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    Default Should I try Baby Led Weaning?

    My DS is 7.5 months old, 5.5 corrected for being two months prem. I have been trying Purees since he was 5 months, suggested by our paed. He is fed EBM otherwise. Unfortunately he hates it! I'm still trying only once a day, one ice cube savoury and sweet. He gaga easily and vomits even on milk so the Purees are thin.

    basically he makes a face and spits everything out. Tried pumpkin, carrot, sweet potato, chicken, zucchini, pear, Apple and peach. He seems to love holding the spoon himself but gets it everywhere, I doubt much goes down! Thought about BLW as he seems to like being independent, he loved a piece of watermelon (held by me, too slippery) but the next day I think he got a piece off, gagged and vomited all his milk. So I'm worried he won't cope with pieces of fruit and veg.


    Would love any ideas, We are getting nowhere at the moment!

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    Default Should I try Baby Led Weaning?

    Gagging is a normal part of learning to feed themselves. Babies gag reflex is much closer to the front than adults so they can learn how much to shove in their face. And it's not the quantity of food they consume that is important rather their hand eye coordination and ability to chew/swallow is developed.

    Great first foods are grilled lamb cutlets, chicken breast strips either poached or grilled, cucumber strips/ carrot with hummus, roasted pumpkin with the skin in, avocado, salmon fillets, omelettes etc.
    @Elijahs Mum is the guru of BLW. I've used this method exclusively with both my girls. They went straight from bm to normal meals.
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    Babies will pull a face with everything you give them, even if you know they like it. Ds pulls a face with the first few mouthfuls of all his food at every meal but I just keep giving it to him. He also spits out a bit too but keep going. Gagging and vomiting are also normal so keep up with the solids. Perhaps consider going to 2 meals a day so he can get used to eating a bit more.

    My DS is almost 7 months and blw would not work for us as he's not picking up anything with a pincer grip yet, he just smooshes food all over his face with his fist if he gets hold of it and none ends up in his mouth. If your DS has the coordination though and the food is appropriate it's worth a shot. My DS is on family meals (just mashed or rough puréed and lumpy) and I find he's eating more now that it's more tasty than pure puréed veg.

    Eta: DS gags and has vomited a few times too, mostly when I went to soft lumpy foods. All part of learning so try not to let it put you off. They get the hang of it.

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    Thanks for replying, nice to know its not too abnormal. All the other babies his age seem to be chowing solids down so was getting worried! Will keep trying new foods and twice a day, and hopefully he'll get the idea soon! He's hard to feed milk too (takes ages per bottle) and I hate seeing my EBM thrown up but oh well!!

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    Definitely give BLW a try but just start slowly, don't expect him to eat much as the first few weeks is more a time for them to learn how to hold, bite, chew and swallow - just keep up his milk feeds but every meal you have - give him something , as R&A said gagging is perfectly normal and a great sign he has good reflexes to acknowledge something foreign in his throat , the most important thing you can do is eat with him, show him how you eat and enjoy your food and offer him something from your plate every time - the only food off limits is honey until 12 months and don't be afraid to offer different flavours and textures as babies love flavour ( Breast milk is very flavoursome)

    Some ideas to start would be:
    Breakfast:
    Wholemeal toast with avocado
    Egg pancake ( 1 egg fried in mini frypan and cut into strips)
    Fruit - cut up ripe pear slices, banana, kiwi fruit

    Lunch - brown rice cakes with almond butter or ricotta cheese or avocado
    Thick cut cucumber sticks dipped in hummus or guacamole or goats yogurt

    Dinner - steamed broccoli - keep the stalks long and steam quite well so he can nibble off the little flowerettes
    Lamb cutlets or any bone with a bit of meat in it - they gum off the flesh
    Corn cob - they try gum off the kernels - keeps them occupied for hours!
    Roasted sweet potato - cut into thick wedges

    After a few weeks you will notice he will easily pick up and start biting/gumming food - then start increasing the amount you give him and just keep trying a wide variety!

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    That's great to have lots of things to try. He loves chewing toys so hopefully he will like chewing food! I feel enthusiastic again


 

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