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post #41 of 406
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Originally Posted by Chloe'sMama View Post
Hi Everyone-
I have been trying this BLW thing for a couple of weeks, but my dd doesn't seem to understand, or maybe she doesn't have the coordination. When she does eat little bits ( I have put little chunks into her mouth, they come out almost completely undigested (sweet potato and carrot). Tonight I mushed up banana and potato and she loved it..... I mean, almost licking the bowl....

So, I think she is ready (almost 8 months), but doesn't have the coordination. What to do?
How is her eye-hand coordination with toys or other objects? Does she grab at them and bring them to her mouth? When you give her chunks of food, is she bringing it to her mouth and mouthing it? If so, then it would seem like she's figuring it out. My dd is just 6 mo old and she loves to mouth things so she seems to be focused on the exploring part of food. She isn't eagerly eating anything yet, but she's only had banana a couple of times.

I'm curious about giving food that is normally mushed, like applesauce. Do you just wait until they have the coordination to use spoons themselves? I haven't gotten my book yet so I don't know how to approach that.
post #42 of 406
I don't know what the book says, but here's what we do:

First, I don't give spoonable foods very often. I'm just too lazy about cleanup. Second, I might use it to dip something else that he can manage, like dipping a rice cake in mashed potato, or dipping a cracker in apple sauce. Third, I have on occasion put yogurt right on his tray for him to smoosh around and lick off his fingers. And finally, sometimes I help him with the spoon. (This last one happens when I want to share my soup in restaurants, or when he's eating the expensive baby yogurt that I can't bear to waste.)

There's no wrong way to do it. Whatever seems logical to you at the moment, yk? The main idea (for me) is that the baby is in charge, and that it's real food.

post #43 of 406
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Originally Posted by eksmom View Post
I can't find the BLW book by Rapley anywhere locally but I would like to order it. For those of you who have it, does it still make sense to get it now that we're 2 months into starting solids?
It's a great book. Personally, I love having resources I respect and trust available to me so that I can can be reminded of important facts when having conversations with others about my parenting choices! I bought it via UK's version of the US online book purchasing company (am I allowed to note the name in these forums? I'm new to MDC). I hope you find it if you decide you'd like to have a copy - and enjoy the read!!
post #44 of 406
Kaliyah (should I be referring to her as DD?) continues to eat absolutely everything (with the exception of extremely spicy food - even medium-spicy works for her!). We eat a vegetarian diet and are sure to diversify her foods. She loves veggies and consumes them in large quantities (especially grape tomatoes!). She is with my in-laws three days/week and it seems that everytime I call, DD is "eating." Hmm. Okay.

So, my question is, at what point do we begin to become cautious about her "self-initiated" feeding (we do determine WHEN she eats as she typically has eats whenever we do) and/or the quantity of her consumption? (She was over 20 lb at 7 months and born 9 lb 3oz so she is a big baby).
post #45 of 406
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Kaliyah (should I be referring to her as DD?) continues to eat absolutely everything (with the exception of extremely spicy food - even medium-spicy works for her!). We eat a vegetarian diet and are sure to diversify her foods. She loves veggies and consumes them in large quantities (especially grape tomatoes!). She is with my in-laws three days/week and it seems that everytime I call, DD is "eating." Hmm. Okay.

So, my question is, at what point do we begin to become cautious about her "self-initiated" feeding (we do determine WHEN she eats as she typically has eats whenever we do) and/or the quantity of her consumption? (She was over 20 lb at 7 months and born 9 lb 3oz so she is a big baby).
Welcome to MDC!

I'm not sure whether you're concerned about what foods her grandparents are feeding her, the fact that she's not eating on a schedule, or worried that she's eating too much. Maybe all three.

My personal take on it is not to worry about much of anything unless it's interfering with nursing. Particularly the fact that she's eating at random times... grazing is often recommended for young children because their tummies are so small.

Presumably if she was with you, she would nurse, but if she's at her grandparents, she may lean more toward solid foods as opposed to a bottle. (I'm not too sure whether less EBM is equivalent to less nursing; maybe somebody who pumps more than me can advise you on that.)
post #46 of 406

DS loves carbs

So DS (9 months) is totally into carbs - if it were up to him, rice cakes and Os would be the only things on the menu! We've had success with broccoli and sweet potato fries, but crunchy-yet-dissolvable things seem to be what he wants.

We are offering the fruits/veggies first, and then puffed rice, rice cakes or Os after (mostly b/c it keeps him occupied and still joining in at the table while the rest of the family finishes dinner). Not sure what Rapley would have to say about this (I borrowed the book from a friend and skimmed it at that), but just wondering if anyone else is in the same boat, or has any suggestions as to what else to offer my carbo-loving kid.

thanks!
post #47 of 406

Diaper rash and solids

My six-and-a-half-month-old just started gnawing on food – broccoli, asparagus, sweet potato, avocado and oat teething biscuits, so far – once or twice a day and seems to like it.
The problem is that he suddenly has a rashy bum – which he's NEVER had before. I've read it can be linked to solids.
Should I lay off them for a while? Could it be one of the foods?
post #48 of 406
We finally have a food Natalie likes, apples! I lopped off a bit of apple on one side and gave her the rest of the apple to hold/taste. She went ot town sucking and gumming the exposed white part. This is totally different from the horrible faces and noises she made when she tasted banana and avocado. Funny, DH and I both hate avocado and banana. We will offer them to DD again though.
post #49 of 406
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My six-and-a-half-month-old just started gnawing on food – broccoli, asparagus, sweet potato, avocado and oat teething biscuits, so far – once or twice a day and seems to like it.
The problem is that he suddenly has a rashy bum – which he's NEVER had before. I've read it can be linked to solids.
Should I lay off them for a while? Could it be one of the foods?

