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From Breast to Small Food Fest – Beginning the Weaning Process

Kiiara will be 6 months old on the 29th of this month and I don’t think i’m ready for her to be that age just yet.

Since she’s our last baby for a long while, i’m trying to hold on to her petiteness that little bit longer even though I know it’s not possible and they all grow up eventually.

Seeing as how she’s nearly 6 months old I know that I will have to start giving her food soon. I usually start with baby puree jars that are 4 months+ but if I’m honest I have a great deal of sadness knowing I’m going to be doing this soon as she’s currently solely getting milk from me and I just love our bond. I know it will be the main source of nourishment for her for a little while longer but it’s the thought of her growing up that scares me.

I might come across as selfish but I think when you know it’s your last baby for a long time or your last one completely, you hang on to them that little bit tighter. I think it’s just a Mum thing and it could be contributed by the fact my oldest baby is going to be 8 years old in 2 weeks time. They all seem to be growing up far too quickly for my liking.

Anyhow there is a thing called baby-led weaning where you give your babies from the age of 6 months onwards, finger foods. I know a lot of parents have taken this approach with their children but it terrifies me to say the least. I’ve always been an overprotective Mum and i’d also say i’m overly cautious too but there is a reason behind it, which is Wyatt…

…I tried the baby-led weaning with him when he was younger and he started choking and turned blue after devouring a piece of toast. Ever since then it terrified me to give them finger foods until atleast 9 months old or when they begin to grow more teeth and can handle it better, but it’s just a personal choice from my experiences.

Even though I have had four children i’m always nervous about that transition from smooth puree baby jars to finger foods. When I first start, I prefer to have somebody in the house with me just incase something bad happens. I was the same with Aurora when I started weaning her.

I guess after the experience with Wyatt my confidence has shrunk but I pushed through. When I first started giving Aurora finger foods, it was usually strawberries, bananas and she eventually tried eggy bread. I slowly started introducing more foods to her and added in the toast but when I did, I watched her like a hawk and didn’t move an inch until she’d finished. Any slight gag, i’d be on egg shells but I managed to calm myself and let her learn the appropriate skills she needed to eat properly.

Now she eats everything! Starting weaning that little bit later than the recommended 6 months hasn’t affected her development at all and it’s given me that extra time to slowly do it at our own pace and not feel pressured. It also gave my nerves some rest.

I will be doing the same with Kiiara by slowly starting off with baby puree jars and of course continue to breastfeed too. I’m not ready to give that up just yet. I was breastfeeding Aurora until she was 14 months old but then my milk dried up because of my pregnancy with Kiki.

As I prepare myself for the weaning of Kiiara, I will also have to start potty training Aurora. So far I haven’t made much progress with her – she doesn’t seem to want to park her tiny bottom on the potty, but i’m sure she will do it in her own time (Stubborn ass! Excuse the pun).

I forgot how much hard work it is to have a toddler and a baby at the same time with Faith and Wyatt being much older now, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. They will be a mischievous pair running around together. I can see it now just how Faith and Wyatt were when they were toddlers – I hope Aurora and Kiiara cut me a bit of slack though.

Let the fun begin!

 

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-Zoe

 

 

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