I am not sure how this happened but H is now 6 months old. How did that happen? Did I blink?
Here I was blissfully unaware that my little baby was getting older while nursing her, and flipping through the pages of a mothering magazine (bought for me by my super thoughtful husband) (actually, is he trying to send me a message that my mothering is no good?) (do I really need to know the ’10 top tips from a second time mums’?) when I am confronted my a Heinz Baby Food ad, and then BAM it hit me – I need to think about feeding H food!
This was a couple of weeks ago and the main reason for a mercy dash to IKEA. Any excuse to go to IKEA is valid. I purchased myself a new high chair and a few months supply of dish scrubbing brushes. Enough to get me through until my next IKEA run anyway. I ate the meatballs with lingonberry sauce. As always.
When I announced to the family that H would be starting solids soon, J responded with, ‘but she hasn’t got any teeth.’ Well spotted J, but babies don’t need teeth to eat. I think he thought I was going to give her crisp carrot sticks or something. Anyway, his point is moot, as she cut her first tooth on Saturday, 1 day before her first taste of food. 1 day after her half birthday.
There are actually two things you need to introduce your baby to once they start solids. One is of course food, the other is water. Exclusively breastfeed babies don’t need water because they get whatever they need from your magical boobs, but once they start eating food they need water to stop their poos from turning into cement. No-one likes to poo out cement. Think about it, if you had a liquid diet, say you drank vodka for breakfast, lunch and dinner and then someone fed you a pub roast dinner, your butt would get all bunged up too.
Now comes the food time. What do I feed her and how do I do it? Do I go down the Traditional Weaning route with purees, or try the Baby Led Weaning where she eats finger food and feeds herself? I have decided to do a mix of the two, as I did with T. I am going to do Hazel Led Weaning.
Hazel (or insert the name of YOUR baby here ____) Led Weaning goes like this – you spoon feed your baby some stuff, while they play with and attempt to feed themselves some other stuff. I figure this is the best of both worlds. You can make sure they are getting some food into their belly with the spoon, while allowing them the opportunity to try and coordinate their hands and mouth, and maybe, just maybe munch on something in the process.
For these first few days, all I am doing is really just trying to let her know that other things can go into her mouth and they taste funny. I am letting her play with a spoon, and she likes that a lot. I am not really all that fussed yet if she is eating, it is just discovery at the moment.
Here she is discovering her first taste of something other than boob:
The next part of the food introduction phase is the ‘watch out for the horrid change in poo consistency and smell’ part. This part I am not looking forward to. So far, after 1 day of the tiniest bit of food that got in her mouth, poo remains the same. I know this because last night H pooed in the bath.
Does anyone remember that T liked to poo in the bath? Well, H is following in the brothers footsteps. Except she does it 18464 times more often then he did!
It usually goes like this:
Fun, fun, fun! Two babies in the bath! Splish, splash, splosh! Bubbles come from H’s butt. Uhoh. Is it just a fart? Wait…. Nope, just a fart! Splish, splash, splosh, fun resumes. And then shhhhplurggge… H giggles. Wth? Oh crap, H crapped in the bath. ‘D!!!! quick H shat in the bath again!!!’ ‘T, time to get out!’ (rinse off T with water from upstream) Throw baby #1 at husband. Grab baby #2, rinse her off. Rush off and get babies dressed for bed. Come back to clean bath, by which time it has become a swamp of orange poo floaters.
Joy of joys.
One day in the (hopefully) not too distant future, my babies will learn that poos are best done on the toilet so their mummy needn’t wash poo out of baths no more.