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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 04-Nov-13 12:08:21

We've been asked by baby and toddler food brand Organix to find out your top tips and advice when weaning your LO onto food.

So, what single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning? If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why? What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey? Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?

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CMOTDibbler Mon 04-Nov-13 12:50:06

My single piece of advice? Cook healthy food for the whole family, and plonk some in front of the baby and let them get on and eat it.

I wouldn't do anything differently.

3 words: anything is fingerfood

DS loved everything he was offered, and the only thing he has disliked in the last 7 years is mushrooms. His biggest love is still sushi and chinese food though

clubnail Mon 04-Nov-13 13:00:30

As per CMOT!
I wouldn't change how we did it. We did BLW and just let DS decide what he wanted from what we were eating as a family. I didn't make anything different for him, he just ate the same as us. All wholefoods, cook from scratch, homemade cooking. No jars. When out, he'd have fruit.

Three words: Don't worry much. smile

DS's tastes have come and gone and come back again. He likes stuff, goes off it, likes it again. All normal, imho, just keep offering and trying and experimenting.

Theimpossiblegirl Mon 04-Nov-13 13:21:16

When I was weaning DD1 I was very young and lived in a small flat without a proper kitchen so I relied heavily upon jars and packets.

When I had DD2 things were a lot easier and I knew a lot more about cooking, nutrition etc. and although the term 'baby led weaning' hadn't become popular that's more or less what I did, cooking healthy meals for the whole family and DD2 would just join in with a slightly mushier version of what DD1 was having.

I would still use jars when out and about though, they are so handy.

My 3 words: keep on trying. I read somewhere it takes several squillion attempts for a baby to accept a new food or something.

CrewElla Mon 04-Nov-13 14:00:54

3 words? Messy, constant cleaning!

We're just about to start weaning again but this time we'll let baby decide a bit more. He hasn't made any attempt yet at any of my food so we assume he's still happy and thriving on my milk.

Bananas are the first food we knew our eldest really liked and he still loves them!

telsa Mon 04-Nov-13 20:12:35

Ah, my DD was an Organix baby, thanks to the fruity chicken pots that were on sale every week at the 99p store! Funky chicken we called it. She loved it.

So, my weaning journey was protracted, well mixed feeding went on for months, actually years with my DS. But it was great as the two children just began to join in with our food. That would be my tip| give the young uns what you are eating, explode their palates with great tastes. Always have bits of fruit and vegetables available. We did all this and the children now, at 8 and 5, are not fussy eaters.

Three words: emotional, exciting, exploratory.

sharond101 Mon 04-Nov-13 21:56:02

Don't worry about how much they eat. They will eat eventually. Think of eating as a family when meal planning rather than several different meals, life is so much easier this way.

gretagrape Tue 05-Nov-13 07:26:25

Only 6 weeks into weaning so still early days.
My advice is to make sure you wash their face afterwards in full daylight - I didn't realise how much carrot stains until we were in a shop an hour later and my son looked like I'd smothered his face in fake tan.
My three words: more bibs please!

Ruby6918 Tue 05-Nov-13 09:31:09

my three words : everyone eat together

weaning can be a bit stressful, but ive had three and one grandson and i think the key is for everyone to eat together if possible, so food is a shared experience. i made my own dinners as usual but always kept some small portions of potatoes, porridge, soups, separate for baby which had no spices or salt etc added, these can also be frozen,

make sure baby is not tired or unwell, then settle down, allow them to make a mess, i used to put one of my old t shirts over them!, try different textures some like smooth others lumpy your wee one will soon let you know.

If they refuse there is no point in forcing the issue, just leave it for a while and try again later, cutting food into funny shapes can also help and different colors are good too.

In my day we started weaning at about 12 weeks, times have changed now but babies tend to get hungrier round about 3-4 months but only you can make a decision on whats right and make sure you dont just offer puddings, i know many mums whose wee ones wont even try the savoury because they enjoy the sweet stuff so much!

its also good to have a bowl that has suction cups on the bottom to avoid the food getting tipped all over the place!

ShatnersBassoon Tue 05-Nov-13 14:56:17

I didn't find weaning the pain that lots of parents do. I was lucky, and I wouldn't do anything differently.

My only advice would be to try to be flexible. So no rigid, set in stone, mustn't vary by even a minute mealtimes. Don't worry about cutting corners here and there if you're struggling for time or energy. If the baby doesn't want to eat at its usual time don't fret - snack time is just around the corner!

LoganMummy Tue 05-Nov-13 15:37:58

Single piece of advice would be to go with your baby's cues as you know them best. Read the NHS guidance but go with when you feel your baby is ready.

I'm currently weaning for the second time and I'm taking a much more relaxed approach. I'm cooking lots of homemade food but also using ready made pouches/jars as they are really handy when out and about.

Weaning this time has been messy but fun!

DS (3) loves strong flavours as well as pasta, rice and soup. He eats pretty much anything! Favourites are homemade chicken curry, ramen and chilli. He isn't really keen on lamb or pork but that's about it. DD just started weaning last week so is getting tastes of butternut squash, carrots, apples and porridge. We're planning on introducing baby led weaning as well but will still do spoon feeding as well. I love the cheese puffs for letting kids feed themselves.

MrsMarigold Tue 05-Nov-13 16:21:26

My single piece of advice is don't beat yourself up if you don't make most meals yourself - packet/pouch/jar food is very good these days and kids by and large love it.

Three words : No spoon feeding.

MrsMarigold Tue 05-Nov-13 16:24:47

My children loved soup and still do but I'm glad I served DS 2.5 broccoli everyday for the past two years just recently I stopped and he asked where it was and started eating it!

nearlyreadytopop Tue 05-Nov-13 16:24:51

Weaning is not a dark art or something to be afraid of. Follow your babies cues and add some common sense and it will be fine.

nearlyreadytopop Tue 05-Nov-13 16:26:33

I didn't cook special food, ds had what we had. He loved most things. This has all changed recently when all he wants is rice and asparagus.

EauRouge Tue 05-Nov-13 16:31:57

Three words: Get a dog.

Don't bother with purees, just offer your baby some of whatever you're having (assuming it's healthy!) and be prepared for most of it to go on the floor. With time it will go in their mouth. Don't worry about stuffing them full of solids, especially if you're breastfeeding.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 05-Nov-13 16:58:49

EauRouge <snort> - we have a mini schnauzer who loves clearing up after kids teatime!

My advice is to wait until baby is ready and not to cave to pressure when baby is still 4 or 5 months old. They grow up so fast, no need to rush from one milestone to the next

Kelloges0811 Tue 05-Nov-13 17:31:03

The best way for myself and children was to cook a family roast dinner on a Sunday all from fresh produce and make batchrs of food for the children too. Using up all the cooked vegetables, putting some with potatoes, sweet potatoes, rice etc... I staryed of my blending single vegetables on their own the adding a few together then adding meats, fish and more. I found it very hard when we were out and about, to beable yo warm food up and it was at this time i used jars. I found them ideal and chose ofganic range ehich my children enjoyed just as much as mummy's dinners. As they got older it was easy for me to have a pack lunch of healthy finger foods with me. They ate 5 and 2 now and we have a pack lunch bag with us were ever we go. We don't leave home with out it (we call it our 'back up bag).

Kveta Tue 05-Nov-13 20:24:31

3 words: bide your time.

There is no need to hurry weaning - waiting until baby is ready for it will make life for you all a load easier. Baby-specific recipes may sound very wholesome, but sod that extra effort when you are shattered from 6 months with no sleep - just lob some of your dinner in front of them, and if they're hungry/interested, they'll eat it. And you'll be surprised at how much a 6 month old likes sucking on a piece of roast beef, despite her toothless state! Plus which, cooking your own food with no salt will change your palate too, so you will enjoy the flavour of your food more.

Also, don't beat yourself up when your 4 yo who was baby-lead-weaned, and breastfed for far longer than most, suddenly stops eating anything - it's NOT your fault, he is just testing boundaries. Apparently. <stops tearing hair out>

Fillybuster Tue 05-Nov-13 20:34:16

DC1, I made a zillion different purees and portioned them up in a quadrillion mini ice cube containers (which used up all the remaining freezer space not already occupied by expressed breast milk....). Religiously sat and attempted to spoon feed him every meal time from 5mo. Realised at 6mo that the ice cube containers were a) far too small and b) breeding in the freezer, uneaten and inedible Very proud of self that dc1 would eat bloody anything right up to 18mo when he basically went on strike.

