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28/02/2014 at 13:57
28/02/2014 at 14:35
Good idea margot, although this may be just filled with questions from me and popcorn lol!
So I wanted to start O on all home cooked food (mix BLW and spoon feed) he just doesn't seem to do anything with it! I had a voucher for a free Ella's kitchen pouch so picked up one and he actually swallowed some! Is it because there so puréed? Can you get it that puréed at home? I'm tempted to use them for a week to see if he likes it but really wanted to avoid packets?
28/02/2014 at 14:49
My homemade purees were never as smooth as shop bought ones so I would suggest if you are going to use pouches to use them alongside homemade purees and still offer finger foods so he is getting a range of textures - in my experience people who use solely jars/pouches can have difficulty getting on to more textured food as their babies are so used to very smooth purees. Nothing wrong with bought foods though, I try to treat them like ready meals for us and use them in moderation.
N took a couple of weeks to get fully confident with finger foods so definitely keep offering, one day he'll just get it and be off.
28/02/2014 at 14:52
That's what is annoying me that I can't get my homemade stuff that thin! I'm desperate to know their secret to it now lol! I'm going to keep trying. Also, I was going to make a load of fruit and veg purée this weekend and freeze them- how long can I leave them frozen? With your homemade food how did you heat it when out and about?
28/02/2014 at 15:45
Noodle, you can use a hand blender and purée it in the cooking water...I could get it very puréed even with a cheap blender :-) Use a tall, narrow container, less splash and easier to catch any lumps. Then as they need it lumpier just blend less or keep pasta etc to one side and add afterwards.
28/02/2014 at 16:11
Thanks smarties I never thought about using the water with it, will try that later x
28/02/2014 at 17:42
We're no longer weaning but just thought I'd offer my experience.
We started out BLW but I just wasn't completely happy with it so we switched to purees and finger foods. F refused anything homemade so I'll openly admit that we had to use a lot of pouches, such as Ella's Kitchen, and jars. I followed each stage with them gradually getting more textured and lumpy and never really had a problem - there may have been one or two occasions where he didn't like them but I think that ended up being more about taste than texture. Everyone told me he'd never eat lumpy food or 'proper' food but we've never had a problem. Maybe that was down to offering finger foods too, I don't know. Not all LOs weaned on purees have problems with lumpier foods, some do some don't.
28/02/2014 at 17:49
Thanks WG, can I ask what finger foods you tried (need to add some more to my list)? They just seem to get their textures so perfect I can see why babies would have them and not my so far bad attempts lol!
28/02/2014 at 18:49
He really liked toast fingers, sometimes cheese cut into sticks. Anything that was easily 'melted' in the mouth to start with, he loved those Organix giant wotsit type things! He was quite good with a spoon early on (albeit a tad on the messy side!) and he loved weetabix. I'm sure there were more but my memory has gone blank I'm afraid.
28/02/2014 at 19:50
We did blw so no spoon feeding (though that's wavered slightly to try and encourage cutlery recently).
First foods here (before she ate exactly as we did) were toast fingers, banana, rice crackers, broccoli and carrots and cauliflower. Cucumber, especially when teething. After three weeks of this I gave up and she had what we did... we too offered milk first and offered her meals anytime she was awake when we ate. I'm not a huge pouch fan for the reason maggot states and I also don't favour the flavours they give.. always a sweet element, IMO often needlessly but that's what gets them to eat. I do however use puree often in cooking and E also feeds it herself but I'm very strict in it being a snack and only ever one flavour.
I know it was a different thread but milk feed wise E dropped from 5x7oz to 4x at 7.5 months, to 4x by 8, to 3x by 9, 2x by 10.5 and at 12.5m to just one bedtime bottle. It was completely baby led here.
28/02/2014 at 19:52
Hi, I started weaning A 3/4 weeks ago at 21 weeks under the advice of her paed. I've just been doing purees on account of her age and reflux and its hard going! I have to check labels of any porridges/pouches for milk as she's cmpi and I'm also being extra cautious with what fruits and veg I'm giving her as I don't want to irritate her reflux. I did BLW with E and it was much easier. It doesn't help that since I've started, A has started refusing her milk (I can't blame her - neocate does not smell nice!) so I'm trying to get a little bit of food down her 3 times a day plus sneak her milk in it too! Also, she's teething at the most so is more interested in biting the spoon than eating what's on it!
28/02/2014 at 19:55
My hand held blender gave in this week so A ended up with slightly lumpy carrot which I ended up having to chuck as it made her gag :-( I find the pouches go right through her, not sure why as they're supposed to be 100% fruit with nothing added although I guess they'd have to add something to preserve it?
28/02/2014 at 19:58
LM thanks for sharing your timeline of milk feed changes :) that's really useful.
MamaD have you found any foods in particular have irritated A's reflux? I was wondering about that.
Margot thanks for starting this thread!
28/02/2014 at 19:59
Orla is now 7 months and has taken to food like a duck to water. I had no intention of weaning her before 6 mths (especially as we were going on holiday getting back the day she turned 6 mths) but she had other ideas and swiped a piece of toast of the table as 24 weeks old. At first she was getting frustrated with finger foods (we did pure BLWing with Zoe and intended to do the same) and she also got tired sitting up, so we introduced some puree too. We were doing half a pouch thingy just before dinner and that worked well. We don't really bother now but will give her a pouch if what we are having isn't suitable, or I just can't face clearing the mess.
She would love to have 3 meals a day but I am just not organised enough. She generally has some porridge for breakfast after the school run, although I do spoon feed that, and then has what we are having for dinner. Her favourite meal is a roast dinner, especially yorkshire pudings. She generally naps 11am - 2pm most days if we are at home so clearly misses lunch.
28/02/2014 at 20:07
Popcorn, I'm not 100% sure but I think the organic apple porridge has irritates her stomach a bit. I'm trying to steer clear of banana, tomato and onion as I know they can be quite irritating, anything citrus. I have no idea what I'm going to feed her when she's older as !most my meals have a tin of chopped tomatoes chucked in, plus E likes spicy food (chilli, curry, spag bol, sweet&sour) and I imagine I'll have to keep A's quite plain, poor thing. We've got an appointment with the dietician next week which will be interesting!
28/02/2014 at 20:08
Same for E, as I say though we would just have a pouch of apple or pear.. if E ate 5 pears I'd expect the runs.. think about the quantity of fruit you'd blend to get the quantity of a pouch (out HV said up to 20??). On that basis I could see why iyswim. As I say it didn't stop me using but I was just conscious I was giving an abnormal quantity iyswim.
28/02/2014 at 20:10
I've just remembered watching an episode of Rosie pope and they were introducing foods by colour so you did white/cream/beige fruit & veg first, them yellow, then orange and finally red - it was very bizarre!
28/02/2014 at 20:15
LM, was E on any meds? A has started pooing loads and I'm wondering if having quite a bit of fruit as well as the domperidone is making her a bit too regular and maybe the domperidone needs reducing a bit?
28/02/2014 at 20:21
We did BLW & were lucky that she took to it really easily. She's only ever eaten the same meals as us. I love that I only have to cook 1 meal for all of us & don't have to feed her. Although you have to go with what works for you!
28/02/2014 at 20:22
Nope no meds, we've got milk allergy but no reflex.
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