Weaning is really exciting for most parents. Getting to see your babies reaction to foods and introducing them to amazing new flavours. But it can also be quite scary and stressful. If you plan to make your own baby food, you may be asking yourself: how smooth should the purees be? How big should a portion be? How do you introduce finger foods?
This is how our first month has been. The foods I've made, tested James on and what he's loved and hated.
First Tastes in Week One
Baby Rice with expressed milk - Loved it
Sweet Potato - Loved it
Carrot - Demolished everything
Pear - I made this way too lumpy for his liking as you can see from his reaction below.
Mashed banana - I made this a bit too thick again and he wasn't impressed
Potato - Another love of his
In this first week he was only having lunch.
We started him on breakfast as well as lunch.
For breakfast he would either have a fruit puree, some baby rice and expressed milk or porridge.
Apple - I tried him with an Ella's Kitchen pouch to see the consistency and he really liked it because it was quite watery and thin
Courgette - Again, I made this a bit too lumpy
Broccoli - He loved this
Cauliflower - Loved!
Grated Cheese - Probably the best reaction I've had from him is with grated cheese. He went 'mmm' and smiled the whole time
Baby porridge - He loved this. I know it's probably not as healthy as fruit but he really enjoys it.
I started him on three meals a day by week three and added in a bit of baby led weaning. I wanted to make sure he was handling food himself so started giving him toast fingers every morning. Between each food I would usually wait a day to see if he had any reaction, but with wheat and milk I waited 3 days.
This week I also gave him a few lumpier purees. I bought some of the Organix fruit pots with pieces and he's taken to the lumps in these quite well. He particularly loves them straight out the fridge (maybe it helps his gums).
More texture and a few more finger foods. He wasn't too keen on Organix Multigrain Mini Cereal Puffs so we'll need to keep offering him till he gets used to the lumpy feeling. We also tried him with egg this week which unfortunately he appears to be allergic to as he came out in a rash round his mouth.
All foods tasted by Week Five
Baby Rice, Carrot, Sweet Potato, Potato, Pear, Banana, Apple, Courgette, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Swede, Parsnip, Butternut Squash, Plum (quite sharp taste), Pumpkin, Wholewheat Bread, Crumpets, Potato Cakes, Cheddar Cheese & Eggs
In terms of drinks, he's only had water and I don't intend on giving him juice for quite a while.
When making up James's purees I started by using some Tommee Tippee weaning pots but soon realised they're a bit big for the moment as his appetite isn't quite there yet. I've now switched to using ice cube trays - much less wastage and also it's easier to mix flavours together for your baby.
Any tips you have on weaning? Let me know below..