DC2, I made some basic purees to kick start her around the 6mo mark. Nothing too exciting and switched her onto blended versions of whatever I was unsuccessfully attempting to feed DC1 as soon as I could. Not at all surprised when she went on strike for a bit around 18mo.

DC3...puree? pah! she got whatever dc1 and 2 were having, in identical form. This is the child whose favourite foods were cocktail fishballs and courgette (not necessarily together) at 8mo. Was always allowed to eat however much or little as she wanted of the standard main course, and the basic 'no dessert if you don't eat your mains' applied right from the beginning. Age 3.5 and still eats bloody everything <pats self on back>

What do we learn from this? Life is too short to use a stick blender....grin I'm not sure about BLW (which to me still implies chopping up stupendous amounts of random food 'to give baby a choice' <blurgh>) but stick some normal, healthy food,which still looks like food, on a plate, and let them get on with it smile

manfalou Wed 06-Nov-13 11:20:40

Currently weaning ds2... thinking of trying the BLW route as after about 6 weeks of puree pouches he will not move onto stage 2 and the stress of weaning has begun again. When he spits it straight back out like its poison it does my nut in... maybe BLW will take a bit of stress away... until he doesn't eat anything. Then what? BLW scares me a little if I'm honest =

Ds1 is now 3 and will hardly eat anything and definitely would not be caught even looking at veg let alone eating it. I DO NOT want that to happen with DS2.

3 words... Cool and Calm (like Koko as Ds1 says)

Spirael Wed 06-Nov-13 12:35:12

So, what single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning?
Your LO is just a small adult. Adapt meals if needed for their smaller mouth and limited teeth, but aside from a few exclusions (honey, nuts) they can have (and will probably love to eat) exactly the same as you!

If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why?
I wouldn't change anything. I was lucky enough that DD was a breeze to wean and had a variation of what DH and I were having until she could have exactly what DH and I were having. She still eats a good variety of food now she's a temperamental toddler!

What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey?
Food Is Fun

Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?
Pasta. We started with soup pasta within the first few months of weaning and worked up to the same pasta as DH and I eat. Also, cheese. But that might be genetic, there's no-one in either family that doesn't love cheese-!

MadMonkeys Wed 06-Nov-13 13:05:43

My advice would be to do a first aid course and be sure you know how to deal with a baby choking, just in case. Then you can go ahead with finger foods etc without any worries.

Katienana Wed 06-Nov-13 16:51:39

My advice would be not to expect anything except that it will be messy!
I wouldn't do anything differently because my DS is a great eater and eats a wide variety of foods (I did a mixture of puree and finger foods).
3 words to describe the weaning journey - messy, fun, surprising! Messy because he loves to throw food on the floor and rub yoghurt on his hair. Fun because I let him have fun with food and make a mess! And surprising because he eats all sorts of unexpected things like olives and curry.
He is only 13 months so still a baby but his favourites include scrambled eggs, toast, all fruit but especially strawberries and nectarines, yoghurts and Yorkshire pudding!

Thinkingofmyfabfour Wed 06-Nov-13 17:12:21

Ds1 I did by the book, made purees and frozen them , gradually introduced lumps etc
With ds2&3 I ditched the purees and gave them whatever we were having. I found roast chicken, carrot batons and broccoli were excellent first foods to try. I would also give them a whole pear to munch on and was also surprised how much they ate!
Easy quick tea by microwaving a sweet potato (skin on) then peeling skin off with fingers (comes off very easily). Then either mash or cut into wedges, can add some Philadelphia for extra yumminess.
Rice cakes great for snacks, organix apples ones were a favourite in this house! Goodie bars also v popular here

I wouldn't change anything, it was worth going through purée process with ds1 to realise what a lot of unneccessary it was
3 words - weaning = messy play

New mums should remember that milk is sufficient nutrition till age 1, so don't stress about weaning. Anything that does go in is a bonus, and they often eat more than you think -watch those nappies change!!

Ds3 has very interesting favourite foods including red onions, green olives and red cabbage. Also still loves apples and pears

StillNoFuckingEyeDeer Wed 06-Nov-13 19:03:13

So, what single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning?
Expect mess

If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why?
Next time I won't waste time worrying about how much is actually getting eaten or reducing BF.

What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey?
Messy. Fun. Messy.

Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?
Broccoli was an early favourite, but not now. DD1 has always loved bread, breadsticks and sausages.

BlackberrySeason Wed 06-Nov-13 19:09:40

My advice would be don't expect your dc's bm requirements to drop rapidly once you start weaning onto solids as a significant part of a baby's calorie intake comes from bm right up to one year.

nobalance Wed 06-Nov-13 19:22:05

Advice: don't worry about how much they are eating, offer a variety and don't make any fuss about what is eaten or left

Wouldn't do anything differently

Three words: baby led weaning

Dd loved tomatoes, went through a phase of refusing them but loves them again (age 3) after getting to puck and way her own in the garden

Ds (12 nth) eats everything - not yet found anything he won't eat. Particularly loves bananas and yogurt

jellyfl00d Wed 06-Nov-13 19:23:49

I would recommend being open & broad in tastes & flavours, in the food you make and the food they try.
My children like lots of world foods etc. because we have eaten them and let them experiment with their taste buds! For example, at 11 months my DS ate sushi in Singapore airport as he wanted to try it and has loved it ever since! There are numerous examples like this.
Consequently I try & flavour my cooking with many herbs & spices to keep it interesting.

Don't get caught up with all of the claptrap surrounding BLW... Just feed your child as you see fit. If they are hungry they will tell you!

Finger foods and chunky mashed up soups were always a favourite over here.

Enjoy seeing your little one getting enjoyment out of new tastes

atomicyoghurt Wed 06-Nov-13 19:56:18

Our strategy was this: write a list of everything we eat in our usual diet. This is the target list. The idea is to have the baby eating everything on that list by age 1. So remember spices and all! Then introduce everything on that list one thing at a time. Start with pear and go from there. It doesn't take long to have enough tastes that you can cook decent meals. Introduce lumps as soon as your baby can cope. Give as much finger food as possible.

It works wonderfully for child 1 when you have loads of time. Subsequent kids... As soon as you can puree what you are eating and give it to them the better.

Best kit: raw food puree board by amadeus. I just chucked this, a spoon, and a pear or carrot in my bag and it was an instant snack.

And final tip? It doesn't matter how great you are at weaning and how fabulously varied your baby's diet is now, they will be the fussiest eater on earth by the age of 3.

AnnaConda Wed 06-Nov-13 20:00:20

Advice, resist people mil with raised eyebrows who expect you to drop the breast feeding before you and your child are ready.

Try not to get stressed at the mess and the refusal of food that baby LOVED the previous week - they can pick up on it and that makes life harder for both of you.

Introduce variety asap and make trying new things a family treat.

Three words, Bulk Buy Wetwipes

HaveTeaWillSurvive Wed 06-Nov-13 20:06:08

So, what single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning?
Don't panic. Applies to lots of things, if they won't eat anything, if they eat everything, if they gag, if they'll only eat yoghurt for a week, if packet food is their favourite, if your kitchen wall is now an abstract of pasta sauce and smooshed banana...

If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why?
Nothing, I mixed lots of finger food with some spooned purée from the start. Worked well for us.

What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey?
Fun, squishy and avocado-y (never eaten so much in my life!)

Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?
DS devoured anything put before him, enduring favourites are strawberries, petit pois and weirdly curry. We were sent the organix paste pots for a test session and they have gone down very well.

DrankSangriaInThePark Wed 06-Nov-13 20:20:10

Single advice: Do not buy into the Parenting Expert Book bollocks. When they say their babies loved fish cooked in banana juice (or whatever weird combos come up in those mad books) or liver, they lied.

What would I do differently? See above. I would burn the books first. Then let dd get her hands in.

