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To be disappointed that weaning isn't anywhere near as much fun as I expected it to be?

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WhoahThere Fri 22-Jul-11 20:22:53

Loads of mess and a bit tedious. And when will she actually eat something?

Sirzy Fri 22-Jul-11 20:25:41

Depends on the child. DS was an easy weaner so was eating properly at 6 months by 8 months he was happily eating meals.

MissPenteuth Fri 22-Jul-11 20:30:04

At the beginning it's as much about learning how to eat as about actual eating. The saying goes 'food is for fun until one', which means that until they're 1yo they're still getting the nutrition they need from milk, so don't worry too much about what and how much they eat. Just let them experiment!

DoMeDon Fri 22-Jul-11 20:31:13

Why do you find it so messy and tedious?

Put down a splash mat and put plastic bib on baby - all sponge clean in seconds. Let baby get on with it finger food wise and give somepuree so you get satisfaction of them eating.

I loved weaning as it was warm up to eating out. I love eating out and DD now loves it too.

GreenEyesandHam Fri 22-Jul-11 20:33:47

I have three children and I have to say, weaning wasn't one of my favourite stages!

I hated the mess, pure and simple. I wish they could just stay on milk feeds until they are four.

Bearcrumble Fri 22-Jul-11 20:35:43

I hated the early days of weaning - loads of faff, loads of mess, having to have a routine.

I thought he'd never swallow anything.

I had been making a fundamental mistake - I'd been overloading the spoon. Someone pointed this out to me, and I started giving him tiny spoonfuls and things started to go a lot better. Then I started not worrying about buying pouches rather than making my own and things got even more better. I did finger food too - I think it's good to do a bit of both from the start.

Lady1nTheRadiator Fri 22-Jul-11 20:35:51

Loads of mess... tedious... not much eaten... that sounds like mealtimes with my 3.9 year old smile

Actually the 9 month old baby does better than him on all counts. So, it's mostly downhill from here!]

CharlotteBronteSaurus Fri 22-Jul-11 20:39:51

definitely depends on the child
dd1 was lovely to wean. she ate everything i placed in front of her, with as little mess as can be expected. by 9mo she was fully weaned, at 12mo she was complimented on her table manners and palate by the maitre d' of a michelin starred restaurant.

dd2 shouts throughout mealtimes, really shouts - we've given up wondering if she's too tired/uncomfortable/too hungry/not hungry enough, and accepted it. she shouts, and bangs, and throws things, and smears, and spits over the side of the high chair for her own entertainment. I daren't even take her to McDonalds.

EverythingsNotRosie Fri 22-Jul-11 20:53:04

We're on the messy side here. DD is 8 months and smears food everywhere. I don't mind that too much, but I mind the constant repetitve cycle- milk, breakfast, milk, snack, lunch... Yawn!

DialMforMummy Fri 22-Jul-11 21:13:06

YANBU. I hated this phase. I did not expect to hate so much.

ceebeegeebies Fri 22-Jul-11 21:17:21

I know what you mean - from what I can remember with my 2 DC, it seemed like I was constantly doing some kind of feeding all the time every day - bottle, breakfast, bottle, lunch, bottle, tea, bottle....it did become very tedious very quickly!

But, funnily enough, I look at babies who are 5/6 months old now and get slightly envy of their parents just starting the weaning stage...rose-tinted glasses I guess hmm

slartybartfast Fri 22-Jul-11 21:19:29

oh yes, i hated it too, stuck inside after the freedom of a portable baby, it is a shock to the system.

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