Starting Solids (weaning)
The when, why, what, and how of introducing your baby to solid food.
Just when you've got the hang of nappy changes, how to operate the buggy and getting dressed before midday, someone asks you 'when are you going to start giving them some food', or even suggesting that a bit of baby rice in the evening might help them sleep (research says no).
When you start to look into it all it can seem daunting and overwhelming. Different websites recommending different things. Complicated schedules. Jars that say 4 months, health visitor that says 6. Baby led weaning, purees, snacks, drinks, ....... arrrrgggghhhhh!! What to do?! What's right? There are more questions than answers.
When should you start? Does it matter which meal? How can you tell they are ready? What if they sleep through a meal time? What food should you start with? Does it matter if it is sweet or savoury? What foods should be avoided? What about spices? What happens to the milk? How do you get the balance right? What equipment do you need? Can you avoid a fussy eater? How do you avoid some of the issues around food that you may have? What about allergies? What the heck is baby led weaning? Can you combine approaches? What about choking?
This course will answer all your questions, leaving you feeling confident, relaxed, and even excited about your baby's next step. I am going to keep it simple, with a focus on your individual baby, and their physical development. It is your baby. I will give you the information and you can make up your mind what to do.
My number one message is: don't worry! You almost can't get it wrong.
I have delivered this course to groups regularly for over five years. You can see their comments below.
Covers: baby led weaning, spoon feeding, purees, difference between before and after 6 months, signs of readiness, combining approaches, drinks/milk, snacks, meal ideas. Includes information with nutritional information; menu ideas and recipes. Plus a copy of my Starting Solids booklet.
The course consists of a 90 minute webinar recording and all the links and downloadable documents. You can do this course any time, even when you are pregnant, and then come back at a later date to refresh. You have indefinite access.
'I am much more confident about introducing solids to my baby.'
'Brilliant course. I feel so much more relaxed about weaning now and clued up on what to do and when.'
'Very clear & easy to understand. Much less daunting now. Feel more confident to begin baby led weaning.'
'Catherine helped us to understand what was important and what was not worth worrying about.'
'Practical, informative, and delivered in a clear way that was easy to understand.'
'I attended the Starting Solids Workshop this morning and can highly recommend it! It was a relaxed atmosphere and extremely informative. Weaning doesn't seem half as daunting now I'm armed with not only menu ideas but the understanding of when babies are ready to wean and how to approach it in a stress free way for me and my little man! Thank you so much.'
The course cost is £15 + £0.75 fee.
I help pregnant people and new parents find and follow their own path to being Chilled Mamas and Papas.
I am a woman who likes to make her own mind up. I like facts and logic, which is why I like to go behind the guidelines and recommendations, to look at the research and get a better understanding. I will go off the beaten path if that is right for me and my family. I home educate my two youngest. I think everybody makes different choices with the same information because we all bring the perspective of our experience and upbringing.
I am a doula, an antenatal teacher, pregnancy relaxation teacher, baby massage teacher, baby wearing adviser, parenting practitioner and ex-breastfeeding peer supporter.
I'm also a home birthing, co-sleeping, washable nappy using, baby wearing, full term breastfeeding, gentle parenting, autism mama. I have stepped off the standard path and found my own way ~ and I'd like to help you find yours.
I live in Bedfordshire. I love walking in the woods, labyrinths, and snuggling up on the sofa to watch films and tv series. I am a tea lover, a beach lover, and chocolate lover. I have five children, aged 10, 16, 18, 23, & 25. Only three still live at home.