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.
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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.