Sunday, 1 March 2015

Weaning At Four Months Old

My baby boy Jacob is now six months old but when he was four and a half months old we started weaning him onto solid foods. I know that it is recommended that babies are not weaned until they are six months old and i am in no way recommending that parents start weaning there children at four months old. But for us weaning at four months was for the best for are son and we did seek advice from a health visitor before we started weaning on to solid foods.

The current guideline for weaning baby's onto solid foods is to start when your baby is around six months old as research shows that up until six months all a baby needs is either breast or formula milk. There is also a big shift in recent years for parents to try baby led weaning at six months, which is where you give baby finger foods and let them feed themselves rather then spoon feeding them purees like you do with traditional weaning. I know my health visitor is a big fan of baby led weaning at six months and all the information i was given for weaning Jacob was for baby led weaning at six months.

Loves his food
However Jacob is my third baby and when i had my oldest daughter twelve years ago weaning purees at four months of age was what was recommended and this worked great for her and she never had any problems. When i had my second child a year and a half ago guidelines had changed and it was recommended to wait until six months and to try baby led weaning. And we did do this rather unintentionally as we tried traditional weaning but Sophia would not eat of a spoon at all she would clamp her mouth shut or make her self be sick if we managed to get any food in her mouth. So we went down the baby led weaning route when she was six and a half months old and she would happily eat finger foods although on many an occasion she would choke on food due to having a sensitive gag reflex , thank god i am first aid trained! Now she is one and a half and she refuses to let us feed her at all as she likes to feed herself which is good but it is also a nightmare when it comes to trying to give her medicine.

Jacob is a totally different baby to his sisters though he is a lot bigger then they were he was 8lb 6 born and he had already doubled his birth weight by the time he was three months old. By the time he got to four months milk just was not filling him at all, he was waking for a bottle of formula every two hours during the night and was going through twelve 6oz bottles every day! This was way more then he should of been having. I was exhausted from feeding him non stop and he was really unsettled, so after a talk with a health visitor at the clinic we decided to try him on baby rice.

Jacob loved the baby rice and gobbled it all up no problem, we started giving him it once a day then after a few days we give him a few spoons twice a day and then built up to three times a day. After a week of baby rice we got him some baby porridge which he loves and he would have that three times a day and then after a week of that we introduced purees. Now i know i will probably get stick for this but i don't make my own purees he is fed on the 4 month plus jars , simply because they are easy and convenient and he likes them and they probably taste a lot nicer then any purees i could make.

Within a month of starting weaning he was having three meals a day he has banana porridge for breakfast then he will have a jar of dinner for lunch his favourites are cow & gate orchard chicken and the hipp chicken rice and vegetables. Then at tea time he will have a jar of dessert he loves the cow & gate mango surprise and the hipp mango & banana and the Heinz rice pudding. I have tried him on every jar of food available so that he gets to try different foods and does not get use to eating the same thing over and over.

He still has baby milk but not twelve bottles a day , he has about six bottles a day. He does still wake at night for a feed , weaning him has not stopped that but he only wakes twice and has a feed and goes straight back to sleep. He seems a lot happier now , he loves his food and he gets excited when he sees his bowl of food although some times he is not interested and will turn his head away or spit it out.

Weaning Jacob at four and a half months the traditional puree fed way was defiantly what was best for us. I don't think we could of waited until he was six months to start baby led weaning and for me personally after trying both baby led with my daughter and the non baby led way with my son i prefer the non baby led way. But every baby is different and i think that when it comes to weaning us parents should just do what is right for are children. Although if you are thinking of weaning before six months then i would ask some advice from a health visitor like we did.

Now Jacob is six months old and is eating his three meals a day we will soon be starting to introduce some finger foods and will be moving on to the next stage of weaning which will be given him some more lumpier textures rather then purees. So fingers crossed that goes as well as the start of his weaning journey did.

7 comments:

  1. We did exactly the same as you and used jars. Mini M just wasn't getting full from just milk and he wouldn't eat my purees so we went down the jars route and he loved it. He's now 14 months old and (so far) we've never had any problems with food, he will eat anything and is confident in spoon feeding himself as well as eating finger foods. I think you have to do what's best for you & your little one, everyone is different! Hope finger foods good well :) xx

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    1. I find the jars so much easier then making purees and he seems to love them. I hope Jacob is the same as baby m with food when he is older as his sister is terrible with food and still prefers milk to food and she is 20 months xx

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  2. I'll definitely be bookmarking your blog for when I have a baby in the future, your posts are so thorough :) Your little one is so cute xxx

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    1. Aw thank you , i love your beauty and fashion posts xx

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  3. I agree, weaning is completely unique with each baby - with Harry I tried (and failed) to make my own purees and resorted to jars. With Heidi I weaned using jars straight away and with Jack I used baby led weaning which I absolutely LOVED - I don't think it works with everyone though x

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    1. Yes all three of mine have been different too, i think parents should just do whatever works best for them and there baby. I have heard so many people who love the baby led route and Sophia has always fed herself but i think she is just fussy when it comes to food as she still prefers milk to food xx

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  4. Love reading weaning posts makes me wish I could do it all over with Amelia with all these different ideas. I personally never used jars with Amelia and she won't touch jars/pouches as I've had a couple for emergencies. I agree and think its just good to follow the baby and see how they get on with foods and how they want to go about it. Seems like your doing a fab job!! Thanks so much for linking up hope to see you again tomorrow!! #MummyMonday xx

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