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09/06/2014 at 12:35
I want to start introducing some finger foods for O rather than just spoon feeding but what do you give you LO's? He will be 27weeks on Friday and can pick things up no problem and everything ends up in his mouth but with he often just lets it go when it gets there. Even with his teething ring, he will fire it in his mouth and chew on it and then let it go like he expects it just to stay there like his dummy. Will he just get the gist that he's dropping it on his own?
Also have no idea what sort of things to give him and is it only soft cooked things or should he be getting anything hard just to gum (insert clueless icon!)
09/06/2014 at 12:40
MDD your on fire with questions I want the answer to as well today lol! Watching with interest, also to add (sorry to bump in MDD) should I give finger foods instead of a meal or alongside until he has the hang of it? I asked at HV clinic and I was told to take his meals away and only offer finger food and if he doesn't eat it don't give anything else? Is that right? To add my LO is 9 months old and will put food in his mouth and suck it
09/06/2014 at 12:49
I know, I should try and space my questions out rather than just save them up lol!
I have no idea what's right but I was going to give him finger food at lunchtime (we do purée at b/fast and dinner) and that way if he doesn't eat anything if doesn't matter sort of thing?
O is really hit of miss with the food, he will go about 2-2 and a half hours after waking before he needs a nap so in the morning I give him a bottle feed and then try and leave it to about an hour after I started his feed (he's super nosy so sometimes feeding can take half an hour while he looks all around!) but if I try to give him solids too soon he's not interested and if I wait to long he's starting to get tired and fidgety during feeding and he ends up no taking much. Do you do food after a milk feed? I honestly need a manual for weaning!
09/06/2014 at 13:19
Loads! Cheese of vaying types, cucumber, tomato, pepper, spring onions, breadsticks, rice cakes, toast with toppings e.g. cheese, hummous, cheese spread, any fruit, avocado, organix crisp things, heinz biscotti biscuits, egg (hard boiled and scrambled).
We've done BLW so only ever offered food to be eaten herself, but she is only just getting it at over 10 months, as long as they are still getting milk dont worry too much about how much or what they are eating. Z currently chews everything, swallows some then some comes out again if she pokes her tongue out! We do food about an hour after milk so she's not starving but not too full. Dinner is about 2 hours after bottle. Basically just offer them food whenever you can, practice makes perfect. And weaning is a faff I hate it!
09/06/2014 at 13:38
Thanks Porkchop, O has cmpi and were currently 'allergy testing!) so no dairy/cheese, no egg and we've to avoid tomatoes and peppers until he's older so restricts things a bit.
I've seen those carrot puff things but I think those things are for older babies are they? Do you just cut the cucumber into a sort of baton?
09/06/2014 at 13:39
I've always fed mine if they are awake when I eat, if they are asleep then I just skip that meal and offer milk as usual. Finger foods here are fruit and veg, breadsticks, cheese, toast and sandwiches, the odd biscuit, rice cakes and other stuff if it's the right size for her to feed herself. We do a mix of spoon feeding and finger foods, so breakfast and dinner are usually a mixture and lunch is finger food only.
At 6 months, I'd offer milk first and not worry if he misses a meal due to tiredness or not being hungry - NHS advice suggests moving to three meals a day by 8/9 months so no hurry at this stage.
Noodle, I'd ignore your HV and stick to a mixture if that is what you are happy with, there's no right or wrong way but I'd be reluctant to just let him go hungry if he is used to being spoon fed as well.
09/06/2014 at 14:40
Thanks for the suggestions, I think your right margot I don't want him to skip it if he is used to it, my concern is he drinks very little milk today so far we have had 4oz from 2 bottles!
09/06/2014 at 14:58
Oh that's a pain! Yes, cut into batons big enough that he can pick up with a fist and still have an inch sticking out of the top to munch. Z is older now so can even pick up peas so I dont worry so much about size and shape now as she can deal with it. He'll learn quickly just start with batons and bits big enough to grab and munch.
09/06/2014 at 20:43
We are blw too so we've only ever done finger foods. S picked it up incredibly quickly and was eating with purpose just a few weeks later but when he started most of what went in was spat straight back out again. Once he swallowed a few bits he got the hang of it but I have friends who have babies a month or so older and they're still not really grasping finger foods so they're all different.
A typical day for us starts with Weetabix or Oatibix made with normal milk (but you can use your formula) and made so that some of it is mushy enough for pre-loaded spoons and some of the firmer stuff he eats as a finger food. Oatibix is better for holding it's shape for this - you could try that? He then has some fruit like a banana, strawberries or today it was melon.
