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Old Nov 8th, 2012, 16:42 PM   1
Meredith2010
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Thinking about starting to wean - at 6 months


So DD is 5 months and 1 week and still just on milk. I started weaning DS at 17 weeks so did purees etc with him. Seeing as DD will be starting much later than that (haven't really even thought about weaning her yet as she's perfectly content on milk), I think I'm going to go down the BLW route more - purely because I'm lazy and want to make life as easy as possible!

I'm not fussed about doing it strictly - I'm not against feeding her from a spoon as it's just the faff off pureeing that I want to avoid. But this is all new to me as DS was started so much earlier.

How would/did you start with a 6 month old? She doesn't drink much milk as it is so I don't want her to cut it back even more as I know how important it is for a while yet.



 
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Old Nov 8th, 2012, 16:54 PM   2
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My son started at 6.5 months.

He had normal adult foods, all home-made - spaghetti bolognese, macaroni cheese, lentil and veggy soups, scrambled egg and baked beans, jacket potaotes and tuna..... those things for lunch/dinner

And weetabix or readybrek or porridge for breakfast.

I started on just a lunch then added in breakfast after a week and then he was on 3 meals after about 1 month into weaning.

I offered milk as normal, and solids were offered about 40 mins after a milk feed.

I spoonfed both my LOs - no purees or anything, just the above foods chopped through with a knife, or mashed with a fork



 
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Old Nov 8th, 2012, 17:12 PM   3
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That sounds pretty much just the kind of thing I want to do - thanks! So do I literally just offer her some chopped/mashed lunch one day?! It just seems so alien after going through all the stages with DS.

Sorry to sound so thick :-)



 
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Old Nov 9th, 2012, 04:33 AM   4
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Stick shapes are best for babies starting out. So if you are having salad, big sticks of cucumber are good for the baby - anything they can hold in their fist and have a big bit poke out the top. Same with vegetables - potato wedges work well, also sweet potato wedges and cooked carrot sticks. These might be veg you would be having with your own meal. You just offer some on the highchair tray and let LO play with it.

I would strongly recommend reading the BLW book.



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Old Nov 9th, 2012, 06:53 AM   5
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Yep, it feels odd giving them their first piece of food after all those months of just milk lol but that's what you do! We started at 6 months with steamed broccoli as the stem is the perfect handle and they can munch on the floret. Then we did things like sticks of cucumber to gum, homemade sweet potato fries (he LOVES!), pieces of fruit and then moved into all the other foods.. he was eating pastas, rice dishes, fajitas, etc. etc. for dinner, cereals like shredded wheat, muffets, nutrios etc. and toast, waffles, french toast etc. for breakfast! Its lots of fun.

Don't worry about cutting down on milk.. continue milk feeds as you normally would and then offer food once/twice a day about 45-60 minutes after a feed so she's not super hungry or super full. At 10 months I don't think my LO has cut down on any milk lol but it's hard to judge BFing...

I'll second the comment on reading the BLW book by Gill Rapley.. lots of great info!

Have fun!!



 
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Old Nov 9th, 2012, 22:52 PM   6
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I'll add another plug for the BLW weaning book by Gill Rapley, the BLW cookbook is great too

LO literally eats everything we eat, just modified to work for her
If I'm cooking something with ground beef/turkey/chicken, I make sure to leave the meat in larger chunks than I normally would so she can grab them
I cut chicken into strips instead of chunks
Veggies cut into finger shaped strips as much as possible - some are ok raw like cucumber and some need to be cooked like sweet potato, carrots etc
Most of the fruit I give her is soft right now - bananas, cooked apple slices, canned pears
Toast fingers and slices of biscuits, waffles, crepes,pancakes etc (no syrup, but sugar free fruit spread or fruit puree is fine)
I make sure to cook up a bit of rotini pasta for her if we're having pasta as rotini is an easy shape for her to pick up an eat
Any kind of sticky rice is easy for them to pick up before they get a pincer grip sorted out
If we're having something that needs a spoon, I load the spoon and then hand it to her so she can feed herself

She still has just as much milk, I'll let her cut down on her nursing when she's ready. Babies don't usually make the connection between solid food and hunger until 9-10 months so usually will continue to have the same amount of milk feeds until that age



 
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