Your Weaning Questions Answered

It’s easy to think that parenting skills should just come naturally to us all the moment we become parents. Most of the time. It doesn’t. At eco rascals, we always work with you (our awesome customers) to answer any and all questions you have about all things weaning. “It takes a village.” We want to welcome you into ours with this brief guide to parenthood.

Our Weaning Questions

We sent our most often asked weaning questions to our entire community of parents. We had a diverse selection of parents coming back with answers, 66% of the advice came from parents with one child or more above the age of 12 months.

We found our parenting community in England offering the most advice with a whopping 79% share in answers.

When should I consider weaning?

When to start weaning is one of the most common questions we hear. We know that every child is different, so letting your little one take the lead is important. With that being said, 44% of our audience started weaning between the age of 3-6 months with the remainder starting weaning between 6 and 9 months. So, for the sake of averages, a concise answer would land you smack bang in the middle at 6 months being the time to start weaning.

When should you offer your child solid foods?

Once again, each child is different but most of our parents (88%) indicated that they started their child on solid foods between 6 and 9 months.

Is organic food preferential to non-organic when weaning your baby?

The majority of our community had no preference between organic and non organic but 28% of parents did indicate that they did opt for organic produce.

Can you wean your baby on a vegetarian/vegan diet?

14% of our community opted for vegetarian or vegan weaning. Official advice from the National Health Service is:

“Advice on introducing solid foods from around 6 months is the same for vegetarian and vegan babies, as it is for non-vegetarian babies. Babies and young children on a vegetarian or vegan diet can get the energy and most of the nutrients they need to grow and develop from a well-planned, varied and balanced diet.”

Why does my child’s food end up on the floor?!

You are definitely not on your own with this one. In fact, our eco rascals suction plates and bowls were developed because we’ve had plenty of ‘feeding time at the zoo’ moments in our houses.

36% of our parents said that half of their little ones’ food lands on the floor, 11% said most of the meals were flung in different directions and only 31% said they had a clean floor after each meal.

Funnily 21% of parents said, “we have a dog so have no idea how much actually ends up on the floor”. 😊

How common are allergies in babies and toddlers?

We saw that one in five parents had a child with allergies. Out of these, 61% of parents found that their child had an allergy to milk, 23% of children had an allergy to eggs and 16% had a nut allergy.

We then asked a few questions about their little ones’ sleep patterns and behaviour.

What are the most common behavioural issues shown in babies and toddlers?

You’ve probably guessed the answer to this one every parent struggles at some time with their tot pushing the boundaries. But we saw:
Tantrums – 63%
Defiance -14%

One thing that did stand out was the number of parents that indicated that their little one lacked confidence. With 21% of parents indicating that their toddler suffered from shyness.

When should my baby start sleeping through the night?

We feel your pain here, we’ve often started the day with eye bags!

With that said 32% of our community did say that their baby slept through the night between the ages of 0-3 months, 21% say that their little one slept through the night between the ages of 6-12 months, 11% got there after their child turned a year old and a massive 36% asked: “does this ever happen?”

Now, we wanted to learn more about the purchases that parents were making, and what factors they considered when buying weaning products.

30% of parents indicated that they considered the impact of the food they purchase on the environment.

What was the weirdest food item you’ve had to retrieve from your child’s nose/ear?

We had some very random answers for this one, but here’s the results:

The most popular, stuffable food items were:

  • Peas
  • Rice Krispies
  • Bean sprouts
  • Spaghetti
  • Mashed Potato rice, jam,
  • Peanut butter
  • Coco Pops

But what do you do when this inevitably happens? According to

“Don’t panic, and don’t pretend you’re an expert. Make only one attempt to remove the object from your child’s nose on your own.

Here are some tricks you can try yourself:

Have your toddler blow his nose if possible. If your toddler understands how to blow out his nose into a tissue, you can have him blow while you gently press on the nostril that isn’t runny. This may loosen the object enough for it to come out.

See if you can (carefully) remove the object manually. If you can see the object, try removing it with your fingers if you can reach it easily. Don’t probe or use tweezers (or anything else) that could push the object further into the nasal canal or injure the nose if your little one were to move suddenly.

Remember, the more times you try, the more scared and uncooperative your toddler may be when a doctor tries to remove it. So keep your efforts to a minimum.”

A Big Thank You

We want to say a big thank you to everyone in our community who took the time to answer our questions. As always, we’d be nowhere without you.

Keep an eye out, we’ll be posting more advice soon.

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