HOW TO START WEANING
I offered both my sons baby rice for the first couple of weeks (age about 5 months 2 weeks) to get them used to eating from a spoon before I started cooking meals for them. They ate just 2 or maybe 3 spoonfuls a day at the beginning in between all their milk feeds. All the meals listed below are perfect for the whole family, there is no need to cook separate meals, just one meal for all of you.
Note: all the recipes on lydiagerratt.com can be used for weaning apart from chicken with soy sauce, honey, ginger and garlic. This recipe uses a lot of soya sauce, which is high in natural salt and not suitable for a baby under 1 year old, but great for your toddlers.
6 to 7.5 months
Semi liquid purees. Make your weaning baby's first food very sloppy as it will be easier for them to make the transition from milk.
In addition to your baby's milk (either breast or formula) you can try;
Pasta with baby plum tomatoes, with ricotta or mascarpone
Peeled peaches, nectarines, mangoes and bananas to chew
7.5 to 8 months
Start building on your 6 month meals to include more;
Toast and unsalted butter
Pieces of cheese, emmental, jarlsberg, gruyere
8 to 9 months
The biggest change for both my sons at this age was how well they were able to pick up food with their hands and get it smartly into their mouths.
I started adding these additional recipes;
Fried eggs with toast and unsalted butter
Crushed new potatoes with spring cabbage
Bread, butter and blackcurrant jam
9 to 11 months
Both my sons gained their first 2 teeth at this time and were desperate to chew anything.
With this in mind, I started cooking more meat for them;
Grilled pork sausages
Minced pork or lamb burgers
More pasta sauces made with Orzo pasta (small pieces)
Hard fruit to chew; apple and pear pieces
11 to 12 months
Almost there! By this stage, both my sons were anticipating and thoroughly enjoying their meals as a family. The array of foods and recipes I gave them were only limited by my imagination and knowledge.
Some of the meals I started cooking during this time;
Pancakes (at weekends when I had time in the morning)
More fruit; plums, figs, grapes