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.
Like you, I am independent, educated 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 think everybody makes different choices with the same information because we all bring the perspective of our experience and upbringing.
I come from a big family. The eldest of four and the fourth of twenty-five cousins, I grew up surrounded by babies, birth and breastfeeding. But all that experience of rocking babies and changing nappies didn't prepare me for the demands of being a first time mum. I wish I'd known what I know now, I'd have told myself not to worry that she would only sleep on me; that cuddling her was growing her brain; that her waking frequently was not a sign that I was doing things wrong and that taking her into my bed, in a safe way, would help us all; that spending the day with my mummy friends was time well spent; that my mental health was important; that slings could be used indoors too! And I wish I'd done baby massage.
I have five children (aged 6-20). One born in hospital and four at home. I used water for pain relief with all of them. Only the fourth was born in the pool. The last one was meant to be, but I got out of the pool to go to the loo and didn't have time to get back in!
The more I learn and read about giving birth, about caring for babies and raising children, the more I understand how they flow into and effect one another. Being calm, confident and in control is how I will help you to start your parenting journey.
I am an antenatal teacher, pregnancy relaxation teacher, trainee doula, baby massage teacher, baby wearing adviser, parenting practitioner and breastfeeding peer supporter. I'm also a home birthing, co-sleeping, washable nappy using, baby wearing, full term breastfeeding, gentle parenting mama. I have stepped off the standard path and found my own way ~ and I'd like to help you find yours.
I have over 14 years’ experience supporting women and couples prepare for birth. Helping them find their own path and how to get it. I get such a kick from witnessing women grow in confidence, take control and go their own way - whether it's deciding to have a vbac or a repeat caesarean. It is your body, your baby, your choice. You have options; you have rights. Your baby only gets this one birth, and it is worth a bit of determination. I have worked with over a hundred women who had a difficult birth and were looking for a better experience. Almost everyone of them said I'm going to be more bolshy this time around. In my experience the health professionals are very happy to accommodate individual plans ~ they just get caught up doing what they are used to. Everything is your choice. Personally and through the woman I have supported, I have experience of changing midwife, changing consultant, declining consultant led care, declining treatment/monitoring/intervention/induction, and home birth with higher risk (vbac, twins).