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Weaning Tips with Anabel

14 February 2022 | By Nur Atikah SK

Get started on your little one's weaning journey with Anabel's weaning tips! Co-founder of We Barre and Tiger Moms Club, Anabel shares about starting solids with her first born, Ari!


"I was excited for her to try new things and move on to the next milestone, but it was also a bit overwhelming"

- Anabel, on how she felt before starting solids


How did you feel at the start of your weaning journey with Ari?


I was excited for her to try new things and move on to the next milestone, but it was also a bit overwhelming! Before solids, it was easy - just milk for her mealtimes but now, I'll have to grocery shop for her, think of what to cook, and create a variety and balanced meal each time. So, there's definitely more to think about. Plus every meal is a major clean up operation! 


How did you navigate through the vast amount of information and advice out there?


I absorbed it all! I am the kind that will read anything and everything, speak to other moms, and get help and advice from paediatric dieticians. I want to know it all - the research, facts, tips and tricks, hacks, and what other moms have done. So, I downloaded all that information and then made the choices that I feel work best for my family. 


What are your go-to resources (eg. books, websites, IG, groups) for information and meal ideas?


I love solidstarts.com! I also reference a lot from Annabel Karmel and Helwig recipe books.

"Go in with little expectations and just let your little ones explore!

— Anabel, on her advice for weaning

What was your biggest fear/challenge about starting solids?


I got the advice to watch videos on YouTube to understand the difference between choking and gagging. Gagging is a very common reflex amongst young babies that is often misunderstood as choking! Once I understood that and learnt basic baby first aid, I felt more confident. Well, that and I was worried about the mess. But it turns out, I am very chill about messy mealtimes, so it was an unwarranted worry!


What advice would you give to a parent who is feeling overwhelmed and worried about starting solids?


Babies don't get enough credit! They are highly adaptable and will learn to eat in their own time. So, don't stress too much about how much they are eating, or whether they are liking it or not at the beginning. Go in with little expectations and just let your little ones explore! 




Starting solids may be a difficult journey filled with so many questions and worries, but as Anabel says: "Babies are highly adaptable and will learn to eat in their own time." In the meantime, make mealtimes a fun and enjoyable experience with our Feeding Essentials gift sets!