Weaning and feeding your child can feel overwhelming, but doesn't have to be. Strip out the unnecessary and welcome peace of mind.
Start at the beginning
You don't need anything special, no equipment, no baby food. Healthy ingredients and everyday utensils are enough. Your child is capable of eating everything that you do, so if you are not starving, your child won't be either.
Don't bring up a fussy eater, give your baby the perfect start in life using psychology and some good old common sense!
Variety and consistency
This is your secret, it's not really a secret. All you need to do is introduce your child to as much different food, textures, colours and tastes as possible. Don't give up or stop once they like something, just do your thing: variety, variety, variety. Never limit your child and pass on your dislikes. If all they will eat is pasta, don't stop at spaghetti Bolognese!
To raise a healthy child, pass on the knowledge, experience and simplicity that comes with it. De-stress your meal time and turn it to family time. Let's be honest, we all need it.
You may have hoped for a list of things to buy and do. Don't be disappointed if it sounds too simple!
I remember planning the moment I would introduce solid food to my daughter before she was even born. I was reading, looking at recipe books, blenders, little storage boxes. This stuff is really appealing and you do want the best for your child, so you go along and do what the majority of mums do - get ready for blending and mushing with your new gadget, spooning it with a special spoon and storing in colourful freezer boxes. It is a bit disappointing when you realise it is a waste of money and additional clutter in your kitchen.