I’ve been looking forward to reaching this milestone with George. If he’s anything like me or his Daddy, he’s going to LOVE his food. Going by the way he gets ultra excited by seeing his bottle and having his milk, it’s going to be good fun!
This week, I had a Health Visitor come out to my home who was specifically experienced in weaning. She gave me lots of information on the types of food I should be giving George in the early stages and in what time-frame I should be moving along. I even had some freebies - a Tommee Tippee bowl and spoon, and a “Doidy Cup”, which is apparently great for starting babies on feeding themselves water, even if it does look a little strange - see pic below.
Over the next week or so I’ll be starting George on baby rice, to see how he takes something a bit more substantial than milk. I bought the Aptamil baby rice today, at only £1.50 in Morrisons, so that we are ready. I can imagine that spending all of your life so far drinking milk, and then having some thick slushy stuff shoved in your mouth would be rather strange. I can’t wait to see his reaction. He’s either going to think it’s the best thing ever or the worst thing ever. He is currently 23 weeks old, so I have another three to wait ideally.
I didn’t realise, but starting babies on solids before the six month mark could cause them to produce allergies such as asthma or eczema - so wait as long as you can up to the 26 week mark!
I’m planning to make my own food for George and do a mixture of baby led weaning as well as spoon feeding him myself. I have nothing against jars and those squeezey packets, but like my Health Visitor said, there must be more than brocolli, peas and sweet corn (as an example) in them for them to have a shelf life of over three months! Also, one of the baby groups I attend, we tried some baby jar food one day to guess what was in them. The one we tried was brocolli and pear. The pear was so sweet and overpowering that you couldn’t taste the brocolli for toffee. And anyway, who the hell eats brocolli and pear together? Bleurgh!
Life is going to be so much easier once he’s in a proper routine with his food. Going out to restaurants or going on holidays, he’s going to be able to eat either what we are eating or his own kids meal from the menu. It must be nice for the babbas too - feeling like they’re involved.
Is George ready for solids? I think he’s very close. The signs to look out for are:
Sitting up and holding his head steady.
Hand to mouth coordination - he can look at the food, pick it up and put it to his mouth.
He’s doing all of the above apart from sitting up on his own. It makes me laugh when he watches us eat, he’s like a dog, dribbling and drooling at the thought of what you’re eating. I’m just glad he hasn’t got the moulting fur!
We recently bought the Mamas and Papas Juice high-chair, second-hand, on Facebook for £40. It’s so funky! We like things that are a little bit different. We’ve given it a test run (minus the food) and George seems happy with it, so we are all set!
If you haven’t already, make sure you sign up to the Ella’s Kitchen and Cow & Gate weaning packs. They’re completely free and so helpful!
I’ll do a blog update in a few weeks to tell you how the move onto solids has been going. I’m sure I’ll have lots to share. Let me know how your journey onto solids has gone/went in the comment section below, I’d love to hear all about it, and get any hints and tips!