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Old 09-27-2011, 01:51 PM   #11
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Re: Should I just give up?? 6mo old having problems

Nothing new to add... other than an extra supporter!! Just keep trying every once in a while and try not to make it stressful for anyone! 6 months is not a magic number... just a recommendation and if we followed ALL of the recommendations to the letter, we would all go crazy (and be quite confused because every group has a different opinion!) Have fun with your Babe and enjoy all the time you have together.


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Old 09-27-2011, 01:56 PM   #12
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My son is over 9 months and just now starting to eat, but as above said, love love love baby led weaning!!
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:19 PM   #13
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Totally agree with all of the votes for Baby Led Weaning. And also.... THROW AWAY the baby spoons! Ok, not really, but I truly believe in never spoon feeding a child. The only use for a "baby" spoon is for them to play with, practice with and eventually feed them selves with. Especially for any "family" meals, we always gave our DD either big chunks of what we were eating or if none of it was appropriate, fruit or veggies (RAW). Somedays she just played, most days it went in and out of her mouth. Occasionally it got eaten. And gradually the amount eaten got to be more and more. And then, by learning naturally (i.e. watching those around her), at about a year, she started to pick pieces up in one hand, hold her spoon in the other and shove them into her mouth together. I will never again think it is "normal" to spoon feed a child strange combinations of pureed food unless there were special circumstances effecting safe swallowing. I feel that Baby Led Weaning is the only natural way to allow a child to begin to understand what food is, how it looks, feels, tastes, responses, etc.

That said.... I had a close friend who nearly jumped out of her skin every time her children came within inches of non-pureed food before the age of 18 months. Seriously, her husband gave their 11 month old a SINGLE kernel of corn and she almost fainted. Even after reading all of the Baby Led materials, she said that she could understand it was safe, but couldn't internalize it. I fully supported her enjoying her children and her need to spoon feed purees in order to do it.

Honestly....their son is now just as good of an eater as my daughter. It was a more complex transition, but it allowed her to maintain her sanity. So.... Baby Led is great, but you have to do what is going to maintain peace, calm and harmony in your household.
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Old 09-28-2011, 08:31 AM   #14
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I tried again and he seemed to really like sweet potatoes, but that only lasted 2 days and now he's not wanting it again. I froze a banana then put it in one of those food netted teethers and he liked that for about a day and now won't take it. None of my others were ever this picky! The only thing he loves to eat is paper! I really wanted to get him to eat more bc he went to the dr last week and he's lost a lb and off his growth curve though he's still in the 68th percentile for weight. I just feel like he needs more calories. I'm even struggling with keeping him nursing bc he's so distractable. I even nurse in my bed laying down to prevent distraction, but everything makes him turn, even a strand of my hair ; )! He does co-sleep and so he nurses all night, but I need to het him on a better schedule so I can actually sleep at night.

Excuse the lengthy rant, I'm just pooped out. I love this guy and just want what's best for him, but feel like I'm losing my mind from lack of sleep! : )
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Old 09-28-2011, 10:57 AM   #15
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When my daughter was 6mons she wasn't ready either, we waited until she was 7mons to introduce & even slowly then, now she's almost 13mons & eats pretty good but still probably not as much as some babies her age, some kids are just more interested than others.
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