Baby’s first chair

Today Clover tried her Stokke Tripp Trapp for the very first time! As soon as she was buckled in she reached for her milk. She spilled half of it, drank a little then I refilled her cup for round two. Five minutes later she accidentally knocked her glass off her tray then watched it roll away.

She turns five months on Saturday so the introduction to solids is just around the corner. To be honest it’s been a little overwhelming about what to do with weaning. We saw our GP and it was great to hear her advice then I jumped onto some parents group online and got answers to questions I hadn’t asked and got introduced to baby led weaning.

I’ve borrowed some books from the library so keen to learn about it but something is boggling my brain. See, Clover turns seven months when we’re overseas for a three week holiday. My head started spinning about not having enough time to introduce solids properly, the logistics of food preparation and I got scared.

Then I came across the Kylie’s post on Baby Led vs Montessori approach to weaning and I felt better. It reminded me of why I fell in love with the Montessori method and how excited I was about introducing things to our little baby when the time was right.

So since we set up her Tripp Trapp last night (thanks to my mum for the tray!) it was time to take it for a little test drive. Needless to say I was pretty excited! We’ve practiced EBM into a shot glass a bunch of times, helping her drink it but she was always on our laps.

The other day I started encouraging Clover to “drink” from a shot glass half an hour before a feed once a day. The plan is to increase it depending on how we go. Once we introduce solids/she can sit up we’ll alternate between her weaning table and chair and her Tripp Trapp.

As I watched the footage of Clover drinking tonight (I set up a tripod so I could be part of the fun) I realised why I wanted to be a stay at home mum, why I looked into doing montessori and why I was and am so determined to have a simplified lifestyle with a baby so I can be mindful, present and ready.

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