Amelia has been so amazing with weaning lately. When she first started at around 6 months old I was a bit worried as she was sick every time she had solids – I think her gag reflex just didn’t agree with this strange lumpy stuff that doesn’t come from a bottle! All she was keeping down was purée out of jars which I didn’t think was filling enough for a 6 month old baby!
After a month of this on-off eating, I decided to go for a more baby-lead weaning approach. This has had great results and it felt like a real breakthrough after just the first week! My health visitor – Sue- said that the chewing motion between the ages of 6 months and a year old are very important for speech development so this spurred me on further to make sure she really is having that proper feeding experience.
In addition to this, Amelia has had quite a shock as I was mainly giving her water and limited her bottles quite suddenly to only 3 a day! – I’m so proud that she has taken to it like a duck to water though!!
She seems to really enjoy peppers, tomato slices, cheddar’s, cheese puffs, cucumber , grated cheese and banana. I’m really trying to firmly implement these different tastes at a young age so they stick in future.
Personally, I am very fussy with giving a baby/toddler sugar and I really don’t like young children having too much chocolate and sweets; therefore I am very against Amelia having juice (squash) and sugary foods like sweets and chocolate. I am striving to firmly cement her preferences and main food source focused on fruit and veg and pure and healthy foods and drinks. This is why I only let Amelia only have formula and water. Myself, I have never liked water and I think it is because it wasn’t fully enforced at a young impressionable age. Water is so good for the body and skin, and has amazing health benefits so I want Amelia to depend on this more than anything.
I think it’s really important to have mealtimes together as a family so I will also be trying to enforce this too. Going to stay & play groups has bought Amelia’s eating on leaps and bounds; I think this is because she is seeing and copying other children. This is the best way for children to learn new skills
Now Amelia is a year old and I’m still sticking with this healthy approach. I love to make homemade semi purée foods. They include a lot of different colours and types of vegetable such as potato, carrot, swede, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli and spinach. Now formula milk is totally out of the equation and natural sources of iron are being depleted in her body, it is totally down to the foods she is fed to make sure her vitamin and iron sources are prominent and varied.
If you’re stuck and unsure on the best fruit and vegetables to give your child and what sources of vitamins and minerals are obtained from them, here is Amelia’s regular intake and a list of what they supply:
Broccoli – Vitamin A, C, E, K, B, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium
Potato – Vitamin B, C, Potassium
Carrot – Vitamin A, K, C, B, E, Potassium, Fiber
Swede – Vitamin C, B, Potassium, Fiber, Calcium
Brussels Sprouts – Vitamin C, K, B, Potassium, Omega3
Cauliflower – Vitamin C, K, B, Omega3, Potassium, Protein
Spinach – Vitamin K, A, B, C, E, Potassium, Calcium, Protein
Orange – Vitamin C, Fiber, Vitamin B, Potassium, Calcium
Pear – Vitamin B, C, E, Protein, Potassium, Fiber
Banana – Vitamin C, Potassium, Fiber
Apple – Vitamin C, Fiber
Tomato – Vitamin C, K, A, B, E, Potassium, Fiber, Iron, Protein
Peppers – Vitamin A, E, C, B, Potassium
Cheese –Vitamin A, B, Protein, Calcium
I added the cheese in because its a major favorite of Amelia’s and such a great source of Calcium.
These fruit and vegetables should be solidly implemented between the ages of 6 months and 1 year. try not to introduce too many different foods at once as this can become confusing. If ant foods are rejected, keep trying them over and over because enjoyed tastes cannot be determined in only one try and most foods you present to your 6 month old will be rejected at first until a liking is sustained.
And remember, at this age.. food is fun!!