Weaning My Vegan Baby.The Pressure

by | December 6, 2017

It’s been four weeks since I starting weaning my vegan baby and first introduced solid food. It started off as a fun, novel thing but I’m starting to feel the pressure now.
We’d really settled into a routine in the weeks leading up to him turning six months old. Now I feel like that comfortable little world has slipped away. It’s definitely still fun to watch our baby explore the foods we offer him but the questions have started flying now. Which foods has he tried and how much does he eat? I can’t help but feel like we’re being judged when we reveal that he doesn’t have set meal times yet. Or that he has only tried around ten different foods. Thank goodness no one has asked about him eating animal products yet! Well aside from his dad, but that’s another story… I may have completely lost it by now if it was brought up by anyone else!

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The thing is, I don’t see the rush. He’s got so much going on right now. So many new skills to work on and a whole world to explore. He will barely sit still long enough to mash half a banana into his face before he’s twisting and squirming in an attempt to leave his seat. So if he’s happy with that, why shouldn’t we be? When he wants to try a food, we let him (within reason). When he’s done with it, he is allowed to move on. He is physically and intellectually on target for his age. I don’t see the point fretting about preparing food for him three times a day or comparing the variety in his diet to his peers.

For now, we are all perfectly content with impromptu picnics in the kitchen or with sharing a (very drooly) mid-morning apple. It’s all part of our baby’s big adventure and we are here to guide him, not to steer him.
My vegan baby has a long life ahead of him to try all the wonderful foods nature has to offer. For the most part, it’s his choice how and when he does it. So I’m making a promise to him now that when I feel the pressure. I’m going to just shake it off and let him continue to lead the way.

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Kate Timmins I’m a first time mama living in beautiful Adelaide, South Australia. When I’m not at home enjoying the company of my partner, our gorgeous baby boy, and our five rescue cats I love to spend my time walking along our local beaches and trying new foods from the growing number of vegan eateries in our city. I’m proud to be a foster carer for my local animal rescue; I believe that saving one animal may not change the world, but it will change the world for that animal! Follow me on Instagram for Cats, baby, beaches, and tasty vegan food.

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