It’s fair to say weaning hasn’t gone as I planned. E is now almost 8 months. I started giving her vegetable purees a week or 2 before she turned 6 months.
For almost 3 weeks, I steamed and pureed fruit and vegetables and attempted to feed them to her. At first, she was happy to accept the spoon but pushed food back out. Then she stopped opening her mouth for the spoon. She just didn’t seem interested, yet she was always trying to grab food off our plates.
One day I spread the vegetable puree she was refusing on a toast finger and she went mad for it. Granted not much was swallowed but she was very enthusiastic. Since that day, we’ve been taking a more baby led approach. We started with toast and steamed fruit and vegetable strips. Broccoli, carrots, green beans, apples and cauliflower. We also gave soft banana and avocados. It took a while for her to start eating much but she’s always been enthusiastic and I guess you can’t ask for more than that.
Gradually the variety of foods she eats has increased. She no longer requires food to be in strips, as she can pick up big lumps and get them into her mouth. It’s been fascinating to watch. She’s not really gagged on food much either thankfully. Boy is it messy though.
For me, the biggest challenge has been getting my head round what to feed her. My eldest was traditionally weaned (with finger food and purees) and that was what I had planned to do this time. I had a few books with weaning plans for different ages and stages and lots of recipes. I enjoy cooking and I think I was quite looking forward to making her purees. I felt like I knew where I was with purees. I would know how much she was eating and that she was getting a balanced meal.
Over the last two months, I’ve reminded myself that food is fun until one and that she is getting a lot of her nutrition from milk still. I’ve also watched her ability to pick up and also eat food improve. She’ll pretty much try anything so I’m trying to make sure she is introduced to a wide variety of foods. I don’t feel she eats much meat but she does try it. She’s almost got her first tooth so perhaps this might help.
We do use a spoon occasionally to feed her yogurt which she likes but she constantly grabs the spoon to “help” you feed her. She loves natural yogurt and recognises the pot instantly. Once she’s seen the pot, you can’t feed her fast enough. We do try giving her loaded spoons too but she’s still learning which end to put in her mouth and how to not lose the contents of the spoon.
I’m still learning how to make a meal that we can all eat but we are getting there. Roast dinners have always been good but also pasta dishes. Now that her pincer grip is improving all the time it’s getting easier to feed her the same as us. I’d say she eats the same as us mostly but I have also made her some finger foods like pancakes, fritters and savory scones. Perhaps I will share some recipes or just meal ideas soon.
Weaning might not have gone to my plan but my daughter clearly has her own ideas. She’s enthusiastic most of the time and is gaining in abilities all the time. I’m enjoying watching her eat and in hindsight, I’m not sure how I would have found time to make her purees. I’m enjoying that we can all sit and eat a meal together without one of us having to spoon feed her first.