Hi all My daughter is 6 months and we are starting weaning. I've spoke to my HV about when to offer foods and she wasn't very helpful and couldn't really give me advice on how to work it around our current routine.
Our current routine: Wake and eat: 7am Nap: 9-10am Eat: 11am Nap: 12-2pm Eat: 2:30pm Nap: 3-4pm Bath: 5:30pm Eat: 6:30pm Bed:7:30 Dream feed at 10:30pm
I can see our afternoon nap coincides with dinner time but I'm too scared to change her routine. I know she can only manage around 2 hours awake time between naps.
Can anyone advice on what times to offer food or does the routine need changing? She has 6oz bottles but has severe reflux, and can't cope with any solids right after a full feed as she is too full, even just a taste.
I'm finding it hard because of the reflux. After each bottle she needs winding and needs to be sat up for atleast 20 minutes before naps/bed, so if I wait say maybe an hour after her bottle when I offer solids, she wouldn't really have much time to stay upright before a nap if that makes sense, and she would vomit up in bed.
My ds had reflux - we had breakfast with him so could rat together. Then slotted in lunch after a feed, but not a big feed. Then tea didn't happen until he was 9 months and dropped the third nap. I mention reflux because he took a while to get solids because he reacted to so much and got constipation easily.
Food at this early stage doesn't have to be at the mealtimes that adults would be used to, so fit it in where it suits you at the moment. Also, you can stick with offering food once a day for a while until you all get used to that before moving to 2 and then 3 meals a day by around 8 to 9 months.
Looking at your timings, I might start with breakfast at 8am, and see how you get on with that.
I would just start offering one actual meal a day to start with, doesn't matter which, make it one that you can sit down and eat something with her do she has something to copy. If she's awake at other mealtimes she can sit in a high chair and play with finger food. No pressure to actually eat anything much at this stage.
Try to aim for a meal about an hour after milk so she's not starving but has some room.
Lots of babies don't get to 3 meals until 9-10 months so don't panic. The milk is the main nutrition for a good while yet.