Friday, August 17, 2018

Jaylene's first food (weaning)

Jaylene started on solids 5 days before turning 6 months old! 

I shared her weaning journey on my Instagram and I promised I'll answer some of the commonly asked questions. So here you go! ^^

Oh ya, bare in mind that I'm no professional. Whatever I'm sharing is based on the information I've gathered from online reading and as shared by mummy friends. So take my words with a pinch of salt. Correct me if I'm wrong too! After all, I'm still learning as a first time mom. :) 

1. How do I determine that Jaylene is ready for solid? 

Usually weaning for baby is at 6 months old. There are quite a number of checklist you can find online. So these are what you can look out for!
  1. Can sit up with support, and also holds head up well.
  2. Can keep food in the mouth rather than let it dribble out.
  3. Birth weight has doubled.
  4. Shows plenty of interest in what you’re eating.
The last point is especially true for Jaylene. She is putting everything into her mouth and when we are eating, she will open her mouth to want to taste our food too! Haha! 

2. What have I fed her so first? What is suitable as baby's first food?

I started Jaylene with carrot for 3 days. Always feed baby a new food for 3 days to observe for any allergy or reaction to the food. For the same reason, feed baby early in the day as well so that if there's any adverse effect, you'll be able to observe it through the day. 

Be prepared that baby wouldn't be able to appreciate the food at the start. So don't need to prepare a lot of puree. Our aim at the start is to expose baby to new flavour, not really to replace her meal with the puree. Breastmilk or formula milk is still the primary food source! 

So anyway, Jaylene wasn't able to swallow well initially. Solid is still very foreign to her. So she kept pushing the food out instead. Do note that it is common for baby to gag too as she doesn't know how to swallow the food. As long as she doesn't choke on the food, it is fine. But the good thing is Jaylene doesn't reject the food at all. She will open her mouth whenever the spoon comes! In fact a little impatient if I'm slow at sending food into her mouth. Haha!

So we had carrot, red apple, sweet potato and now she is currently on avocado! 

By the 5th day she was eating like a pro! The guide says first two weeks, just feed baby 2-3 teaspoons is fine. But Jaylene is ready finishing a whole avocado. Haha! 

Just do a Google, you'll be able to find a lot of suitable first food for baby and even recipe to find it! Actually, just steaming and blending now. 

Besides what I've shared, I plan to feed her pumpkin, banana, pear, spinach, peas and broccoli in time to come! 

If you're a busy working mom, you can always get off the shelf! HiPP Organic is the world's #1 organic baby food brand! Everything is made with only the very best organic ingredients to create wholesome & nourishing food for our little one! Easily bought from major supermarkets! ^^ 

For me I'll be making most of Jaylene's meal by myself, but on days like weekends when we plan to bring her out, then I'll be feeding her HiPP organic food. 

3. How do I make Jaylene's food at home. How to store them?

Highly recommend Tommee Tippee Steamer Blender!

Meal preparation is so much easier with it because it can steam and blend everything using just this machine alone! Less washing and more time saving! ^^

If you're worried that it might be difficult to use, it's actually very simple with easy to follow guide! Best of all, it comes with a weaning guide and recipes that I've been following! 

An example is the sweet potato puree that I've made with it! Dice sweet potato into smaller pieces then set the machine to steam for 15 mins and blend for 2 mins! I do this when Jaylene is taking her first nap so that when she is up, I'll be ready to feed her. :)

We actually bought a Braun MultiQuick 5 last Christmas (because got sale! :P)

It is more pocket friendly to use a handblender to puree the food. Just steam the food over the stove then blend using the handblender. I used this for Jaylene's carrot puree. :) 

It is recommended to add some breastmilk / formula milk to the puree to give baby a familiar taste. I did that for carrot puree (Jaylene's very first food), after which I didn't add anymore breastmilk.

Because it is recommended to feed baby the same food over 3 days. Usually I'll made the food the split into 3 portions to be fed over the next 3 days. I don't store in freezer, just keep in air tight container then put in the refrigerator. It can last for 48 hours! Alternatively, you can store in freezer which can last longer. I don't really recommend storing baby food for long though. Nutritional values do diminish over time!  

4. What is Jaylene's feeding schedule like?

For the first two weeks, Jaylene is having 1 solid per day. As I mentioned it is best to feed baby early in the day, but Jaylene is a late riser. She wakes up at 10am. So by the time we have our playtime and bath time, it is time for her first nap, usually 12pm. So she will take her solid after her first nap. 

3th week onwards, I'll be increasing to giving her 2 feed per day. One after her first nap, another after her second nap. 

5. Review on Love Oribel's Cocoon High Chair

How pretty is the high chair right? Haha! Aesthetic is a bonus, Love Oribel's high chair is very functional too! It has a padded seat liner which makes it extra comfy for Jaylene to sit on.

Made of waterproof material, so cleaning is very easy! Comes with 3 recline positions and 6 height adjustments! It has wheels for easy manoeuvring and can be easily folded up when not in use. 

You can either use their detachable food and cup holder or large tray for feeding.

This is daddy feeding Jaylene for the first time! Even without the seat liner, Jaylene is comfortable in it as well! ^^ She usually doesn't like to be bucketed up, but so far, no complains from her! ^^ 

6. Why did I start with traditional spoon feeding instead of baby led weaning (BLW)

Yes, I do plan to let Jaylene do BLW ultimately. But not now. 

I read that BLW is best recommended for baby starting from 8 months old onwards. Because baby got to master pincer grip first. Of course you can choose to jump start with BLW. But I think you can expect most of the food to be on the floor than inside baby's mouth. Haha!

Alright, I hope I didn't miss out any question! Do follow me on my Instagram as I'll share Jaylene's weaning progress there. :)



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