Sunday, 15 January 2017

Our 12 Month Weaning Journey

Happy New Year everyone! What has really been a huge rollercoaster of a year, it's been great to start afresh and look forward to the fun things to come in 2017. It's started off as quite a rocky journey with sad news and going into my third trimester has proven quite difficult to juggle my course (with a broken laptop), Grace as mostly a solo parent and trying to balance life without being too stressed.

Today I wanted to reflect on our HiPP Organic weaning journey. Over the past 12 months, I've blogged about our weaning journey which has taken us from first tastes, to present day which Grace is still dairy free, but can quite happily eat solid foods.

We've loved working with HiPP Organic and have felt great confidence in having the nutrionist, Helen Gardiner, on hand. They also support all families every step of the way, offering help and advice on their site. Before weaning I was so worried about all of the usual problems that weaning could potentially face but we breezed through the process with minimal mishaps.

There were lots of messy faces (and messy floors!), inquisitive looks and fun with playing with food to build up Grace's confidence. We learnt not to worry too much and just take our time, weaning is supposed to be fun, not a chore. Grace is now 16 months old and we started weaning at 4 1/2 months so it's quite strange to imagine a life before food now!

Our favourite moment of all was definitely the first initial taste test. Grace took to her first tastes like a duck to water and it was lovely to see and I cannot wait to go through it all again with our next baby. I will be looking back at all of our information from HiPP to remind myself of the process.

We've loved the ease of using HiPP products and will continue to use them again with our next baby. They really do take pride in going the extra mile to make sure that every ingredient they produce is the best it can possibly be, both for baby, parents and the environment.

As you know, Grace suffers from reflux and fruits that are high in acid can really flare this up even to this day. Knowing that HiPP's fruit varieties are very low in acid, makes it easier for sensitive babies stomachs to digest. Their spinach is also low in nitrates, which can be harmful for babies in high doses.

One of my favourite pictures from the very early days, Grace's first tastes of carrot and sure to say she loved it!

I thoroughly enjoyed the journey from start to finish and we're still continuing with our weaning journey, introducing more key allergens into Grace's diet, to get to the root cause of her eczema and stomach problems.

I would love to hear how your weaning journey went. Are you still in the middle of the process? What were your highs and lows of weaning?

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