09/02/2014 at 22:22
Hi my son is 5.5 months and i'm currently weaning him on purees and baby rice - I just wanted some advice on portion sizes. I'm a first time mum and worried about over/under feeding. He's currently having his 5 feeds of formula a day as usual - I haven't cut any out yet (been weaning for one month) - he is having baby rice mixed with a fruit puree after his first feed, and a veggie puree in the afternoon. I'm using a mixture of homemade purees, and the odd shop bought - for instance - the squeeze pouches - I have been giving him half a pouch per meal - would you say this is enough? Too much?
Of my homemade stuff I'm mixing 3 frozen pellets to make a meal (they are about 3cm rounds x 2cm tall) - Do you think this is a suitable portion.
He's eating everything I give him with no fuss, and opens his mouth happily for every spoonful.
Would appreciate any advice.
12/02/2014 at 20:45
I think it sounds fine but it is really hard to know. I was the same with portions not knowing whether he was having enough / not enough / when to stop as I think both my children would keep eating and eating and eating!!
I wouldn't worry too much, it's early weaning so the calories he's actually getting are minimal so he won't be putting on any / much weight from the food as opposed to milk alone.
Once he's a bit older you can also give more solid food to keep him munching for longer and therefore meal times will stretch out a bit.
We've got the problem with our toddler that we think we over feed her especially compared to portions we've seen our friends give their kids!
13/02/2014 at 10:07
This is such a common worry. When I started to wean my LO I worried constantly, as she loved everything and anything. She was like a little bird who kept openning her mouth for more. She is one now, and is still the same. Her breakfast yesterday was one weetabix, a slice of toast and a yogurt, I know adults who eat less!! However, she is not over weight and all I give her is healthy, sugar and salt free and nutritious.
My advice to you would be that as long as your LO is wanting food then give it, at the moment he hasn't made the connection that food fills his tummy like milk does. Instead it is all about new tastes and the experience. He will naturally drop a milk feed by becoming less interested, you will also get to know his ques for when he is becoming full and disinterested in food. However if he starts to vomit after meals, then maybe you have to control the portion size, Annabel would occasionally eat so much that she would vomit.
People always tell me I'm lucky to have such a good eater! So hopefully you will be too. X
14/02/2014 at 13:33
Fingers crossed Nicola! Thank you you've really put my mind at rest - you do worry so much when its your first time, I'm trying to just use my common sense and not let myself get overwhelmed by it all. I never force the food, and obviously if I think he's overweight then I'd re-look at portion sizes, but like you said, everything I'm giving him is healthy, so I'm sure he'll be fine. So far the only thing he's refused is brussel sprouts, although he will now eat it if I mix it with something sweet like parsnip! xxx
16/02/2014 at 19:39
It's also good for them to have some extra weight ready for when they move around. My little one lost a lot of her "rolls" once she started moving, though these rolls all started when she was breastfed rather than from solid food!!
18/02/2014 at 09:18
Yeah, I'm not worried about his weight - he has a little puppy fat, but not too much at all - and he began army crawling yesterday - so I know he'll probably be hungrier and will need to eat a bit more now. I've been asking lots of friends about their kids portion sizes, and think I'm pretty much on track with what they've given - it is definitely about common sense and going with your child I think. Thanks for the support ladies.
18/02/2014 at 19:52
No problem. Go with your instinct and don't worrY too much, motherhood is full of too many other worries!
18/02/2014 at 21:15
I agree with Mummy Swan if they are looking for food give it. I find somedays I can't fill my girls, I assume because they are having a little growth spurt and then other days (not often wit my 2 hungry ladies!!) that they could take or leave it... Mummy instinct is a great thing. Always trust it xx
19/02/2014 at 11:02
I think you are all absolutely spot on - I've talked to friends with kids about this too and they've all said much the same - I was at my friends house the other day and her 4 year old ate:
-a ham sandwich
-some mini cheddars
and a peach - all in about an hour at lunch time, and I was like WOW - my mate said she has some days like that when she won't stop eating, and some days when she'll just about eat her sandwich!
20/02/2014 at 08:52
I picked Annabel up from nursery yesterday, I was a little bit embarrassed when the nursery nurse told me that Annabel had had not one or two portions of dinner but three!! It would seem that she likes corn-beef hash! I’m sure that people think I don’t feed her at home!
22/02/2014 at 20:16
Hahaha - bless Annabel - they do just have a hungry days for sure! Ooooh corned beef hash - old school - that was a favourite of mine when I was a kid too - corned beef hash and baked beans - mega yum! xxx
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