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Sunday, August 4th 2013, 11:02am

Slightly worried we've missed the boat...

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We've newly adopted our DD who turned 8 months last week. Although she's an absolute dream and the foster carer was fantastic I'm slightly concerned that she hasn't been weaned properly. From all I've read this week I understand that weaning should really be started at 4 months and we know that the foster carer only started giving her bits at 6 months consisting of baby biscuits and fruit puddingy things. DD will act like a little baby bird opening her mouth so wide for me to spoon feed her the puddings and eat a whole one no problem. My concern is that now she'll only eat really sweet things. I tried her on some pea purée yesterday which I thought was sweet but she was having none of it. I'm really leaning towards wanting to do BLW but am wondering if I'd be better sticking to spoon feeding for now as she's that bit older and when we tried her with some steamed sweet potato and pulled pork last night I don't think anything got swallowed. I've also read that if a LO isn't introduced to lots of different flavours by 6 months then they are likely to turn out fussy eaters. I know we can't do anything about it and will have to get on with it one way or another but just at a bit of a loss as how to proceed?

Any ideas would be greatly received, thanks! x

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Sunday, August 4th 2013, 11:26am

You know, I really wouldn't worry too much. I honestly don't think there is a right or wrong way to do these things and each child's circumstances are so different. My two were so early that weaning was really late (even though I was told to carry on as per their birth date).

I used to give the. Parsnip purée which is nice and sweet but still a vegetable. Peas are a little funny and neither mine liked the purée either. I think it can feel a little pasty.....? Have you tried sweet potato and butternut squash? Failing that, keep going with fruit purees...it's all good!

Have you tried Ella's Kitchen pouches? I swore I wouldn't use them but they are wonderful! Even the veggie ones are really sweet so it works really well.

Please don't stress about things (if you are)......I learned very early on that things happen when they happen x

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Sunday, August 4th 2013, 11:51am

Hi mini

Firstly congratulations on the adoption of your baby girl.

My friends adopted a little girl and she was 11 months when they got her and still on puréed food, my friend is a specialist midwife and knew straight away they had missed the boat with weaning, now I don't want to upset you but they have had a bit of a battle with weaning and there have been a few tantrums however slowly they are getting there and have accepted that things are going to progress slower with there dd and over time have learned to relax and just enjoy her, they found blw worked better for them but I think it's a bit of trial and error and they gave her pretty much everything and anything in the hope that over time she would eat more.

Is your dd delayed in any way that could also be the problem but I'm not an expert on this just passing on bits and bobs I've heard from my friend.

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Sunday, August 4th 2013, 12:06pm

Hi hun

Congratulations on becoming a mum. : D

The current guidelines recommend that babies are weaned on or around 6 months. Have a read if this if you've got a minute WEANING - UK FOOD STANDARDS HELP & ADVICE

With my girls I started weaning around 5 months but only very tiny amounts with some purees. DD1 loved it but most of it ended up anywhere apart from in her mouth. DD2 wasn't keen on purees and preferred to go straight onto proper food when she was 6 months old. We did a mixture of spoon feeding and BLW with both girls and by 9 months neither of them would let me spoon feed any more. DD1 is soooo fussy, DD2 will try anything especially if it's someone else's so I think my girls are just different from each other because they've both had the same sort of food options but still have different tastes.

I agree with Hayley, Ella's Kitchen pouches are great to have handy. My rule of bought baby food was I would only give it to them if I would happily eat it myself.

Also a key thing to remember, is under1 food is for fun. Babies don't eat much, they have teeny tiny stomachs and have to master the chewing and swallowing reflexes which takes a bit of practice. If your DD is putting on weight, happy and healthy the chances are things are going in the right direction.

Good luck!

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Sunday, August 4th 2013, 6:16pm

Hi Mini

Don't have much more to add to the wonderful advice above as I have only started weaning my DD in the last two weeks. I agree just keep trying different things and you'll get there. Maybe try cauliflower purée? My DD goes nuts for it but also loves sweet things. Or you could add a tiny bit of pear purée to more savoury things? I am aiming to do a mix of purée and BLW starting the BLW when DD is 6 months.

I agree the Ella's kitchen pouches are great.

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Sunday, August 4th 2013, 6:45pm

Also, I was recommended this book which gives guidance on both puréed food and BLW

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/1905410697

In case link doesn't work it's called Weaning Made Easy
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Sunday, August 4th 2013, 7:15pm

Hi, Mini - 6(ish) months is the correct time to wean so I don't think you have anything to worry about in that regard.

With regards to what she is eating I can only advise that you keep trying. Sometimes the best way to transfer from sweet stuff to more savoury is to slowly mix larger portions of what you are trying to introduce into what she is willing to eat. It sounds disgusting but give her a pot of apple puree with 1 tsp of butternut one day. The next meal you add 2 tsp etc until she is eating more of the veg than the fruit.

Also, try to let her eat with you - i.e. sit her on your lap or in her high-chair while you are eating and offer her bits out of your plate. That sometimes works as they are more likely to eat something that someone else is eating. Oh, and don't think you can fool her by putting the food you dished for her into your plate either... lol. They are really much more clever than we realise.

Other than that - keep trying. Eventually she will try some other foods...


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Sunday, August 4th 2013, 8:07pm

Thank you so much for all your advice. I'm not stressing over it (yet!) just more worried that I was going to have a bit of a battle on my hands from her latish start. We have a high chair that fixes to the table so she is with us at every meal. Tonight I made a lamb stew from the BLW cookbook I have and she looked so excited when I put some in front of her and immeadiately picked up a chunk of lamb and stuffed it in her mouth. I've obviously got a proper carnivore on my hands! I don't think any got swallowed but I was happy with that! I think we'll just continue offering her everything we can and hope we lead her away from wanting sweet things all the time. It's all good fun really at this stage I know x x

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Monday, August 5th 2013, 5:07pm

Mini that's fantastic at least she is showing an interest in other food, I'm sure everything is going to be fine, I do a mixture of feeding and finger food, don't think there's a right or wrong answer

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Monday, August 5th 2013, 9:08pm

Children are naturally born with a sweet tooth and its takes them roughly 6-8 times of trying everything else to realise whether they like it or not. And believe me their tastes change from day to day lol

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Monday, August 5th 2013, 11:32pm

And believe me their tastes change from day to day lol


That is so true!!

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Tuesday, August 6th 2013, 12:05am

Hi,

Just wanted to congratulate on the arrival of your little girl.

Regards to your question you are doing wonderful and I can really reccommend BLW and eating together - what you are doing anyway - as it is so much fun. As others said she is still mostly living on milk anyway food is just for fun. You can also make play and meal dates with friends and also some children groups or Sure Start centres have lunch sessions where you can go to so your daughter will be able to eat together with other kids.

Enjoy :-)

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Tuesday, August 6th 2013, 7:58pm

Thank you so much for all your comments, you've really eased my mind. Tonight was actually quite fantastic. I served up pesto pasta and she wolfed it down along with a running commentary! She then went on to have mango for dessert so a 2 course success tonight! x x

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Tuesday, August 6th 2013, 8:56pm

Well done baby mini McGee, she will be eating you out of house and home soon

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Wednesday, August 7th 2013, 2:43am

Ah that's great Mini! Well done LO!

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Wednesday, August 7th 2013, 9:57am

Ah - that sounds great! Perseverence is obviously already showing some results for you...


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