tiddlyompompom’s oh so helpful guide to weaning

Little M is not fully weaned yet, but we are well on the way. Following my oh so helpful guides to newborns, toddlers and potty training, I had started to think I should share my wisdom on the whole weaning process. And then I saw the theme for notes from home’s Friday Carnival  was parenting tips. It was a sign.

You don’t have to thank me.

  • No matter what you are cooking, the resulting baby food will be orange.
  • Nothing stains like pureeed carrot.
  • You will slave for hours over a hot stove making a batch of organic goodness only for it to be unceremoniously spat out
  • The fluff on the floor/chocolate biscuit/chip in your hand will look way more appetising
  • Baby food (puree or solid) can travel really really far. Particularly when accompanied by a spoon.
  • When a baby doesn’t want to open their mouth, no amount of cajoling will get them to do it.
  • You will regret decorating the dining room.
  • Unless of course you haven’t decorated yet, in which case weaning will provide you with the perfect reason to start.
  • You will never cease to be amazed at how hair can contain so much food. Even when your child is bald.
  • If you don’t wipe up any spillages IMMEDIATELY then it will need to be chiselled off the table/high chair/wall
  • If you are breastfeeding you will feel liberated as the number of feeds you are required for decreases
  • You will also feel a teeny tiny bit sad at no longer being essential to your child
  • Whatever you give to your baby will be met with an initial look of disgust. This is in no way a reflection on your cooking, just your child working out what they are eating. Unless you are a really bad cook, in which case it probably is a reflection on your cooking.

The Friday Club

Here are the other, probably far more useful entries in this parenting tips carnival:

Nova at Cherished by Me shares her tips in Encouraging Children to Read.

Gemma at HelloitsGemma’s Blog gives us her working mum tips in This working Mummy’s guide to life.

Maggy at Red Ted Art shows us how Baby Can Draw!

Chris at Thinly Spread gives us her Secret to Relaxed Parenting.

Cass at The Diary of a Frugal Family shows us how she teaches her children about other countries and cultures whilst having fun in America Day.

Helen at Cheeky Wipes gives us her tips in Fussy Eating.

Mummy Beadzoid gives us some Parenting tips for the NICU/SCBU parent.

Kelly at Domestic Goddesque shares her advice in Terrible Twos: tips for dealing with tantrums?

Ella at Notes From Home gives us her tip for encouraging children to tidy up at the end of the day.

Mymumdom shares her tips in Parenting Tips (Me Over The Edge).

SouthoftheRiverMum tells us her plans to set up a Reward System at Home.

Not so single mum at Diary of a Not So Single Mum shares her advice on doing what you feel is best for your child and your family.

Jax at Making It Up discusses behavioural issues in a quandary in search of a tip.

Bod for Tea shares her advice on finding a ‘helper’ to encourage your child to do things they don’t really like doing in Bunny says.

Hayley at Simply Hayley tells us about Hugs and Love.

Make Do Mum shares her stickability scale in Know Your Enemy.

Blue Sky at Looking for Blue Sky gives us some teenage tips

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