Missed part one? Catch up with the beginning of our weaning journey here.
Weaning a baby with reflux can be a stressful time. My youngest daughter Lily was diagnosed with severe reflux at 7 weeks old and was put on Gaviscon to help keep her milk down.
We were advised to wean early by the doctors and so tried her on purees at 4 months old. It made her reflux worse and so we decided to hold off and go down the baby-led route instead.
Introducing food to a baby
At a certain point, babies start to grab for food. The current advice is to wait until they are 6 months old to start, that way they will be sitting up which helps with food digestion.
We started sitting Lily up at the table with us from 6 months old, mainly because she didn’t like being left down on the floor. Once she was up at the table she started to take notice of what we were doing and wanted to join in.
I started to offer her a few bits from my plate and she was so excited. Her hand-eye coordination wasn’t great and so she didn’t get much in her mouth but she was happy just to be joining in with her sister.
What foods did she try?
- carrot puff crisps
- beef mince
- baked beans
I was most nervous about the fruit and vegetables as she had reacted so badly to them as purees.
However, she was absolutely fine maybe as they were solid rather than blitzed up or possibly due to the fact that most of the food has ended up on the floor!!
Either way, her reflux was not aggravated with the solid food and she enjoyed the process. Baby-led weaning is definitely the way forward with a reflux baby it seems!
Head over to part 3 for the final part of our weaning journey and for an update on how she is now age 6.