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11/08/2014 at 09:04
How much do your LO's actually eat? O is 8months and we do a mix of spoon feeding and finger foods, he's good with the spoon feeding normally (still a bit hit and miss with 'bits') but finger food I always think he's doing well until I lift him out his chair and he's sitting on most of it lol! Is it more just to let him keep practicing holding food and feeding himself? Even when he's eating, he's chomping away and then when it gets to the point of swallowing it he seems to just let it fall out his mouth?
Is this just the norm? I wasn't too bothered about it as he was still getting whatever I spoonfed but he's totally obsessed with the spoons now and after 1 spoonful he wants the spoon to hold but isn't interested in getting anything else put on it. I've tried giving him one spoon to hold and feed him with another but he keeps putting the spoon on his mouth and biting it and I can't get near him with the spoon with the food! So my only option at the moment is pouches with the little screw on spoon top as he doesn't seem to associate this with being a spoon but...that means only stage 1 purées as the ones with little lumps can't get through the spoon!
11/08/2014 at 09:27
11/08/2014 at 09:29
11/08/2014 at 09:42
O doesn't eat anything near as much as that. I'll be lucky if he will have half a weetabix (I'm not sure he actually likes them, there's a lot of face pulling!) and I cut up some fruit, so like really rip pear into batons but that goes in and gets 'chewed' around and then he will just let it fall out his mouth.
Lunch I give him a fruit pouch or a mini bagel or something like that. He'll take the fruit no problem but the bagel he kind of sucks on for a bit and I carve out the actual bread of one side of if and I've him little pieces, occassionally he eats bits of them but most of it goes in and then out!
Dinner again he will eat the pouch or I will give him purée sweet potato or something. I try giving him parsnips and things as finger foods, he then gets those organix carrot sticks (which I seem to have developed a serious addiction too! It's like one for O, three for mum!) and breadsticks which he eats some of.
I'm iust having an overthinking day I think! I guess as long as he's taking his milk then it doesn't really matter!
11/08/2014 at 09:53
11/08/2014 at 11:07
O took so long to 'get' eating- he only become good with finger foods (by that I mean actually putting them in his mouth) at 9.5 months. I was told by a children's centre manager who I was talking to about him, that anything they eat up too 1 is a bonus as their milk is enough until then. I honestly thought when I started weaning he would just start eating, I never thought it would take him until 11 months old to be a good eater!
at the 8 month mark we were doing lots of finger foods with disco as he prefered to feed himself so we naturally followed a more baby led route. But as a thought have you tried pre loading the spoon with the food and then letting you little one feed himself? This worked really well for us with breakfast foods the were jsut too frustrating for him to finger feed himself.
Won't go into amounts because my child is a gannet but keep in mind food is for fun until they are one. So it's more about the experience of eating and new flavours than volume.
11/08/2014 at 22:20
We did Baby led weaning so I didn't know initially how much Isobelle was eating as it got mushed up a lot but it's not important at this stage as it's more about understanding the texture of food. Milk is where they'll get the majority of their nutrients & this gradually decreases (although my daughter didn't decrease any of feeds until around 81/2-9 months) and food takes after around 1 (or maybe sooner) but it's nothing to worry about at 8 months.
We did preloaded spoons where you put food on the spoon & either hand it to them or put it on their tray for them to self feed. With this we would use at least 3 spoons. So 1 was loaded & then you can then preload the next 1 for when they've finished the 1st & then preload a third as usually 1 or 2 would get dropped!!
12/08/2014 at 07:23
We are baby-led-weaning too. But what that hs taught me is that babies learn the hand-to-mouth coordination first, then then learnt to chew and move food around their mouth and very last, they learnt to swallow it. So MMD sounds your LO is doing just fine.
With BLW i hand over "loaded spoons" of anything that isnt practical to eat as finger food i.e. yoghurt. I have two spoons and *attempt* to trade an empty spoon for a full spoon. Doesnt work most of the time and I end up covered in yoghurt or whatever as obvioulsy the handles etc are smeared in a good layer. But its worth trying ;-)
12/08/2014 at 21:19
I have tried pre-loading spoons and swaping them, unfortunately O does one of two things -
He takes the spoon with the 'loaded' end towards his mouth but as I'm handing it too him he pulls his hand right through the food so there is basically none on the spoon
He takes the spoon and turns it round to put the handle end in his mouth to have a chew on and all the food falls off lol!
I'll stick with it though, you can't beat the clean up of the highchair and all surrounding area after every feed - it's something else!
12/08/2014 at 22:01
Ha-ha MDD. Made me laugh. All normal tho!! Give him the spoon the wrong way round and see what happens
12/08/2014 at 23:39
Ahh yes, my daughter used to eat the wrong end of the spoon a lot!! It'll all come in time! x
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