There are two main schools of thought for how to wean your baby. One is the “traditional” spoon feeding method, where you give your baby spoonfuls of pureed food, starting with just a few tastes and going up to a whole meal, a few times a day. The other is “baby lead weaning” where you offer your baby finger foods for them to try at their own pace, which has the advantage of the baby being able to feed themselves rather than the parent sitting for hours on end wrestling spoons into their mouth.
I have discovered a third method, which I intend to use with Samuel. It is called “accidental weaning”. You do it like this…
First, breastfeed your baby. Ideally with a raucous toddler around, and little time to do much. After a while you will work out that sitting down feeding the baby is the only time you have to sit down and eat your dinner. So, you have a biscuit, or some toast, something like that. Something crumbly. After a while you look down and notice there are crumbs all over your baby’s face. And when your baby comes off the breast you notice there are crumbs there too. Infact, your baby has been suckling milky crumbs for some time. And there you go, accidental weaning. I think this is a much more natural way than spoon feeding or baby lead weaning.
I haven’t worked out how you get from crumbs to whole meal yet, but I expect the next stage involves the toddler “helping” by feeding the baby some of their dinner (or perhaps pretend food, or lego, or bits of toy vehicles)