Starting Madison on solid foods was one of the main things I was looking forward to when she was first born. Of course, I don’t want her to grow up at all and if she could just stop getting bigger now that would be absolutely perfect, but since that’s life in an ideal cuddly baby world and we live in the real world, weaning Madison was next on my list of exciting milestones in her life. I actually wanted to start weaning her at 4 months but after realising that she just wasn’t ready for it and learning that the new guidelines is to wean from 6 months+ I decided to just wait it out and not rush into it. I was also honestly really loving cuddling up to her and giving her a bottle for every feed and didn’t quite want to give that up just yet.
Just before Madison turned 5 months I decided to try her with a little bit of sweet potato puree that I made myself and she absolutely loved it. She’d been showing signs that she was ready for food and I thought I’d just go with it. I’d waited an extra month on top of when I thought I’d start weaning and both Steve and I have been really happy with our decision. She’s such a happy baby and is absolutely loving trying new foods.
One thing I knew for sure when I thought about weaning Madison was that I wanted to make everything myself from scratch. Obviously I try and eat quite healthily myself and love cooking from scratch for every meal for my family so cooking homemade for Madison was a no brainer. I also don’t like the idea of giving her food from jars or pre-made foods because I don’t like the idea of pumping my 5 month old baby girl with lots of sugar and preservatives when there’s just no need for it. I mean, I’m not judging you if that’s what you’ve chosen to do, but for me it’s just not something I’m interested in unless I’ve forgotten to take something out with me etc. It takes barely any time to prepare food for her at the moment and it makes me so happy knowing that what I’m putting into her is healthy for her.
I started Madison on individual flavour puree’s for the first week at just one meal a day and now three weeks in Madison is already having breakfast and lunch with mixed flavours and I’ve also started building up the texture and making them thicker. Apparently the best thing to do when weaning is to build it all up quite quickly so that your baby doesn’t get too used to one thing and will happily explore the flavours and textures. I’ve found that Madison has taken to it super well and already we’re on slightly chunkier purees which she’s now gumming down to pieces she can easily swallow. Blueberry and Raspberry Porridge is by far her favourite!
To make all of my own puree’s for weaning Madison I’ve been getting ideas and recipes from Holly Willoughby’s Truly Scrumptious Baby which I have been absolutely loving so far! I’ve then been using my Tommee Tippee Steamer Blender which has been an absolute godsend for preparing Madison’s food. I’ve used the Steamer Blender since day one with weaning Madison and I am so so grateful to have been gifted it. It has made batch cooking and freezing for her an absolute breeze and I honestly couldn’t recommend it enough for anyone thinking about weaning their baby onto solid foods.
The Steamer Blender does exactly what it says on the tin and with the ease of an added timer feature it’s been super easy to cook for Maddy even when I don’t have a lot of time. With the help of recipe’s from Truly Scrumptious BabyI’ve been chopping vegetables and making purees for a few weeks now. Once all of your prep is in the measuring jug and clicked into place on the unit all you have to do is pour some water into the appropriate container and turn the machine on. You can either only steam, only blend or do a mixture of the both respectively with the built in timer. This has been the best feature for me as I’ve been able to get it all prepped, set the steamer for 10 minutes and the blender setting for 30 seconds just before I go out anywhere. So even if I don’t have time to sit around and wait for it to finish steaming, I don’t have to press go on the blender, it just does it automatically. I often end up preparing Maddy’s food either just before I go out or whilst I’m cooking tea for everyone else. It’s so easy to just chop up a few extra veggies and chuck them in to steam and blend together whilst I’m cooking anyway!
I’ve also been loving the Nom Nom Kids reusable pouches because I love the idea of the Ella’s pouches but I still want to be able to make my own food to put in them. I know Ella’s pouches are meant to be healthier but still all of those preservatives scare me! I stumbled across Nom Nom Kids on Twitter I think and was very Kindly sent a Weaning Starter Kit to try out and review. What can I say? I am obsessed!! The Reusable pouches are amazing for filling up with Madisons purees and taking out with us; even though she’s not at the stage of being able to squeeze it out herself, it’s made life much easier with squeezing it out onto her spoon so that I can feed her. They’re also fab for filling up and me packing up when she’s at her Granddad’s for the day and he finds them much easier too. They’re really easy to fill and clean and work out so much cheaper (even with the food) than buying the pouches all the time. You can pick up the Weaning Starter Kit for £20 or buy the squeeze pouches or snack packs individually from Nom Nom Kids.
How did you wean your little one? I’d love to know any tips or tricks that you have!
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