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    Default 12 month old meal plan

    My son just turned 12 months & we went to his 12 month check up. The nurse let me know he should be eating solids for all his meals & drinking cows milk. I introduced solids at 6 months but he would show no interest so I have stuck with formula & solids every now & then, I didn't want to force solids on him.
    He drinks 4 bottles of formula but the nurse also said that is too much.

    So my question is, how do I start incorporating solids as his main meals & formula on the side?
    I feel like a horrible mother as I honestly don't know where to start??
    How much solids do I give him at each meal & how do I cut down the formula so that its completely out of the picture?

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    Please don't feel horrible, all we can do is our best

    My DS wasn't a fan of solids either when I introduced them! We ended up doing BLW (baby lead weaning), so he just ate what we did. He sits at the table with us and has a small plate with different finger foods on it. Can you give bubs what you eat? Don't worry too much if they don't 'eat' a lot, to start with they need to get used to the textures etc then they should pick it up.

    If you look up BLW, there are lots of kid friendly finger food ideas

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    I agree with pp, he will eat until he has had enough - just put what you are eating on his tray and let him eat! Offer food before milk and yes start giving him drink bottles of water with meals - you will find bottles are more habit now so if he fills up with food he may not want his bottles, maybe just give one before bed , I'd hold off on cows milk until he is eating more as formula had more nutrients than cows milk

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    Don't feel bad! I would just start offering food more often and see how it goes. Do breakfast, lunch and dinner - finger foods on his tray. If you're more comfortable giving softer foods, do roughly mashed veg to start with.

    Don't stress too much, he'll get there. Maybe give him his formula in a sippy cup during the day to reduce the comfort feeding association and get him used to cups.

    Good luck!


 

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