In some ways, I can’t believe that two months have flown by since we started weaning but at the same time, I struggle to remember what it was like to exclusively breastfeed. I guess that’s the joy and sorrow of having children; you’re happy for any new skill they acquire but wish that time wouldn’t pass so quickly.
So what’s changed during the past month?
Well, nothing apart from BB’s increasing appetite and blatant coveting of all food. Seriously, this boy can eat. And eat. And eat some more. And then fit in pudding. In contrast to CK, who I shed tears over trying to wean, BB is a smiling, food-loving delight.
We’re now on to three meals a day; eighty percent purée, twenty percent finger food. I’d love to say that I’m completely on board with baby led weaning but, although I believe in the concept, it still makes me a little nervous. BB has tried little bits of finger food and I’ve given him small portions of some of our meals. I can’t say which method he prefers because he’s happy with whatever you put in front of him. Even broccoli and banana which he steadfastly refused a few weeks ago, are quickly devoured nowadays. At this moment in time, I can’t think of a single thing that he doesn’t like. The little greedy guts.
I’m still breastfeeding (we’ve dropped a feed since last month though) but BB also has a little bit of cooled boiled water at every meal. He loves his little baby cup and while half of the water ends up down his bib, half makes it in to his mouth. I’m a huge fan of these cups and while it’s not quite as easy in the short-term, it means we can skip the bottle and sippy cup phase all together (you can read about the benefits here).
At eight months old, this is BB’s feeding routine:
09:00 Breakfast – cereal, fruit, yoghurt (200g)
12:00 Lunch – meat and vegetables (130g) followed by fruit, yogurt or cheese (100g)
13:00 Pre nap milk (BB naps from 13:00 to 15:30)
17:00 Dinner – similar to lunch but different combinations
18:30 Pre sleep milk (BB sleeps from 19:00 to 09:00)
06:00 Night milk
I have no idea whether this is right, wrong, too little, too much, as this time around I’ve consulted absolutely zero baby books and gone more with instinct, feeling and BB’s reaction. He’s happy, healthy and really enjoying his weaning adventure. What more could a mama ask for?