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02/01/2014 at 09:34
We are going to start weaning Z when shes 6 months at the end of the month so I'm just beginning to get my head round things.
We are going to do BLW, I've read up on it, just wanted to raise a couple of queries with those that have done it.
Z isnt anywhere near sitting yet, will she be ok strapped upright into a high chair, or can we not do BLW until she can sit unaided?
Also, it says to always have them eat with you, which is fine at breakfast and lunch, but we dont eat dinner til about 8, and I cant imagine eating at 5.30, do you think this will matter?
She isnt the best eater with milk, has to be really hungry or she just messes with it. Am I best to try food before or after bottles? I'm thinking an hour or so after? She currently has bottles at 8, 11.30/12, 3/4 and 6.30 so when do I give food? And do you start with 3 meals a day from the start, or just one to start with, say breakfast? And would you just do plain stuff for the first few weeks and wait a bit before trying the recipes in these fancy BLW recipe books?
Thanks if youve got this far, any help would be appreciated!
02/01/2014 at 10:05
Not done pure BLW with mine but will try and answer!
As far as I know, they are fine to start if they can sit supported.
I would have them eat with you when you can but obviously dinner wouldn't work for you - could you sit down and have a snack with her at teatime?
I would just offer her food whenever you eat and she's awake and not really worry about number of meals to start with. I also wouldn't worry about giving plain stuff, just whatever you're eating as long as it avoids the foods she can't have yet (honey and whole nuts).
Have fun! We'll be starting about a fortnight after you if she doesn't show signs sooner.
02/01/2014 at 10:09
Ooo - this sitting question was something I suddenly thought about last night. We have been sitting eating in the living room so M could see us eating from her bouncer but as of last night we decided to return to normality and sit at the table to get her used to her high chair before we start on the blw too. I can't wait, I just can't believe our girls have reached that stage already.
02/01/2014 at 14:31
I'd just start giving her bits of whatever you are eating, at your mealtimes. It might be a while before she eats anything so significant it affects her bottles. Evening meal is obviously up to you but I started off giving miss CV hers at 5ish while we stuck to our 8pm dinner but quickly changed to us all eating together at 5,30/6 for several reasons: it really was important to me for us all to eat together; I was using her early dinner as an excuse to eat an unnecessary snack with her; and I also really got fed up of the never ending dinner time! We got used to eating early and I much prefer dinner being finished and cleared up all at once.
02/01/2014 at 18:17
We do BLW with E. Re the sitting I'd personally try at 6 months but gently. Afaik from weaning course sitting unaided is more an early readiness sign, rather than a needs just but obviously sitting unsupported is best in terms of remaining upright, hence preventing choking I think it's your judgement there tbh.
Personally, re the eating together it is hugely important here, and we have changed to suit E and I won't let her have tea worth he childminder. e eats so much better with us, plus the idea is that you then cook one meal, which you eat as a family and low at he's as a way of learning. Evening.meal to us is most important for this here as she's tired, and grumpy so, again, I'd just see how you get on with it. She does however notice from very early when we ate differently to her and becomes fussy then Too
BLW always says milk first, it's much better nutrition wise and they need it, but also, if they are hungry they'll be unable to focus and explore.. Which is what BLW is doing at first rather than filling a tummy. An hour after therefore sounds fab and is what has always worked here. Any less and she's not hungry . I'd keep bottles the same and do 9-1-5 food wise with those times too,
We went right to three meals, well to offering three meals, no fancys tuff here, at first just fruit each meal but witching a week or so I gave up and gave literally whatever I had a corner or toast, scoop of my cottage pie, strip of chicken. It wasn't until about 6-8 weeks in that I prepared E a separate portion other than bits of mine. Now I freeze any leftovers for nights were having naughty food she can't have (we have. Ilk intolerance)
02/01/2014 at 19:55
We did BLWing with Zoe and have, rather unexpectedly, just started with Orla. Zoe could sit unaided, just, but Orla can't however she is fine sitting in her highchair (Tripp Trapp and Antilop have both been fine).
The good thing about BLWing is that you can do it how it works for you. With Zoe I started off by just giving her some of what I was having if she was awake when I was eating a meal. We did change our eating habits and started to eat dinner around 6.30 (had always been post 8pm) as for me sitting as a family to eat is important and something I wanted to ingrain in to us. Funnily enough now 4 years later dinner time is 5.30 in our house and I would struggle to get as late at 8pm. I have never done any of the fancy recipes, I just gave her what we were eating. I adapted our cooking, so for example I started to use low salt stock cubes, but tbh the quantities they are eating in the early days it really doesn't make sense to prepare things seperately.
Orla has a slice of toast for breakfast, well she gummed on 2 fingers of it. This hadn't been planned by the way, she just helped herself off the table. For dinner we were having fajitas so she had a finger of red pepper, a chunk of cucumber and some tortilla wrap. I doubt anything was actually swallowed but she was happy gumming away.
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