We’re finally getting the hang of this.
The start of our weaning journey was not all that successful. I started at 6 months uncorrected - but they couldn’t really sit up, which made me terrified they wouldn’t be able to effectively gag, so I gave up for a few weeks.
We picked up again at 6 months corrected, and they just wouldn’t open their mouths. Which I was puzzled by as they’re such hungry babies. It turns out they had a gastro but I only figured it out later (when I caught if off them 🙄). .
I was keen on the principles of baby led weaning (I love food and I’ve also only got two hands). But given our troubled start, I decided to turn to #ellaskitchen
pre-made purées so they’d have tried and tested tastes, and it’d be easier for them. .
Their appetite picked up, which was a blessing as they’re hungry babies, and it helped them drop their second night feed (when really they should be having zero!). I started offering one finger food a meal too, although I remained terrified they’d choke. So we’d make it quick! Archie wasn’t really getting it but Charlie, dextrous as ever, was spoon feeding himself within 2 days.
We’re all getting there now. I’m still terrified they’ll choke, and I repeat the steps I’d follow in my head non stop as they’re eating (with a pretend relaxed smile on my face of course). I’ve figured out some soft things that I’m comfortable giving them. And ironically it seems that a piece too big for their mouth is better than one too small to choke on (they’ll be able to grab it, but basically they’ll only get a little chunk in their mouth despite attempting to get the whole lot in!). .
Here are a few pics of Greedy Archie showing off his new skills with omelette and banana. With half a bib on as Sickly Charlie was having a meltdown - priorities people.
I’m now trying to get more finger food inspo from @babyledweanteam
(or you?!). But French Toast and Omelette, so far, are absolute top breakfast choices!
Anyone else had a somewhat tumultuous start to weaning?!