3 words: A bloody Nightmare (see above re books)

Foods she loved: bizarrely, leafy green veg, curry, avocado -basically things with a v strong taste. She still likes curry.

wheretoyougonow Wed 06-Nov-13 20:27:24

I had my babies before the 6 month 'rule' was advised. I actually weaned my first baby early as he was sooo hungry. I think my piece of advice is to trust your own instincts and use information as a guide.

My three words to describe our weaning experience would be, 'feed me faster!'

Oh and my DS always has to have a breadstick/carrot etc in each hand,when eating, otherwise they would be grumpy!

domesticslattern Wed 06-Nov-13 20:33:06

My single piece of advice is don't assume what they will like/ not like. DD2 loves stilton, curry, kale, all sorts of weird things. She also changes her mind a lot about what she likes. Put it in front of them- multiple times if necessary- while you eat it with gusto too, and see what happens.

DoItTooJulia Wed 06-Nov-13 20:36:37

Single piece of advice? Relax! Kids pick up vibes, so the more relaxed you are, the better!.

My three words, messy but fun!

I would do something thing differently. I would go more down the BLW route, I was a bit scared of it.

Finally, my ds will eat anything, so I'm glad I was fairly adventurous!

Hopezibah Wed 06-Nov-13 20:44:25

I would say to use those advice guides about "start with one teaspoon...then by x weeks, increase to x teaspoons etc" as a guideline but not set in stone!

My little girl could eat virtually a whole jar at each sitting within the first few days of weaning so it is more important to be led by the child and see how hungry they are.

My next piece of advice would be don't be afraid of combining baby led weaning / finger food type weaning with traditional puree type weaning. We did a mix of both for our third child and it worked really well. With out first two we stuck more rigidly to the purees first and then lumpy food / finger food.

Finally keep some nutritious healthy snacks with you when out and about so if your little one gets hungry to know you've got something healthy to give them.

Babycarmen Wed 06-Nov-13 20:53:35

My advice would be take one day at a time, don't get stressed! And be patient.
3 words would be messy, fun, interesting!

GetKnitted Wed 06-Nov-13 21:07:33

second time weaning we did less blending more baby led / finger food. I don't think it has made much difference to food choice, but ds2 is much more independent in eating smile

3 words, messy, messy, messy :D

RedKites Wed 06-Nov-13 22:39:36

Like various others, my top tip would be to look into Baby Led Weaning. And buy a mat for under the high chair!

If I could do it again I'd do BLW with both. Had heard of it with DS1 but it was still very rare and discouraged.

Both boys ate practically anything while they were being weaned and much more conservative now.

On the one hand, home-cooked food is much cheaper than jars etc but I ended up feeding DS1 a lot of jars because it saved heartache if he rejected something I'd lovingly prepared.

Oh, and DS2 who was at least partially BLW, is more picky than DS1, who wasn't. Whatever that proves.

ShreddedHoops Wed 06-Nov-13 22:51:47

3 words. Baby led weaning.

It's not complicated, fancy or difficult - it's literally just give them a bit of whatever you're having! I just don't get why people are still determined to use purees when there is literally no need for them. Cook one meal, serve it up. Job done. Baby eats? Fine. Baby doesn't eat? Fine.

SaltySeaBird Wed 06-Nov-13 23:27:43

What single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning?
Relax. It might not all go in. You might not manage to feed to a strict schedule. Not every meal has to be home made from scratch.

If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why?
Actually, I'm pretty happy with how I did it, I wouldn't change!

What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey?
Messy, Adventurous, Fun

Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?
We did primarily baby led weaning with a few pots of fruit purees when we were out. She loved everything and still does! Blueberries are the worlds best food apparently. The only thing she has gone off is pear, that often gets hurled.

amistillsexy Wed 06-Nov-13 23:43:27

So, what single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning?
Cook what you like to eat, and let the baby eat the same.

If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why?
I'd puree less, spoon feed less, and let the child lead the way.
The reason being that I think this led to DS2's issues with food.

What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey?
Each child different!

Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?
I wish they did! A favourite was sautéed mushrooms and courgettes, served over buckwheat. Totally delicious, but would cause a riot if I tried to serve it now!
One thing that took me by surprise was DS2's dislike of certain textures. To him, it's he texture, not the taste of food that puts him off, and I think that is down to being weaned on pureed foods (as the guidance was at the time), but not getting the timing right on moving on from purees to lumpy and so on. He is now very picky indeed, which makes mealtimes very hard sad

NotAFeminist Thu 07-Nov-13 10:26:43

Advice - Relax and enjoy this next part of your child's journey into the world of food. You can play a vital role in the kind of eater they will be in the future. If you are happy and relaxed, they will pick up on that and be more receptive to trying new foods. (That's what I've found from my experience, anyway)

What I would do differently - Perhaps have given my child an even bigger variety of foods to try earlier on. And gotten something to put on the floor to catch the inevitable thrown food and spillages (although, having a dog does help with that!!)

3 words - Frustrating, Messy, Fun. (Not in that particular order!)

My LO's first ever bit of 'real' food was banana which he still loves now. He actually kicks his feet in excitement when he sees a banana! Haha and fromage frais he still loves. As well as mashed potato! He does have days when he just doesn't want what I put in front of him, so always have back ups of finger foods to give them! That's their way of saying 'Actually Mum, I don't want that today. I had that 2 days ago. I want something else!'

My main advice is: don't be afraid of big flavours. DS eats what we eat, including Balti, loads of garlic, chillis etc. Last night he ate beef teriyaki, so food doesn't have to be bland. I would also advise a drop cloth or shower curtain under the high chair.

I wouldn't really do anything differently, except maybe to overthink less. Everything got easier when I stopped trying to make him separate food and gave him modified versions of what we eat.

3 words for weaning? Food. In. Hair.

DS is just a year old, so still technically weaning. He loves cheesy toast, corn on the cob (he can gnaw it so also good for teething) and gazpacho soup (honestly, it makes him stink of garlic but he is obsessed with it. It's a really punchy flavour too). He also loves raspberries, oranges, bananas and loads and loads of melon.

Spaulding Thu 07-Nov-13 14:33:20

My single piece of advice would be not to worry too much and see it as something new and fun to do together rather than stressing about it.

3 words to describe my weaning journey would be: messy, adventurous and fun!

If I was to wean again I would probably try more finger foods and go down that route a bit more rather than focusing on purees, then moving on to slightly lumpier food. I wouldn't focus so much on the stages but instead give my child lots of little bits of finger foods to try.

My son surprisingly loved curries and chilli con carne and still loves spicy food now. He didn't like veg at the time but loves it now.

mumsbe Thu 07-Nov-13 15:15:14

The one piece of advice i would give to someone just starting to wean is take it day by day if your baby is not hungry dont worry try again your baby will let you know when they are full. Its what they eat in a week that counts. Let your baby explore and get messing trying as many different foods as you can but make sure its what you eat as a family to make your life easy.
3 words to describe my weaning journey - messy fun emotional

tha thing i would do differently would be to make sure
my baby had the same food as everyone else to make life easy

H3 Thu 07-Nov-13 19:57:05

After first taste purées give small portions of any meal. Hungry is not a bad thing!

Piece of advice? Relax.
What would I have done differently? I would be more relaxed.
DC1 and 2 were both weaned identically on home cooked, carefully prepared meals and both have completely different tastes and attitudes to food. You can't control everything.
Variety is good even if they will only eat two things, keep ringing the changes.
Be prepared for firm favourites one week to be thrown on the floor the next. Also I've found that babies like stronger flavours than you think, both mine like garlicky things, smoked fish, olives, pesto and salami/chorizo so it's worth trying all sorts of flavours.

LegoCaltrops Thu 07-Nov-13 20:36:03

So, what single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning? - All food is more desirable if (they think) it's yours. Put some aside on your plate for your child, so you can season your own portion, but your child won't realise. You can then dole it out & they are much more likely eat it. Worked a treat for us when DD went through a brief anti-meat phase.

If youwere weaning again, what would you do differently and why? - I'd get less stressed about how long it took for DD to 'get' finger foods. She was clearly hungry & loved all kinds of food but didn't start self-feeding until 11 months. Looking back, so what!