Lunch was cheese on toast but we have done baked beans or scrambled eggs too. It makes the toast a bit mushier and easier to eat. Usually with some sticks of avocado, cucumber, tomato, pepper, beetroot (S LOVES beetroot, bleurgh).
Dinner was turkey parmesan muffins with homemade smoky paprika fries, broccoli, green beans, a yoghurt and a kiwi fruit.
Other favourites are sticks of sweet potato either boiled normally or roasted, jacket potato cut in to quarters (he sucks the flesh out and leaves the skin!), pears, apples microwaved with cinammon and a little water for 1 minute so they are softer, hard boiled eggs, strawberries, watermelon, steamed veg like carrots, beans etc, mango, papaya, cheese sticks, rice cakes with nut butter, tinned apricots in juice...basically anything that can be cut in to a finger size!
For meat, I've found homemade meatballs, burgers and patties are the way to go. He's too impatient to gnaw at a strip of chicken etc so mince that's been cooked in to a fist shape seems to be a winner!
This website is great for children's food. The first foods section also has some really nice looking purees that made my mouth water! http://weelicious.com/
10/06/2014 at 07:02
Hey MDD, glad to hear weaning is going well! It's a nightmare when they've foods they can't have! At the moments A's it's stands at dairy, soya, egg, banana, mango, tomato, strawberry, all the other palm fruits and anything containing palm oil! It doesn't leave us much else. It's funny as I was really precious with E about what I have her but as there's so much A can't eat, things like biscuits and Cheerios don't seem so bad this time round! I don't know if this is right or wrong but what I've been doing is a mixture for breakfast so fruit pot and Cheerios (as finger food - this was recommended by the SALT as a bite and chew exercise!) or porridge and pear fingers (I choose really ripe almost about to turn pears so they literally just fall apart in the mouth) then lunch i tend to do finger foods - fingers of toast (df and sf of course), rice cakes, breadsticks or fingers of crackers, toppings normally include houmous, marmite, peanut butter, choc spread as a treat. Then I may give things like steamed carrot fingers, thinly sliced cucumber fingers, organix snacks, well cooked pasta in free from pesto, the Ella's kitchen puffit things and rich tea biscuits broke in half. I've also got a free from cheese that she loves even though it smells and tastes rank to me! Tea is usually purée food and then if she's still hungry a fruit pot or yoghurt made from her neocate. I was having a real Issue with her refusing to eat anything textured and I honestly think giving finger food has really helped with this. She can now manage 7 month + purées at 9 months! Feel free to PM me if you want any free help with from foods - good luck! x
12/06/2014 at 08:29
Organix do a range from 7 months - my lo loves the giant carrot puffs and would happily eat those all day!
13/06/2014 at 21:15
Oh sorry ladies, I missed so many replies!
Thankyou for all the suggestions, MD I think I might take you up on that offer! I was going to give him toast fingers but do I need to buy special bread?
Popcorn - beetroot! Jeso, I'm guessing that's definitely an eat in a nappy food! Does it not dye S's hands!?
Cornelius thanks, I did see those in sainsburys. O will be 7 months before I know it so I'll pick up a couple of them.
I tried him with cucumber this week but it's a bit too slippy and he kept dropping them. When you mention breadsticks ladies do you mean just big standard breadsticks? How on earth do they eat them? They're like rocks!?
13/06/2014 at 21:47
S doesn't really get on with breadsticks - he prefers instant gratification when it comes to food and they require a bit more work! Try him though, he might like it if he gets a good crunch in! Maybe try him with some wedges of cooked sweet potato or carrots, they're so easy to eat.
He does have slightly purple nappies with the beetroot but they're so varied now anyway I hardly bat an eyelid at pink poo! He hasn't been stained with it yet, it doesn't hang around long enough to leave a mark!
13/06/2014 at 22:32
Is the breadstick thing just that they suck the food off them? O doesn't have any teeth through properly yet so how do they eat breadsticks? Do they just slaver them until they disappear? Lol!
14/06/2014 at 02:05
Yes Hun, you'll have to get a dairy free one. Not sure where you shop but the cheapy 45p everyday value whole meal loaf at tesco is dairy and soya free. There's also a couple of loaves (including tiger bread - yippee!) from the tesco bakery that are dairy and soya free too! A only has one tooth so just sucks the breadstick until a bit breaks of, sucks that till it's gone and then starts again! Although our newest things is dipping them in sunpat and sucking that off - she loves it! Thank god she's not allergic to nuts or we'd be stuck! x
14/06/2014 at 05:55
14/06/2014 at 05:57
This was from my shop this week - all dairy, soya, egg and palm oil free! Some of it isn't the healthiest of choices but then there's so much she can't have i will take what I can! x
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