Fourth time round and we’re taking a completely relaxed approach to weaning. One morning, we suddenly realised he was 6 months old and we better get our skates on and give the boy some food!
He’s pretty much take it or leave it with food at the moment. Some days he seems to be tucking in quite nicely and other days he barely easts anything but we’re just going with the flow and haven’t cut down his milk much yet. As I write this, Archie slept through the night for the first time last night – woo hoo! Not sure if this is connected to starting weaning yet but fingers crossed it continues!
As you will have noticed from a recent post, I am not one for labels so we’re doing a mixture of pureed food and Baby Led Weaning at the moment. We’re pretty much just giving him bits and bobs of what we have (within reason) along with some mashed up fruit or veg or pureed food from the fabulous Ella’s Kitchen when I can’t find anything else in the cupboard! (Which is quite often!)
Things Archie has enjoyed so far……. most fruits and veg (with his favourite being mashed avocado, watermelon, kiwis and banana, he is not keen on raspberries and strawberries) yoghurt, crackers, bread (he LOVES bread), cheese, shredded wheat, pasta and chicken. His favourite vegetables seems to be carrots and green beans, he has pretty much left all other veg untouched!!
I wrote a post last time we were on a weaning journey with our 3 year old for lovely Donna’s blog. You can check it out here because it pretty much sums up how we still feel about weaning. Far too much of a big deal is made about it and people discuss BLW as if spoon feeding your child is going to make them complete fusspots for life. This just isn’t true. My most adventurous little one at the moment was the fussiest when he was weaning and had to be forced to eat green veg mixed with yoghurt until he was 18 months old! That said, my fully BLW child has always been adventurous but now, at aged 8, she’s just getting fussy. They keep us on our toes our little ones!!
Anyway, one thing weaning is (however you do it) is messy. All. The. Mess. We are hoping to repair the wooden floors in our house but for now we have carpet in the dining room which is a nightmare for meal times. Thankfully Messy Me came to our rescue by sending us one of their oilcloth messy mats and oilcloth bibs, which are perfect for weaning and actually pretty brilliant for my messy 3 year old too!
The Messy Me Mat is a really good size and covers the floor beneath the highchair, Archie hasn’t yet been able to throw any food beyond the mat! I chose a nice dark design with stars which means it looks stylish but also hides food stains. It’s easy to wash down and clean up after meals and also doubles in our house as a messy play and art mat.
The oilcloth bib has a handy pocket for catching food and again, I really like their stylish patterns which is unusual for bibs. I like the fact they don’t have crazy bright colours with pictures of animals on. The grey colour I chose does stain sometimes (with foods such as tomatoes and raspberries) but I’ve found that a little bit spray bleach returns it to new (which is what we use to clean our IKEA highchair too – that’s my handy tip of the day!) I love the bibs but would prefer them if they had elasticated sleeves as my little munchkin gets covered every meal time! But the fact that it can simply be washed down and dries quickly ready for the next meal is a real bonus!
I do love this stage, they are so inquisitive and the concentration on their little faces as they try to perfect picking up a pea or raisin is priceless! It’s always quite hilarious when they try food for the first time as they pull the funniest faces, Archie screws up his little nose and gives me a look as if to say “what in the world was that?!” I love picking out new foods that Archie hasn’t tried yet and love the excitement when they find something they can really tuck into and enjoy. I love that all of our children have different tastes. Archie loves avocado at the moment, the others don’t like it, Elodie loves olives and Orla eats pretty much anything except Pizza!
My favourite finger and toddler foods have to be Cauliflower Tots and Risotto Bites (also known as Aranchini). These Broccoli and Cheese Muffins also go down a treat with all my children. Clare’s Little Tots Blog is a real go to for finger food recipes if you’re at a loss for some. My children love these breakfast balls too (although they only get them when we’re on a break from school and they pretty much eat them all day long, not just for breakfast!!)
With our first, I did find the whole weaning process stressful (this was mainly because Elodie didn’t like being fed off a spoon, even for yoghurt) but now I am enjoying this time, it won’t be long before we have an opinionated little gent on our hands! Who knows? I may have to return to hiding green veg in the yoghurt! Eugh!! Anyone else resort to that?
*This was a collaborative post with Messy Me and we were gifted the mat and bib in order to give an honest review. All words and thoughts are my own.*