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To think that weaning with baby food from jars is fine?

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joannita Sat 20-Apr-13 23:54:45

It's specially developed for babies right? So how come everyone is dead against it? I don't think 50p a jar is that expensive either. Baby led weaning ain't going to work for my twins. They choke alarmingly as soon as they bite a piece off anything. Pureeing stuff is a pain. So I'm doing jars.

DoYonisHangLow Sun 21-Apr-13 12:28:11

Stealth as I understand it, (though take with a pinch of salt as it's repeated from my not great in other aspects HV) no. They need protein, fat etc and its only web they cut way down on their milk to a couple of bottles/ large daytime bfs a day that they start needing a varied mix of fruit and veg, one portion being their palm size.

featherbag Sun 21-Apr-13 12:35:31

Besides Stealth, the five a day rule doesn't mean five different fresh fruit or veg portions, it means five different fruit or veg portions! Hence how tinned baked beans, dried fruit and frozen veg all count as one. Since DS moved into a mainly (and now entirely) solid diet I've made sure he has at least his five a day, usually more. So far today he's had half a banana, some sultanas and some dried apple, so he's already had 3!

StealthOfficialCrispTester Sun 21-Apr-13 12:39:41

Thanks doyonis, I wondered if it was something like that.
Good point about it not being necessarily fresh but you're right, although beans are pulses but its maybe the tomato sauce? Am just surprised that the fact all the food is not fresh isn't more of an issue for more people.

SPsYoniTheOneAndOnly Sun 21-Apr-13 12:43:22

I don't see why people say 'baby led weaning' as isn't it just weaning?

I let my son eat with hands or I fed him with a spoon depending on what he was having. I dont understand the BLW title grin

My son had jars and home made stuff. Doesn't matter what you decide. Its up to you

StealthOfficialCrispTester Sun 21-Apr-13 12:50:33

Bow isn't about just giving finger food. It's about completely letting your baby self feed and trusting them to get what they need, whether that is nothing or just broccolli. Within reason of course. I don't think their choice is supposed to be kit Kat, cadburys creme egg or big Mac grin

SPsYoniTheOneAndOnly Sun 21-Apr-13 12:52:55

When I couldn't be arsed feeding him I let him loose with a spoon so he ended up covered. Did I technically BLW? grin

He once picked up a tub of chilli and drank a little!

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 21-Apr-13 12:53:57

Hi there
We have moved this to our weaning topic

StealthOfficialCrispTester Sun 21-Apr-13 12:55:36

shock what was his reaction?

20wkbaby Sun 21-Apr-13 13:00:35

My DD (18 mo) gagged on EVERYTHING - even Calpol - for a long time and took miniscule amounts from a spoon. She still does not like being spoon fed. I used to put her food on the tray and let her get on with it, everything from mashed potato and steamed veg sticks to long thin slices of ham etc. Egg is a great one as you can add cheese and it is easy to pick up (as omlette) and chew with or without teeth.

Because of the spoon refusal I thought for ages she was a fussy eater but now I know she is a great eater as long as she is able to eat it in the way she prefers, and it is a bonus as she is keen to use spoons and forks to feed herself.

SPsYoniTheOneAndOnly Sun 21-Apr-13 13:04:15

Stealth he pulled a face and did it again! He loves spicy food it seems. Didn't enjoy the nappy though after! He uses chilli sauce as a dip now and again now hes 3.

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Sun 21-Apr-13 21:17:57

SPsYoni. in the broadest possible terms, weaning is you getting involved or not involved to your preference, so, sometimes finger food, sometimes spoon-fed puree, whatever. That's just normal parenting.

By contrast, BLW is you keeping your nose out, and letting them do it all.

It's really not a great term, most definitely. I think Baby Self-Feeding would have been better but that ship has sailed and BLW it is. However, what it describes is self-feeding, and if the baby is feeding themselves puree on a spoon it's still self-feeding. The key thing is not the food, it's the fact that the baby is doing it by themselves.

PhylisStein Tue 23-Apr-13 20:03:59

I fed my pfb ds twins mostly from jars and later my dd mostly home made - I think both is fine. Do whatever works.

PreciousPuddleduck Mon 29-Apr-13 21:49:57

I have never given DD any jars. I don't eat my dinner from a jar. All home cooked here :-)

blacktreaclecat Tue 30-Apr-13 11:25:43

We make DS lots of our own food. Batch cook fruit purée for breakfasts, fish/ cottage pies, pasta sauces etc. Offer fresh fruit and veg day for him to chuck on the floor.
We still use jars/ pouches sometimes. I spent £12 on Ella's kitchen yesterday!
I mostly eat fresh food, fruit and veg. But I like takeaways, freezer food, pizza from time to time too.
Everything in moderation.

EggsMichelle Tue 30-Apr-13 19:58:18

I'm a terrible cook, don't know how I manage to ruin everything I cook but I do! But this makes me very anxious about making DS's (5months) food. For now I will only be doing fruit and veg, either cooked to mush or soft like banana (can't go too wrong) then will probably go to jars for proper meals as I'm scared my cooking will put him off food forever!

gobbin Tue 30-Apr-13 22:58:14

Fuckin norahs some of you lot must have acres of time. Mine was fed from jars because I worked full time (and only had the basic 22 wks maternity off). No energy to cook batches of stuff. Not breast fed either. Despite all this he's had 100% attendance for 8 out of 12 compulsory school years and fewer than 8 days off across the other years so what was in the jars and bottles must've been ok!

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Wed 01-May-13 11:16:15

if i achieve one thing at my dd's school, it will be to abolish the 'perfect attendance' prize. it's only ever won by children who are sent to school regardless of whether they are sick or not...

MrsDeVere Wed 01-May-13 11:19:19

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Weegiemum Wed 01-May-13 11:38:38

I've done all the different ways. Dd1 was weaned earliest at just under 4 months (she's now 13 - I'd not do that today!) and had mainly home cooked fruit and veg purees until 6-7 months when she started on finger foods. Used jars on holidays. Ds was weaned at around 5 months, again on to home made purée mainly. His fave was sausage, mash and baked beans! He probably had more jars as I was pretty unwell with holdover pregnancy complications and PND. Dd2 was blw almost exclusively, from around 6.5 months.

Dd1 is incredibly fussy, ds is fairly average, and packs away the curry, dd2 eats anything and everything. Her current favourite dish (age 9) is Moules a la Marienere!

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Wed 01-May-13 11:43:09

i always think about you and your dd at this time of year, MrsD, when the cherry blossom starts to come out...

MrsDeVere Wed 01-May-13 11:48:02

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Wed 01-May-13 14:06:31

i'm glad. smile

StateofConfusion Wed 01-May-13 14:08:29

they are vile though, go on eat a whole one and then see if want your poor baby to eat that shite.

gobbin Wed 01-May-13 21:33:44

Aitch I wouldn't dream of sending my boy to school ill. I teach and hate it when approached by kids streaming with snot who should've stayed at home, particularly as I take immunosuppressants. My lad's just been generally lucky/healthy.

MrsD sorry for your loss.

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