Weaning Week 2019 A typical day and responsive feeding

Once you’ve worked your way through vegetables, fruits, proteins and carbs alone and in combination and started adding several meals to the day, you will begin to wonder how should I be organising my day – I remember it felt like there wasn’t enough time in the day for all the new tastes, milk feeds and naps! 

By about 7 months you will find your own routine, but this example may help you get your head around it:

 Morning

On wake up – breastmilk or formula feed

Breakfast (depending on baby’s appetite and wake up time, this may be between 30 mins and 2 hour later)

Some ideas: low added sugar and salt breakfast cereals (ReadyBrek, bite sized shredded wheat, oat cheerios, porridge oats), banana pancakes, toast, fruit, yoghurt, eggs, avocado, grilled tomatoes and mushrooms

Morning nap

Lunch (varies between 11.30am and 1pm depending on nap times and family routine)

Breastmilk or formula feed

e.g. often a cooked meal followed by plain yoghurt and/or fruit

 Afternoon nap

Dinner (any time from 4.30pm depending on babies routine and childcare)

Breastmilk or formula feed

e.g. often a smaller quantity than lunch as baby more tired

Bedtime

Breastmilk or formula feed

 

Sticking to similar times each day will help baby get into a routine and learn to respond to hunger cues.

 

What about portion sizes?

 

This is where you really want to let baby take the lead.  Whether you are choosing to spoon feed or give solely finger foods, you can still learn to respond to baby’s cues and communication when it comes to hunger and fullness.  This is responsive feeding.  Most babies will stop eating when they are full so you can offer seconds and thirds as required (just keep each offering small). 

 

Signs baby is full include:

·      Throwing food or spoon (and maybe even bowl) on the floor

·      Turning head away

·      Crying and moaning

·      Playing with the food

 

It really helps if you can teach them the baby sign language for “more” and “finished” and then there will be even less ambiguity. 

Remember their intake can vary across the course of the day and across the week.  Some meals and some days they will eat loads, whilst at other times they will eat very little.  What is important is that they are being given the opportunity to explore lots of flavours and textures, it is their choice how much they eat. 

Look at their intake across the week.  If they have had some sources protein e.g. meat, fish, eggs, beans, tofu.  Some starchy carbohydrates, some dairy (or calcium fortified alternatives) and some fruit and vegetables, then they have done well!