Hello there! Welcome to my blog! I am Flo and today I will talk for the first time about a book that helped me so much and still does each and every day. It is a book that teaches you how to wean your baby and has plenty of healthy recipes for your little one.
The book is called New Complete Baby And Toddler Meal Planner by Annabel Karmel and I bought it in a bundle while I was pregnant. At that time I bought everything that caught my eye just to get an idea of how my life would be once the baby is born and to learn some basics about what I should do. This book was the last one to read as it is recommended for the baby to be introduced to solids at 6 months old, so there was no rush.
This week my baby will be 6 months old, but we started weaning at 4 months as she was always hungry, was curious about our food and had a good and safe posture. Annabel Karmel explains everything in her book and gives recipes as well for each stage of weaning, which is great for a first time mum that is struggling imagining what is suitable for her baby. I must admit though that when we started introducing solids we weren’t consistent as I still thought that Arianna is too young, but every few days she tried something new, mostly to taste different foods. In the last 2 weeks we started having an actual plan and started following the recipes from this book as I realized it’s its time now.
We are doing first stage weaning at the moment as I am not feeling quite confident to introduce something else, but you will find all the information about when to start stage two weaning as well and lots of yummy healthy recipes for each stage.
Personally, I never knew what fruits and vegetables go well together and what vitamins are in each of them, but Karmel makes everything so easy for parents to follow. At the end of each chapter that contains a certain stage of weaning, she gives a meal planner idea for one or more weeks, which for me is perfect as I always run out of ideas and I tend to repeat myself.
Most of the ideas an recipes are for toddlers, which is perfect as they can have almost everything and the more recipes, the better. At the end of the chapter the author made a meal planner for toddlers, but one for family as well, but, honestly, I would’ve loved it for more than one week. Well, I can’t complain though, as this book saved my brain so much and I am so grateful for all the information about what is safe for Arianna and how to have a great start in eating healthier.
Before ending this post, I want to reassure you all that Arianna was closely supervised when we started weaning her at 4 months old, and we knew what the recommendations are, but we made a decision based on our baby development. She has now two front teeth, despite the fact she’s not 6 months old yet, and she never struggled with any of the foods offered to her.
Please discuss with a health visitor or a health professional prior to introducing solids before the recommended age!
That is all for today, but I will see you all back here on Friday when I will publish a new post!