With each of my children, I remember excitement building up as we were getting closer to the time of introducing solids.
Can you imagine tasting food for the first time? What a treat for the taste buds to bring in exciting new flavours! Just picture yourself living in blurry black and white to suddenly wake up to life in a sharp, colourful, high-definition world.
Sorry, I digress. Although weaning was at the back of my mind for a long time, I was not in a hurry. Weaning Jumpy had resulted in a lot of pain for my little girl, stress for us all and several trips to hospital, so I did not intend to introduce anything other than breast milk until Wriggly was at least six months old.
When I was finally ready to wean Wriggly, she was not remotely interested. It took months before I managed to feed her a spoonful of purée. If I remember well, she was over 8 months old when she stopped wincing, spitting or keeping her lips tightly shut when I was trying to feed her. Although she would eat small amounts, food was still not her favourite thing.
Then one day, I left a couple of pieces of cooked meat on the tray of her highchair and she helped herself, beaming. All this time I had been trying to force-feed my baby when all she wanted was to get a bit of independence.
I did not purée anything after that and she has been feeding herself since then.
It might be incredibly messy, but baby-led weaning was what we needed.
Now, Wriggly absolutely loves her food, although she ends up wearing most of it at the end of every meal.
I loved being in the South of France this summer. It was so warm I could get away with leaving Wriggly in her nappy for lunch!
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