Things I wish I’d known about weaning

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
Things I wish I’d known about weaning

The poo

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*).

The mess

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.

Choking paranoia

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.

You can read about our top 5 weaning recipes here.

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  1. March 9, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    I remember those days. I instantly regretted choosing carpet over wooden flooring from the moment the first splodge of weetabix fell on it. Sadly it gets no better, my 6 year old boy drops and spills everything, as does my 3 year old girl. Good luck on the weaning journey x

  2. March 9, 2017 / 8:39 pm

    It’s funny, because I’m going to go totally against what Lucy just said! I was going to say it does get better…I remember thinking the kids would be wearing bibs until they were twelve but they definitely got better at getting the food in the hole 😉
    Thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub x

  3. March 10, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    I remember those days well. Also, the time I used to spend cooking up little dinners, liquidising them and freezing them! My daughter also loved to squash food into her hair. I have some great photos!

  4. March 11, 2017 / 4:35 pm

    We’re going through the weaning stage with our baby and boy can they be messy #coolmumclub

  5. March 12, 2017 / 7:12 pm

    Haha! Oh I remember weaning well! It certainly is messy. It’s trying to be imaginative I struggled with! Thinking up new dishes for them x

    • Kelly
      March 14, 2017 / 8:55 pm

      It’s so messy! I’m trying to come up with new dishes, but it does become a struggle after a while! Thanks for stopping by.

  6. March 13, 2017 / 1:04 am

    Peachy is 15 months old and I’m still constantly worried about her choking. It’s borderline obsession with me. #Blogstravaganza

    • Kelly
      March 14, 2017 / 8:53 pm

      Completely understandable. It’s so scary.

  7. March 13, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    The poo thing was an issue for us with both of our girls too. They seemed to go so many times in a day, and oh my word the smell! It’s so nice to get them on proper food but it definitely takes some getting used to! Thanks so much for sharing with #Blogstravaganza, hope to see you again next week xx

    • Kelly
      March 14, 2017 / 8:52 pm

      It’s so gross! Just when I’d gotten used to his pattern 😉 Thanks for the comment x

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