So, LO turns 6mths on Saturday and both dh and I have been gung ho about BLW. So far we've put sticks of veg and fruit in front of LO and he's picked up and sucked the odd thing (withe exception of sponge cake crumbs, which he loved...)
However, in the last few days after a few nights of bad teething, he's started waking for feeds every 2-3 hrs, whereas previously he could go from 8pm til 4am before waking...
I'm now worried that he's actually hungry? And isn't as satisfied by mymilk? Our families don't really understand BLW and I feel like if we try him on purée etc after being so pro BLW, I'll have failed or something
During the dayhe feeds 3hrly generally, so surely that'd be more frequent if he was hungrier? These feeds seem short recently too.
Oh I don't know,looking for reassurance on BLW I suppose as doesn't seem like he's even close to eating food and I don't want him going hungry. Having a crappy day with accumulated sleep deprivation I think!
Has anyone started off BLW but then moved to purée etc?
Sounds like what happened it us, my LO was almost sleeping through more often than not we started BLW and he starts waking for more feeds. Even though i never dropped any during the day i just added the food in as extra's.
Anyhow my point is we are now nearly 4months on and he is doing great with the amount he consumes, last night he had chicken korma and rice (made from scratch i should add, its not a jar) and he ate more than my 3 &1/2yr old daughter!!
Just stick at it and remember that milk is their main food source until 1yr old so he may really be needing some extra feeds at night, they have growth spurts and all sorts going on so sleeping through is going to have several set backs, from my experience it has anyway.
Family can be an issue it has been sometimes with mine but i try to just avoid the subject all together or just agree with them for the sake of it but do you own thing.
Its early days it does take them a good couple of months to start eating enough to fill them up but they learn at their own pace.
If you want to add some puree's in then don't feel like a failure, its fine. I tend to give my LO his breakfast because its a rice cereal and i just can't face the mess of it that early in the morning!
Nonsense... Babies change routine for all sorts of reasons. The one thing you can be sure about is that your milk will NOT make him go hungry as long as he wets his 5-6 nappies a day.
Weaning is neither here, nor there,
When HE is ready to start he WILL start
He's wetting through nappies at night, so def still weeing!
Feeling bit more positive - LO had his first real meal tonight, risotto while he didn't eat any, he certainly enjoyed playing with it and even got a bit into his mouth (via his thumb!) although most came back out after gagging....
Progress though! And a bit more heartening than watching him toy with sticks of fruit
Your LO isn't even 6 months yet, so the fact he's getting the food as far as his mouth is impressive!
My LO picked and pecked at food until about 9/10 months, when he suddenly gained an appetite and started cleaning his plate. His milk feeds were pretty frequent until his birthday, and since then he's dropped down to 4ish a day. I still feed on demand though, so some days he feeds every 3 or 4 hours still.
Don't stress it, allow him to play with the food, and the eating will come in its own time Also, it sometimes looks like they're not eating anything, but their nappies have evidence that they are! Don't judge it purely on what it looks like he's managing to swallow. More sneaks in than you expect IME.
We started about 3 weeks ago (yes I know she's young but this is the 2nd time we've done this and she was ready). We immediatly noticed an increase in night wakenings but I think it's due to the food going in rather than hunger. Sally has gone from pooing every 4-5 days to 2-3 times a day an usually at night. Her poos are already much more solid (they were liquid before) I would just keep going, your milk really is enough for your LO, pureed veg would actually be less calorific than your milk!
Today was a good day
Lunch was cream cheese on toast - he immediately grabbed some and put in his mouth! Ate half a soldier.
Dinner was lamb patties with sweet potato wedges (BLW cookbook is brilliant!) and he ate half a wedge and some patty. Woohoo!
He seems to do better with actual food, rather than the odd veg stick so we are going to continue like this for now.
I don't think his night wakings could be just down to weaning as he started waking more often when he def wasn't eating any solids. Growth spurt I'm hoping!
Hi ladies. My lo is almost 14 months and I've blw properly from the start.
I like your enthusiasm but those meals are really complex right at the start.
I did fruits and veg first. She had banana offered for a few days first off just at lunch time then progressed from there but very slowly. I never reduced milk and she did this naturally herself over a long time.
We Then went onto meat and then breads and fish etc. they where all single or two or three things offered at a time but this was a slow process.
I wasn't doing actual meals for a number of months. I found this ideal as baby knew what each food tasted and felt like before they where all mixed together.
The only items I've decided not to blw was porridge and yogurt! ( I decided that after a few month as the mess was too much for me!)
My lo will pretty much eat anything and knows exactly the foods she has preference too. For example so will make a bee line for Brocalli and strawberrys like they are chocolate ha ha.
I can recommend fruit pouches you buy in the shop which I spread on her toast for breakfast if I've not got fresh fruit like berries.
My advice is to go extra slow. I would go down the aisle in sainsburys and go through all the fruit and veg buying 2 a week so she tasted a wide range even if I had never heard of them!
But if you only introduce one foodstuff at a time, they can't self select a healthy range. The point of BLW is to be included in family mealtimes from the off. My LO shared our meals as soon as he turned 6 months (we started at 23 weeks-so he just had fruit and veg for the first 3 weeks), and he coped perfectly with the range of foods. Have you read Gill Rapley's book? There is no need to delay introducing anything (except a few specific things like honey and nuts) past 6 months.
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