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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  8. Mymumdom · February 11, 2011

    Our weaning days are behind us but we were finding dried baby rice stuck to furniture and toys for at least a year after we'd finished the last packet.
    I did Baby Lead Weaning for my last two and that was much less stressful.
    I agree that carrot stains terribly but think banana is worse as it looks all nice and white, and stains with a horrid mould effect!

    • tiddlyompompom · February 11, 2011

      I am always amazed at the colour banana goes. bleugh!

  9. mummy@bodfortea · February 11, 2011

    OMG this is so true! Although I stopped breastfeeding DD four months ago I feel like I'm still weaning her now as she still only eats puree. And you're so right about them not opening their mouths if they don't want to. *sigh* Popping over to your potty-training tips now to get some advice on our next challenge…
    Absolutely LOVE your blog design by the way!

    • tiddlyompompom · February 11, 2011

      why thank you :) hope you found some helpful tips *snort*

  10. domestic goddesque · February 11, 2011

    You forgot the one about bibs not actually being 100% effective at keeping baby goo from getting all over the baby……and staining them a nice shade of orange.

    Great post. I do love your 'Oh so helpful' guides. Did you do one on husbands?

    • tiddlyompompom · February 11, 2011

      there's that little patch around the collar that NEVER gets covered, dagnammit. I haven't don an Oh So Helpful Guide to Husbands. Will add it to the list :)

  11. CherishedByMe · February 11, 2011

    Haha….yes everything is stained orange, even skin. I put weaning off for as long as possible with the last one and then did mainly baby led weaning to avoid purees. He was such a big baby that feeding him them just didn't seem right somehow! ;)

    • tiddlyompompom · February 11, 2011

      we've done a mixture of BLW and purees with little m. still a LOT of orange though :)

  12. Ella · February 11, 2011

    Why is it that the parenting books don't tell us stuff like this? The stuff about what parenting is really like! I actually laughed out loud at your decorating the dining room point, when we moved to our current house I told my husband there was no way we were decorating until we were done with weaning! We learnt our lesson in our previous house!

    • tiddlyompompom · February 11, 2011

      we decorated our dining room in our old house before big m was born. we painted it white! (school boy error). we will be waiting several years before properly decorating here :)

  13. Blue Sky · February 11, 2011

    You forgot to mention that your child may turn orange too….my youngest did, and I had to eliminate carrots from his diet as far as possible. It hasn't put him off. He still loves them and I occasionally have a good look at him in strong light to make sure he's still a normal colour…

    • tiddlyompompom · February 11, 2011

      really? yikes! will keep my eyes peeled for the tango look :)

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  15. Cass@TheDiaryofaFrug · February 11, 2011

    lol – brilliant. I remember how gutted I felt that my little one wouldn't even look at the hand pureed organic food that I had made her and much preferred the Heinz tin of Cauliflower Cheese (yukky stuff) that my mam gave her when she was looking after her!

    • tiddlyompompom · February 11, 2011

      I know! I made batches of stuff to freeze, only to have it sneered at :(

  16. Mummy Beadzoid · February 11, 2011

    Yeah, why does the food always turn out orange?
    Loved this post – so funny. Definitely going to read the potty training one too as the whole thing is one big scary mystery and I'd love to read a guide that tells it how it is :)

    also, loved Blue Sky's comment about having to check for orange skin tone in certain lights. I'm picturing a baby Dale Winton!!!

    • tiddlyompompom · February 11, 2011

      it is a mystery to me why everything is orange, but I know that vanish is now my best friend :)

  17. Martincspencer · February 11, 2011

    This is helpful, especially for hands-on mommies.

  18. Annegwells · February 11, 2011

    Thanks for sharing!

  19. Anonymous · February 11, 2011

    Yes, that look of disgust! And if I'm not quick enough cleaning up what lands on the floor it gets hoovered up by my daughter (sometimes it's there for days, I can be pretty slack)

    • tiddlyompompom · February 11, 2011

      I always sweep/wipe every single crumb up immediately after every meal.

      pfffffffff. Life's too short :)

  20. Muddling Along · February 11, 2011

    I remember being astounded as to how far scrambled egg could travel…

    Just wish mine had reduced her feeds when she started on solids…

    • tiddlyompompom · February 11, 2011

      It is amazing just how far food goes. And also how much mess one teeny tiny spoonful can make :)

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