What Not To Do When Weaning

I’ve linked up to Flashback Friday. I started weaning Baby Z about May last year and it was very interesting at first…

Well, we’ve been weaning for about 4 weeks now. I’m still no expert and as expected its all a bit of trial and error and generally experimenting with lots of flavours. And, my god, the poo, the POO!! I thought one could not get anymore obsessed with poo than I already was. I had obviously never weaned before though.

At the moment we are going through “why is his poo like goat poo? Why!! Why!!”. Is that too much information? It is though, like little pellets. It feels like a bit of a seesaw balance of omitting foods, adding a lot more liquids, a bit of orange juice, a lot more massage and todays latest; prune juice. I think (THINK!) we are about halfway to finding the right balance, but I get the feeling that it will only be until the next new flavour, taste and texture is added. I hate you poo!

So, really, there’s no way I can class myself anywhere near masterful at this weaning malarkey. What I can tell you though, is the stuff you probably shouldn’t do. I have plenty of those. Don’t get me wrong, I am really enjoying it. I, no, we, are on what looks like a bit of a learning curve.

So here goes, what NOT to do. (so far!)

1. Don’t stand in the supermarket fruit and veg aisle staring at a Butternut squash wondering whether you should buy it, and if you do, how the hell are you going to cook it? Actually, how the hell are you even going to peel it? I have to admit we don’t really (ok, never!) have eaten the thing. So why do mums get obsessed by it for babies? Anyway, point is, all that staring will, at some point, result in one of the staff asking if you’re ok and if you need any help. Aka “move along lady, you’re blocking the fruit and veg aisle!”. At this point you’ll grab the squash anyway and scurry along sheepishly.

2. Don’t dress the baby in white. Mostly, enough said. But has anyone else noticed that even with a bib on, food will find it’s way behind it, over it, under it. Bibs seem a bit useless to be honest.

3. When making purees, make sure you peel the fruit / veg. It is very messy trying to get skin off afterwards and not really worth stress levels going through the roof.

4. Don’t puree everything in sight and then expect the baby to like it all. I made the mistake of getting “adventurous” and then getting sick of all the puree that all looked green. We went back to a flavour at a time. It works really well. And I LOVE (well baby does) the Ella range. It’s very nice. (and yep I taste everything I give to baby, especially if I’ve bought it ready made).

5. Balancing a bowl of baby porridge between your legs whilst you feed baby is a bad idea. He will knock it a clean 180 degrees straight onto your jeans. Trying to wipe porridge OFF jeans is a worse idea. It spreads everywhere and seems to dry into something looking like dried glue.

6. When baby looks like he’s going to sneeze with a mouthful of food, get out of the way quickly. Don’t start wondering if he will a) sneeze and b) will he spray food everywhere. He’ll do both and it’ll be on you.

7. Don’t put baby on the carpet immediately after eating. Food will get transferred onto toes that will get shoved into his mouth and, if you’re very unlucky, also get sicked up onto carpet.

8. Don’t exclaim “is someone doing a poo poo” straight after weaning. Slink away to do the dishes and casually call out to OH to change baby’s nappy. Then listen out for the horrified “oh my god!! It stinks!!”

9. Don’t give your baby coke. I haven’t done this but I’ve seen someone who has. It was just so shocking!! But I’ll stop mentioning it now, honest.

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16 Comments

  1. Mammywoo June 10, 2011 / 3:50 pm

    Hahahahaha I love number 5!!
    So true all of it.
    Great post.
    Ps- I had a butternut squash in the fridge for about a year because exactly what you wrote I did!! We could have used it to hammer in the laminate!
    Love your blog!! Will add to my Blog roll.

  2. mcai7td3 June 10, 2011 / 4:00 pm

    Thanks!! Why do mums get obsessed with squash? 🙂 and thanks for the blog roll addition too!

  3. Rachael June 10, 2011 / 10:05 pm

    Aha we love butternut squash. I mean “we” the adults. But it does appear to be baby’s favourite so far too. And Elliot gets food on his socks every meal. We now do breakfast in his sleepsuit so we only have to wear two other outfits per day.

  4. accidentally, kle June 11, 2011 / 8:13 pm

    laughed out loud at #8 lol brill! 😉

  5. mum2babyinsomniac June 13, 2011 / 9:31 pm

    Prunes are amazing at getting them to go for poos! I found a really easy way to do the butternut squash and it involves no peeling! Just cut it in half and put in an oven dish upside down in an inch of water and bake until soft. The squash just scoops out and the texture is perfect, it was Iylas fave! Oh and are there any babies out there that don’t like Ellas?!

    • mcai7td3 June 13, 2011 / 10:36 pm

      Oh thanks for that tip!! Baby loves it and I’m forever peeling the damn thing and then cutting into small squares and then mushing on the cooker. Going to try that now. You know… I wonder what else can be shoved in the oven!

  6. mum2babyinsomniac June 13, 2011 / 10:45 pm

    Yeah I found it on a website and apparently its the best way for preserving all the goodness aswell so even better! You can wrap sweet potatoes in silver foil and whack them in the oven then scoop out the middle too! 🙂

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  8. Lauren October 24, 2011 / 9:05 pm

    Brilliant list! And the paragraph all about poo made me laugh a lot.
    I also have an obsession with poo which is being passed on to Charles. He informed me the other day that poo looks like chocolate….I might have said it first.
    Today after I told him his poo was disgusting he told me “no, its poomazing!”

    • mcai7td3 October 24, 2011 / 10:27 pm

      Haha!! I love “poomazing!”

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  10. Jenny paulin August 24, 2012 / 3:46 pm

    Thank you for linking up Tas
    This is a great post and I have to admit to buying butternut squash which was already prepared as I too was scared of how to go about cooking them!! I am over that now though x x

  11. Lauren August 24, 2012 / 6:39 pm

    I still find this so funny. You’re great at writing this style of post (as well as other posts of course but I love these one particularly.
    Thank you for linking up to Flashback Friday xx

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