There are two ways in which people choose to wean their babies, pureed or baby-led weaning.
When we started weaning Mabel she was 18 weeks old. Some people may say 18 weeks is too early to wean but everyone is different. Mabel was the size of a 6 month old at that age and I noticed the signs that suggested she was ready to try.
When starting out I didn’t really pick just pureed or just baby-led weaning, but chose to do a bit of both. I had picked up a box of rusks (I know some people would say that they are unhealthy), but it was something for her to try. She immediately put it straight in her mouth and sucked on it. Not much was actually swallowed but it was great for her to experience something different and just play about with it.
I decided to wait a week before trying her on something else. At 19 weeks old I tried her on some baby porridge. Mabel had no problem in gobbling it up. Yes some bits did come out of her mouth and it was messy, but that’s what you expect. She was just enjoying this new type of food and I was very happy she was taking to it really well. Even the next day when she had a rusk again, she managed to eat 1/3 of it. Wow.
Over the past few weeks I have been trying her on something everyday, whether it be porridge, a rusk, a piece of melon, some banana, avacado, carrot, parsnip, roast potato, mango. I can say we have had a couple of hiccups where she just didn’t want anything but her milk, but that is to be expected as it is all a new experience for her and she has been a little bit ill. I must say though if you are trying banana be warned that black stringy thread bits come out into their poo. I got a shock when I was changing her as they look like worms, but rest assured it’s the fibre from the banana.
I am so happy how Mabel has progressed with weaning. It is definitely an exciting time in our household.