When Freddie was around five months, I was feeling pretty desperate. We had decided to see a paediatrician privately due to his Silent Reflux which was still not controlled. After a brief trial on some new medication, our lovely paediatrician recommended that we begin weaning him. There is conflicting advice/evidence as to whether weaning earlier can improve silent reflux or not, but for us, weaning combined with Freddie learning to sit up, made a massive difference to his overall happiness and wellbeing.
I had actually given Freddie his first taste of food (mashed up banana!) a week before that appointment as he had been grabbing food from our plates and showing a real interest at meal times. Even after being given the go ahead, I was reluctant to start because I had always been pretty set on baby-led weaning. Everything I had read had suggested that baby-led weaning (where the baby essentially eats whole foods so no purees etc) was the best way to wean and weaning before six months was not recommended. I started Freddie and I’s weaning journey feeling quite guilty and embarrassed that I was weaning early and the ‘wrong’ way. I really, really wish I hadn’t felt that way. Firstly because Freddie took to weaning straight away and also because I really like mixed weaning and feel it was the right approach for us. View Full Post