We have just started formally weaning Annabelle; whilst away in the UK and Dubai we would give her the odd ‘snack’, Granny (Matt’s mum) gave her some custard, Matt gave her some yoghurt and my sister gave her some banana and pumpkin, but we weren’t following anything structured.
To be honest, I was quite scared about weaning. I felt unprepared and frankly, clueless. My sister shared her knowledge with me and let me borrow her Annabel Karmel recipe book, I also read Gina Fords weaning book and the Baby Led Weaning book. As usual I think there is a lot of literature out there that can end up overwhelming us rather than assisting us. I was worried about allergies, about choking, about her digestive system not be ready…all sorts of things, but actually I have learned, it’s fun! I love pureeing up the food (sado!) and I love feeding her, watching her reaction and making a mess.
I remember a friend of mine telling me she felt sad when she started weaning as for the first time in her baby’s life she was taking nutrition from an outside source and no longer so dependent on her mother. I could certainly understand her situation, but I’m pleased to say I find it a wonderful milestone and an exciting time ahead, possibly because I love my food so much!
The down side is that I can’t just grab my bag and run out the door now. If Annabelle gets hungry when we’re on the go I can pacify her with my boobs, but sooner or later she’s going to want some substance. The other down side is, well, the little surprises she leaves in her nappy!