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tobytoes Mon 11-Feb-13 20:31:11

Hi al!! Need help again. My baby girl was ebf till 6 months then I started weaning her. She is now 7 months old and although she is very good with the whole weaning thing,I still feel a bit lost. At the moment I only offer her food at around 4-5 in the afternoon,I started with blw but nothing seemed togo in so im doing a bit of spoonfeeding aswell. I went to see my health visitor and when I told her what we were doing I got the impression she didt think I was giving her enough and she suggested I try her with some readybrek for breakfast. Im struggling because I thought breastmilk was the most important thing until a year old and food was more for experimenting with textures and tastes. After spending alot of time on google Ive found loads of mothers posting about their babies having three meals a day and also that readybrek isnt suitable for a 7 month old because its full of salt. I was thinking of giving her some with some fruit you see,so can I or not? And what do I mix it with? Whole milk? Or her breastmilk? Also whilst googling I noticed people saying their babies ate 2-3 jars a day of baby food whereas my littlen will only have a few spoonfuls of whatever I make her,idont use jars but should she be eating as much as whats in a jar?? She wakes about 3-4 times a night aswell which I dont mind atall but is that okay? It doesnt mean Im starving her does it because shes not getting enough solids?? Oh my god Ive just read that back and its just a ramble....I do appologise...ignore if you like :-)

Flisspaps Mon 11-Feb-13 20:49:52


Generally, food is for fun until they're one. At 7 mo, BM is still the ideal main food, everything else is complementary.

I don't think Ready Brek is seen as ideal, as you've discovered, due to the salt content. I do porridge (not baby porridge) or Shreddies for my DC.

It's fine to use cow's milk in food but you can use BM if you want.

My 9mo DS would only now eat as much as is in a jar (based on what he eats from a bowl), and he's quite a confident eater (but we did BLW so I can't be sure how much goes in, although he's putting on weight and meeting milestones etc)

Waking in the night is normal, it's what most babies do. Sleep improvement isn't related to weaning.

tobytoes Mon 11-Feb-13 20:52:34

Ahhh okay. Ill leave the readybrek then,ive got some porridge oats and baby porridge...can i mix that with whole milk? Im glad its not related to her waking,i wasfeeling like the worst mother in the world when that thought came into my head. Thanks fliss

MewlingQuim Mon 11-Feb-13 21:00:40

At that age we gave DD normal porridge with either expressed breast milk or cow's milk for breakfast, then some of whatever we were having for dinner mashed or blended (we don't add salt to food or eat processed stuff). We just followed DD's lead and she gradually demanded more food and less bf. As said above - food for fun until they're one. Don't stress about it :-)

tobytoes Mon 11-Feb-13 21:02:32

Thanks mewling i do stress,thats the trouble with me,i read something and then worry about it.x

mermaidbutmytailfelloff Mon 11-Feb-13 21:07:54

I think readybrek now is fine and has no added salt - why not have a look at the label?

My dcs were little before blw but to be honest I shoved in a few spoonfuls while they snaffled stuff off my plate, seemed fine. I think you can overthink things if you aren't careful....

tobytoes Mon 11-Feb-13 21:15:10

Yeah definately. When I read my post back I thought for gods sake get a grip girl. I google too much and compare I think. Ive had a look at label and it says there is salt in it :-/ I might give her the baby porridge and save the readybrek for a couple of months. Thanks mermaid .x

tory79 Mon 11-Feb-13 22:14:54

Readybrek is absolutely fine to give, the salt content is a myth.

Loislane78 Tue 12-Feb-13 20:18:29

Ready brek does have salt but less than 0.1g per 30g serving so the amount your baby would eat is miniscule. Regular porridge oats also fine obviously, just want to highlight that.

Elkieb Tue 12-Feb-13 20:40:20

I gave my DS baby weetabix or baby cereal- cow and gate do them for not much money. He's now a year old so alternate between adult weetabix or a small bowl of rice crispies. All with half a chopped up banana. A small portion of what we eat for lunch and dinner. Fruit purée in pots are great too- better than yoghurt as less sugar. He loves petit filous but they are quite sugary.

I also recommend cooking a big baby friendly- low salt- version of adult meals and dividing into appropriate portions. I just sling it into the microwave when I get home from work and voila! A healthy baby meal that costs bugger all grin.

ilovepowerhoop Tue 12-Feb-13 20:46:55

Ready brek has absolutely NO added salt or sugar and has less salt/sugar than weetabix, shreddies, etc. It is perfectly safe to give to babies from 6 months.

Elkieb Tue 12-Feb-13 21:02:50

I might add ready break to the mix-cheers! Do you know if off brand porridges are equally good? Thinking of aldi specifically grin

tobytoes Tue 12-Feb-13 21:38:27

Thanks all!!!! I did actually give her some readybrek thismorning hehe. I made it for myself as ive never tried it before and I ended up getting her baby spoon :-) she only had about two spoonfuls but hey ho she seemed to enjoy it. Im going to really try with her meals from now on and offer her something for brekky lunch and tea. I think my problem is I only really eat tea and I get breakfast and lunch when I can..Im sometimes eating my breakfast for my lunch. From now on I am having all three!!! What sort of role model am I?!?!?!

Jayne266 Wed 13-Feb-13 12:29:11

At the moment my 7 month has had
5am bottle 8oz
7.30am weetabix with formula toast with banana on top (really only sucks all the soggy bits off the toast)
9.30- apple pieces (again is soft enough sucks the soggy bits)
11.15 pasta (Heinz star shapes with turkey Bolognese)
12pm bottle 8oz
2pm mango and formula mixed together (like a yogurt consistency)
4pm fish pie with carrot sticks and broccoli and cauliflower (finger foods)
6pm 8oz bottle

Depending on what the days like is if he will eat it or not. Am not sure how much this would be in jars as I don't use them (prob just over 1 not including the finger foods)

The only thing I do now is if I use whole milk in cereal it's always warm I gave him cold milk with his cereal and he had a bad tummy and my HV said to warm it first to kill the bacteria. Tbh it kinda scared me that I use formula instead and whole milk for cooking with.

It's a fun time at the minute and the most important thing is a happy baby which it sounds like you have.

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