Ideas for higher calorie foods for 7 month old(12 Posts)
My baby has always been on the small side, born just below the 25th centile and residing between there and the 9th since. We started weaning at 6 months and were doing really well, or so I thought. She has porridge and fruit for breakfast, maybe a bit of toast after,2 ice cubes of veg for lunch then more veg with baby rice or meat for dinner. I just had her weighed and she has fallen below the 9th. While the health visitor says not to worry I would love her to be a bit chunkier. All the baby recipes I look at are basically fruit and veg and I wonder where I can get more calories from. I made crepes and cheese for her yesterday which went down well. Any other ideas like this that I can whip up fairly quickly that have a bit of substance?
I would also look at the milk intake. Milk is far more calorific than anything else that she'll be having in any quantity. She doesn't really need to be on three meals until 9mo - have you dropped any milk feeds?
Eggs, cheese, full fat greek yoghurt, peanut butter, avocado, oily fish. I wouldn't drop milk for fruit and vegetables, there are plenty of vitamins in milk already.
If the HV is happy with her weight, why do you want her to be heavier?
What matters is that she is getting enough nourishment and fluids, and is happy and active when awake, sleeps well and is growing and developing properly - and from the sound of it, your HV has no concerns about any of these things.
If she is naturally a skinny child - and all children are different - then it surely would not be healthy to fatten her up above her natural level?
Ds3 was always a skinny baby and a skinny child, despite eating well - he could suck his tummy up in under his rib age - it was his party trick - but he was always healthy and active, and developing well, meeting all his milestones. He is now 17 with a really good physique - he plays hockey, goes to the gym and is doing well at school. He has not suffered at all from being a skinny baby - that is just the way his metabolism was.
My 9m dd didn't even exist on the stupid chart so we had to speak to dietician.
In the early days all our veg was initially roasted in olive oil then mashed with butter and blue milk. Even now mashed tatties is still done with butter and blue milk and occ grated cheese. Scrambled egg has grated cheese on top. If anything can be mixed with a cheesy white sauce eg chicken, fish then it is. Or any other calorific sauce, my dd loves chicken korma.
She has pudding at every lunch and tea of fruit with Greek yoghurt.
We've now made up the deficit and on the grid plus a big more.
I think there is a big difference between using diet to treat a clinically underweight child, as you did, puddleduck, and the OP wanting to fatten up her slender but healthy weight child.
As someone who has struggled with obesity all my life, I cannot comprehend why it is a good thing for a healthy child to be fattened up.
My baby has always been breast fed on demand so I never charted her feeds though I would say she takes less now, not my choice but hers. She has fed a lot at night for the last 3 months as she doesn't sleep well. Stupidly I worry that I don't have nutritious enough milk etc etc. Thank you puddle duck and ghostvitruvius that's great especially trying the sauces I hadn't thought of that. This is my first time ever on a networking site and I have to say SDTGisAwhatever you are exactly the sort of person I didn't want to come across. I just wanted some food ideas that aren't fruit and veg you didn't bother to answer that so why say anything? Yes the health visitor isn't worried YET but in 4 weeks if she continues to fall she will be so I am trying to do the best for my baby. I have never been overweight, I never plan to be. My baby will be brought up with a healthy diet and exercise. The fact that she is small and slender isn't an issue with me, I am just concerned that she is dropping down the scale at every visit. |I know I am probably being overcautious, I am after all a first time parent so I think its natural. I came on here to hear from people who have perhaps gone through the same thing and get some reassurance and ideas. You have not been helpful in fact you have upset me.
Weebird, I think stdg gave a very helpful post, she may have seemed a bit harsh on her second post but that's because you are probably feeling quite anxious about everything. I am going through simliar with my ds and it's scary watching them drop centiles. You'll probably find that as your daughter starts to eat properly she will gain a bit more (which is what happened with mny first two). In my situation ds is just a really crap eater and won't touch food
Banana, avocado, coconut is safe for babies (it's not a real nut), coconut oil can be used to cook their food. Seed butters are also high fat and tasty for baby. These are also all super healthy good fats.
Weebird - I am sorry at I have upset you - that was not my intention.
My DS loved avocado's ... they are high in good fats.
What is little one like with milk and foods. Does she seem to have a good appetite.
I mixed mashed food with breast milk when first weaned.
What I was trying to say is that, unless the HV is worried or your dd is losing weight, I don't think you need to worry about your dd being slender.
Some children are naturally slender, and if your dd's diet is good - and if she is playing, growing, developing and sleeping normally, then you can be confident that her diet is fine as it is, and you are doing everything right.
I hope that makes my point clearly and without upsetting you further.
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