So I’ve spoken a bit about weaning Roman and how much he loves his food. I started giving Roman tastes of food at around 4 months old and I won’t let anyone tell me I’m wrong for that.
I’m a really strong believer that mums know best and every baby is different, so some babies might not be ready for any sort of food until 8/9 months old but some babies are ready for something more substantial at a much earlier age and that was definitely my Roman. I’ve found between 4 and 6 months old I was justifying to people why I was starting Roman on porridge and at one point I actually asked myself why do I care what these people think?! I can’t say I’ve ever been “mum shamed” for it (how horrendous is it that we have bloody mum shaming) but I have had the not so approving “look” from a couple of people.
I find it really hard to fathom how quickly these “rules” change, when I had Connor 7 years ago I didn’t have anyone telling me what to do or what not to do, none of my friends had children so I could only ask family members for advise because my health visitor was non existent and quite frankly, shit. So I’d go to the supermarket and look at the jars of food and boxes of porridge and see the “from 4months” badge and think well Connors 4.5months now and id pick them up for him. Nobody told me No, nobody said “it’s suggested you don’t wean until 6 months” so I did it and he was fine. So this time round I had an idea of when to wean etc until health visitors and other mums were saying No! All of a sudden babies weren’t meant to be eating solids until over 6 months and I’m like mind blown how it’s all changed.
Roman has been a hungry baby almost since birth, I mean he was premature so it took him a while to get the hang of feeding but once we were home from hospital he had it down. When Roman hit 4 months I was so eager to get porridge down him to see if it made a difference as he used to feed every 2-3 hours, I found the feeds went longer and it really set him up for the day having some baby porridge in the mornings.
I used the hienz baby porridge
this is available at any local supermarket and is around £3 a tub. I started off giving him a scoop and a half mixed with an ounce of boiled water then he went up to a couple of scoops to give him a bit more in a bowl.
At 5 months Roman started having breakfast and dinner, so I started blending food up myself. I’d make myself a list of veggies and then bunch them up into 3s for each meal. My list would be something like this-
- Sweet potatoes
- New potatoes
- Sweet corn/baby corn
So for example I’d blend up sweet potatoes, carrot, swede and sweet corn and then I’d add in like 40ml of boiled water so the consistency was really smooth and runny. I found one lot of blended food would fill 2/3 freezer pots so I’d have 2 to 3 different meals but 7/8 pots in the freezer! The blender I use is the tommee tippee baby food blender and it has 2 stages on it so 1 gives a slightly lumpier consistency and 2 is a really smooth purée.
Aldi do a great baby food range from 6 months but they have fruit purée pots from 4 months and I always have some in the cupboard if we’re out and about! Once they hit 6 months they can have fromage frais yogurts and I get Tesco’s own pack of 12 for 73p https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/299970378 they’re also less sugar than other brands.
I buy lots of packets of finger foods and the majority is ELLA’S KITCHEN or KIDDILICIOUS. They do a great range from 6 months and are all affordable.
Roman has a couple of favourite finger foods, the Ella’s kitchen strawberry puffs and carrot and sweet corn sticks, and he loves the hienz chocolate biscuit fingers.
I’ve started to let Roman explore food with his hands when he’s sat in his high chair, so chopped strawberries and raspberries are really good and if like me your a little bit worried about the fact strawberries can be quite hard, I cut them up and put them in the microwave and let them cool- you’ll find they go a bit softer! Roman’s also had soft boiled potatoes/sweet potatoes that he enjoys mashing in his hands and feeding himself! It’s messy but they love it!!
Now he’s 7 months I’ve actually stopped buying the baby porridge and he loves having weetabix for breakfast. You can mix it with full fat cows milk once they’re over 6 months (your told this is ok at the 6 month weaning talks) but I do still mix with 3 ounces of his baby milk so it fills him up for while. Babies over 6 months can also start having normal oats porridge which I crush raspberries or blueberries in for some fruity flavour!
I feel like I missed out on the excitement of weaning with Connor because I was clueless but being older and knowing what I want to do with Roman and his feeding I honestly find it so much fun!
So far Roman has breakfast and dinner and has bottles during the day but I am slowly going to start introducing a lunch in a few weeks.
You can read all about Roman turning 6 months here 👉🏼 Romans 6 months! And I’ve got some great tips when choosing your bottles and what bottles have been great when dealing with reflux and colic 👉🏼 https://mumonamissionsite.com/2019/01/31/mam-easy-start-anti-colic-bottles-review/
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