After this second week of weaning I feel like we’re now getting the hang of this. . . not necessarily Joshua but more me! I’m still getting used to the idea of another mouth to feed and planning what food I’ll give him each night. Near the end of our second week, I also introduced breakfast which has added to the list of tasks that need to be done before we leave the house in the morning. But as a friend of mine says. . . ‘it’s just getting used to a new normal!’
During Joshua’s second week of weaning, I continued giving him mashed vegetables and made the following changes to what he was eating:
- Introduced some more iron rich foods
- Started giving him a second meal
- Increased finger foods
The importance of introducing iron rich foods
When our babies are about 6 months old their iron stores start getting depleted. It is therefore recommended that from the start of weaning all babies should receive iron rich foods. This is especially important for breastfed babies as breastmilk is relatively low in iron.
The following foods are good sources of iron and easily included in a weaning diet:
- Many baby breakfast cereals
Of these, the best sources are your red meats – beef, pork and lamb. They have a higher iron content than fish and chicken, and the iron they contain (haem iron) is more easily absorbed than that found in vegetable sources (non-haem iron).
I had already introduced broccoli and spinach, so this week I added chicken. Not the highest source of iron, but as I was cooking chicken for our dinner one night it was a convenient one to try next.
Starting a second meal
When your baby has happily been eating one meal a day for 1-2 weeks, I would suggest increasing to 2 meals a day. When you choose to do this may also depend on the age your baby was when weaning was first started.
If you started early and your baby is 4 or 5 months old then you could continue 1 meal a day for a bit longer, before introducing another meal. If your baby is 6 months old then I’d suggest introducing a second meal a bit sooner, about 1 week after starting to wean.
What meal you choose to introduce next is up to you. If you started weaning with a baby cereal in the morning you could choose to introduce vegetables at lunch or dinner. Or if you started with vegetables at lunch or dinner then you might want to introduce breakfast next.
I chose to introduce a baby cereal at breakfast next. I’d like to say he loves it as much as I liked the smell of it, but unfortunately, he doesn’t yet! He’ll eat a few very small mouthfuls but then isn’t interested anymore. I’ve also tried adding mashed banana to it but I don’t think that’s helped at all. Therefore, so far our breakfasts aren’t going too well, but it’s still very early days so I’ll keep persevering!
My main learning point this week has been realising how much Joshua enjoys finger foods and feeding himself. I’ve only sometimes given him a finger food with meals, but after seeing how much he loved the floret of broccoli tonight, I’m reminded of the importance of giving our babies the opportunity to self-feed and especially if they enjoy it so much!
Which foods have I given this week?
Here is a list of what Joshua’s had to eat this week:
- Potato, sweet potato and red pepper x 2 nights
- Avocado x 2 nights
- Sweet potato and chicken x 2 nights
- Potato, sweet potato and broccoli
- Baby porridge
- Baby porridge with mashed banana
- Roasted sweet potato wedges
- Steamed broccoli
- Raw Yellow pepper (which he just sucked)
- Cucumber sticks
- Banana (this was difficult as it got very slippery and he couldn’t hold it)
To be reminded of the aims for the first few weeks of weaning see my post titled: How to introduce solids – Day One.