We had kind of a big day yesterday in our household. Monkey tried his first food! Up until now he’s been exclusively breastfed but he turned six months on Tuesday, so we thought it was time to give him some solids to munch on. I’ve done a little research on weaning and, following that, we’ve decided to go down a mixed route. What does that mean? Primarily baby led weaning but I’ll shovel in some purees at various stages. That way hopefully he’ll get to actually eat some!
I’ll admit, I’ve been putting it off. He’s been ready to wean for a while – interested in food, great head control, good hand to mouth coordination but I wasn’t ready. I just wanted to keep him a baby for as long as possible! So we waited for him to hit 6 months, for us to get the equipment and for me to get my head around him growing up. Sob!
I bought a couple weaning essentials; a Bamboo Bamboo Suction Bowl (as mentioned in the October Lust List) and a highchair. I agonised over which highchair to go for but eventually we settled for the Cosatto Noodle Supa in Monster print. I’ll post a review shortly but suffice to say, we LOVE it. I originally wanted a wooden highchair for style but we decided that the Cosatto gave us a different type of style, a lot of fun and comfort to boot!
We hadn’t necessarily decided to start yesterday but it felt right. He was busy gnawing on a teething ring and a wooden spoon and it felt like a great opportunity to get him munching on a bit of carrot. Lunchtime works well for us because we’re both home and he’s in a great mood. His face was hilarious! Imagine how confusing it must be for them having only ever tasted breast milk until now?! He didn’t seem to swallow any but he gave it a good chew and chucked it on the floor a few times – I’ll take that as a success!
We just need to get a bib or two and we can attempt something a bit more messy. Now we’ve started, I can’t wait!