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post #61 of 161
I've seen alot of feeding questions lately!

DD is doing self-feeding (some anyways) at home, but is being fed at daycare. For now that's about the best way it works out. But boy do bananas make life rough on her. Poor thing. She loooves beef, though.
post #62 of 161
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Thanks for the bump. It's been quiet here lately.

DD, 8 mos, is doing well with self-feeding. The other day I gave her lots of veggies from our beef soup and she gobbled them up. Yesterday she ate a lot of toast made from homemade no-knead bread (I love that recipe!). The day after the soup, though, there were lots of (TMI alert!) carrot chunks in her diaper. Anyone know if that's any cause to delay a food, if things are not fully broken down?
post #63 of 161
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Originally Posted by rosie29 View Post
The day after the soup, though, there were lots of (TMI alert!) carrot chunks in her diaper. Anyone know if that's any cause to delay a food, if things are not fully broken down?
I would think that the reason that sometimes there are chunks in the diaper is because they don't have molars yet so are unable to full crush up and start digesting in the mouth so somethings that are harder to digest only in the stomach, like carrots, don't get fully broken down. I don't think it would hurt to feed some things that are harder to digest, would be like extra fibre. Or you could pre-crush those foods to aid in the digestion or hold off until they get molars or are better able to crush the foods in there mouth.

As a side our babes have the same birthday!
post #64 of 161
Just looking for some quick confirmation...DD is almost 8mo., and she is not interested in solids yet. Puree gets mostly rejected - she's VERY interested in gnawing (teething) on the spoon, but any food that gets in is incidental. Chunks get turned into puree by her pinchy little fingers.

She sits, has an excellent pincer grasp, but just doesn't seem interested.

So don't push it, right? We've tried, carrot, sweet potato, avocado, and apple in a variety of formats - no dice.
post #65 of 161
Glad to have found this thread!! Subbing now so I can come back and read tomorrow while pumping
post #66 of 161
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Originally Posted by Calm View Post
Sooo, anyone know of something similar that is made with natural materials?

I'll ask on a separate thread also.
Calm, any luck getting this question answered? It's so funny--I logged on tonight specifically to ask your question and found this thread. I love MDC. Anyway, I have a 6 mo babe who is soooo into food, but she refuses to be spoon-fed (good girl). She insists on holding everything, but I do get worried...I was digging apple chunks out of her mouth last night as she almost choked, and it scared the BEEP out of me. Today she had a banana with the peel (and I hadn't even read this thread yet!! I think we'll try avocado with peel next, since that is a popular idea here and avocado is so great.

Still, I wonder...is there anything else I might use to allay my concerns about chunks that are too big? has anyone ever like cooked an apple with skin on and given pieces of it to the babe that way? Carrots (cooked until mushy but given to baby whole?)
post #67 of 161
I sliced a peeled apple into about 1/2" slices put cinnamon on the laid them out in a microwave safe pan and cooked them till they were soft and then cooled them and DS was able to pick them up and eat them. He really likes this.
post #68 of 161
Nice. I'll try cooked apple too, then. Thanks for the tip.
post #69 of 161
I'm joining you guys. My LO is 6mo old is sitting up, crawling and has 4 teeth. he tries to grab my food but it usually isn't appropriate with all the spices. I have offered banana and I bought a organic avocado to give him some this week. He is figuring out the pincher grasp and loves to try to feed himself. i wish there was some kind of cereal or dry food that was easier to pick up but didn't have any sugar. Like the gerber puffs but not those since they are full of sugar and other stuff. I used cheerios with my first and soaked them in the beginning to make them easier to chew.
post #70 of 161
Small success - DD has started eating Os! Organic ones - she loves picking them up - it took her a couple days to realize that she could let them go in her mouth - she thought that the goal was to get a death-grip on as many Os at once as possible!

I say success because she loves hanging out and eating a few Os - 8 Os will keep her busy for 15 minutes!
post #71 of 161
I am so glad a new thread got started! I started trying to read thru the old one, but I couldn't make it very far.

Jackson is 8 mos and we are experimenting with baby-led feeding. I started with whole carrots letting him chew on them at around 6mo.

Then I was giving some cucumber in long wedges until we had a scare at around 7mo where he was choking - got a really scared, desperate look on his face, no sound coming out - super scary but turned out ok, I patted him a few times on the back and he spit it out but it was a hair-raising few seconds!

Of course after that dh is really wary about giving him anything large, so we are doing some very soft, mushy things right now. We did some banana awhile ago which he liked.

He has also had apple - I gave him some wedges without skin, because I think that was the problem with the cuke, he had bitten off a large piece and the skin made it too hard to mush up in his mouth. I have to be careful to only give him one piece at a time otherwise he will try to stuff it all in his mouth and start gagging. I also have given apple in the mesh feeder. Dh has let him taste some applesauce, too. I like the cooked apple idea, I will have to try that!

I made some zucchini last night to give him since I was having some. He seemed to like it. Although next time I will cook some longer spears.

Like someone mentioned I am having trouble coming up with things for him to eat that we eat. We tend to do salads instead of veggies along with dinner, and I don't think salad greens would be very good yet.

I want to do some sweet potato next but am having trouble finding some organic. I just need to get over to the hfs I guess.

I also wanted to do avocado soon but I am waiting on that one since his first taste coincided with a breakout of hives the next day. I am not sure if it was related or not but it could have been so I will wait a month or so to try avocado. Which is too bad because I love avocado!

