The Ten Faces of Weaning

It’s been a while since we weaned the boy. He’s five now and eats pretty well. Even the occasional piece of fruit sneaks in with the beige food.

I do remember with fondness the weaning stage. Especially the faces of weaning.

Face One: The “WTF” face


This is the classic “WTF is THIS?!” face. Expect to see this the first time you give your baby that nasty stuff that masquerades as “rice”

Face Two: The “WTAF” face


Face two

This one usually happens when you start to introduce flavour. They’ve just got used to rice pap, and now you’re introducing carrot?!

Face Three: The unfortunate moustache face

Face three

This is the one where you share a super cute picture of your baby on social media, only to be informed that he in fact now resembles an unfortunate historical figure…

Face Four: The I-Do-It face

Face four

Your baby is a tyrant, and demands to do everything by himself. Behold the self feeding face, which occurs when baby’s brain says “spoon, enter mouth” but baby’s arm says “Wheee!” and liberally smears baby’s entire face/scalp/ears/neck. Very rarely does spoon end up in mouth. Nostril is closest baby will get on first attempt.

Face Five: The Eww Face


Face five

This is the face that occurs when your usually happily filthy child decides that their hands MUST be cleaned! Immediately! Then filthied with the self-feeding insistence. Then cleaned. Then filthied. Ad infinitum.

Face six: Look Mummy, a hat!


Face six

Child, this is sacrilege. My spaghetti is far too tasty to be worn as a hat. NB expect yours to end up as a hat too. This face is saved for the messiest food possible.

Face Seven: It Wasn’t Me


Face seven

Well, you didn’t give them chocolate! Did you? Ok yes maybe, but he was like 14 months by then. Be warned, this stuff gets everywhere. Welcome to the days of playing the excellent game of “What’s that? Is that chocolate or…poo?!”

Face Eight: We Will Fight Them On The Beaches


Face eight

Also known as the breadstick fag face.

Face Nine: Too Cute To Care


Face nine

This is when you turn your back leaving your child (you fool) with a spoon and what you thought was a mostly empty yoghurt pot. The baby you had deemed incapable of coordinated movement will suddenly develop ninja skills. You’ll turn around and it will be everywhere. But look at that face! Awwww!

Face Ten: Baby Biscuit Dilemma Face

Everyone will get one of these. Baby no nap. Baby want biscuit. Baby biscuit dilemma ensues.

this post can also be found on the Huffington Post.

10 Baby Weaning Faces

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97 thoughts on “The Ten Faces of Weaning

  1. Ha ha! I’ve seen all these faces, except for bowl on the head. I love all the faces, my face with my daughter is after she’s tasted banana followed quickly by it being thrown on the floor, oh and yoghurt face too. A lovely funny post Sarah. Claire x

  2. I love this post! I remember Milos childminder saying “every time we give him his food he just tips the bowl and contents over his head… Or luzzes it across the room.”

  3. This is brilliant. My youngest still makes these faces now, at three years old! I think my fave face is the first one, it really made me laugh. 🙂 #fortheloveofBLOG

      1. Just popping back from #chucklemums to say these are still making me really belly laugh! I love the faces he pulls – so cute! 🙂

        1. Thanks love, he was so funny when he was little! I might do a series of these, he was brilliant!

  4. Ah I love this!! We will be starting weaning imminently so I am looking forward to these. That video is just too cute, we’ve all been there #fortheloveofBLOG

  5. Ha! I’ve seen all these faces, except for the ‘eww’ face – the Popple NEVER wants her hands and face to be cleaned. Ever. If she had her way, she would still be coated with smears of all the food I’ve ever fed her. #fortheloveofBLOG

    1. He was a real cutie! And that photo is the best one – I love how his little feet are pointing in different directions like his whole body has gone “Yeurgh!!”

  6. I recognise a few of these faces as we’ve just started weaning. Such adorable photos and a really funny post! My favourite face is the WTAF one.

