We started off at 5 months doing tw and started out quite well then he started refusing to eat baby jars/homemade puree's etc and we slowly changed over to BLW around 6.5months. He started off really well and when we were on holiday he ate loads at mealtimes!Then suddenly for the last 3 months ish he's just stopped eating! He's now coming up on 10months and barely eats a single thing!
Today he has ate a yoghurt and that's it.
Yesterday he ate a breadstick
Day before he ate a preloaded spoonful of rice and one bit of chicken.
Nearly every day is the same where he'll only eat out of three meals and a snack or two just one wee thing out off his plate out of all the meals he's offered .Some days he doesn't even eat anything at all! The majority of his food goes on the floor or lies in his bowl/on his plate untouched. I've tried changing his highchair to one that sits at the table, changing from a bowl to a baby plate, inviting family round for dinner where there's more people at the table rather than just me and him. We eat exactly the same stuff at the same time and usually sit for about 30mins or so until he gets cranky and decides he wants out of his highchair.
Is this actually normal? I keep trying to not let it get to me and his weight is completly fine but I know it's his bottles that are keeping his weight ok. Though he has only put on 3lb in the last 5 and a half months.
I know food is just play really until they're a year old but he really doesn't eat anything at all of any significance. I can't even say oh yes he ate half a portion of cottage pie or something because it will actually be one wee tiny bit of it and thats it!
I tried dropping a bottle but he still didn't eat anymore and woke at 4am every morning for that bottle instead!
Just someone tell me this is completly normal! Most the babies I know and read about on here eat sooooooo much more than that!
This sounds familiar! We had very similar problems, in fact even now we're struggling with his weight gain - in the last 2 months he's gained a grand total of 2 1/2oz!
My HV recommended cutting the milk down, and she warned to expect some sleep disturbance, although thankfully we haven't had it (yet). The thing is, if LO has a full tummy from milk, or knows that they will be getting a lovely big bottle soon, there is no incentive to eat. If you would rather not drop a bottle completely, start by halving it. LO will take a few days to adjust to the fact that he's not getting it, and when you're ready drop the other half.
The other thing I was told, which helped a lot is to just relax, he will know if it's upsetting you and it could start to become a game. Pretend you're not even looking when he's got his food. Give him foods he's more likely to enjoy to start with, and as you get established with him actually eating at all, gradually switch over to more 'meal-like' stuff. We TW, but have always offered lots of finger foods too. These are some of the most popular foods here:
jam on toast
pasta with AK tomato,cheese & carrot sauce (its on her website)
scrambled egg, especially with cheese
I mix things up and now always offer a savoury meal to start, followed by a dessert of some sort. Some days he still has hardly anything, some days he eats loads. If you have a resistant eater I've always been led to believe that in the beginning it's more important to actually getting them eating something (even if it's not the healthiest), then work on getting a better range later.
I know u'r doing BLW, but did u try to spoon feed him instead of letting him feed himself & see how it goes? at this age they'r more interested in playing that eating I guess. Omar doesnt sit still on his high chair, & he keeps playing tricks, turning his face, blowing food out of his mouth, talking , etc while eating. He gets distracted by anything, & he tries to escape his chair. I always try to give him food with min. distraction. He's not a big eater & only gets 3 meals throughout the day. having fruit like 1/2 banana is a main meal for him. He dropped from the 90th at 7 mnths to 75th percentile at 10 mnths & his Dr. was not concerned.
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