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Weaning low tone baby

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Ravenousbeast Tue 25-Aug-09 10:14:31

Ds is 5 1/2 months & seems ready for weaning to solids but as he's low tone he isn't sitting unaided of course.

Do I just go ahead and try him with solids as he won't be sitting unaided for ages yet? Thanks

BriocheDoree Tue 25-Aug-09 10:32:59

Erm...most babies aren't sitting at 5 1/2 months. My SN DD has low upper body tone but hers isn't too bad and she sat at 7 months. My completely non-SN DS didn't sit until 9 months. Either way, they were both weaned sitting in one of those "bouncy" chairs with good back support. DS was moved to one of those IKEA white highchairs with lots of cushions, but there's probably something better for a low tone baby out there.
However, I'm sure there will be others on here with more direct experience who can give you relevant advice.

yomellamoHelly Tue 25-Aug-09 19:32:09

The M&Papas bouncy chair is quite supportive. Have to say I used the pushchair for a while. We also bought a bumbo when it became clear he wasn't going to learn to sit. (Ds1 didn't sit 'til 9 months so was unaware there was an issue at this point.) When he outgrew the bumbo we got a Fisher Price EasyCare (?correct name) dor ds2. He still uses it when I can't face the 20 minutes it takes to clean his specialist chair. You need to be demanding one of OT / SS citing H&S issues. Ours took 7 months to get.

emkana Tue 25-Aug-09 19:35:02

My ds didn't sit without support until he was 15 months, I had in a high chair that could be slightly reclined and was well cushioned.

emkana Tue 25-Aug-09 19:35:10

My ds didn't sit without support until he was 15 months, I had in a high chair that could be slightly reclined and was well cushioned.

fizzyanddizzy Tue 25-Aug-09 20:23:56

My 10 month old ds has low tone and isn't sitting independently. He has a chair from his OT who is also getting him a trip-trap highchair. Prior to that we were using the ikea one with lots of cushioning or just his bouncer chair.

His SALT gave some really useful advice for babies with low tone and weaning. We were told that low tone often meant low sensory stimulation and so to maximise the chances of ds actually knowing there was food in his mouth it needed to be textured and highly flavoured. This has really worked for us - baby rice and the usual weaning foods would literally just fall out of his mouth - I think because he couldnt feel or taste them. Since we have started more textured food like weetabix and stronger flavours he has coped much better. But it has taken months!

Good luck.

feelingbetter Tue 25-Aug-09 20:34:32

My DS is 14 months and not sitting independently. he was weaned at 5 months and sat happily in a bouncy chair. Still does as his tumbleform is at nursery blush and his permanent seat is another month away.

We found that puree didn't work well for him, was too thin. He preferred a much thicker texture straight away, so we often mixed in baby rice to thicken it up and help him hold on to it.

swineofthetimes Tue 25-Aug-09 20:37:46

We had a Chicco padded highchair for dd which we found great (available from John Lewis for about £99 - I think it was called the 'Polly'). It offered dd tons of support.

We also found that it took dd a long time to wean - in the interim she needed special formula milk (first Infatrini and then Paediasure) whilst she developed the tone necessary to chew and swallow properly. We found that supplementing her diet this way took some of the pressure off weaning - which I found massively stressful, as she would vomit after most meals.

Good luck

madwomanintheattic Tue 25-Aug-09 22:21:18

we had a tumbleform for ages from the physio and used that until it was not appropriate for dd2 to be fed at floor level lol (we wanted her at the table with her brother and sister. she had another assessment and was given a jenx giraffe.

mostly we just pad and support with towels etc in a normal reclining high chair until occupational therapy or physio kick in and provide supportive seating. you could ask your physio, but as ds is still quite teeny you might be expected to manage a bit longer until his delays are more substantial lol. (that sounds terrible, not meant to, unless your ot or physio are on the ball it's not usual to get stuff when you need it lol - proactive isn't really the done thing on the nhs...)

mummyslittleboy Tue 25-Aug-09 22:38:35

I used a DooMoo for my little one he didn't sit unaided untill he was 11 months but the Doomoo is like a bean bag but has a baby seat strap on it I found it ideal when he was younger as it seemed to mold around him and he loved it

Ravenousbeast Wed 26-Aug-09 11:42:26

Oh thanks so much everyone - I didn't get the chance to check my thread until just now...lots of helpful advice here.

We haven't even seen an OT or physio yet as only just starting the process.

meltedmarsbars Thu 27-Aug-09 21:57:37

Second the advice to get OT and Physio on board - ours didn't sit until 2 or 3 years, but we too had a Jenx Giraffe from the nhs. The Salt will give good advice on textures and swallowing.

badkitty Sun 30-Aug-09 22:51:24

We have got a Fisher Price Rainforest highchair as I didn't like having DS in tumbleform for eating and the OT and physio still haven't decided what they want to put him in. It is brilliant - we have padded out the sides to give him a bit more support, and sort of built up the pommel bit between the legs so he doesn't slide forward. It also reclines to two positions so should be ok for a younger baby. He LOVES it and plays happily in there for ages and sits up at the table with everyone, it is SO much better than having him in tumbleform.

I have a question of my own re high chairs etc though for low tone babies - has anyone found any solution to the terrible high chairs which they have in most cafes and restaurants - those awful wood things with no support at all? I really like to take DS out places and he enjoys it, but I simply can't have him sitting on my knee for ages as he wriggles around too much, and obviously can't feed him like that. But the high chairs they have in most places are so basic that I can't see any way of padding them enough for him, and its so annoying when if they just had high chairs which at least had a bit of support behind the head etc I would be able to do something.

anonandlikeit Mon 31-Aug-09 11:03:43

can't think of the name of them (maybe ot could help) but you can get inflatable (but soft not like a rubber ring) inserts to use on standard high chairs.

badkitty Mon 31-Aug-09 15:13:48

I have just seen one of them (inflatable inserts) on the ikea website which looks like it would fit the standard chairs - v good idea have never seen them anywhere else.

anonandlikeit Mon 31-Aug-09 17:22:45

Oh didn't know IKEA did them, I was thinking of something specific to sn, but if you can get it from a non sn supplier it will be loads cheaper.

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