Is it just me or are the weekends flying by? How is it Monday again? It may be the darker nights or possibly just my desperation dying for Carl to get home from work to give me 5 minutes to “de-baby myself” (aka change into a top not covered in milk puke/dribbles) but Monday seems to come around even quicker now.
I have been a little quiet on the blogging side of things lately as we have had so much going on! Annie is finally into a routine of sleeping 7pm-6.30am (yay!) but this means I am exhausted in the evening from trying to find ways to occupy her during the day! We are also up to a spoon feed at each bottle feed now so I am normally tied to the kitchen cooker rustling up some sort of baby speciality (Carl will tell you that is where I belong).
I have had so many questions since saying that we started spoon feeding Annie earlier especially as it wasn’t on the plan to do so but luckily it is going so well! She loves each of her feeds and 99% of the time she gorbs them down. I’m going to try and answer a few of the questions I most commonly get asked below but any I haven’t covered feel free to send me a message.
I initially didn’t know where to start. Everyone had told me to start of on the baby rice so that is what I did and she loved it! Not knowing where to begin I also used the Annabel Karmel weaning books (we were kindly gifted these by a friend of Carls) as well as the Holly Willoughby Truly Scrumptious Baby. These books are definitely a must have in my eyes!
The Annabel Karmel book had a baby weaning schedule for week one onwards and I found it very helpful to know what and when to feed Annie. Both books also have a tonne of recipes for 6 months plus but with us starting weaning early we have just kept with the 6 month recipes for now.
We started with one lunch time feed during week one and two and progressed to lunch and bed at week three and four. This was slightly different from the book which said a morning and lunch feed but we were trying to get Annie sleeping through the night and the bedtime feed definitely helped! Now we are up to a spoon feed at each bottle feed, roughly four times a day, and she loves her grub!
I also make up all Annie’s foods (excluding banana, baby rice & porridge) a couple of weeks in advance and freeze them in their portions. They can stay in the freezer for up to 8 weeks so it is very handy!
What types of things do I feed Annie?
At the minute this is our routine:
Morning (6.30am) 8oz bottle & baby porridge
Mid morning (10/10.30am) 8oz bottle & rusk or baby rice mixed with a pear or apple puree
Lunch (2/2.30pm) 8oz bottle & a vegetable medley e.g. parsnip, potato and carrot OR a single veg puree e.g. green beens or broccoli
Bedtime (6.30pm) 8oz bottle & rusk or baby rice mixed with a pear or apple puree (the opposite of what she had at her mid morning snack)
Obviously every baby is different but this is what is working for us at the minute.
So far we have tried a lot of different single food purees e.g. carrot, parsnip, potato, sweet potato, butternut squash, green beans, broccoli, cauliflower, apple and pear. Now we are moving onto vegetable and fruit mixes e.g. potato with carrot and parsnip or apple and pear. You can find a lot of veg medley’s in both Truly Scrumptious Baby & Annabel Karmel’s books.
Why did I think Annie was ready for her spoon feeds?
Annie was forever clearing her bottles and no bottle ever seemed to fill her. At only 12 weeks old she was drinking all of her 8oz bottles (over what was recommended!) Since introducing her spoon feeds she is more of a content baby, her reflux is more settled, she enjoys her feeds, she has moved to four hourly feeds and is sleeping through the night. The government recommend not spoon feeding your baby until they are 6 months old so do check with your Health Visitor/GP before starting. We did and it was the best choice for us at that time but every baby is different.
I hope this answers a lot of the baby weaning questions but if you have any don’t be afraid to comment/send me a message. Speaking to other mums is definitely how I have learnt!