Little Mr is now 17 weeks old (he was officially 4 months old yesterday) and I’m beginning to think about the next stage in his development which is a biggie, weaning.
I’ve been reading the NHS guidelines which suggest that weaning should be started at 6 months old, that gives me around 2 months to get ready and prepared for it. I know he’s definitely not ready for it at the moment. He has four x 8 ounce bottles through the day and will struggle to drink the whole bottle on most days. He’s not a hungry baby and he’s still putting on weight so he seems quite content at the moment. If and when he wants more then I’ll happily give him more milk.
The guidelines suggest there are clear signs that a baby is ready for weaning;
1) Babies can sit upright on their own without slouching and can hold their head up independently
2) Babies can swallow food without their tongue pushing it back out again
3) Babies can use their eyes and hands together to pick up food and put it in their mouths.
Based on all that information, Little Mr ticks 1 out of 3. We tried him on some very diluted baby juice at the weekend for the first time and he did spit
some most of it back out again and although he wanted to hold the handles on the sippy cup, he did briefly then got bored. I was impressed he put the cup to his mouth once but I’m not sure if that was fluke or not as the second time he tried, he managed to get juice in his eye. I’m not sure he liked it to be honest, his face is a right picture!
The false signs that could be mistaken that your baby is ready for weaning include chewing their fists, waking at night for a feed and demanding a higher fluid intake. Little Mr always has his hands in his mouth but I know this is a developmental thing for him so I’m not worried.
So to prepare myself for weaning, there are two schools of thought; baby led weaning and spoon feeding. Both with their benefits and downfalls so over the next few weeks I’m going to be looking at all the options and seeing what is best for Little Mr and our family way of life. I’m not sure if I can do both by offering baby rice or porridge in the morning then introducing finger foods at lunch and dinner times so I’ve got a lot to read up on.
I want to be able to feed Little Mr healthy tasty foods that he’ll enjoy and that we can eat together. I don’t want to be making two different meals at dinner time. If you’ve written any posts about weaning, I’d LOVE to read your posts so please leave a link for me to read it.