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09/08/2013 at 16:07
A is now 24 weeks old and we are starting to think about weaning. I've got the Gill Rapley book and recipe book, so I've been trying out some recipes this week to see how long they take to prepare/cook etc, and have frozen the extra portions.
I have a couple of questions about it though.
One of the recipes I've tried is the chilli. When it comes to weaning, do I literally just put a dollop on the high chair and let him tuck in with his hands? It's obviously not in chip shaped/sized pieces, so how does that work?
Also, I caved into pressure (after a few sleepless nights) to wean this morning, and made us all drop scones for breakfast. After putting a few pieces on the highchair A showed no interest in them, then picked them up and waved them around for a bit before dropping them. I'm assuming this proves my point that he isn't ready for weaning yet - am I right?
He's feeding every 4 hours during the day and between 3 and 5 hours at night so I think he is more likely to be waking due to teething than hunger.
ETA: I'm confused about milk too. I made the drop scones with cows milk this morning - is that ok? Or should he not have any cows milk until 12 months? I'm planning to continue breastfeeding, so he won't be having any other milk as a drink for a while.
09/08/2013 at 16:42
im sorry but you fib! how can my pester baby be nearly 6 months
we BLW both times, i think its fab! i didnt really do any special cooking in particular, they literally had what we had but i cooked our pasta and veg a bit more al dente and left salt out,
i did batch cook some things like nuggets/lentil and ceese bake etc for lunches as its really handy
i also batch cooked veg and froze it in portions, if me and H were having a takeaway or something then i could still maybe do them an omlette but just life a portion of veg from the freezer and boil v quickly iyswim
chilli you could offer it as is and just let him go for it, or you could wrap in a tortilla and cut into small slices and give him a few tortilla rings, or you could take all the insides out a jacket potatoe and mix and again just let him at it, or you could give preloaded spoons which is you load the spoon, put it down and let him pick it up
milk, from 6 months they can have cows milk in food but not as an actual drink till 12 months, but you can also use ebm in food too if you fancied i did with L but not I
night wakings probably down to development issues and hes just stocking up
tbh id just put him in the high chair at meal times so he can see you eating, if hes ready then he will reach out for the food and put to his mouth and gnaw/suck
they dont tend to eat much at this stage so dont worry (L wasnt properly eating till maybe 10 month, think isaac was 6 months exactly as he took to it like a pro immediately )
09/08/2013 at 17:15
First off, BLW was ace for my little boy. I just gave him bits of carrot, cucumber etc and a couple of twists of pasta. We started at 5 and a half months as he grabbed a carrot (cooked) at that time, although he didn't really eat more than 2 bits. He didn't eat 'properly' until maybe 7/8 months at the earliest. We gave him bits or what I was already eating, but on a plate that had chilled in the fridge. I made our food with low salt stock, never add salt anyway, and I think it just so happened that we didn't eat much spicy stuff at that time. In his first year he ate pretty much every meat you can think of, he ate tinned mackerel a *lot*, various fish, veg. Allsorts. However now he is more picky. He won't eat chicken at all (quite common as it can be hard to digest) and fussy about a few other things, but he eats a balanced diet, and still now, I rarely cook him anything different to us.
Just go with the flow and don't worry about how much they do or don't eat. They won't starve and they will eventually eat properly.
09/08/2013 at 17:19
I can't believe it either CP - I actually double checked on the calendar that he is definitely 24 weeks!!
I hadn't thought about wrapping the chilli in a tortilla - I might try that! Think we will be trying the preloaded spoons as I've pureed some freshly picked rasperries and apples to have with yoghurt!
We've been sitting him in the high chair at breakfast and lunch for a couple of weeks (we have dinner once he's in bed), and although he watched us eating he doesn't reach out for it.
09/08/2013 at 17:21
Thanks IDC - missed your reply. We generally eat pretty healthy meals anyway, so hopefully he'll just be able to eat what we eat. I generally don't have salt in my food anyway, so I'll just put it on the table for H to add!
09/08/2013 at 17:44
I love BLW, it's really easy and so much fun. You do feel like you're forever cleaning the high chair though!
Yes things like chilli I just dump on his tray, did try a plate but quickly regretted this as it was used as a catapult. Chilli, spag bog, beans, mash etc all just put on the tray and let him tuck in. End up looking like this...
O is only just starting to eat properly now at 8m, started at 24/25w I think. It was more about playing at first (well, still is!)
We have plenty of frozen veg and pasta for quick easy dinners when I'm in a rush and I batch cook lentil wedges, spaghetti bol, chilli, curry etc for when we eat late or have takeaway.
Cows milk can be used in food from 6m.
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