I’ve been weaning now for a few months so thought I’d share my experience with it so far. I’m the complete opposite to Mallory and read near to no books at all throughout my whole pregnancy and parenthood so when it came to weaning I just kind of followed what Otis wanted. I knew he was ready for food as he was showing all the ‘signs’ and had reached 6 months. I was super lucky and the first time trying baby food went amazingly. He was not satisfied with just a few spoonfuls and wanted to finish nearly a whole Ellas Kitchen pouch! After about a week of introducing food to his diet he had already dropped a bottle, so instead of 6 feeds he was having 5.
After the second week Otis was having 3 meals a day aswell as a very reduced 5 feeds. I really didn’t know anything about weaning but Otis told me when he was hungry and we got into a pretty great routine that worked for him. There hasn’t been anything he’s tried and not liked, which I’m told is pretty impressive! His favourite savoury is spaghetti bolegneise and his favourite sweet is banana custard. I occasionally blend our dinners, but for me I find it so much easier whilst on the go to buy ready made foods. Otis now has 4 4oz feeds and 3 baby meals a day!
Don’t be worried about weaning. Every baby is really different but meal times should be fun so don’t get too stressed if they’re not eating as much as you expected. Some days Otis isn’t interested at all and other days he eats loads! It takes some babies longer to adjust than others so be patient mummys. I definitely don’t play by the rules and am probably doing something some people wouldn’t agree with but it works for us and my happy little boy.
Love H xx