Weaning :: The Beginning

In one month Emma will be 1 year old, which is such a strange feeling. It has made me reminisce over the different phases of our almost year together. One of the trickiest ones for us was weaning.

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Emma is a baby who loves milk – she actually seems to have a competitive nature where she must finish the bottle/plate of food – so weaning her was not easy. I went into it completely unprepared for what was going to arise; the worry inside of me that I’m not cracking it, that she doesn’t eat enough even with the milk.

I’d go to baby groups and hear stories of other babies eating massive chunks of broccoli and cheese and basically anything you find in your fridge. We’d got to the stage where everything had calmed down a bit from the chaos of the first few months and I think I felt like I’d been thrown into a new phase that I wasn’t ready for. But slowly I got my head round it and thanks to Annabel Karmel, who frankly is a baby recipe goddess, we found a few things that Emma liked and she seemed to get the hang of it quicker than ever.

So now I look back on the past 5 months, with a baby who loves mealtimes, I realise it all happens in its own time. It’s a slow and steady race and every baby is so different, though it’s always hard not to worry as a first time mum. Butthere’ll be other phases to come when she decides she doesn’t love her favourite meals anymore, so I’ve decided to enjoy the good times while they are here.

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  1. March 28, 2016 / 4:46 pm

    Adorable photo! I don’t have to start weaning for another couple months, although when do you know if it’s the right time? Sounds like you have it all sorted now, but I can imagine how difficult it must be, kind of like breastfeeding where you are worrying about whether they are getting enough milk and if their poo is the right colour! Who would have thought I would care about poo so much??! : )

    • March 28, 2016 / 4:50 pm

      Haha I still stress about poo!! 🙂 I started when Emma could sit up properly and at that time she also started to eye up what was on our plates…I think some babies take to it quicker but it did take a while for us. But slow and steady is the winner & easy to say I shouldn’t have worried so much but it all worked out in the end! Thanks for commenting xx

  2. March 28, 2016 / 5:47 pm

    Oh my word, what isn’t there to worry about as a Mum?! Weaning is a big one too. You just stress that they are not getting enough in them to thrive. I’m glad you’re through the worrying bit now. There will definitely be days when they decide that they hate their favourite meal but it isn’t all bad, often they can just stay good eaters. I know have to work out how to get my children to stop thinking that all meals should forever more be easter eggs or hot cross buns! Thanks for linking up with us! #bigpinklink

    • March 28, 2016 / 5:50 pm

      Hehe I just caught this little monkey with her arms wrapped around her brothers Easter egg…so we’ll be struggling with that soon! Thanks for hosting, lovely to be introduced to so many brilliant blogs x

  3. March 28, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    Weaning is so stressful, I can completely relate to this post. You think they’re not getting enough food, still drinking too much milk, not giving them a variety of food etc……But I have found that each baby is different, ours goes through days where she eats loads, hardly has any milk, and then vice versa. Teething and a change in the routine all impact the food intake too. I reassure myself I try to think that she will be eating and not breastfeeding her whole life, all babies will get there eventually in the end. Claire x #bigpinklink

    • March 30, 2016 / 2:33 pm

      Thank you, it’s such a worrying phase…now she’s getting more used to food and the routine of when we eat, I find it so much easier to be relaxed when she doesn’t want to eat as much. Sometimes I forgot that I have days when I’m not so hungry too! Thanks for commenting x

  4. March 29, 2016 / 5:58 am

    Aw such a cute picture! I’m not sure what you’ve cooked but it looks delicious! I’m not surprised that she enjoys it. Weaning can be so stressful can’t it? I followed an Annabel Karmel type plan with my first, and tried baby led with my second. I must admit that I found the latter much easier, but mostly as with two tiny ones running about it was great to just grab a handful of our meal and share. I love the look of home made purees for little ones though.

