with Lydia i did the usual puree food, jars etc which was all well and good, she ate and still eats pretty much anything i put in front of her.
George i tried a different route, BLW (baby led weaning), it is where you give your child the food as a whole and nothing or very little pureed. We had a few instances where he gagged but on general he was fine and "mushed" the food up in his hand.
Whist we were weaning we discovered he had an allergy to eggs (which he seems to be outgrowing). I was very dubious about trying new foods so on his first birthday i made a homemade eggless chocolate cake and well i think he enjoyed it!!!!!!!
my advice would be dont stress if they dont eat just back off let them eat the things you can get into them so they dont starve and they will get there in the end and if you have concerns dont be afraid to be pushy your the mum and mums do really know best where there kids are concerned trust your mothers instinct
we had terrible trouble with josh from around a year old he stopped eating and would scream if you tried to get anything in his mouth, he lost weight and stopped eating even the little things we had got into him before the health visitors and docs just said stop giving him milk and eventually he will eat but he just lost more weight this continued for six months until i was lucky enough to meet a speach and language specialist and she immeadiatly diognosed silent reflux (heartburn) got him medication and a feeding clinic appointment, unfortunatly the damage had been done and he still wouldnt eat as he assosiated food with pain he is now almost three and things are improving but slowly he now eats but his diet is quite limited but since we stopped stressing about it and just let him do it his way things are better and he will lick and kiss foods loads of times before letting it in his mouth then he will go for a few weeks like that before swollowing it,
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we used jars wit hAyesha at 6 months but my cousin who I trust with the kids life she is a nursery nurse and a grreat one she is always on the ball. She had checked the jar to make sure there was no lumps but missed one. Sadly Ayesha caught it at the back of her throat and afterwards it took me 2 days before she would even swallow fluids again she was so scared.
at 8 months she was still just on milk because she was still scared and would get very upset, this lead to bad night because she was hungry. In the end we had to limit milk and hand make puree foods and had to really stick to it and be consistant. The H.V even came round every night for a week at tea time to help encourage her. Now at 20months shes like a food omnster, the kid says no to nothing and will have seconds and half the persons next to her givin half the chance
lol linz, she sounds just like jacks, hell eat anything, until hed explode
when we went out for a meal a few weeks back he wolfed his down then sat pointing at everyone elses dinner saying ta, its the best way of getting him to try allsorts of new things!
Hi, I'm a mum of 2 myself and wanted to work from hom so I'm in the process of getting a couple of books printed, one of them a food diary. This will help keep a track all feeds from the milk stage to weaning to the introduction of new foods. It's wipe-able so the book can be used over and over again, for one child or for siblings or even for twins. Especially helpful when one more than one person is involved in taking care of the child. Great way to write down what the child should be eating, how much and when for dad's and grandparents.
There's a sample of the book on my website. www.maxieandteddy.com
I expressed for three months because I found breast feeding so difficult - there is really very little guidance on how much breast milk a baby needs and it was an extremely anxious time. I used the guidance on milk powder tins in the end - it worked -he put weight on steadily each week.
I then managed to breastfeed but after two months and three instances of full blown mastitis I gave up and used bottles instead but by then he had forgotten how to bottlefeed. We got over this with perserverence. We use Hipp organic formula
I began weening at five months starting on baby rice (watch out for arsenic levels) and introducing a new puree every three days. Carrot was the winning puree and still is. Ella's Kitchen do the best purees - they are organic with nothing extra added and Plum do a fab baby porridge.
He now has pureed meals. When we are out and about I use the Hipp organic. range otherwise I make all of them myself as it's cheaper. However there is nothing worse than having slaved over the preparation of a weeks worth of puree to have your little beloved gagging on the first mouthful and refusing to eat any more.....
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