Weaning. It’s fun and stressful in equal measure. At first it can seem overwhelming, but with a bit of preparation it’s actually really exciting and not too difficult. There are a few things I wish I’d known in advance though.
Things I wish I’d known about weaning
Oh god, the poo. I didn’t realise how bad it would be. You get used to the milky newborn explosions. You learn to deal with them. Then suddenly it all changes. Weaning poo is basically adult poo. It absolutely stinks. Plus the pattern gets all messed up so you become obsessed. “Has he been today?”, you find yourself asking your other half. “Gosh, he didn’t go yesterday either. What should we do? Shall I buy some prunes?”. Other times you find yourself saying, “He’s done another one? That’s the fourth one today!”. It’s like the newborn days again. Constant poo obsession.
You get obsessed
You get obsessed by all things weaning related, not just poo. Has he had enough food? Too much? Should he be having that? When can we give him this? You find yourself Googling all the time. Or checking the various books you’ve bought. How on earth our parents weaned us before Google, I’ll never know (*eye roll emoji*).
Weaning is messy. That seems really obvious now, but before we started I thought it couldn’t possibly be that bad. My carpet is pretty much ruined. I highly recommend buying some kind of mat to put under the high chair. Clothes are also getting ruined. I’ve learnt that it’s almost impossible to get banana stains out of clothes.
Just when you’ve got your head around milk feeds, suddenly everything changes again. It seems like we are always feeding, whether its food or milk. I’m looking forward to Jacob starting to drop feeds, just so we have a bit more time back! Going out anywhere is now a nightmare, as you now have to remember to bring food on top of everything else.
Then there is the worry about choking. I’m starting to relax a bit now, but at first every mouthful is a worry. Jacob would often shove his finger foods down his throat and gag, but he’s learning to manage it. I recommend watching a YouTube video on what to do if your baby chokes before you start weaning, or better yet go on a baby first aid course.
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