It has been a busy six months at Tickle Buds HQ having just launched earlier this year! But on a more personal note for our co-founder Emma, it has been a very special year as she has also welcomed her new little baby boy into the world. In February this year, Louis, Emma’s second son was born…………..which means 6 months later it’s weaning time!
Emma and Louis will be sharing their weaning adventure as part of our Tickle Buds Blog series. Follow Louis’ weaning story for the ups and downs of their journey, some of Emma’s great new recipe ideas and all the little hiccups of first foods.
And we’re off…..
Louis has officially started on solids and just getting to this point feels like quite an achievement. It means we’ve all survived his first six months which is remarkable in itself but also Louis’ weaning journey, despite our best efforts, suffered from a couple of false starts.
Our first attempt to introduce Louis to the world of food was very short lived. He was ready, (he’d been starring at us munching down meals with such jealously for the fast few weeks it was starting to feel like we were torturing him), he was eager and he was bibbed and grasping a spoon. In an attempt to be very organised I’d earlier prepared a simple carrot puree only to realise just how unorganised I actually am as at the crucial moment I discovered I had nothing to sit him in. Our highchair was inconveniently 120 miles north in my sisters kitchen where I had left it for my niece’s own weaning journey. Mission aborted!
High chair retrieved and the following week I again felt ready to take the leap but a little niggly cough that Louis had been suffering with suddenly got worse. A trip to the doctors confirmed a throat infection. The little fella was struggling to swallow milk so introducing him to the delights of a pear would have to wait another week.
And so here we are. Third time lucky? After quite a build up Louis’ weaning has begun….at least I think it has! Louis doesn’t seem to have actually swallowed much (anything!) yet. We’re four days in and I’ve sat him down once a day. I’ve made the decision to go for simple fruit and veg purees (avoiding baby rice) and I’ve made carrot, butternut squash and today apple. Each time I’m met with a slightly aghast (actually, disgusted) reaction as soon as the puree touches his lips. Now I remember this with my eldest son, Ralph, that a mouthful of food is more likely to be spat out rather than swallowed, it’s all part of the learning process. But I’d forgotten how long this stage actually lasts and also that it’s slightly demoralising! A sweet potato simply boiled and blitzed can’t taste that bad, can it??
So I’ll continue to puree and I’ll continue to pull enthusiastic faces as every spoonful dribbles down his chin rather than eagerly swallowed. And I’ll repeat to myself not to worry as I do know it’s very early days and that Louis will learn at his own pace.
Just one little mouthful would reassure me though….one small sign of enjoyment would tell me things will be okay…. Nope, nothing! Louis weaning adventure may well have started but I think it may take a while!!