Learning to Love Food

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.

Wriggly is pro baby-led weaning

I did not purée anything after that and she has been feeding herself since then.

Wriggly eating melon

It might be incredibly messy, but baby-led weaning was what we needed.

Wrigglly loves biscuits

Now, Wriggly absolutely loves her food, although she ends up wearing most of it at the end of every meal.

Wriggly loves (wearing) her food

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!

Wriggly on holidays

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5 Comments

  1. 08/10/2015 / 12:38 am

    My little girl was the same, far more interested once she was allowed to feed herself. It got messy, but she ate 🙂

    • 08/10/2015 / 8:04 pm

      It’s funny, isn’t, how you expect them to be like their siblings but they end up doing their own thing?

  2. 08/10/2015 / 1:37 am

    We used one of those booster seats on holidays- it was fab! We’ve almost always done BLW and thankfully have always been in a country hot enough to allow near naked dining- really save us on washing machine bills 🙂

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  3. newmummyblogcom
    08/10/2015 / 10:51 pm

    Great post, I definitely find my daughter sometimes wants to feed herself and other times is really into purée. I’m glad you figured out what your daughter wanted. She looks like she loves food in the pictures, very cute #brilliantblogposts

  4. internationalelfservice
    12/10/2015 / 1:12 pm

    We did baby led weaning ourselves too and it worked really well. I know it isn’t for everyone but food can be so emotive, I think it’s really helpful to try different approaches….

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