    Dawn x

    • March 30, 2016 / 2:35 pm

      Oh it was quite a stressful and worrying time, we followed Annabel Karmel like it was my bible but I think if we have another I might try baby led weaning. It seems a bit less laborious! Thanks for commenting xx

  5. March 29, 2016 / 6:39 am

    Such a helpful post – this is something I’ve got to think about doing soon so it’s really helped me. Thank you xx #bigpinklink

    • March 30, 2016 / 2:35 pm

      No worries, hope it goes well for you 🙂 thanks for commenting xx

  6. March 29, 2016 / 8:55 am

    I love the photos here! It’s been a while for us since the weaning stage and my daughter (5) changes her mind on her favourite food all the time! She does love chorizo, olives, mozzarella and cauliflour though! #TwinklyTuesday

    • March 30, 2016 / 2:31 pm

      Aw thank you! Actually just today my little one decided she doesn’t much like raspberries any more after being obsessed with them for weeks! Ooh chorizo sounds good, definitely one to try as I’m sure she’d love it. Thanks for commenting x

  7. March 29, 2016 / 10:15 am

    Weaning can be so hard! I totally thought we’d nailed it at the beginning because my daughter would eat pretty much anything, but now she’s almost 10 months and has decided that she’s not that keen on fruits or veg anymore. Most of it ends up on the floor. Sigh. #TwinklyTuesday

    • March 30, 2016 / 2:39 pm

      Oh 🙁 it’s funny the phases they have – Emma went through a phase of eating loads and then suddenly all she wanted was yoghurt for 2 weeks! Hope your little one starts to like fruit and veg again…thanks for commenting x

  8. March 29, 2016 / 11:09 am

    So glad to hear you’re past the worrying stage – it’s so hard as a first time mum, I know I worry about everything! Annabel Karmel is an absolute lifesaver – we still eat lots of her recipes for family meals, I think they’re lovely! I was lucky that my son took to food like he’d been waiting his whole life to try it – he’d never been a huge fan of milk though. It’s now that he’s about to turn two that he’s become more fussy, but I’m fairly laid back about it as I know he eats loads on average. #bigpinklink

    • March 30, 2016 / 2:29 pm

      I’m definitely a bit of a worrier, I just can’t help it…the weaning was a tough stage but Annabel Karmel seriously saved the day – such simple combinations that I would never have thought to put together. I think now we’re further along, I’ll be more relaxed if she gets fussy again, some days she’s bound to be hungrier than others! Thanks for commenting x

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    March 30, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    Definitely enjoy the good times, as I didn’t appreciate them…. ok I did, but I’m now completely flabbergasted by how a child who loved broccoli will now, not touch it (she’s only just 16 month old…) . It all seems to a roller-coaster of phases! #bigpinklink

    • April 4, 2016 / 8:24 am

      Thank you, I’m sure there plenty of fussiness to come – at the moment she is just really into cheese…it’s a total roller-coaster! Thanks for commenting x

  10. April 1, 2016 / 1:30 am

    All kids go through all different stages with food. One day all 3 of mine will love something and then the next time I make it only 1 of them like it. Unless of course it’s the mac and the cheese! They all seem to have always loved that. Thanks so much for linking up with #momsterslink. Please come link up again. It’s live now!

    • April 1, 2016 / 3:46 pm

      Mac and cheese is always a winner here too! Thanks for commenting, I’ll link up to the next one too!

  11. April 1, 2016 / 10:22 am

    Glad you’ve both got the hang of it now! I know with my first I couldn’t wait to wean and then I realised how stressful it actually can be, so with baby #2 I’ll be holding off for as long as possible, haha. Will have to look into Annabel Karmel next time! Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

    • April 4, 2016 / 8:09 am

      Thanks for hosting! I definitely would wait if we have a second, I thought it would be fun until I realised how tricky it can be! x

  12. April 1, 2016 / 10:10 pm

    Weaning can be so stressful but also fun. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

    • April 4, 2016 / 8:08 am

      Thanks very much – it’s starting to be fun now which I’m so happy about. Thanks for commenting xx

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