When it came to weaning Bob was a dream! I followed Annabel Karmel’s baby weaning plan and made all of my own purees. I had never heard of baby led weaning 5 years ago.
I weaned Bob at 5 months. The guidelines back then suggested weaning between 4 and 6 months whereas now they recommend weaning from 6 months. Bob ate everything that I made for her and she really enjoy all of the different flavours. She moved on to thinker purees and finger foods easily and she was soon eating family meals with us.
Bow was a different story. As baby weaning had gone so well with Bob I decided to follow the same process. Baby led weaning was now all the rage but, as the home made purée method had worked so well with Bob I decided to wean Bow the same way.
I bought a new steamer/blender and Bob helped me to fill our freezer with baby food. When Bow was 5 1/2 months I decided to try him with a bit of baby rice. He was not impressed! I persevered for a couple of days and then decided to move on to the tastier purees. I started with carrot as it’s advised that you start with savoury. If you start with sweet purees your baby may reject savoury ones when they are offered.
Again, Bow was not impressed. He pulled such a disgusted face and anybody would think that I was poisoning him. I gradually introduced new purees and they were all met with the same reaction. The only thing that he liked was pureed pear.
I was disappointed that baby weaning wasn’t going as well as last time. I decided to try baby led weaning. Bow was now 6 months and ready for finger foods.
This wasn’t very successful either. Bow would play with his food, smush it into the tray of his high chair and feed it to Sally but he wouldn’t eat any of it. I started to worry that Bow would never eat anything other than pureed pear! My husband told me not to panic and casually asked me if I knew any 18 years olds who would only drink bottles of milk. He had a point.
As homemade purees and baby led weaning hadn’t gone well I decided to try pouches of baby food. Bow ate the stage one pouches and I was really happy. As he ate spoonfuls of Broccoli, Pear and Peas I finally thought we were getting somewhere but I then realised that this was a small victory. When I looked at the quantities of the ingredients I realised that this purée was 79% pear! No wonder Bow enjoyed it!
At least he would now eat a small variety. I would feed him the ‘mostly fruit’ pouches and offer a selection of finger foods. Most of which were eaten by Sally.
Then came problem number 2! When the time came for Bow to move on to Stage 2 purees he refused everything. The Stage 2 purees were savoury and as Bow was used to his FRUIT and veg purees he wouldn’t eat them. He pulled his disgusted face and he even cried when I tried to feed him chicken casserole.
I started to worry that Bow would turn into a pear! I couldn’t see how he would ever be able to eat properly.
Eventually, when Bow was about 10 months old, our baby weaning turned a corner. Bow finally started to eat finger food! I was so relieved! Everyone was delighted, apart from Sally.
He stopped smushing and started to eat properly! He even enjoyed savoury food! He would eat family meals and could eat spaghetti better than I could! I twirl mine around a fork but Bow could spaghetti suck like a pro!
Finally our weaning was a success! I was surprised at how different Bob and Bow’s weaning journeys were. I had expected them to be similar. All babies are different but Bow is proof that they will get there in the end.
If you are starting your baby weaning journey and it doesn’t go to plan, try not to worry and remember my husband’s wise words. ‘How many 18 year olds do you know who will only drink bottles?’
Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.