What3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey? - Mess Is Normal!

Which foods did yourlittle one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now? - When DD first tried them, she would not eat peas. They are now one of her favourites. Other than that, she's pretty much eaten everything we've given her. (She did become rather anti-meat for a while though.) She will still eat tomatoes until she is sick though, given half a chance! She has also always loved cheese (also rationed due to being salty).

Advice? Largely what CMOT said. But also - I have learned that it is perfectly normal for children (or at least, some children) to eat tons at one meal (or all day) and then virtually nothing the next meal/day. Or to want nothing but carbs at one meal, nothing but the meat or fruit the next. As long as it balances out (more or less), it's not an issue so just go with it!

3 words, hmmm - Why Start Early? I was baffled by some of my friends who seemed to rush into weaning early, not because their DCs were desperate for food but because the mums wanted to get onto the "next stage" or were excited about weaning. Well that soon wore off once they realised it would just give them several extra weeks of lovingly preparing mush and then having to scrape it all off the floor/highchair/baby. (Disclaimer - I'm not talking about where the baby is obviously ready for food, only where the mums are more impatient than the children!).

We let our DCs try pretty much anything as long as it wasn't too salty or spicy. Some things they have stopped liking - DS used to be a banana fiend, now isn't interested at all - but they still like a wide range of foods, including olives, broccoli, and seafood, so I'm happy with that.

With DD1 I was all Annabel Karmel purees, jars and dried food. If she didn't eat the purees, I'd eat them myself on toast. Her first food was banana custard, she was so excited that she started shaking once she'd tasted it!
I wonder if DD1 would be a better eater if I'd just given her what we had, mashed up.
With dd2 I was much more relaxed. I just gave her what we had but puréed. She eats pretty much anything (not keen on strawberries mind).

3 words? Messy, exciting, messy

tinypumpkin Thu 07-Nov-13 22:16:36

So, what single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning?
Not to stress about it, they will get there in the end!

If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why?
I BLW for DD3, I wish I had done that for DD2 (although she was v prem). Other than that, nothing.

What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey?
Different between DD2 and DD3. DD2, messy, stressful and scary. DD, messy, fun and enjoyable.

Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?
Rice cakes, banana, toast. Yes!

bucylen Fri 08-Nov-13 02:11:20

Bananas. They just work!
Keep calm and ignore any stroppy food throwing.
Food from someone's plate always tastes better. Fact.
If you have to use a jar of baby food occassionally you haven't failed.
Fingers, food, fun.

kateandme Fri 08-Nov-13 03:03:37

nothing, special, together.
dont make your kids accept different.cook your own meals and they usually want to join along with you and eat the same.start early even by letting them try bits of things off your plate.let them no that this is what they can have soon too!!
bananas are great to pick at.cheeriois are a less messy option too.
if you have a meal with more chunky chewy bits in it just mush it up a bit.dont treat them all precious.letting them be picky grows them into picky eaters.sometimes just being a bit guilty about being forceful is worth it.
my parents did some crazy things to make me eat.but i appreicate it now because i like everything.and its the same.i have often thought eek should i have let him have something else!!what if he dies tonight because he wouldnt eat the tea i served!!but they learn.they want.and especially with borthers and sisters they want to eat what they eat.kids dont like feeling left out.
dont be scared.children have different tastes.hated mushrooms until teenager but started liking sprouts at 5!!dont give up trying,if they dont like it once it mihgt be stronger por different to milk and the mush but tastes like all things take attempts and keepiing trying to get used to them and to actually then like them.
make it fun.
my little neices were given olives and feta faces from very early and they are the unfussiest kids i know.they eat offal!!

lolancurly Fri 08-Nov-13 07:58:46

Go with your instinct - 20- years ago when I had my first son, the advice was to wean early if they were hungry, which he was - so I weaned him extremely early by today's standards. Each of my 5 children has weaned at different stages and in different ways and no one approach is right.
Persevere - they will all get there in the end and I am afraid that you just have to let them get on with making a mess and everything being covered in food goo!

Willemdefoeismine Fri 08-Nov-13 17:19:21

My advice would be not to get worked up about it if your DC isn't gobbling down every variety of foodstuff within a couple of months of being weaned. They are all different and at the end of the day even the very fussy ones who seem to have very, very limited palates will grow more adventurous with the passing of time. Our DS was a total nightmare from weaning up until he started school full-time. He has gradually blossomed with his enjoyment of food; although some might still regard him as relatively fussy, he now will eat most things including mussels, snails and smelly French cheeses which many other children wrinkle their noses up at!

If I was involved in weaning a DC again I would be a lot more chilled about it

Try, try again!

Bolognese and pasta was a big hit with both of my DCs. Also thick soups with bread dunked in. They are still mighty keen on the former but not so much the soups (a pity!).

hunhun007 Fri 08-Nov-13 17:36:38

please be patient!
Let your child find their own pace... they will eat, they might just need a bit of getting used to time
Do not push them and do not try to be helpful by feeding them

jennifercrafting Fri 08-Nov-13 17:56:24

Be prepared for mess.

I would have been prepared for mess so that I found it less stressful initially.

Rewarding, time-consuming, messy.
He is not fussy at all and will eat anything!

DoctorGilbertson Fri 08-Nov-13 18:26:45

Your child may wean beautifully onto a wide range of healthy food. Mine both did. Now at 3 my daughter will still eat tomatoes and at 5 my son will eat sweetcorn. So not a total failure on the vegetable front I guess.

10thingsihateaboutpoo Fri 08-Nov-13 18:31:54

My advice, like other posters above, is relax :-)

I won't do anything different with DD2 as I did with DD1, blw, no jars just whatever we were having. Didn't stop her having fussy phases but she's ok now and it's such a low-hassle way to wean.

oh and 3 words...mess, messy, messier!

DinoSnores Fri 08-Nov-13 18:56:47

3 words: easy cleaning highchair! (Get one that you can stick in the shower for really messy days. Those padded thrones are awful!)

We have done BLW both times and it has been great and so easy. I couldn't bear the idea of spoonfeeding and saying "into the tunnel". I agree with others whose children have liked strong flavours and curries. I don't know why we give children bland tasting slop!

AndHarry Fri 08-Nov-13 20:08:47

Advice to a new mum: forget puréed food and just give your baby bits of what you're cooking anyway.

Tips for myself if I was doing it again: Well, I did with DC2 grin Be less stressed about everything being perfect. An odd chocolate button on a non-homemade breadstick is not going to hurt but staying up for hours batch-freezing salt-free bread dough and tomato sauce is bonkers!

Three words: experimental & a bit mad

DS loved meat while he was weaning but hasn't touched it since he was a year old. He's now nearly 4. Goodness knows why. DD is only just a year old but loves pasta.

DontmindifIdo Fri 08-Nov-13 20:18:39

I am about to start again with DC2! Best advice I'd give is real food as soon as possible. Don't worry if around a year they get fussy, it's quite common to suddenly stop eating anything other than spag bol a range of foods.

3 words: Learning about food - both you and them!

DS does love the same foods now as he did then, but mainly he's a carb fiend.

Now I'm about to do it again, I'm going to do less purees, more finger foods, but that's because it'll be easier to just make food for everyone.

katiewalters Fri 08-Nov-13 20:35:39

Advice would be don't think they don't like the food if they don't eat it on the first go, you have to give it to them a few times.
My son loves his puréed fruit and still loves his fruit now. He used to love broccoli but doesn't now.
Weaning journey: fun, messy, experimental

Iggity Fri 08-Nov-13 22:28:40

If I was doing it again, I would give the baby some of the parents food as soon as possible. Our DS is so fussy and cannot ever imagine him eating the same food as us. It is a complete pain. I blame myself for making him his own food for too long.

goldenretriever Sat 09-Nov-13 08:13:26

So, what single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning?

don't stress, they will pick up on your tension

If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why?

Try even more random foods

What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey?

Messy, funny, frustrating

Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?

No, they hate veg now sadly

SoupDragon Sat 09-Nov-13 08:28:49

So, what single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning? Spoon feed, finger foods or a mix of both. It really doesn't matter. Don't listen to people who tell you that their way is the only right way - they're wrong! The only right way is what your baby decides is right. Unless they decide the right way is chocolate and coke!

