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My son is 9 months and is having trouble gaining weight. I feel like he eats enough, but he is SO active. Someone suggested avacados and said they are good and fattening. How do I prepare them? I don't think I've ever had an avacado in my life! LOL. Oh, he can pick up food and feed himself, with his hands, not a spoon if that helps.
 

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I think people usually serve avocado to a baby all mashed up. If your guy can do this, maybe he can dip other foods into the avocado. (Something like guacamole, but you might not want to give your baby citrus or salt in his food, and guacamole is usually mashed avocado with lime or lemon juice, salt and garlic or red onion.)<br><br>
Avocados discolor when they are exposed to light. If you give him half or a quarter, you can save the peel to put back over the avocado to keep it from discoloring for a day. Or just eat the rest yourself!
 

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My dd has been eating plain avocados since about 9 months! She loves them. Now I just half the avocado, and cut one side (the side without the pit first) into little pieces and put it into a bowl for her. For a long time though we'd just scoop out spoonfuls of the avocado right out of the shell with a baby spoon. It can't get easier than that! Dd never needed them mashed up.
 

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There are a couple different kinds of avocados that you find at the market...my preference is for the small blackish-green ones called Hass (or Haas) that are from California as opposed to the great big green ones from Florida.<br><br>
Avocados are a wonderful source of monounsaturated, heart-healthy fats. You should definitely try them!<br><br>
Also, as to your son's weight gain, are you still breastfeeding? If so, and he's breastfeeding as much as he wants, don't sweat the lack of weight gain too much. Breastfed babies are naturally lean (which is healthy), and slim down/stop gaining as much in the second six months, particularly once they start crawling and walking. Look at his genetics as well - are you and/or your dh naturally lean people? If so, your son's leanness is most likely perfectly normal.<br><br>
HTH!
 

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Well, we tried it and he doesn't like it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I was so hoping this would be the food that put some weight on him. I'll try again maybe next week, but he really made an awful face.<br><br>
Thanks Jane for saying that his weight may be fine. I really worry over it. He is still breastfed, but I work 3 days a week and pump, but I'm not pumping enough for him so we supplement at daycare with some formula. When he's with me, no formula. I have just been so worried cause he hasn't gained any weight for 3 months! He's 9 months old and can wear size 3-6 month clothes!!! He did start crawling early (5 months) and is so VERY active. I'm not a real heavy person, but not super thin either, I suppose average and dh use to be VERY skinny, now's he kinda heavy, LOL. I suppose we all have to have something to worry about, right? LOL
 

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Pretending I'm Martha Stewart: I cut them by slicing in half around the pit...then twist the halves apart. I whack the pit with the knife and twist and it pops out easily. Then I run the tip of the knife the length of the avocado half...and then the other direction to make little squares. I turn it inside out and the little chunks come out.<br><br>
I think baby could still try this as finger food. It's mushy and messy, but he can play in it and suck it off his fingers.
 

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If he doesn't like the avocados plain - try mashing them with banana or rice cereal or some other food that he likes - might work . . .
 

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If you cant get him to eat it and you have any left over....heres a recipe for a hair mask for you:<br><br><br>
1 ripe avacado<br>
3-4 t honey<br>
8-10 drops almond oil<br><br>
Mix in a blender avacado and other ingredients<br>
apply to wet hair, concentrating on ends<br>
wrap hair with clear plastic wrap or towel, leavon on for 20-30 minutes<br>
rinse throughly with warm water
 
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