Ready, Steady, Wean!

Ready, Steady, Wean!

Yes, it is that time already.

Baby is bored with just drinking milk, so the time has some to start weaning.

This is both an exciting time whilst being at the same time scary…

Will he like it?

Will he eat it?

What to try first?

100s of questions and a bag of mixed answers… should we just play “eeny, meeny, miny, moe…” to pick the correct one?

It was time to look for some help.

Cow & Gate offers an online Five Step Weaning Plan with lots of useful information and tons of great tips. The program (as per its name) is split into five steps:

  • First spoonfuls
  • Introducing breakfast
  • Introducing Variety
  • Meat, Fish & alternatives
  • Establishing 3 meals a day

Each step has a clear description and a lot of tips to make this step of the journey as easy and as pleasant as possible for both the baby and the parent. My favourite part of the website is the recipe collections perfect for each step. As we are on step one, we have 10 quick and easy purees to pick from.

Step 1 Recipes from Cow & Gate

We’ve made some Carrot Puree using the quick and easy instructions on the Cow & Gate website:


1 medium carrot

Your baby’s usual milk or cooled, boiled water


Peel carrot, and cut into slices ½ cm thick.

Steam them for 8−10 min until soft.

Cool slightly, then add 2 tbsp of the water or milk.

Blend with a food processor or hand blender until runny and smooth. Add more liquid if you need.

It is important to experiment in the beginning. Let your baby pick the flavours he or she likes; let them discover at their own pace what real food tastes like.

For us it wasn’t very hard. Leo was eager to try something new. He opens his mouth and waits for more yummy “mash” to arrive. I think he is enjoying this time, despite making really funny unhappy faces at times.

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Do you have any weaning tips for us?

Something you do or did in the past which made the whole process easier?

* We received a small goodie bag from Cow & Gate containing feeding spoons, sipping cup and a food selection to help us start the weaning process.

30 thoughts on “Ready, Steady, Wean!

  1. My two were really easy to wean and ate anything and everything – one still does but the other is a lot fussier these days x

  2. Great post! We are doing half purée and half baby led weaning! I mainly just blitz up the meat and veggies we eat normally for him. He can eat an entire orange in one sitting now and loves cucumber! He hates papaya though! I think variety is the key! 🙂

  3. His face is an absolute picture bless. I do love the faces they pull as they try new things, I remember my eldest nephew being given some dry bread for the first time and it wasn’t a huge success as he spat it out with some force, sticking to to the adjacent wall x

  4. What a cutie! I do baby led weaning and really don’t use baby food but as a nurse I love that you are educating the masses on a great way to wean!

  5. We love the little packs that are filled with baby food. And you can buy your own to put your homemade babyfood in. They are not as messy as the old spoon, and can let the baby feed them selves.

  6. Make in bulk and freeze puree into ice cubes. My kids were not big fans of solid foods until almost 8 months, by that time we had a freezer full of baby food! good luck!

  7. Aw bless he doesn’t look too keen!! Takes me back to when mine were younger. I think its just a trial and error thing, you can;t go wrong with following their recipes and advice though used to love Cow & Gate when my two were young.

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