WEANING TWITTER CHAT
Last night dietitians from all four corners of the world, came together on twitter to chat about weaning. There were more than 500 tweets in 1 hour and lots of tips and experiences were shared so I thought I would capture a few for your benefit.
- A variety of tastes and textures is key to successful weaning and a lower risk of fussy eating later in life
- Mum is an important role model. Its important for mum to not influence her little one with her likes and dislikes
- Having family meals together may help your baby accept new flavours (a spoon for baby and a spoon for mum) and gets them ready for fmaily meals later
- Never give up, after many attempts they may eventually accept that new flavour
- Babyled weaning may encourage self feeding but may not be suitable for slow developers. Its ok to combine spoon feeding with self feeding.
- Spoon feeding has its place if done properly. Let your baby come to the spoon and not the other way round.
- Weaning is great time for the whole family to start some new eating habits
- Don’t feel you have to cook new recipes when weaning. Amend family favourites to make sure they are low in salt and sugar
- Cook in bulk and freeze for days when you are not cooking.
- Keep commercial weaning foods for when you need the convenience, they are not for everyday.
- If you are worried about the choking risk, do a first aid course so you know what to do if it ever happens.
- Expect lots of mess but have fun!
Catch up on the full twitter chat here: Weaning
We went to a hotel last weekend and I was dreading it. It was nice to get away but how would I feed Oscar away from our kitchen? Should I take a small break from weaning? PANIC!
This is where ready made purees play a role. I think that ready-prepared baby foods are often demonised and you are a ‘bad mother’ if you ever consider using a jar! But I am a realist. Homemade weaning foods play a key role in forming future eating habits but they are not always easily portable. Ready made purees can help you continue weaning when you don’t have access to a kitchen. I especially liked the squeezable sachets as I only needed to carry a spoon and a bib.
Here are a couple of things to consider;
- Check the ingredients list. Avoid those that contain added salt or sugar.
- Choose the right stage of ready made food for your little one (they are classed by stage). If they are having textured at home, try to get one that is textured.
- Use your pram as a high chair if they need support. It can get so messy having them sit on your knee, if they can’t sit in a restaurant high chair.
- Carry spare bibs. I found some disposable bibs I could throw away or use a plastic one you can easily wash in your hotel room.
- Always carry a change of clothes for you and your baby
- Be wary of distractions. Oscar was so distracted at breakfast in the hotel, he refused to eat. I found it easier to feed him in our hotel room beforehand.
- Weaning on the go gets easier. As babies progress through the stages, they can start to eat your food (minus salt and sugar!). Just mash some of the boiled vegetables with your fork or cut a piece of toast into soldiers.
- The occasional meal out can still be homemade. Just get a plastic container that you can put your homemade puree in
- Food safety is important. You may want to consider a cooler bag for your purees so they remain cool when you are out and about.
TOP TIP: Don’t worry about using some ready made purees. They are great for travelling or that one day you are short on time and don’t have anything at home.