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How We Chose to Wean + Giveaway

When Piglet was born the one thing I felt totally indifferent about was weaning. I was never particularly excited about getting him started on “real” food. Quite happily plodding along with milk I just assumed we would start weaning at 6 months.

The guidelines these days state you should start weaning at 6 months, and most places indicate that baby led weaning is the way forward. I had a look at baby led weaning when I was pregnant and I knew straight away I wouldn’t be able to be a die-hard baby led weaner. Although I agree that finger food is nice and easy for little ones, I personally think that a loaded spoon is a recipe for disaster!

I digress. This post is about how we ended up weaning Piglet, and what I would do differently if I was doing it again.

How We Chose To Wean | Weaning your baby can be a complete minefield. This post doesn't contain any tips or hints, it just states how we did it. I don't believe there is a one size fits all solution for weaning, whether it is baby led weaning or purees, you just have to muddle along like the rest of us! http://oddhogg.com

Since Piglet turned out to not be the big fat baby we all anticipated our initial plans for weaning went out the window. We were advised to wean him early, in an effort to get some extra calories into him. As he was only 19 weeks old he was to be weaned by purees rather than baby led.

The issue I had with this is that I didn’t want to be battling to get him to take the food. He took to it straight away though, hoovering down almost anything I gave him. (Except avocado – he’s still not a fan now!)

I started him off on single fruit or veggies, carrot, sweet potato, apples, pears etc. and then started mixing them together. He ate it all, not fussy at all! I loved these white hot safety spoons from Munchkin. When the food is too hot the tip of the spoons go white, avoiding all uncertainty about the right temperature.

How We Chose To Wean | Piglet 5 months old http://oddhogg.com

I preferred to make his food myself at home. Although he would eat some of the sachets if we were out and about, I didn’t feel like the texture represented food he could come to expect in the future. They are that much smoother than I make myself and so we didn’t use them very often.

As he got older though, I stopped pureeing his food. Although he had no teeth (and didn’t get any until nearly 10 months old) he would use his gums to mash up the lumps. He seemed to enjoy the textures.

Just because we were spoon feeding, it didn’t stop it being a messy activity. I have always encouraged Piglet to take a spoon and let him touch food. He likes to get involved, and that meant washing a certain amount of food out of his hair!

How We Chose To Wean | Piglet 7 Months Old http://oddhogg.com

When we got to 6 months I started to introduce dairy, eggs and meat. To this day Piglet is still not a fan of meat. He seems to like the taste, but ends up spitting it out. I’m hoping as he gets more teeth he will be able to chew it and swallow better!

He started to have finger foods which he absolutely loves! At first it was just bits and pieces here and there, but at around 8 months it became a major feature in most of his meals. He is getting more independent by the day and often doesn’t like to be spoon fed. However, once the main meal is over and it’s time for some yoghurt he’s quite happy to take it from a spoon.

How We Chose To Wean | Piglet 10 months old http://oddhogg.com

If I were ever to be in this particular situation again I would do everything the exact same way. It really worked for us. That said, if it hadn’t been for the weight gain issues then I wouldn’t have started the food so early. Piglet was ready, it was clear by the way he took to food immediately, but he was also quite happy in himself with just milk.

As with most things parenting related – I don’t think there is a one size fits all method for weaning. Some babies will love baby led weaning, and others need to ease in with pureed or mashed food at first. The fear of choking can really get some parents feeling uptight about weaning, and if that’s you then it’s totally ok to take it slow and ease in to finger foods!

Although we didn’t give Piglet many shop bought foods when the time came to wean, I do love the ease of taking the sachet’s out and about with you. I discovered the Fill n Squeeze  range and think it’s such a clever idea. You can make the food yourself and then fill the refillable pouches for taking out and about with you.

For older children you can puree from fruit and mix it was greek yoghurt in the pouches. Popping them in the freezer then grabbing them to take on a day out.

If you want to get your hands on a starter pack, containing the pouch filler and 5 squeezeable pouches, then just enter below.

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12 Comments


  1. // Reply

    I love reading about people’s weaning adventures. We’be not found it the easiest of journeys, I wish it had come so naturally as it seemed to for piglet! Also, those spoons sound amazing!!
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      They are fab – just eliminates any uncertainty


  2. // Reply

    We’ve really struggled with weaning, we were making good progress from six months, but then little N was poorly and went backwards, only taking a bottle. We’ve not given up and we’re starting to make progress again – he’s a big fan of finger foods, but like Piglet he’s always happy to be spoon fed if it’s yogurt!


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      It’s tough when they’re not well and don’t have much appetite. Fingers crossed he picks up the pace soon


  3. // Reply

    Such a great idea and fab prize!


  4. // Reply

    There are so many different ways you can wean your child. We starTed at 5 months with purees, and didn’t do baby led weaning at all which I have no problem at all. Now that she’s at nursery she’s eating a whole range of food and her appetite is huge now. Don’t worry too much about meat, Piglet will get there. Thanks for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x
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    That photo is adorable! It sounds like you went about it the right way and had a successful weaning adventure. We had to start weaning my daughter at 4 months with prune purée as she was suffering from constipation at that time – luckily she liked it and we soon tried other fruit and vegetables. We stuck with purees for quite a long time, though. I would probably do it differently if I had to do it again. #fortheloveofblog


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    As someone who is soon to be weaning our second daughter this is so helpful thankyou! I am dreading it as our first Daughter showed no desire to eat whatsoever- hoping Neve will be different – she certainly gets enough milk!! 🙂 thanks for sharing #littleleaps


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    I remember getting really stressed when we first started weaning my daughter at 6 months. She wasn’t interested at all for at least another month or so. Next time I know to be more relaxed when it comes to weaning, like you say, there is no one size fits all. Easier just to go with the flow and take baby’s lead.

    #littleleaps
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