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14/06/2014 at 14:22
G turned 3 months old this week. We are NOT ready for weaning yet an I wouldn't until she reached the minimum of 4 months, but I can't see us getting to 6 moths before we start either.
Of the DOH signs for weaning the only one she's not doing is not sticking her tongue out. She sits with her head supported well and as she hates being laid down has done that from an early age, and she's recently started tryin to grab my food (although admittedly she tries to grab everything she can manage and cram it into her mouth including my face when I try an kiss her lol). She's currently on my knee ramming her teddy into her mouth wih both hands even though she's just finished 8oz of hungry baby milk.
So the question is when dI'd you all start, and did anyone do it before 6 months?
14/06/2014 at 14:57
We didn't start until about a week before 6 months. He didn't really seem that bothered by food until nearer 7 months. I would personally try to hold out until as near to 6 months as possible. I don't necessarily think that some of the signs you've described relate to her being ready for food. For instance putting her teddy in her mouth could be teething related (F started with those symptoms quite early on but didn't get a tooth until 7 months). They also naturally show an interest in the things around them, such as what you're eating, but again it doesn't mean they're quite ready.
14/06/2014 at 15:00
is she sitting unsupported on her own??
they guidelines say the middle of the first year, so L was 23 weeks and i think isaac was 24 weeks, but i could have held out longer with L as he kept putting things to his mouth and i asssumed that meant he was ready but he was just exploring iyswim so he'd do it with toys etc, ie everything went to his mouth.
they get the most calories from milk so food isnt really providing them with much in the early days anyway, and its such a faff weaning too.
14/06/2014 at 15:17
14/06/2014 at 15:22
Thanks for all your advice.
No she can't sit on her own, but she can do what the guidelines say about holding er head steady when sat upright. She like to sit on my knee with me supporting her back near her bum, and she can grab things and put them in her mouth.
We ended up putting her on hungry baby at the HV advice at about 8 weeks. She's not hugely heavy (about 16lbs) but she is off the charts long to the point that she's started growing out of her 3-6 months clothes already even though she's only just turned 3 months. Food wise she takes 8lbs of milk every 3-4 hours although she has her last feed about 10pm and sleeps through to 7-8am, so she's obviously not hungry at night.
I'm going to keep her in milk as long as I can, but I'm just not sure how to know when she needs to wean.
14/06/2014 at 16:33
the guidelines (WHO and DOH) state they should be able to stay in a sitting position, although they do also mention about holding her head steady but thats just part of it iyswim, if shes unsettled through the day then id maybe try an extra milk feed
14/06/2014 at 18:32
14/06/2014 at 19:35
17 weeks with #1 (mistook growth spurt for need to wean), 22 weeks with #2 and 23 weeks with #3. Of the three, the two who were weaned later have been far easier to wean as they took to it quicker and they were far less restricted in what they could eat. Guidelines say somewhere around the middle of the first year rather than a rigid six months so,there is some flexibility but having weaned one at 4 months I wouldn't choose to do it again.
14/06/2014 at 20:41
A also began putting everything in his mouth at 3 months but that's just how they explore everything at this stage. We started weaning at 23 weeks as we couldn't hold off any longer - he had been sitting unaided and unsupported for weeks, had massively improved hand to mouth coordination, and I couldn't defend my own meals effectively enough any more!
14/06/2014 at 22:22
Mine were all between 24-26 weeks. It's a huge faff so I'd put it off as long as possible lol!
15/06/2014 at 10:16
We started with S at 25 weeks and I think waiting ensured he took to it better. He was holding his upper body unsupported early on but sitting properly is actually quite different. Hold off as long as you can. As much fun as it can be, it's a tremendous faff and its so much easier to just give bottle or boob!
I wouldn't use growth spurts as an indicator to wean. S has outgrown some 9-12 month stuff but is also still in some 6 month stuff and he's 8 months and 75th centile so is not very reliable.
In our experience, the way S started looking at food and grabbing it was very different to the way that he grabbed toys and put them in his mouth. It's hard to Dolan but if you hold out longer I think you might see the distinction.
15/06/2014 at 20:28
We started at 25 weeks, I wanted to get as close to 6 months as possible as we did BLW & you can't start that until they are totally ready. They're interested in everything so watching food isn't an indication. At 5 months we put Isobelle in her highchair to sit with us at all meal times that she was awake & she played/explored spoons & cups so she understood the social interactions of meal times & developed good co-ordination of using a spoon. Just a thought x
Also I think I read somewhere that their tongue is their most sensitive part of their body which is why they use it explore new textures it's nothing to do with being hungry!
18/06/2014 at 17:34
M is 25w and we started properly last week. She was proper food thief and kept pinching my food!
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