I don't get it.(36 Posts)
DS is only 17 weeks so my freak out is premature BUT he is interested in food, always hungry despite having 7oz bottles every 3 hours (none overnight) so I'm not sure he will make it to 6 months (or is that not even a thing? see? clueless.)
HV did a talk the other day about purees if starting before 6 months, after 6 months anything you want but blended. so then when do they have it NOT blended? and do you literally just blend up a whole meal?? like Roast soup?!
And THEN I've been reading about BLW and that just throws a spanner in the whole thing anyway...
Please can someone very slowly and clearly explain it to me as if I were a small child.
I'm terrified and clueless.
Should add that I'm not planning on weaning prior to 6 months - just want to have got my head around it before we get there.
I'm going through weaning myself at the moment with my two DSs (twins). The NHS recommend waiting until 6 months these days but advice seems to change with the seasons, I can sympathise with you being confused. Basically, as I understand it, you can start at 16 weeks at the earliest and you start with very smooth purees, then less smooth, then a little lumpy, then large chunks & finger food, as determined by how baby is coping with each stage. The later you start the quicker you can accelerate through the stages because the will be bigger & have better coordination. Baby led weaning misses out any purees being fed by spoon & goes straight to finger food so most babies would need to be nearer six months for this. I opted for this option because my twins were premature & I was advised to wait as long as possible to let their guts mature. They love feeding themselves but I initially thought they would take some food from the spoon too & they won't unless they're holding it. They just clamp mouths shut if I try so if I could go back I'd start slightly earlier & maybe they'd be more compliant. They seem to have developed some will power :D
Can I also join the clueless brigade, Ds is only 3 months, but I like to know things in advance. I totally thought I would know what to do, but now in reality I don't know where to start.
My DS is 22 months so past it but I did BLW with him and it really is as simple as putting them in a high chair, put a bit of whatever you're eating in front of them and letting them get on with it.
Remember, food is fun until they're one anyway!
Oh, and I waited until he was 25 weeks old. He was sat on my lap, stoke some of my toast one breakfast and started eating it so I decided he was ready!
I believe NHS advice is not to wean before 17 weeks, and as close to 26 as you can get. I might be wrong though, as dd is 2.
I did blw with both babies at 26 weeks. Ds rejected purées, and with dd I didn't try. At 6 moths babies can cope with proper solids, and most foods. Blw is fab, dead easy, although probably takes longer for the baby to drop milk feeds for solids .
I weaned ds at 18 weeks because he was guzzling 6 bottles of 9ozs in the day.
I puréed different fruits & veg to a smooth paste and mixed it with baby rice (made up with formula milk) to stay with. When he was 6-7 months, moved onto making actual meals (casserole/spagbol/fish pie etc) and mashed it so it was slightly more lumpy. Also started giving him finger foods to experiment with.
Blw is when you miss out the purée and oh straight to finger foods (usually not before 6 months)
Hope that helps!
HVs shouldn't suggest weaning before 6 months. If they do they are no doing their job properly.
I do BLWing. You just put food in front of them and wait until they eat properly. Proper food,nothing mashed up or purreed. Try the Gill Rapley book.
My youngest ds is 18 weeks, i started giving him a bit of baby rice at 16 weeks, he has it in the morning after an 8oz bottle, he still has 6 8oz bottles through the day and 1 in the night. He's my piglet
I have 3 dc an they all seemed to 'let me know' when they were ready.
I can really recommend Penelope Leach, Your Baby and Child. I bought this when DD1 ( now 13) was a baby. Lots of reassuring practical advice but also lots of info about your baby's relationship with food and how to keep it all balanced. You will offer food to help your baby join in a social society but you don't need to "make" your baby eat anything...milk is enough for months. It should be an adventure, not a trial of parenting. You need to relax. Interestingly with DD1, weaning was something I sort of initiated but DCS 2 and 3 practically did I themselves from family food!! This is now called baby led weaning but actually babies have done it from the beginning of time x
You will be able to get your thoughts straight for when older relatives chip in with outdated advice!
My two were weaned just as advice was changing - DS1 was weaned at 4 months on advice of HV and DS2 was 6 months because he could clearly wait.
I just used the Annabel Karmel book. Have a look in the library, they usually have a copy.
I started with purées, and ds1 was on mashed food by 6 months. DS2 was far more interested in finger food.
I wouldn't over think it, tbh. Both my two eat well and we have never had any problems.
Annabel Karmel has always done really good books on weaning with recipes etc.
You basically start with fruit and veg puréed smooth and then gradually make it blended, then lumpy, then chunks and then just cut up small.
Don't forget not to cook with salt, be careful about gravy or bought sauces, don't be afraid to try things a bit different with them, batch cook and use ice cube trays to freeze into blocks. If you do a few different ones then you can just grab out 1 block of mash, 1 block of broccoli and 1 block of cauli cheese for instance and you've got their dinner.
So - if I do for example, a delightful bit of pureed carrot, should i mix with formula? or can he just have the pureed carrot?
AND if I should mix in formula, how do you do it? literally make an oz and add it??
i like the idea of BLW... BUT do you really not mash it at all? dont they choke??
Never mixed in milk, except baby cereals...let them taste the food!
Dons flak jacket before even starting. But mine is nearly 19 and 6'2" and doesn't seem to have happened. He was a few weeks prem and bloody starving. At 3 to 4 weeks he gained 17 oz in 9 days on breast milk. At about 10 weeks he was downing 11oz at a time. At 12 weeks I gave up and introduced a little bit of baby rice. At 12 weeks +1 I gave him a spoon of pear puree, by 12+4 he was on a whole jar a day and by 13 weeks 3 jars a day. DD was not quite as starved but by 16 weeks she could wolf a ski yoghurt. She's quite dainty though and at 15 is 5'3" and 8 stone.
Mine were hungry - in those days the guidelines were 16 weeks unless your baby is particularly hungry. Mine were starvelings and still love their food. They are also healthy, bright and thoroughly rounded.
I'd just go with your instincts.
Around 6 months is safest, but never before 17 weeks.
I started with DS at about 5 months as he could sit well, pick up food and get it into his mouth. We gave him finger food from the start - roasted veg sticks, slices of soft pear, rice cakes. Also just mashed up what we were eating or spoonfed things like porridge.
I stuck to fruit, veg and rice until nearer 6 months but after that gave everything except whole nuts and honey. I never pureed anything, just mashed with a fork if necessary.
one more thing - he will be going to nursery at 9months, they provide food, will he eat normal food by then?
very slightly neurotic about this stuff - you should have seen me when I had to start trying to work out formula!
DD is 8 months and we do BLW, mainly because I find it easier to cook 1 meal for all of us and we can eat together. We used to put her in a high chair at dinner time with a piece of veg in front of her, one day she was ready and just started to eat it
If you're interested in this approach, I'd recommend the Baby Led Weaning Cookbook by Gill Rapley rather than the original, the first half is a concise summary of her original book, and the second half has lots of recipes in it - I've managed to greatly expand my cooking repetoire!
Around here the children's centres do weaning talks. Might be worthwhile seeing if there is one in your area.
Hettienne -I like that, sounds a good mix between the elements of BLW I like and the more traditional way.
Ask nursery - ours used to purée or mash the main meals. Otherwise you had to bring your own food, which was a real faff. Mine were on blended lasagne by 9 months.
Honestly, get hold of a copy of an Annabel Karmel baby book. It will answer all your questions.
Here are the current guidelines very clearly laid out in a friendly leaflet.
Here is Gill Rapley's website. She is the BLW expert.
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