Megan73, I am doing the classic "wait 4 days" thing between offering new foods - lots of allergies in our family. You could try reintoducing them one at a time to see what's triggering the reaction. (sure sounds like a reaction to me)
post #50 of 406
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Originally Posted by aquamam View Post
Megan73, I am doing the classic "wait 4 days" thing between offering new foods - lots of allergies in our family. You could try reintoducing them one at a time to see what's triggering the reaction. (sure sounds like a reaction to me)
Thanks – that's good advice.
post #51 of 406
i have a question... generally, is it ok to offer fruits raw? we've introduced apples and pears but we've steamed them and mashed them first. she loves apples but it would be so much easier to offer some pieces raw. DD is 8 months old and only has one tooth.
post #52 of 406
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Originally Posted by bluehairedwoman View Post
i have a question... generally, is it ok to offer fruits raw? we've introduced apples and pears but we've steamed them and mashed them first. she loves apples but it would be so much easier to offer some pieces raw. DD is 8 months old and only has one tooth.
I was comfortable offering them to DD raw around that time. I'd slice them somewhat thin but long (the eternal french fry shape).
post #53 of 406
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Originally Posted by aquamam View Post
So DS (9 months) is totally into carbs - if it were up to him, rice cakes and Os would be the only things on the menu! We've had success with broccoli and sweet potato fries, but crunchy-yet-dissolvable things seem to be what he wants.

We are offering the fruits/veggies first, and then puffed rice, rice cakes or Os after (mostly b/c it keeps him occupied and still joining in at the table while the rest of the family finishes dinner). Not sure what Rapley would have to say about this (I borrowed the book from a friend and skimmed it at that), but just wondering if anyone else is in the same boat, or has any suggestions as to what else to offer my carbo-loving kid.

thanks!
I must say my daughter is very similar, although she loves broccoli and avocado too. The O's and rice cakes are just clearly the favorite, I offer them as dessert unless I'm just really lazy :
post #54 of 406
subbing.

we did the superfood diet w/ dd1. it was great nutritionally, but when I went back to work and she started p/t daycare at 12 mo., she just REFUSED her fabulous home-made purees (tofu, yogurt, mustard greens and brewer's yeast--she used to gobble it up...) She wanted the daycare food. : We've had food battles ever since, and at 3 yo she is a picky picky eater. Arrrrrgh.

SO, the plan this time around is basically the same stuff nutritionally, and in that basic order, BUT BLW feeding!

My babe is 5.5 months, showing interest, so sometime in the next couple weeks we'll be starting...

glad to be here and get some tips, particularly re: gagging, size of food chunks, etc. ...
post #55 of 406
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Originally Posted by bluehairedwoman View Post
i have a question... generally, is it ok to offer fruits raw? we've introduced apples and pears but we've steamed them and mashed them first. she loves apples but it would be so much easier to offer some pieces raw. DD is 8 months old and only has one tooth.
We offered raw fruits from the beginning, in large pieces. In the Rapley book, she suggests you give a young baby an entire apple. You take a big bite out of it to expose some of the flesh, and then let them hold it and suck on it. It works surprisingly well!

By 8 months, my son was getting slices of apple and pear, and he'd bite off chunks (with his 2 teeth) and push them around in his mouth for a while before spitting them out again. Now at 11 months (all ages are adjusted, he was a preemie) he will take tiny bites from a slice of apple and mush them with his gums before swallowing them. I don't bother peeling the slices, as it doesn't seem to matter to him.
post #56 of 406
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Originally Posted by jennchsm View Post
We offered raw fruits from the beginning, in large pieces. In the Rapley book, she suggests you give a young baby an entire apple. You take a big bite out of it to expose some of the flesh, and then let them hold it and suck on it. It works surprisingly well!

By 8 months, my son was getting slices of apple and pear, and he'd bite off chunks (with his 2 teeth) and push them around in his mouth for a while before spitting them out again. Now at 11 months (all ages are adjusted, he was a preemie) he will take tiny bites from a slice of apple and mush them with his gums before swallowing them. I don't bother peeling the slices, as it doesn't seem to matter to him.
thanks, i tried this today and had to quarter the apple since it was huge... anyway, it was the one thing she didn't put in her mouth! everything else she'll gum but not the apple. i'll keep trying. she will eat homemade apple sauce so it's not the taste that doesn't agree with her.

thanks for the suggestions.
post #57 of 406
We'll join in! DS is loving avocado right now... and peas!
post #58 of 406
Hi all! I have a 9 month old DD who we're doing BLW with. Right now she plays with the food (usually whatever we're eating) but doesn't actually eat anything. We're avoidng wheat and nuts but the rest is fair game.

Her favorites are carrots & turnips, broccoli, and meat of any kind.
post #59 of 406
still trying to give her raw apple. i told my mom to quarter & core an apple and give it to her today, to see if she'll start to gum it. nothing doing. so my mom takes the apple and puts it in the little dish from which she usually feeds her purees. what does DD do? she turns over the dish, letting the apple fall out, and then gnaws on the dish! she's doing this on purpose to tease us, i just know it!
post #60 of 406

What About Meat?

When are y'all gonna offer meat to your baby (or when did you)? And how will you prepare the meat?
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