If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why? I wouldn't get bogged down on the "BLW is the only way" bandwagon and would pay attention to what my baby actually wants and is happy with.

What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey? Different each time!

Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now? They don't like the same things now, no. DS1 used to love cheese and now, aged 14, claims to hate it. DS2 used to eat everything and now, aged 12, is not a fan of "wet" foods. DD had things she loved as a baby which she doesn't like now she's 7. I guess tastes change and I assume they will like a different range of things when they are older still

SoupDragon Sat 09-Nov-13 08:32:32

Other useful advice for a first-timer:
Raisins come out the other end as grapes.
No, your child probably doesn't have some nasty parasite and those little black bits aren't eggs/worms - have they eaten a banana?
Yes, it is normal for them to keep each meal separate and do multi coloured poo.

asuwere Sat 09-Nov-13 09:41:03

best advice is not to worry and don't always compare what your child is eating to what others are - they are all different! So long as they are still having milk, it's not a major problem how much food they are eating so long as they are trying things. Also try to eat together as a family as they like to join in then.

3 words: have cloth handy!! smile

Carriemac Sat 09-Nov-13 10:09:16

My advice (sorry organic) is stay gluten free for first year, and never use jars. My 3dc are fab eaters, and I made all their food myself

BearsInMotion Sat 09-Nov-13 10:46:32

Single piece of advice: don't worry, it will all be fine! DD had days when she wouldn't eat a thing, others she would eat more than I would have thought physically possible! She didn't differentiate between home made and shop bought food, she ate and threw both on the floor indiscriminately!

Doing it again? Not that different - she still eats everything, loves fruit especially, seems to have gone ok. But who knows - DC2 might be different!

Three words: make it fun!

Her taste hasn't really changed. She's a bit more picky now, but will try everything. Only thing she really objects to is potato. Go figure!

Don't worry too much. The more you stress, the more stubborn they become grin. Treat each meal as separate, offer foods more than once and if your baby really doesn't like something (baby fandango hates turnip) then don't force them, you wouldn't eat something you don't like so why should they. Keep a good supply of rice cakes, blueberries and yoghurts in the house, even when he rejects all else my baby will always eat those 3 things.

Serve a wide variety of foods and keep weaning fun. A jar/pouch here and there won't do any harm at all.

3 words that describe your weaning journey: messy, changeable and fun.

PioneersAndPirateShips Sat 09-Nov-13 11:16:41

So, what single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning?
Everyone will tell you how to wean but as long as you are doing it safely, do it your way. You know your baby best. I used a lot of jars and food pots for DS when he was smaller, I found it more convenient and less sstressful and he enjoyed them. We introduced finger food as we went along and now at 18 months he mostly has the same as us, with the occasional premade toddler meal if we are having take away or something.

If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why?
I wouldn't start so early, with hindsight DS could probably have waited longer before starting solids

What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey?
Messy, fun, interesting

Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?
At first DS loved broccoli and sweet potato, he still likes them now but he enjoys lots of other food too.

BlackeyedSusan Sat 09-Nov-13 11:27:40

weaning in 3 words: 'babyrice and (mashed) banana'
or: 'wait 6 months' then you don't feel guilty when they have an allergy
or possibly: 'buy a magimix'

dd never liked mashed carrots. she is not keen now and only eats them in things if chopped up small, 6 years on.

ds was number two and had more mashed banana due to it being quick. he still adores bananas

HootyMcOwlface Sat 09-Nov-13 11:48:09

Agree its worth doing a first aid course.

If your baby doesn't like something, keep trying. Don't just dismiss that food as something they don't like. Also keep spare snacks (biscuits, crisps, rice cakes) and a baby food pouch in your change bag to avert meltdown if they get hungry suddenly.

DeathByLaundry Sat 09-Nov-13 15:18:11

So, what single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning?
- chill out! Food is for fun until they're one.

If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why?
- nothing really, it was fun smile

What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey?
- experimental, messy, funny

Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?
- nothing was rejected really - they were both game for anything. We didn't give them any "baby foods", they were just given whatever we were having anyway (obviously unsalted). One of mine loved spicy foods when they were young but have become a little fussier and less keen on hot things now. The other is still very adventurous.

bigreddrum Sat 09-Nov-13 17:45:55

Lots of well cooked broccoli, it has a natural handle. Don't stress - the vomit inducing phrase 'food is fun until they're one' was actually a great comfort to me.

3 words? messy, fun, interesting

BooMeowson Sat 09-Nov-13 19:13:31

We BLW - my advice is - plan in advance. It's a bit tricky to think off the hoof what new foods to share so it helps to meal plan everything out... Or like me you could give him tomatoes and porridge for breakfast. Yuk!

He's loving it so far, almost everything he eats and it's really encouraging me to eat healthier and meal plan more too. Don't listen to moaning minnies about how your baby is hungry, will choke, needs teeth etc. It WORKS!

Ps... love the organix range, your rice cakes and oaty biscuit things have gone down a treat with my boy smile

Maiyakat Sat 09-Nov-13 19:23:08

Get a cheap shower curtain to put under the high chair to protect the carpet! Carrot and sweet potato were great favourites and still are. If I did it again I would try and relax and not stress so much if LO wasn't eating much, especially when teething.

missorinoco Sat 09-Nov-13 20:17:24

Did baby led weaning with the second and third, would recommend it.

Tip - whatever weaning you do, when they are getting started, after the first week or so, they want the food and are hungry but are not adept enough to get it in. Either get them going or make it easy to eat.

Three words - very very messy.

timeforacuppa Sat 09-Nov-13 20:57:02

I cooked for my babies every night. Sometimes they loved it, sometimes not! One night I steamed seabass and mixed it with coconut milk - and not a bite was taken!

In terms of advice - don't worry. Cook yourself. No matter what you do - it's better than opening a jar, or a packet of crisps or a packet of biscuits. If you want to give them biscuits, make them yourself and replace fat with ripe bananas, flour with porridge oats and sugar with sultanas (and it tastes ok for adults too - particularly with a touch of mixed spice). Mine loved these.

Cook plain rice and add simple veg. Or use breast milk to soften mashed potato. Every baby seems to adore mashed sweet potato. Remember breast milk is insanely sweet so babies love sweet when they wean - just try and make it healthy sweet. Mine devoured grapes.

Within a few weeks / months - Don't mush too much. My 8 month old chewed on beef as a form of meaty teething ring.

My (West Indian) midwife told me (rather sternly) that Indian babies and African babies eat whatever their parents eat and it wasn't "boring" - so I gave my spiced (not hot) food from the earliest ages...

Works for me, works for them! :-)

One day they love potatoes, two days later - hate the sight of them. Roll with it and don't worry.

sabretiggr Sat 09-Nov-13 21:38:13

My advice - don't worry, relax and keep going!
Three words - it takes time.

I wouldn't change how we did things, but our two ds's had very different weaning journeys. Both eat fine now, and encourage our new little one as she tries new foods. Our ds was sneakily given ice cream by an aunt fairly early on - he has loved it ever since!

Tyranasaurus Sun 10-Nov-13 06:50:25

So, what single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning?

Relax! So many mums I talk to are really stressed and worried about it

If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why?

Nothing really. I'd probably put less effort into making baby safe food (no salt etc) since dd didn't eat significant quantities til she was well over 1.

What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey?

Slow, laid-back, uneventful

Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?

Tomatoes- still likes them

My advice: don't be in a hurry to wean, 6 months is fine, they've the rest of their life to eat!
What I would change; we did BLW and I was happy with this lazy method, but maybe I'd be a bit more adventurous with spice
Three words: rock hard weetaBRICKs! (Still some on the fridge now after three yrs!)
She still loves loves apples. Has at least two a day

ladygoingGaga Sun 10-Nov-13 08:36:00

I started with the veg in ice cube trays, spent a few hours blending and freezing. It meant instant food, no hassle, and I could mix up the food.

That was only successful for the start as soon as they get hungry it's too hard to keep up. Then I swapped to mashing up our meals, anything we had he had.
Soup pasta was great, DS fav recipe was a minestrone soup, you can hide loads of veg in there.
Same with lasagna, you can grate carrot, courgette etc into it to get the veg into them.

