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How can I improve 10 MO diet? (bit long!)

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Ouchdownthere Wed 19-Sep-12 09:12:52

Would appreciate any ideas on how I can improve my 10 MO diet.

10 MO is currently developmentally delayed and at around 4.5-6 month ability across the board. He is breastfed (bottle refuser, although has sips from a cup) and eats everything offered to him as long as it is off a spoon and almost smooth. He is fixated with hands in mouth, doesn't reach and mouth toys so obviously not developing his oral skills as he might for his age.

Any ideas on what I can try, his feeding is currently this;

0600 wake and breastfeed.
0630 hungry crying so breakfast, baby cereal and 50g yoghurt (petit filous mostly)
1030 ish breastfeed after morning nap
1115 lunch. Veg bake / bean based plus pudding of fruit
1430 breastfeed after lunch nap
1530 snack of yoghurt / jar of banana crumble or similar / purée fruit
1730 dinner. Meat dish plus pudding of rice pudding / crumble (pouch pudding)
1830 ready for bed and breastfeed offered - generally not that interested

Currently waking once in night (night sleeping changes often) and has one short (3 min feed).

He is skinny, now following 9 centile and I really feel he needs more calories but don't want to load him up if not the right thing to do IYKWIM. Any thoughts on this pattern and what I can do? I would love to vary diet, especially snacks etc but he just can't deal with anything other than purée at the moment.

Thank you if you're still reading and able to offer any ideas.

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 19-Sep-12 09:27:15

Think that routine sounds fine for a 10 month old and only waking once in the night for a 3 minute feed is brilliant.

How about varying his purees a bit more and maybe adding some more meat to his diet? How do you feel about making your own purees? There are a few recipes on MN or you should be able to get a book, like an Annabel Karmel one, from most libraries.

Those baby breakfast cereals can be quite expensive too, have you thought about swapping to ready brek and mixing it with pureed fruit instead of the petite filou?

I think you are right about staying with smooth stuff for the moment, I'm sure you'll both know when he is ready to move on smile.

dozensofpichu Wed 19-Sep-12 09:32:50

I wouldn't worry about him being on 9th centile personally. Someone has to be! I've been told it's only a problem if the height is different by plus/minus 2 centiles. Your DS eats well, better than my 16mo DD on some days! My friend was told that using full fat milk, butter and double cream in all her DS's meals was an easy way to increase calorie intake. My DS would only take purée until about 11 months, just gagged if given anything lumpy. I still offered soft finger foods for him like cooked carrot sticks, bread with cream cheese. You could try this when you feel your DS is ready. Really I think you are doing well and shouldn't worry overly at this stage, your DS is still so young! HTH

tiokiko Wed 19-Sep-12 09:40:37

Agree with dozens, unless there are specific reasons for concern, 9th centile isn't necessarily cause for concern. DD1 was always 9th but dropped to 2nd so I used to make her food more calorie-dense eg:

- add cheese sauce to veg/lentil bakes you are already giving. Annabel Karmel is v easy recipe and rich with mascarpone etc. Freeze in ice cubes and pop one in (recipes on her website, no need for book)

- if he likes rice pud from pouch/jar try making your own - its so soft when cooked and you can add milk to make it smoother if you like. I used to add mascarpone when serving for extra calories. Easy and cheap to make and freezes well too.

Ouchdownthere Wed 19-Sep-12 09:44:41

Thank you jilted and dozens, bit of a relief to hear we might not be too far off. I hate that i have to learn on the job with parenting!

Am definitely trying to move to more homemade food, we have just moved and life is settling a little so have dusted off the AK book. Also checking out the MN recipes having come across the weaning board.

Tried weetabix before but he just couldn't take it, will try ready brek though as would like to get him on as much family food as possible. Good idea to up the meat meat and butter etc, I have been nervous about overloading him but probably wise to increase without going too far the other way.

must not panic that he isn't eating finger food, must not panic that he isn't eating finger food

Ouchdownthere Wed 19-Sep-12 09:49:17

Thanks tiokiko.

What are good portion sizes for this age? I've been going on the basis of roughly size of three palm fulls for main course but reality is he eats more than that. Made the AK chicken and grape last night and he ate 2/3 of what she called a four portion batch. He also had pasta with it too and ate most of his pudding.

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 19-Sep-12 09:49:39

Yes, please don't panic that he won't eat finger food. If he is developmentally delayed to around 4.5 to 6 months then he probably just isn't ready yet. I know that neither of mine would have been able to manage finger food at 4.5 months smile.

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 19-Sep-12 09:52:51

If you are worried that he is eating too much for dinner, have you thought about fiddling with his afternoon routine so that he gets a bf about an hour before dinner? You could offer a bf when he wakes at 2.30, miss out the snack and offer another bf at 4.30 and then dinner at 5.30.

Ouchdownthere Wed 19-Sep-12 10:16:10

Good idea jilted, will try that. He is back into his bf'ing at the moment so worth a try. Thanks.

JiltedJohnsJulie Wed 19-Sep-12 10:29:29

When AK says that is a 4 portion recipe, what age is that for too Ouch? If its for a younger baby then he will eat more than one portion smile

Ouchdownthere Wed 19-Sep-12 10:35:39

Second stage weaning. Good and logical point.

Oh dear ouch' must remember to go and find logical part of brain

tory79 Wed 19-Sep-12 14:07:07

Sorry, no advice, but it sounds like he is eating tonnes! Way more than my 12 month old ds at the moment! I think you (and he!) are doing really well smile

Ouchdownthere Wed 19-Sep-12 22:33:31

Oh thanks tory, that means a lot, not needy at all me. Will officially stop overly worrying now and just keep plugging on.

memememum Thu 27-Sep-12 21:34:34

Avocado is full of goodies and, along with banana and sweet potato, is great because so soft you can mash it up with a fork, no pureeing required.

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