So that is where we are. I am looking forward to chatting about food
post #72 of 161

Am I underreacting?

My mom was here visiting this weekend, and I was excited to show her how the BLW was going. DS is 6.5 months (adjusted age) and is still sucking on chunks of food. If a piece comes off in his mouth, he will gag a little and eventually either spit it out or swallow it.

However, this completely freaked my mom out. She was convinced he would choke on those small bits of food and if he started to gag, she would yell at me frantically until I fished them out of his mouth. By the end of the weekend, I was starting to doubt my own judgment. I had believed before that it would be very unlikely that he would choke on a small bit of food, but am I being too casual about this? I was very confident until she freaked out on me. :-P
post #73 of 161
My mom also freaked out the first time she saw DS gagging on a peach. I just told her that gagging is not choking. Of course every time anyone eats there is the potential to choke and one should know how to help someone choking. Can a baby choke while doing baby led feeding, yes they could but they most likely wont.

This past weekend was Thanksgiving in Canada and DS got to chew and suck on a turkey bone, he loved it! He also tried roasted carrot, but I don't think it was soft enough for him. he also tried roasted cauliflower. But he loved eating the cinnamon apple slices and thawed frozen blueberries and he loved those

I picked up an acorn squash at a organic farm market on our way home and am going to make that tomorrow.
post #74 of 161
I'm wandering around the mothering forums. Mostly getting lost, but I'll try to keep coming back to this thread.

My ds just turned 7 months old on Sunday. We started solids the first weekend in October. He was 3 weeks early, so we delayed. So far he's tried avocado and sweet potato by self-feeding. He LOVES sweet potato. We tried a little applesauce last night and he couldn't figure out why we were feeding him.

Someone asked about iron stores and cereal. Cereal is iron-fortified, which means the iron in it doesn't come naturally. The iron in cereal is actually very hard for the body to absorb. There are iron rich foods that have the iron naturally, sweet potato is one of them.
post #75 of 161
hey all, how it going? We tried some green beans last night in the mesh feeder. Not a very big hit. I am not a super big fan of the mesh feeder but I use it for dh's sake

I finally got some sweet potato so I'm going to try that this week. How do you all do it? do you mash it a little (leave chunks) or cut in slices?

re: gagging. a small amt gagging I think is ok. how else are they going to learn how to move food around in the mouth except by doing it? as long as you are watching everything will probably be ok.
post #76 of 161
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Originally Posted by firecat View Post
hey all, how it going? We tried some green beans last night in the mesh feeder. Not a very big hit. I am not a super big fan of the mesh feeder but I use it for dh's sake

I finally got some sweet potato so I'm going to try that this week. How do you all do it? do you mash it a little (leave chunks) or cut in slices?

re: gagging. a small amt gagging I think is ok. how else are they going to learn how to move food around in the mouth except by doing it? as long as you are watching everything will probably be ok.
We have had sweet potato twice the first time when camping so I peeled it wrapped it in foil and stuck it in the fire for about an hour or so then when it was cool I sliced it into fingers and gave it to DS. At home I did the same thing except stuck it in the toaster oven on 350 instead of in the fire.
post #77 of 161
Hey Mamas,

Tried cooked apple and cooked (whole) carrot tonight. Both were a big hit. While up in the middle of the night the other day, I thought of a solution for those concerned about the mesh feeder: gloves! Thin, hemp fabric (or other natural and slightly rough textile), and, in DH's opinion, with open fingers so the baby can feel the food. Of course DH pointed out how hard it is to get gloves on tiny hands. Party pooper. I'll keep the wheels turning, though. I get so little sleep, I might as well be productive with my time .

Fabienne
post #78 of 161
Banana is such a big hit here but oh so messy and sticky!!

I haven't had time to cook the sweet potato yet.

gloves: what about mittens - larger ones with the thumbs sewn shut/cut off? Then they would be easy to get on, baby could feel the food (which I really really like and you can't do with a mesh feeder) I think your idea is great, if you can find something/some fabric that would work for the mesh.
post #79 of 161


DD is 6.5 months and we started giving her food to try two weeks ago. We started with avocado, then banana, sweet potato and some yogurt. She doesn't really seem interested. She likes squishing the food, but anything that gets into her mouth she ends up spitting out. Even water she spits out. So, no worries, we'll keep offering and I guess eventually she might actually swallow some. She really likes to chew on the spoon and bowl though - I think teething has her preoccupied.

re: the mesh feeder - I've been thinking about this. I someimes give dd a breastmilk-ice cube in a sock to suck on and help with teething. She really likes this. It's also a really good use for the newborn hand mittens that we never used. I was thinking I could do the same thing with food - freeze little cubes and put them in the sock/mitten. But I guess that goes against the premise of self feeding, since it would really be frozen pureed food. And I suppose a sock is too tightly knit to use it with fresh food like the mesh feeder.
post #80 of 161

How do oils fit into the BLW picture?

Hi guys, my baby girl is about to be 6 months old and she can sit, grabs for our food, doesn't spit out her hylands teething tabs anymore (actually grabs then and shoves them in her mouth) and so I am going to start trying some real food next week with her. I want to try the BLW approach and give her french-fry shaped stuff. What I am wondering is how does oil (such as canola or olive oil) fit into the diet? Is it something I should introduce like all other foods, one at a time, or is it something I can use on the vegetables when I cook them? I think of doing things like roasting sweet potatos or carrots and I'd always put some olive oil on it for myself. I also shouldn't salt or season her foods as I understand it right? Thanks for your advice!
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