Why I’m going against the grain and doing it my way.
I love food. I love all the flavours, smells, textures and combinations that are available. I love the experience of creating delicious dishes and meals and sharing them with the people I love for everyone’s enjoyment.
In fact, I’m so into food and sharing it, that when we bought our house my one non-negotiable deal-breaker was that it have an open plan kitchen/dining/living area for this precise reason.
So, when the paediatrician we’ve been seeing to get to the bottom of why my little one is sick all the time suggested we start weaning her at 4 months my inner foodie jumped for joy!
For me, Violetta’s food journey is about so much more than just filling her tummy up and keeping her content. It’s about flavour and texture, social time as a family and experimentation.
I have decided to wean her on purées that I make myself (or with my Mum – food is a family affair in our house!), instead of the popular approach that is baby-lead weaning. This isn’t to say that I’m anti baby-lead in any way. I’m a big believer in parents making the right decision for them and their little ones!
So why mummy-lead weaning?
Simply, it works for us.
Violetta happily eats from the spoon. She loves purée and we have a super interactive mealtime. She tends to finish what’s in her bowl, sometimes even wanting more, and she’s currently not too bothered about holding the spoon.
This means I get to indulge her with homemade purées and flavour combinations that I’m fast learning she loves!
One day, when she’s a bit bigger, I’ll give her samples of foods to hold and try feeding herself, but for now mummy is in charge and we’re loving our food journey together!