Anything is finger food, and you have to relax, easier said then done.

Get a wipe able table cloth for under the high chair.

lagoonhaze Sun 10-Nov-13 12:28:52

Baby led weaning.

Takes patience and time.

Rewards are endless.

Doesn't fit into the baby food marketing world though so they are constantly trying to find products to fill a gap which isn't needed if you BLW

Littlecherublegs Sun 10-Nov-13 15:18:45

So, what single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning?
Buy a hand blender - I didnt have one before but it was a much loved and much used piece of equipment when my DS was weaning.

If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why?
I don't think I wnt do anything differently as me, DH and most improtantly DS enjoyed the whole weaing experience! Luckily DS isn't very fussy and seemed to eat anything and everything we offered him.

What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey?
Experimental, Interesting, Fun!

Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?
DS loved pureed carrot, parsnip and sweet potato. He loves all fruit esp grapes and strawberries. He now enjoys a varied diet and happily eats anything from cheese on toast to chicken casserole to chilli!

VikingLady Sun 10-Nov-13 16:06:34

My 3 words: don't stress it!

The only advice I think I'd give (and could have done with myself!) is that they really don't need much actual volume of food in the first year if they drink plenty of milk/nurse lots. I agonised about it until I read the BLW book!

helterskelter99 Sun 10-Nov-13 18:58:36

3 words Hmmm
What a mess

My advice would be unless you don't eat don't worry I was given a lot of books I didn't really read them I told people we were blw but really I was kindof going with the flow if he eats he eats great if he doesn't all I've done is saved something I was already cooking so I am not offended when he smears it over the table or throws it on the floor or point blank refuses to eat it.
As someone said it's not a dark art it's food! And yes I am sure he will be fussy in future because they all are at some point!

TeaAndCakeOrDeath Sun 10-Nov-13 19:24:56

So, what single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning?

Food really is for fun, they're still getting everything they need from milk so anything that goes in their mouth is about exploring the taste/texture and not about nutrition...dont worry if it doesnt look like they're not eating much

If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why?

Start on more spicy food early - still at 3 he's a bit reluctant to have anything with a bit of 'heat'

What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey?

Bit by bit

Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?

Apple and pumpkin, still loves apple but not keen on pumpkin now

whattodoo Sun 10-Nov-13 20:18:49

I absolutely loved weaning - my favourite part of the baby period.
I had a special cooker thing (can't recall what it was called) which I used every day. But to be honest it was an unnecessary luxury. All you really need is a hand blender.
I made ice cube sized portions, followed my instinct together with a bit of Annabel Karmel.
Weaning DD changed mine and DP's meals too. Because I was buying healthy ingredients for her, I was using them in our meals too.
Her favourite recipes were Lovely Lentils (AK) and banana mashed with blueberries. She still loves these today, 5 years later.

3 words: do not stress.

With DS1 I mixed finger foods with what we had. It was easy - I spent a lot of time away from the house (failing relationship, hated feeling trapped at home) so I fed a lot of Plum/Ella's kitchen when we went out. It never occurred to me that he could have sandwiches.

I worried, with DS1 because obviously his intake of purée was much larger than when I let him feed himself.

With DS2, I did BLW and loved it, except for one incident of proper choking, on a bagel. It was terrifying, but I tried not to let it put me off. I spent the next couple of weeks poised behind his chair at mealtimes.

My tips? Do it your own way, make it as easy (and fun) for you and the baby as possible. If you can do a first aid course I'd really recommend it. I was in an utter panic when DS2 choked and just acted instinctively.

LastOrdersAtTheBra Sun 10-Nov-13 20:54:37

So, what single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning?
Don't panic, put food in front of them and let them get on with it.

If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why?
Nothing, I've done relaxed baby led weaning twice. So not IT MUST BE FINGERFOOD version, but for soups, yogurts etc I loaded up the spoon and handed it over, so they could still feed themselves.

What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey?
Messy, messy, messy

Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?
Anything and everything, but both DC have got fussier as they've got older. There are very few actual foods they really dislike, but they enjoy refusing whatever I've just put in front of them!

So, what single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning?

Start as late as you can, it's a right faff, and the longer you can get away with just giving milk, the better.

If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why?
I wouldn't tell my parents I wasn't doing puree. They gave me no end of hassle about baby led weaning.

What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey?
He ate eventually.

Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?
Bread. Cucumber. Houmous. Cheese. And yes, he still likes them all.

beanandspud Sun 10-Nov-13 21:45:10

My single piece of advice would be to do what feels right for you and don't worry about what others are/aren't doing.

If I were to do it again I would stop worrying so much about allergies and whether I was doing it right. I probably used far more jars of food than I would like to admit to given how much I love cooking blush. I also got very fed up of following recipes from a famous 'baby cook book' which involved a million ingredients and two hours of work for a small pot of sludge.

3 words - messy, fun, exciting

DS was easy to wean - loved his food and still does. I do think that being at a very good nuresery helped - the menu varied on a 6-week rota so he tried loads of things that we wouldn't have cooked at home. We have always taken him out for different meals and he now enjoys sushi, seafood, curry as well as pizza and sandwiches! Did we do it right or wrong, who knows?

inthetide Sun 10-Nov-13 23:11:52

what single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning?
sliced apples go nice and soft in the microwave after 1 min. Cool in cold water.

If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why?
I've done all of purees, BLW and a mixture. I loved BLW, but the latest Tide sprog's system didn't get on with lumps for a while so we had to return to purees. It's a case of listening to your baby, taking it slowly and doing what fits in with your life at the time (I am less tolerant to mess 3rd time around).

What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey?
messy, varied, fun

Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?
my first Tide loved everything from mackerel to mushrooms, but 6 years later has narrowed down her preferred selection. Probably because we got less good at offering such a variety over time. Tide 2 has always got on with spicy food and still does. Tide 3 is mostly into meat and spuds.

Letitsnow9 Sun 10-Nov-13 23:19:16

Don't stress and remember 'food before one is just for fun

angell74 Sun 10-Nov-13 23:58:42

Polenta is your friend. My son would not let anyone feed him anything on a spoon. He would only eat finger food which we found quite limiting. In the end I used to puree whatever I wanted him to eat, add it to polenta, let it set so that I could slice it and he could feed it to himself. Needless to say neither of us can stand the stuff now!!

custardo Mon 11-Nov-13 00:02:26

agreed with finger food - and my advice would be - dont worry about the mess

Ice cube trays were my top invention, each mold held just the right amount for DS to try something new. I used to puree up mash, brocolli, meet and gravy and feed it to him, fish cooked im milk and mash was anither firm favourite.

DS was breast fed and never got a liking for cow's milk, I would sneak it into his food via mash and poached fish for many years grin

rootypig Mon 11-Nov-13 00:35:29

I haven't read the thread so sure this has been said but: relax, relax, relax. It's too easy for food to become a battle. Babies have a really strong sense of their appetite, trust them. Don't be too obsessed with mealtimes, quantities, and ideas about what they should eat. Let them play and explore, and see food as a sensory experience. Give them a range of colours and textures as well as taste.

Create a place where you're happy for them to make mess.

No baby rice!

majjsu Mon 11-Nov-13 05:38:36

3 words - messy, fun, cleaning

Best advice - go with the flow, do what is best for you.

I did a lot of purees of fruit, vegetables and meat. I always gave lots of variety and cplours. My LO is now a good eater. One of her faves was natural yoghurt with pureed fruit.

Keep going as its right, can take many attempts before they like a certain food.

katelo10 Mon 11-Nov-13 08:27:50

I tried blw mixed with puréed food as I didn't want to just stick to either one. My daughter will have some purée but then she will also eat toast, apple cakes, carrot sticks, roast dinner etc.
I didn't want to limit her either way as I think you can get to strict with what foods baby can or can't have. That say, this is just my opinion and everyone knows what is the best way for their child.

