Beanie Boy is will be 17 weeks old next Tuesday and for the last couple of weeks I’ve been contemplating weaning? One minute I think I need to get started, the next I’m telling myself that I should wait until he is 6 months old as per the Government recommendations. Whenever we’re eating as a family, he looks like he wants to jump right out of his seat and grab whatever food we have, so he’s definitely showing an interest in food. I’ve been exclusively breastfeeding him and this is going well but I’m starting to feel like he needs more, he’s gone from sleeping through the night for weeks to now waking 2 or 3 times a night.
Of course there is the other thing which I’m hoping weaning him will help – his reflux! He’s not being as sick as he was before but he is still being quite sick after feeds so perhaps if he has something a little bit more substantial it might sit better in his tummy?
When Little Bean was a baby I followed every “rule” to a “T” and I didn’t offer her baby rice until she was 6 months. I had a terrible journey through weaning and beyond (still struggling now) and I don’t want to have the same issues with Beanie Boy. I wonder if my problems with Little Bean not accepting solids and new tastes was because I had waited too long?
I can honestly say I have totally lost my confidence in this area of bringing up baby and the closer we are getting to weaning the more anxious I am becoming. What do I need to start him on, how much, how often, when do I need to introduce new foods, flavours and textures. All these questions are spinning round and round in my head – I just don’t know which way to go and could really do with as much advice as you parents out there can afford me. To make matters worse, the story in the news today is that we should be weaning our little ones at four months to prevent food allergies, resistance to food etc etc. But when I saw my Health Visitor earlier, I asked her what I should be doing and she said that despite what they say in the news, they haven’t been told anything official so just ignore the news and stick to exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months. Talk about confusing!
What would you do?