Ready, Steady, Munch!

Max is now almost 19 weeks old, and on the advice of our paediatrician, weaning has begun. HUGE step, and yet another sign my boy is growing up far too fast for my liking!

I wondered how Max would take to weaning. He loves his milk, and I was unsure how a different taste and texture, as well as a new method of eating, would go down. I needn’t have worried.

I hate baby rice as a first food – I think it is bland, tasteless and smells awful, and if I hate it, why should I give it to my baby? So I started with something much more delicious – a fruit puree from Cow and Gate. We chose apple, and away we went!

As you can see, Max took it all in his stride, and managed a few spoonfuls of puree – success for Weaning: Day 1!
Yes, it’s messy, and yes it’s a slow process but in the last week, Max has done an amazing job – taking more food at every sitting, and trying a couple of new flavours from the Cow and Gate fruit pouches range – the favourites seem to be apple and pear. 
I chose to start weaning with the Cow and Gate pouches for a few reasons:
  • The pouches are easy, convenient and transportable, and can be resealed and stored in the fridge – perfect for the start of weaning, when you only use a small amount at a time.
  • They are made from 100% fruit – no flavourings, colourings or preservatives. Just fruity goodness.
  • They are what I call ‘proper’ purees – totally smooth, the right consistency for spoon feeding, and as close to the texture of milk as you will get.

Max has now become an expert at this weaning malarkey, and gets excited when he sees a spoon coming. Think it might just be time to get a highchair, and start in earnest. I plan to use a mixture of purees and baby-led weaning methods to allow Max to try as many flavours and textures as possible. Watch this space for updates!

You can read more about Cow and Gate on their website or on their Facebook page.
* We were sent some Cow & Gate fruit pouches for review purposes, but all thoughts and opinions are my own*

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17 Comments

    • September 10, 2013 / 1:28 pm

      LOL I know what you mean – he did look surprised, but in a good way.

  1. September 10, 2013 / 2:05 pm

    Awwww my kids are almost 11 and 7 now and I remember this time so well! I had the same opinion of baby rice so gave mine weetabix with baby milk. Izzy hated it and Xavier couldn’t get enough. X

  2. September 10, 2013 / 3:01 pm

    I hate baby rice too! Bleurgh. Started Chlo on a mashed banana 🙂

  3. September 10, 2013 / 3:04 pm

    cant believe he is that old already!! lovely pics x

    • September 12, 2013 / 12:26 pm

      Seems baby rice is very unpopular lol!

  4. September 10, 2013 / 6:52 pm

    We have recently started weaning too, I missed out the baby rice stage as I find it vile.

  5. September 10, 2013 / 7:19 pm

    I just loved weaning my kids, we did Baby Led Weaning with them and they took to it so well!

  6. September 10, 2013 / 9:18 pm

    Aww we have just started weaning Rosie, she is very almost 6 months – I love weaning my babies, but Rosie is not too keen yet. I can’t wait to get cracking with all the different tastes and textures.

  7. September 11, 2013 / 6:42 am

    We’re HUGE fans of Cow & Gate over at Love From Mummy HQ but i had no idea they did these pouches. We will be starting to wean our littlest next month so will definitely be stocking up on these. Great review hun xx
    Vikki
    Love From Mummy

  8. September 11, 2013 / 12:45 pm

    Aw how cute! surpising sienna loved baby rice! But she loves to eat anything and everything haha! x

  9. September 11, 2013 / 6:13 pm

    Bless, weaning seems like a lifetime ago now. I can remember sweet potato puree being a favourite here. I did everything myself and bulk froze it, great way of trying different combinations too! Good luck

  10. September 16, 2013 / 9:06 am

    I remember weaning, I remember being quite worried about the whole process. Max looks like he is doing an amazing job, you both do. I hope it continues to go well.

    Thanks for linking up with Small Steps Amazing Achievements :0)
    x

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