One piece of advice - try not to worry too much, they will eventually eat!
Weaning in 3 words 'blooming time consuming!'
If I were to do it again I wouldn't use purees and would just mash what we eat and give baby finger food.
Dd loves fruit especially melon, porridge, pasta and yoghurt.
Ds loved veg as a toddler and would eat whole bowls full. Now he is 4 he isn't quite so keen but still eats it.
He is a big fruit fan too.

WowOoo Mon 11-Nov-13 10:28:01

My advice: don't get too stressed about it. Remember they have tiny tummies and varying appetites from day to day. If they just mostly drink on one day, they'll probably be ravenous the next.

My 3 words: What a mess!
I'm glad I experienced some of it with my niece before I had my own, so I was prepared for the wiping up.

There are lots of things they loved as babies that they are less keen on now - roasted veg including squash, pumpkin and sweet potato was wolfed down whilst weaning. Now, they'll only eat it in soup when they don't really know it's in there.

melliebobs Mon 11-Nov-13 11:30:17

I'd advise to go to a local carpet shop and ask for an offcut of carpet! We did BLW n it got messy so having the offcut under the high hair saved a lot of heartache n stains on our dining room carpet!!!!

I wouldn't do anything differently. We waited till around 6 months. Dd was ready. Somethings she ate, some she played with some went to the dog but it's all part of the journey

Weaning was ...... Fun, messy, tasty

When bein weaned dd liked loads. Sweet potato wedges and pineapple was a fave. She still likes them now but we love daddies home made Asian turkey burgers and spag Bol, but we do seem to have gone off peppers and carrots. But all out tasted change from time to time so it doesn't bother me

tweetytwat Mon 11-Nov-13 14:51:40

main tip, get a doggrin
I did purees and jars with the first. she refused lumpy food for a very long time. blw with the second was a joy. He loves food and will try anything.

Three words - gagging isn't choking

would do blw every time now. If I was going to have any more
which I'm notgrin

WhyIRayLiotta Mon 11-Nov-13 15:45:38

I did baby led weaning and I can't reccommend it enough.

I cooked for DP and I and DD had what we were having. She was eating steak at 7 months old with her gums! She has a great appetite and eats a great variety of foods except brocolli

I never put pressure on her to eat.. my attitude was a bit 'until she's 1 it's just for fun' and I let her play with whatever I put in front of her and experiment. Made mealtimes while weaning enjoyable and relaxed.

DD is almost 2 and loves her food.

2kidsintow Mon 11-Nov-13 17:32:02

So, what single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning?

Don't write off a food that they don't seem to like on the first time of trying. It takes several tastes to get used to a new flavour. Just keep reoffering the same thing and see what happens.

If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why?

I would not try and rush things. I took a lot longer with DD2 before trying weaning and with finishing weaning her off her milk. Partly because she wasn't interested (she liked her milk) and partly because the advice had changed.

What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey?

Mess, mess, mess! Love the 'feed themselves' stages where they are leaning to get food to their mouths and then learning to feed themselves with a spoon, but what a mess!

Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?
Yogurt. Still a staple for pudding with some fruit if they want something sweet after dinner.

LonelyGoatherd Mon 11-Nov-13 18:02:30

Advice? Buy the IKEA all-in-one bibs. Great for porridge and BLW alike.

What would you do differently and why? I'm happy with how we did it - a mix of finger foods, jars and home-made spoonable food.

Weaning journey: fun, funny, messy

Love: salmon, roast potatoes, strong cheese - and yes, they still love the same tastes now.

mindingalongtime Mon 11-Nov-13 18:11:55

I couldn't agree more with CMOT Put it infront of them and let them get on with it, don't fuss! Children love strange foods, let them try everything.

Don't squeeze those vile tubes into their mouths, it is slovenly and lazy and not the way to introduce a love of food and independence to a baby/child

Hopezibah Mon 11-Nov-13 19:07:48

I think I forgot to leave my three words before - gave three tips instead! Here are 3 words: Messy, Exciting, Worrying

Ida3456 Mon 11-Nov-13 19:41:54

Single piece of advice: trust your instinct as a Mum about when to start weaning. You know your baby & you know when they are ready to try things... Or move onto lumpy-er food etc. Just trust your instinct & try not to compare your baby with other babies!

What I would do differently... Nothing really. Oh, except attempt to purée green beans!!

3 words: messy, yummy, fun!

Foods she loved: sweet potato, butternut squash, pear & cauliflower cheese. She loves them all now smile

My advice after doing 2 babies on purées and 2 in baby led is to throw away the purées and just give your baby some of what you are having. Much easier, much cheaper, much less stressful and you will have a child that will try anything and eat most things.

lottytheladybird Mon 11-Nov-13 20:14:15

I would say, don't worry if baby doesn't take to something straight away. They're still getting all they need from milk anyway. Just take it slowly.

It will be messy and it will be messy for a couple of years, but they'll soon get less messy.

Always taste the food you cook for them! Have some jars or pouches in the cupboard in case they decide not to eat what you've lovingly made them or if you haven't got the energy to puree any more food!

peronel Mon 11-Nov-13 20:49:42

My advice: Buy a hand blender and just puree a little of what you all eat quickly and easily. (Oh, and you can use it for milkshakes and to rescue lumpy custard wink).

peronel Mon 11-Nov-13 20:52:36

My advice: Buy a hand blender and just puree a little of what you all eat quickly and easily. (Oh, and you can use it for milkshakes and to rescue lumpy custard wink).

BLW all the way here, I cooked and ate with DD from day 1 and now have a two year old who loves all food and whose favourite foods are mushrooms and prawns.

Substandard Tue 12-Nov-13 14:56:38

Three words: A bloody relief.

It is a million times easier and more fun that breast or bottle feeding. Don't dread it. It's fun - for them and you.

petalsandstars Tue 12-Nov-13 20:30:24

Expect it to be messy and get thrown everywhere. I'm about to start weaning again and will be blw-ing as it's the ' easier' way to just cook one meal for the family and everyone has the same including baby. Plus my previous experience has food refusal from the child sized plate but child is quite happy to pinch the exact same food from my plate to eat instead.

I love the no special prep work too <lazy mummy>

sealight123 Tue 12-Nov-13 20:58:11

So, what single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning? Do not panic, your child is not going to like every food that you put in their mouth (just like we don't), so be prepared with a variety of different tastes smile

If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why?
Truthfully, I wouldn't change a thing...but I am very lucky by the fact that my daughter could not wait to eat food...it was rare she would turn her nose up at anything... except pureed carrots...she hated them...which is strange as she adores carrots now lol

What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey?
baby wipes supplies.....it was always rather messy smile

Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?
My daughter loved anything containing fruit (of course she did, it was sweet :p) and cottage pie. She still loves fruit and cottage pie and, thankfully, she is one of those weird children that prefers eating trees (broccoli) and peas rather than sweets and processed food smile

pussinwellyboots Wed 13-Nov-13 03:31:22

my main advice as many others have said is not to worry - concentrate on your little one enjoying a range of goods and tastes. Try to all eat the same as a family but have various finger goods available for baby to play with/eat while you cook.

Yeah, messy it will be. PLASTIC baby chair that you can detach the tray and run thro' the dishwasher...

.......three words SOFT MASHED BANANA !!!!!

My son threw food for about a year, he even got it about 4metres away and actually managed to sling it out the front door sometimes ( we lived in a small flat).

I did get stressed, it was a 'mare ...
but then the 2nd ds came along and ate calmly and mess free from about 6 months.

I repeat ....... KEEP CALM AND MASH BANANA !!!!!

milliemoon Wed 13-Nov-13 19:59:24

It's been lovely to see my son's expressions when he tries new food! It's all new experiences for him. My advice is to relax and enjoy the process.

Cataline Thu 14-Nov-13 09:54:06

So, what single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning?
Chill out! Make this stage enjoyable- it doesn't last long and you want to remember it fondly, not as the time when you and baby were stressed.

If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why?
I wouldn't change anything! I loved this stage- did a combination of purées and BLW and DS has always and still will try anything. I thought jars looked utterly disgusting and refused to use them. Still wouldn't although I appreciate some people do feel the need due to time constraints.

What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey?
Healthy colourful adventure

Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?
Most things! A particular fave was salmon, sweet potato and couscous with orange. He still loves those things except the sweet potato and was very cross when I gave him sweet potato mash for dinner last night! grin he still gave it a try though!

