

Milk when she wakes up between 5 am and 6:30 am
Porridge with next bottle usually 10 am
Milk for a late lunch at around 2 pm
Baby rice for tea at around 4:30 pm
Milk at bed time with snuggles, story and jim jams at 7 pm each night without fail

Plan for week three

Milk when she wakes up between 5 am and 6:30 am
Porridge with next bottle usually 10 am
Puree veg for lunch at around 12:30 pm
Milk for a late afternoon snack at around 3 pm
Puree veg for tea at around 4:30 pm
Milk at bed time with snuggles, story and jim jams at 7 pm each night without fail

Plan for week four

Milk when she wakes up between 5 am and 6.30 am
Porridge and fruit puree usually 9:30 am – at this point baby started to want food closer together
Puree veg for lunch at around 12:30 pm
Milk for a late afternoon snack at around 3 pm
Puree veg for tea at around 4:30 pm
Milk at bed time with snuggles, story and jim jams at 7 pm each night without fail

Plan for week five

Milk when she wakes up between 5 am and 6.30 am
Porridge and fruit puree with next bottle usually 9:30 am
Puree veg with fruit for pudding for lunch at around 12:30 pm
Milk for a late afternoon snack at around 3 pm
Puree veg for tea with fruit for pudding at around 4:30 pm
Milk at bed time with snuggles, story and jim jams at 7 pm each night without fail

When first weaning, the portion sizes we used were in either ice cubes or teaspoons (dependant on if it was home made or pouches). Baby started with one block or one teaspoon, and then we added one each week as her little tummy grew until we eventually gave her a small amount of fruit purees for pudding too.

Little miss doesn’t have a fullness trigger – she just vomits – so it’s a good idea to take note of how much baby has had. Four cubes of veg and 4 teaspoons of fruit at this stage was about right.

Once we were well established and into the third week of weaning, baby started to let us know when she felt hungry, she started to let us know when she really liked things and she really did start going to bed like a little dream. Sometimes she would go down so well, we didn’t even get to our story. It was at this point that baby started to sleep thought the night again, from 7 pm to 6 am.

Alleluia.

Once baby had the hang of gripping things properly (at around six and half months) we introduced finger foods before and during her meals. Some of the time, she didn’t actually eat it, she just gave it a chew and spat it out, but this is fine… she started to munch on things properly all of a sudden. Now that she is eight months old, a lot of her meals are made up of finger foods with no need to puree constantly (I should point out that she still hasn’t got any teeth, so don’t be afraid to offer finger food if baby has no teeth).

We offer little miss water to drink at meal times and throughout the day and have done since we started the weaning process. She now has just three bottles of milk per day and takes finger food for her snacks.

Sometime it can be hard to keep up with what baby is eating, because they do eat an awful lot – especially when they start moving. But remember that once baby drops their milk intake, you need to increase their intake of calcium with fromage frais, cheese and hidden milk (cauliflower cheese anyone!).

Snacks

Milk when she wakes up between 5 am and 6.30 am
Porridge and fruit usually at 8:30 am
Snack between breakfast and lunch – aprox 11 am
Purée veg with fruit for pudding for lunch at around 12:30 pm
Snack between lunch and evening meal – approx 3 pm
Purée veg for tea with fruit for pudding at around 4:30 pm
Milk at bed time with snuggles, story and jim jams at 7 pm each night without fail

Gobble gobble gobble…

By setting such a structured routine it does limit what you can do for a few weeks socially, but this plan worked like a dream for us. It wasn’t so bad for us as we have had a ridged bedtime routine since little miss was two weeks old.

Mummy needed her sleep!

Baby may insist that you change the times of your routine (look how the time of little miss’s breakfast changed over just a few weeks), and that is fine, as long as baby is giving you the trigger to say that they are hungry.

Little miss is now eight months old and will eat anything you put in front of her. She will eat from the spoon and even pick things up and eat them herself. She is now attempting to drink from bottles with handles by herself (this is a messy business) and feed herself with the spoon (an even messier business). These are not things that we have ‘taught’ her to do, she has just picked them up herself by watching us.

Remember to stay positive – even when the high-chair / your dining room / clothes / face / hair is covered in yoghurt. Baby will get the hang of it eventually. Just be persistent!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.

I am such a proud mummy.

Happy baba!!

How did you wean your baby? 

Thanks so much for reading: How to make weaning up as you go along SUCCESSFULLY!

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