Today I thought I would have a pre weaning Nathananael chat.
I don’t know about you but any topic regarding babies is controversial and
leads to a multitude of unrequested and unwarranted opinions. For instance – to
breastfeed or bottle feed, to cloth bum or to use disposables, to wean at 6 months
to early wean, to swaddle or to not swaddle, to use a dummy or not use a dummy. The list goes on and on.
Why don’t we start on
the off, that we all have the best intentions when it comes to our children
because we love them and want to do the best for them. As we are human we will make mistakes as we
go along but we quickly figure it out and our children love us none the less
for it. So below I am going to share what I plan to do to wean Nathanael, this
may be your way, it might not be. If you have chosen to do things differently
this is the joys of parenting we have our own ways and none are greater than
Luke and I have held off from weaning Nathanael up till the
World Health Organizations recommendation of 6 months. In this period I have had people say because
Nate is trying to grab food he is ready, because he is putting his hands in his
mouth he is ready. However if I had gone with their advice he would have been
eating food since he was born because our son just loves putting his hands in
We specifically waited because we wanted to go with baby led
weaning for a variety of different reasons. Which I had started to list, but thought
against it, again as parents we make our choices based on the information we
have at the time, for instance I was not baby led weaned. My mum certainly
didn’t wait till I was 6 months, 26 years ago people would have thought her
ridiculous to wait that long, yet now people would be aghast for her to give a
baby food at 3 months.
Anyway with baby led weaning you simply put food in front of
your child and let them taste and explore. Food before One is fun, your child
should still be getting all their nutrition from their milk so the emphasis is
about “first tastes” not about them eating a whole meal straight away. Successful baby led weaning encourages the
whole family to eat the same meal, as our children love to imitate they will
delight in watching Daddy and Mummy eating the exact same thing that they are
Your baby can eat anything you are eating; however there
must be low salt content, low sugar content, no honey and full fat dairy must
be used. That being said a number of
convenience products that most of us working couples use such as premade
sauces, stock cubes etc are not recommended.
Today I made a batch of Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce,
curious to see what premade sauces have in them I took a read at one of the
labels and I was concerned as to what some of the ingredients actually were.
Who has heard of Maltodextrin? What actually is a stabiliser? Other sauces
included modified maize starch?
The sauce I made had 6 ingredients and I made it because I
love my son and I want him to have the best nutrition I can possibly give him.
However I have been consuming modified x and y, ingredients ending in trin and
some I can’t even pronounce. God has
given me health, he cares for me more than I can possibly imagine and I have
consumed food that is unhealthy for me.
We all like the odd naughty food once in a while, sometimes
when you are leaving your home from 8am and don’t get in till 7pm the sauce in
the jar is a necessity because you simply do not have the time.
Through this time of introducing my son to food, I will be
consciously making choices which are healthier for the whole family also. It
will be time consuming I am positive about that, however I firmly believe that
the benefits will outweigh the negatives.