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Wednesday, August 24th 2011, 1:29pm

confused by consultant - is he really 5 months?!

Hi. Our son is just over 6 months old and was born at 37+3 which we were told is officially term. We see a consultant because he had some trouble when he was born. Last time we saw her she said that because he was 3 wks early his development would be closer to a 5 month old. No one has ever said this to us before & he seems like an average 6 month old to me! We started weaning (he absolutely LOVES his purees) but now I'm confused about what food to give him when - should we be looking at guidance for 5 months or 6? Should we give finger foods yet? I asked her but her answer was a bit vague. Any help appreciated. We tried BLW but he didn't like it much - he got very frustrated and my heart was in my mouth the whole time!


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Wednesday, August 24th 2011, 2:50pm

Hi hon,

As far as I understand it you go by actual age not adjusted age for weaning and injections. For weight & developmental milestones you go by adjusted. My little boy was 5 weeks early and I was told to start weaning him at 4 months (medical reasons) which would only have been 2 months 3 weeks adjusted!!!! As it happens I didn't start til he was 5 months as he didn't seem ready and by 6 months he was having finger food with his purees as I remember. Do what works for you and your LO - all babies are different in any case and what one is ready for at 6 months may be totally different for another.

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Wednesday, August 24th 2011, 2:56pm

Hi hun

I had one person at the baby clinic say that about our DD1, she was born at 37 + 1 and was considered full term. I was advised to wean a bit earlier than 6 months due to her weight gain dropping off and started with purées, I gave her stuff for 6 month olds when she was 6 months and finger foods with no ill effects. I have always been lead to believe that if your baby is born at 37 weeks you treat them like a full term baby, for example in their red book the weight is put in as if they were born at 40 weeks and you are expected to wean at 26 weeks. I was told when I started to wean DD1 a list of things I could give her when she was 6 months by the baby clinic, that was 18 months ago so things may have changed since then but I am sure if you phone your HV or go to your local baby clinic they can make things a little clearer for you.


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Wednesday, August 24th 2011, 4:06pm

Not sure what your consultant is on about. 36 completed weeks onwards is term. We wouldn't normally adjust their age unless their born less than this.

My advice - do what you'd normally do and use your motherly intuition which seems pretty well in tune!


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Wednesday, August 24th 2011, 7:49pm

Thanks guys. Nice to hear some reassuring words. :) Keep finding recipes I want to try!

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Wednesday, August 24th 2011, 8:52pm

Good luck with the weaning Louie. I've been having similar worries about my twins but have decided to chill and go at their pace. They were born at 34+2. I started weaning at 24wks and I've had varying success. They are now seven and a half months and still only taking small amounts of puree twice a day. I'm just gonna carry on with what i think they need and not worry too much about getting them up to 3 meals a day yet, at set meal times or of varying ingredients. They still only take simple porridge, veg or fruit. No meat, dairy or finger foods yet as they just chuck up and they take it at bizarre times but it'll sort itself out in time. Best of luck!!!!

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Friday, August 26th 2011, 6:51pm

Hi, I agree with people babies are individuals and have their on timings even babies born on due dates tend to be ready for weaning at different ages. You are his mum you know better than anyone. 6 month is only a guideline. x

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Friday, August 26th 2011, 7:09pm

Forgot to write what i actually wanted that you are doing fantastic giving him purees what he enjoys and waiting with finger food what he doesn't enjoy (yet)




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Friday, August 26th 2011, 7:26pm

Officially 37 weeks is term, and 40 weeks is full term. I wouldn't worry about what the consultant said, it's not really important - a difference of less than 3 weeks at that point in pregnancy is not significant.
For weaning, I would really go with what feels right for your little one. I did BLW and spent the whole of the first year chanting "food is for fun until they are one". Because they didn't eat and although I tried to remain relaxed about it, my in-laws thought I was starving my children. They gagged so impressively, and it was hard to believe that any food actually went into their bellies after taking a look at the devastation that was the kitchen floor. But, as with all things, it got easier! I did some spoon feeding too, of cereals, and it seems that most people mix it up with some spoon feeding and some finger foods. But again, every child is unique and you do whatever feels right.


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