Lent1l Thu 14-Nov-13 13:32:39

So, what single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning?
If you eat together and prepare a version of what you are eating in their size then they learn that mealtimes are family time where everyone eats together.

If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why?
Nothing, we did baby led weaning feeding her little bits of what we were eating and it has worked well for us.

What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey?
She taught us!

Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?
Banana, weetabix, any fruit and she is still the same, absolutely adores fruit.

FreeWee Thu 14-Nov-13 22:54:09

So, what single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning?

Take a deep breath and just tell yourself you'll clear the mess up later!

If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why?

I'd buy the flexible ice cube trays earlier as they are so helpful for Stage 1 & 2 portion sizes.

What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey?

Messy, amusing and exciting. Messy because she loves to feed herself. Amusing because the look on her face when I introduce a new flavour makes me chuckle. Exciting because I'm so thrilled to see her enjoying her food which hopefully bodes well for the future.

Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?

She absolutely loves kedgeree. It's her favourite meal. She also loves fish pie like her big cousins who still eat it - although not as mushy! Can never eat enough yoghurt and loves rice pudding - blergh! Eats porridge likes it's the yummiest thing ever and has eaten it every morning for 3 months. Never gets bored of it and is just as excited every day.

Birnamwood Fri 15-Nov-13 09:26:19

Advice- it doesn't have to be difficult! You don't have to spend hours cooking, pureeing, spoon feeding. Blw all the way. Oh, and get a dog! I had to cut down on the amount of dog food I gave my dogs when I was weaning as they cleared up anything that went on the floor.

If I was doing it again - I'd do everything I did with ds2, blw with everything and anything (obv following the guidelines for honey etc) ds1 was purée weaned and I spent more time cooking and pureeing than I did with my baby. That said, I still gave ds2 the purée pouches ( organix, plum, Ella's) and the fruit pots and snacks, more for convenience than anything.

3 words - messy, enjoyable, amusing.

Foods they loved - ds1, anything home cooked, especially cottage pie, spaghetti bolognese, pasta, most veg (once we'd moved on from puréed) ds2, everything and anything, was weaned on cauliflower and broccoli, will eat broccoli still but not cauli, don't blame him!

Doubtfuldaphne Fri 15-Nov-13 10:07:09

So, what single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning?

Try a variety of foods

If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why?

I would've been a little more relaxed about it all
And not worried so much that I wasn't doing it right!

What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey?

Messy, exciting, tasty

Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?

Porridge, raisins, fruit

cupoftchai Fri 15-Nov-13 11:50:21

So, what single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning?

Not to worry too much when they don't seem to eat anything/ as much as their friends. they are all different!
If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why?

Listen to everyone else telling me not to worry? and get my mum an easier -to-clean highchair smile
What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey?
messy, frustrating, charming
Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?
porridge, rice, pesto, dairy, creamy/tomato/ meat sauces - and she eats a lot more now. she didn't like banana, which everyone said she would.

Wheresthecoffee Fri 15-Nov-13 17:15:56

So, what single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning? Take your time, all children get there in the end.

If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why? I'd ask for more help and support.
What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey?
Challenging, rewarding fun
Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?
Cheese, yogurt and fruit..still all firm favourites!

IAlwaysThought Fri 15-Nov-13 19:34:56

Single piece of advice? Don't worry about it grin

What differently and why? Less worrying it all doesn't matter that much. I would be less uptight fussy about having to have everything 100% perfect all the time. It doesn't matter if you take the easy route sometimes.

3 words? Messy, messy and messy.

Which foods? Porridge, bananas, carrots

Same tastes now? No, no and yes.

TheTwistedYarn Fri 15-Nov-13 20:11:12

Advice: Don't purée food, but just chop/mash it up, and continue doing so. That way, you'll know you're giving them a balanced diet because you can be sure they're getting vegetables and carbohydrate and protein, and the food will still have some variation in texture and taste so they'll get used to different foods. I know this advice isn't fashionable whilst baby-led weaning is popular, but it has meant that my twins eat a balanced diet. I suspect they would just pick out the pasta and leave everything else if I didn't mash up their food.

If I were doing it again, I'd make more effort to get them used to different fruits.

Three words: unpredictable, chaotic, interesting.

Which foods? They love most vegetables as long as they're mashed up, and they have a serious pasta addiction. They don't like fruit.

Same tastes now? (At age three.) Yes, except they no longer eat banana. :-(

Star1986 Sat 16-Nov-13 02:22:37

I used to buy lots of ready made pots at the beginning and nearer to the end i started making my own. Second time round im definately going to save some money by making my own food with fresh ingredients, mashing it and then freezing them in ice cube trays so that i can use them whenever.

3 words - save yourself money

So, what single piece of advice would you give to another parent?
Don't cut banana with a knife because it makes it slippery. Break it into lengths and squeeze it a little and it'll split into three down the length. Hey presto, dry banana.

If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why?
Wouldn't have bothered with making purees. Finger food at home and the odd jar when out and about of fruit puree would have been fine.

What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey?
Made a mess

Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?
Banana, pasta, sweet potato. They still like them now. They both eat pretty much anything.

BooRooandTiggerToo Sat 16-Nov-13 12:00:13

What single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning?
Let your child play and interact with the weaning spoons and bowls you intend to use, they will be familiar with them and more likely to be happy to receive food from them than an alien object heading towards them.

If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why?
I would offer my child all different foods and textures, not just the ones that the rest of the family eat. I feel I have limited their palettes by only giving what fruit/veg I am familiar with preparing.

What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey?
Challenging, rewarding, fun

Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?
Roo loved toast and still does now, however Tigger loved all different tastes but refuses to eat them now opting for his firm favourite of Cauliflower Cheese

lottietiger Sat 16-Nov-13 14:33:54

Three words - no added salt
We don't add any to our food when cooking so I was happy to give DS what ever we were having and let him get on with it. He is obsessed with the pouch on his bib so if he is not looking keen on something I drop it in the pouch and he finds it and eats it!
Other advice; never say never to jars. I cook and freeze whenever I can but if I need to ill fall back on the odd organix pouch. Life is hard enough as it is.

Chunderella Sun 17-Nov-13 11:26:00

Single piece of advice- don't be too dogmatic. You don't know before you start whether your baby will be a finger food addict, a puree monster or anything inbetween until you try. They may not have read the same book as you! So don't beat yourself up. Most babies tend to like a mixture of finger foods and mashed up stuff, but they don't all and there's nothing wrong with that. Unfortunately, weaning as with most things relating to parenting is increasingly politicised, and it's really important to remember that People Make Things Up. 'Your baby is more likely to choke if you don't give purees' and 'baby led weaning leads to less obesity in adults' are two of my favourite popular yet utterly unverified claims.

What I would do differently- DD wasn't really interested in food at 6 months and I didn't think she was ready. Ended up starting a week after, the HV put the mockers on me. In retrospect, I don't know if this was the right decision. Maybe ought to have waited a bit longer, it took til about 9-10 months for her to get into the swing of things.

Foods DD loved during weaning- pear. Also chicken, broccoli, and later any berries she could get her hands on (it was early summer when she started properly going for solids). All babies seem to love broccoli, I've never met one that didn't! Which surprised me at first, but there you go.

Mummy2aRockstar Mon 18-Nov-13 03:35:38

What single piece of advice would you give to another mum just about to start weaning?
Take it at baby pace, don't force them do try something they don't want to. My son wouldn't entertain anything new when he was tired but once he'd had a nap he was ready to explore new tastes.

If you were weaning again, what would you do differently and why?
I would try baby led weaning, my son was an extremely hungry baby so on the advise of my health visitor I weaned him early. This meant we had to start with the messy purees and baby rice which he hated.

What 3 words would you use to describe your weaning journey?
Messy, fun and learning (for both mum and baby)

Which foods did your little one love during weaning, do they still love the same tastes now?
My son loved mashed banana when I first started weaning him and its still a firm favorite now. He loves minted peas too.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 18-Nov-13 13:23:51

Thanks for all the tips and stories: lolancurly wins a £150 voucher for notonethehighstreet! well done

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