When I started Baby E on solids at 5 months old, I was sure she’d take to it easily and love everything she tried. I read up on everything weaning related and knew it was best practice to offer her everything for the first time in the daytime so that I could spot any allergic reactions. I also read about how it might be helpful to offer savoury before sweet so that your little one doesn’t cultivate a sweet tooth.
Figuring it out
I don’t know if those pieces of advice made any difference in my case. I did come up with a menu though to help me figure out what kinds of tastes she preferred. I still amend the menu every few months or so as her tastes change. This menu has helped me figure out at each stage what go-to foods she’ll eat when she won’t have anything else and also helps me pick out recipes to try for her based on the things I already know she likes. In general, having this menu helped me set a routine for both myself and her while also making sure she was eating varied things each week…as much as possible!
Ups and downs
Please keep in mind that at any point in the week or month, I have to totally throw my cute little weaning menu out of the window when she decides that due to feeling unwell or uncomfortable for some reason, she’ll have only one item on the menu. Yes. That one item for breakfast, lunch AND dinner! That one meal is almost always HiPP’s Gute Nacht cereal. This post isn’t sponsored but if it was, it really should be by HiPP.
My personal rule of thumb
Try each one at least three times on non-consecutive days to be sure of whether they’re into it or not. And then try the things they didn’t seem to like again in a month. Chances are they’ll suddenly love it!
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*Kooko/akamu = corn dough.