Emma, our co-founder, kicks off our new “Weaning Diaries” and shares her experiences of weaning as a first time mum. We hope this mini-blog will be a place where everyone who is or has been on the weaning journey can help each other with top tips and funny experiences but also share the hard times and help each other with things they learnt. This is the first of many “we’ve been there” weaning experiences so sit back and enjoy the ride!
Please feel free to comment or ask any questions, we want this to be a place where we all swap ideas and support each other!
I’m Emma and I’m a co-founder of Tickle Buds- trying to make the weaning journey easier! I have always really enjoyed cooking healthy food, I love trying new tastes and experimenting with new dishes. In the whirl wind of the first two years, it was really important for me to remember my passion and for it not to get lost in the business of being a first time mum. I wanted my passion for food to be something I could share with my little boy.
Ralph is now just over 2 years old and currently preparing to become a big brother in January. Eeeekkk!!
What is the one piece of knowledge you wish you’d known before you started weaning your baby?
Don’t stress over the individual meals – the bigger picture is more important. Just because one meal doesn’t go well it doesn’t mean he’s a bad eater.
What helped you the most during your weaning journey?
Talking to everyone and anyone! Hearing that other parents felt exactly the same way and finding out that all little ones go through fussy phases, definitely reassured me through the tougher days.
What did you find hardest during weaning?
Ideas!!! I’d definitely have ‘blank’ days where I’d have no idea what to feed Ralph or what to make. I’d stare into the fridge hoping an amazing meal idea would jump out at me.
What was the best piece of equipment you found which helped make life easier for you or your little one when you were weaning them?
My microwave steamer was my weaning life saver. I’d never used one before, but now I wouldn’t be without it. Being able to cook fresh veggies really quickly definitely saved me a lot of stress.
Can you recommend or share a favourite recipe?
Overnight oats are amazing!! Place equal measures of yoghurt, milk and porridge oats in a bowl and add whatever fruit you have (frozen berries are ideal). Cover and leave in the fridge overnight. By morning you’ll have a healthy, super-quick and delicious breakfast.