Is it teething time for your little one?


Every moment is a memory when it comes to the first year of your baby's life. Challenging as it is, you will find little instances of comedy that will get you through those sleepless nights and daily struggles. One of the funniest stages of parenting is when you and your baby make the switch to solid foods. From displays of disobedience to snap-worthy expressions, we have come up with a list of the funniest parts of starting solids, that mums can relate to!


Those reactions!


The facial expressions your baby makes with every new taste, are PRICELESS. Have your thumb poised over the red button, ready to video each little twitch of the nose and wince of the eyes. Even foods that you may consider bland like pureed veg, banana or potato will be met with startled eyes. The way you feel about biting into a lemon is how baby feels about the new tastes she is discovering!


Not Happening!


If you are lucky enough you get through a tiny bowl without your baby exerting her independence, you have won at parenting. Yes, the weird and wonderful sense of taste has been introduced, but they have every right to refuse it! This mostly comes in the form of a big gooey dribble consisting of the entire spoonful, onto a freshly washed bib- ain’t that always the way! It could also be a spray (think full-sized whale) that will reach places you could never imagine in your wildest dreams!





When you are new to the solids thing, you might believe you are in full control of your destiny. But if baby decides he wants ‘a go’ of the spoon, he will certainly get one. If you don’t keep your eye and hand on the spoon, your little weanling will seize it and proceed to wave it around showering you and your kitchen in a blanket of food.


This is the stage of parenthood where your hair and clothes are perpetually covered in food. Embrace the look!


Not so picture-perfect


Picture it. Your little squish is on display for relatives and friends, decked out in your latest impulse baby-buy. If you are inexperienced (or unbelievably brave) you will have chosen to dress your darling in delightful pastels or even a crisp white ensemble for the occasion.


Someone suggests removing the bib for a photo. You allow this, your mind clouded with pride for your gorgeous offspring, an action that will prove to be detrimental….


You know the rest mommas. But don't sweat it, baby-food stains will come out in the wash. Besides, they look cute on your little one (at least you will think so).



Mid-meal explosion


This one hardly needs an explanation. Anything fruity will trigger a perfectly timed eruption in your baby's nappy. Be prepared!


Leftovers, anyone?


The solids stage will naturally stamp out any airs and graces you had, that made you refuse already-been-tasted food. This is not a stage known for its long nights of unbroken sleep. You will be utterly exhausted and far too concerned about baby to worry about your own nutrition. Embrace the leftovers- you may actually grow to look forward to them!


Good Luck with the Switch, mums, you're doing great!

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With her daughter Evie as her muse, Anna writes about mumhood and all its intersections from mental health to movies, social issues to pop culture. Anna lives in Dublin with her daughter, partner, three younger sisters and parents. She is a dreadful cook, a fair guitar player and thinks caffeine should be given as a yearly vaccine to parents - courtesy of the HSE.

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