Our weaning journey started 2 months ago. When I started it was just one meal a day and now my girl is 6 months and having 3 meals a day.
My little girl on her weight chart started with 50th centile and then dropped to 25th centile. She was exclusively breastfeeding First few months. On the advice of health visitor I start topping her up with formula twice a day. But still dropping on weight chart. She is very active, plays well and doing everything perfectly fine.
As she was dropping her centile lines I followed my mummy instinct and considered weaning earlier than guidelines. My baby taught me a lot. What she likes, what can she take, what can she digest. After coming on solids three times a day she is picking up again.
I started her food with baby rice. Well usually everyone says to start with rice. My girl wasn’t really into it. I tried few times but she didn’t like it. Then I bought Aptamil banana porridge and to my amazement. She loved it.
It’s very easy to make. Just add one table spoon to a bowl and 3 tablespoon of warm water or formula milk or breastmilk.
In the same porridge i started adding purees( apple and pear) . I was not experimenting at the beginning because it was still early for her digestive system to adjust.
Her poo changed and the consistency as well. One thing that worried me was she was not pooping daily. Her poo turned hard and she became constipated. My mistake and I didn’t realize. I have to give her lots of water with solids. Now I give her water whenever I can and things started coming back to normal. Still she poo every 2 days but better than before.
Till one month porridge and purees are the only one meal I was making for her. By her 5th month, I started giving her hint of everything. For e.g. If I’m eating boiled egg I mash it’s yolk and gave. She asked for more. Likewise, I had avocado and I offered her with it as well.
Similarly, I gave her lots of easy digestible foods. Some she liked a lot and some of them she didn’t. Those she didn’t like she push it away from mouth or puked. So the list of first food I started from 4 months are as follows:
- Baby banana porridge (loved it)
- Apple puree (loved it)
- Pear puree (loved it)
- Potato mash (50,50)
- Avocado (loved it)
- Sweet potato puree (liked it)
- Banana puree (she puked straight away)
- Carrot puree (liked it)
At 6 months,
- Cauliflower and potato mash
- Carrot, peas and sweet potato mash
- Semolina porridge
- Chicken,Rice and lentil soup
- Full fat yoghurt with puree
- Butternut squash puree
- Peach puree
- Oaty porridge
- Scrambled egg
- Boiled egg yolk
- Cauliflower cheese
- Diluted fresh orange juice
- Fresh apple juice
And I’m still on my way trying different things. She loved all of these things. I make all my baby food at home. If anybody interested in baby food recipes leave a comment below.