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Timing of solid fees and a few other questions

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dodi1978 Wed 08-Jan-14 20:51:16


I am one week into weaning my 5 month old. We are starting very gently, one meal a day, and I don't intend to do any more before the magic six months.

A couple of questions though:

Baby rice: I am using the Aptamil baby rice. On the package, it suggests mixing 10 / 1, i.e. one spoon of rice, 10 of milk. However, when I do this, the mixture is very very thin (still flowing of the spoon). I seem to need a lot more rice to get to a consistency that appears 'right' to me. Any thoughts?

Timing of feeds: Young man is now happily taking 8 oz bottles 5 times a day - roughly at 8 am, 11 am, 2 pm, 5 pm, 8 pm. But if I try to time is meal for being inbetween the 5pm and the 8pm feed, it is right during the time when I am either cooking dinner or we would like to eat (we can't have dinner earlier as my husband is coming home from work quite late). So today, I tried to bring the feed forward by giving young man only 5 oz at 5pm (which he seemed happy with) and then gave him his meal just before 6pm. Should I have given him extra water? To be honest, I am not worried at all about his liquid intake given how much he takes overall!!!

Generally, should I start giving him water? I have only given him water once when he had a massive cold, and he wasn't overly keen...

Next question: When do you stop feeding? On the whole, the young man has taken to the process quite well. However, at each feed, we seem to be pushing through a little 'I don't like this barrier'. Today, we had apple mush and baby rice. First couple of spoon fulls went well, then a bit of crying, but easily calmed down after some shoulder time. I then tried again, and he continued eating. In the end, he even actively grabbed the spoon to get it into his mouth quicker. My feeling is that, rather than offering a particular dish a couple of times before it is being accepted, young man needs a couple of spoon fulls to be happy, and I am ok to proceed even if he gets a bit upset. Have you had similar experiences?

In the end, he ended up eating quite a lot. However, at his 8pm feed, he spat out at least half a bottle of formula. Is he just adjusting to the fact that his stomach was already quite full?

So many questions, hope there are some answers! Thank you!

ilovepowerhoop Thu 09-Jan-14 13:58:22

I would give the food during the day - maybe at lunchtime e.g. between the 11am and 2pm feed. Make the rice as thick or as runny as you want, some babies like it thicker than others. I would offer a lidded cup of water alongside the food - it doesnt matter if he only takes a sip. A couple of spoonfuls is plenty given his age. I wouldnt cut his milk to make him take more solids given that he is only 5 months old.

JiltedJohnsJulie Fri 10-Jan-14 18:04:38

If he cries after a few spoonfuls I'd leave it at that. At this age he doesn't need to fill up on solids, his milk will be more than enough for him smile

dodi1978 Sun 12-Jan-14 19:19:20

Thanks all! I must say, so far it is going quite well, no total reject of anything I have given him and is taking good portions.

At the moment, I am just doing one meal a day and either vegetable or fruit mushes. I am a bit confused about when to introduce meat - not before six months, isn't it?

ilovepowerhoop Sun 12-Jan-14 19:29:13

I waited until 6 months for meats, gluten, dairy, etc

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