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Tw - refusing spoon

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Meepmoop Mon 21-May-18 09:06:02


I'm looking for any advice as I'm feeling a bit lost with my 10 month old. He used to eat loads of spoon fed food and I had moved up to lightly mashed food. I've also been offering finger food cut up bite sized as I read that TW shouldn't have finger length food.

He now will not be spoon fed and will take the spoon out of my hand. I gave him a spoon to hold while I fed him but he ends up with both. (He's surprisingly strong) I've just been putting a bit of food on the spoon and giving it to him and he flings it around.

He's not very good with the finger food as he drops most of it when it goes to his mouth, or it falls out his mouth. I gave him a strawberry just cut in half this morning and he ate all of it.

So do I keep giving him bite sized pieces as per TW or should I give him finger pieces he can hold. He does chew and not just swallow.

Sorry for the length I'm just concerned that he's gone from eating loads of food to not a lot. I'm still breastfeeding so he's getting milk but I really want to stop at 1 year

Thank you for your help

Meepmoop Mon 21-May-18 12:36:43


gingerbreadbiscuits Tue 22-May-18 09:02:52

What is tw? Why can’t your child have finger foods?

Spanneroo Tue 22-May-18 09:14:58

Yes, what is TW?

Also I hate to break it to you but your DS flinging more food around than he actually eats is perfectly normal. You just have to get used to wiping down every surface in the entire kitchen a few times per day...

spewsername Tue 22-May-18 09:23:54

Milk is most important at this stage there's a rhyme "food before one is just for fun"
I'd just let him fling the food around and assert his independence for the mo, he'll get the hang of it before long.
Regarding milk - as you approach 12 months you can begin to wean him to cows milk so don't worry about needing to continue BF last 12 months, though massive congrats for making it this far!

Not sure what TW is either but finger foods are fine, if you've just been giving mash/purée til now though you should definitely read up on gagging and choking so you can spit the difference - they gag quite a lot which is terrifying for parent but is fine - worth freshening up your baby first aid though in case of choking (but babies are very good at not choking!)

spewsername Tue 22-May-18 09:25:25

Also - dr Rana Conway has a great book on weaning that include age appropriate recipes, anabel karmel has a baby led weaning recipe book also

gingerbreadbiscuits Tue 22-May-18 09:30:01

The NHS recommend fingers food be giving at the start of weaning at 6 months.

KeefBurtain Tue 22-May-18 09:30:28

TW is traditional weaning

My ds is 11 months and was TW and we’re going through the same thing - it’s just the next stage in his learning. (He’s also stubborn and wants to do everything himself)

Just continue to offer the food on pre loaded spoons and a mixture of bite size and finger size food.

One thing I’ve started doing is giving a bowl of something spoonable when it’s not dinner time (yoghurt, mash) and letting him spoon feed himself. It’s 50/50 so far but he’s getting there.

gingerbreadbiscuits Tue 22-May-18 09:32:22

NHS definitely says finger food should be given at 6 months to all children even if you are also doing purée

KeefBurtain Tue 22-May-18 09:36:04

Here are the NHS guidelines but all babys are different and what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for another

tealandteal Tue 22-May-18 10:44:10

What is Tw? Is it traditional weaning? How long has the dip been? DS eats less when he is teething so could it be that?

I would take him to be weighed and you can have a chat with hv to put your mind at rest. I don't think there is anything wrong with mix of blw and spoon fed, I give DS finger food, spoon feed some stuff and he loves really tiny things like sweet corn or cheerios (sugar free). The concentration when he is picking them up grin

Meepmoop Tue 22-May-18 10:46:41

Thanks for your replies he's had finger foods since 6 months but I wasn't sure if I should change my approach.

I think I need to go with it and be patient. Not sure if Were ready to let loose with a bowl yet though!

gingerbreadbiscuits Tue 22-May-18 11:29:00

Try to wipe but the mess in the salsa straight away. I have prune purée that needs to be be sandpapered off my dining room walls.

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