  7. Haha, this is great! I’m totally OCD about mess, so I basically just want to give you a massive high five for dealing with all this! #fortheloveofBLOG

  8. This is amazing!! I think I’ve seen all of those faces mirrored on my boy. This must have been so fun to do. Love all of them but particularly the breadstick cigar and the chocolate innocence! Or was it poo!? #fortheloveofBLOG

  9. Brilliant! I’m looking forward to weaning…please maybe not the clearing up bit but it’s great to see them explore and try new things! Fab photos! #kcacols

  10. I LOVE this post!!! I was laughing out loud at that beautiful little face!! The WTAF was my favourite, her expressions are priceless!! #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you – it seems to be a draw between WTF and WTAF at the moment! He was so funny 🙂 xx

  11. This actually made me laugh out loud! Your little one is just too cute to care about all that mess 🙂 We will be starting weaning with Sophie in the next few months – looks like I’m going to have a lot of cleaning up to do! Thanks so much for sharing with us on our first week of #fortheloveofBLOG Sarah – really hope you can link up again next week! x

  12. haha this takes me back to those weaning days! cute pics. although we never had the I did it myself face! my boy just ate lol! #KCACOLS

  13. Haha, I’ve definitely seen all these faces! What wonderful pictures to look back on though. You still get to appreciate the cuteness but the mess has gone! Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

  14. Awesome photos! When my brother was little my dad took him out to the garden, highchair and all, and put the hose on him because he was in such a mess! I don’t let things get to that stage… Lol. x #KCACOLS

  15. This post is absolutely adorable!
    Weaning does have very many faces. My 13 month old very often ends up in the tub after eating, because sometimes I can’t even see his face 😛 #KCACOLS

  16. Oh this made me giggle, what gorgeous photos too! We have weaning in 3 months time for baby 2; looking forward to seeing the faces again (not so much the mess!) love the unfortunate moustache one! #fortheloveofBLOG

  17. Adorable, I feel I need to store my weaning photos in a folder for a later date! They are always amusing! It’s so messy! #kcacols

  18. Brilliant! I love how you actually managed to get photos of all the different faces! My son is 5 and still does a ‘new food’ face when he tries something for the first time, it’s exactly the same face he pulled at 6 months! x #KCACOLS

  19. What a fab post and the photos are just brilliant – your little one is so cute. I’ll be honest here, weaning nearly broke me. I found it so so so hard….although I’m now 6 months into the terrible 2’s and I think that might just pip weaning to the biggest challenge of parenting thus far! #chucklemums

  20. Aw this is brilliantly cute! We have a lot of bowl in the head shots! Im so glad that my youngest is now 15 months because it means the worst if weaning us behind us. Although, we still get a lot of ‘I do it’ faces because he is determined to feed himself yoghurt with a spoon these days – arghhhhh! Thanks for hosting #chucklemums again

  21. Great post, though it totally got me relieved that we are through all that here in this house. The mess was beyond me and my patience levels. So many adorable photos. #chucklemums

  22. hilarious! I remember this stage well the WTAF photo is priceless! I remember giving up on using wipes after a meal for my two, straight in the bath! #chucklemums

  23. The WTAF face had me laughing like a possessed mad woman! Haha!!!!! Amazing!
    They’re brilliant photos and it’s a super post, I was shuddering at all the mess and the number of baby wipes i know it woud’ve taken you to get that lot cleared up…roll on summer when they can eat outside like wild animals and make as much mess as they like! 😉
    Gemma.x #chucklemums

  24. Bwahahaha…loved all those faces. I don’t miss the mess though! This really made me laugh and think back of the good old days when all I only cooked one ingredient meals!! #Chucklemums

  25. Ha ha i hated weaning for this very reason! They make horrid noises when they chew and love squashing food in their hands and wiping in down themselves!!! p.s the pics are sooooo cute though and are going to make one little boy very red faced at his 18th birthday party! 🙂 #chucklemums

  26. These are hilarious and sooo cute. Uurgh weaning – didn’t enjoy it much myself, why do they always insist on throwing the messiest food over their heads and getting covered in the foods that will stain EVERYTHING – spag bol! Fab post #chucklemums

  27. loved the pictures! They’re hilarious! 😀 We are now on Face 100!: I don’t like anything that you cook! I just want a happy meal! T_T… ha..

  28. Oh, the biscuit/nap dilemma! So funny. I have had similar with NC, who actually growls when tired and wants to eat something, so it sounds like a little tiger going to sleep. So sweet – love the photos too! #chucklemums

  29. Maybe my Piglet is an unusual specimen of child, as his almost universal weaning face was the one not mentioned here; the Turning Away In Disdain From All Comestibles face. Weaning was a joy (still is). #chucklemums

  30. You’ve totally nailed the weaning faces, very funny. The too cute photo is really lovely! I remember that WTF face when I gave my son pureed peas! yuck, poor child! I also remember the day when my son was eating in his highchair and just suddenly fell asleep , as a FT Mum it completely freaked me!
    The Winston Churchill ref is inspired! Lush xx

  31. Amazing – we are at the WTF/WTAF stage at the moment! I am slightly concerned about the moustache face – we already look a little like that historical figure without adding a moustache…. #Chucklemums

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