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Weaning: Getting Started

Well Bubs is now over 5 and a half months and my preparations are underway to start weaning! Bubs can sit up on her own, she can pick up food and put it in her mouth, and she is showing a real interest in food, and so I think we are ready, according to the DoH guidelines.

I am planning on trying baby led weaning with Bubs, as I think it sounds like a great idea! I read the book by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett, and I must say it was so easy to read, and made the whole process sound very clear and easy to do, and made me feel confident that I could do it! Baby led weaning (of BLW for short) is so easy, I keep thinking there must be more to it!

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I would recommend this book if you’re interested in BLW

As bubs can sit up, and has been wanting to try food, she has already tried some cucumber, banana, broccoli and apple. It’s usually when I am eating that she will show an interest. She likes to hold it, suck it, and she has gnawed a little off as well (or so it seems from the nappies!).

What We Have Bought:

I have now bought a high chair after recommendations from twitter. The Ikea Antilop is great, it is only £16 and it seems to do the job!

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The Antilop High Chair…Bargain at £16!

I also bought a shower curtain to go underneath, as I have been told it gets messy!

I have also bought these delightful cups from My Baby Cups. I really want to encourage Bubs to drink out of a cup rather than bottles or sippy cups, so I am really looking forward to using these.

Baby Cups
Baby Cups

My Mum also bought me this plate and cutlery set, it’s so cute! Although she may not use it to start with, I will keep that for later on.

some of the things I have bought ready for BLW!
some of the things I have bought ready for BLW!

Food: I have bought avocado, cucumber, houmous, apples, bananas, pears, peppers, baby corn, mangetout, potato and rice cakes which we will try over the next week. I say we as I will probably be eating all this too (Well, I am trying to eat more healthily!)

So I think I’m all set. If you’re starting to wean, or are weaning, or have any posts related to weaning, why not comment below, so we can all support and help each other?

Or, please give me your helpful hints and tips for weaning in the comments below!



6 thoughts on “Weaning: Getting Started”

  • I used a shower curtain cut into two piece with Joshua 🙂 Cup wise i found some amazing cups that encourage normal cup drinking and joshua loves them they are called doidy cups x

  • Oh wow – looks like you are good to go! Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to see how your little girl enjoys her new experiences. Shower curtain is a great idea. I’ve definitely always used something under the highchair and often wished for wooden flooring instead of the carpet we’ve got. People do comment that BLW is messy but having puree fed my first and BLW my second and third I can honestly say that dropped puree is far harder to clean up than a whole broccoli floret 😉 I love BLW and open cup drinking (I know that one’s obvs!!). It’s a wonderful journey and voyage of discovery. Wishing you both lots of fun x

  • Found you via the baby shower on Mums Make Lists 🙂

    I’m planning to do BLW with my second. He’s only 10 weeks at the moment so it’s a little while off but I know how fast time flies. I’ll be interested to see how it works out for you. I think BLW is going to fit in with our lifestyle much better – after all, I don’t purée food for the rest of us! Mind you, purées weren’t as much of a faff as I thought they would be when I did it with No.1. However, I want to give BLW a go.

    It can indeed get messy. A shower curtain is a good idea! I used a piece of oil cloth material, but what’s the difference really?!

    Good luck with it!

    • Thanks for the comment! Yes I have just written another post about our first week, it is going well so far! It seems so easy at the moment, I am wondering if I am doing it right!

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