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Some advice please for my 5 month old who hasn't started weaning yet

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JennyPennyNAPPYWEB Tue 15-Sep-09 18:49:25

HI ya. Right DD2 is 5 months old. She hasn't started weaning yet as we wanted to do blw at 6 months.

- she seems desperate for food! She turns into a different baby when food is around and tries to reach out for it, is eating her hands, moaning. And her eyes look like they are about to pop out when looking at food! Lol. Is it really OK to leave her for another month without giving anything?

- We are off to tennerife on friday for a week - do I need to give water? She is Bf with the odd bottle.

- Do you think it is ok to let her munch on a bit of watermelon or something while over there? Or do you think it may be a choking hazard?

HeadFairy Tue 15-Sep-09 18:51:51

It's really ok to go for another month without giving her anything other than bm and formula.

As someone pointed out on here once, most babies are interested in what you're doing when you're driving but I wouldn't let mine behind the wheel! Interested is good, but it's fine to wait until 6 months.

She shouldn't need anything more than bm when you're in Tenerife... just make sure you drink enough if it's hot out there.

LuluMaman Tue 15-Sep-09 18:54:31

if she is able to sit, has good head control, can pick up a piece of food, get it to her mouth, chew and swallow, and has lost her tongue thrust reflex, she is most likely ready for BLW, the whole point of BLW is that it is led by your baby

if she is not showing anyof the above physical signs, then milk is more than enough for now, and water won't be necessary, but you can offer it is if it is v hot and she is thirsty,but BM should be enough

JennyPennyNAPPYWEB Tue 15-Sep-09 19:14:03

Thanks.

if she is able to sit, - yes has good head control yes, can pick up a piece of food, get it to her mouth yes, chew and swallow don't know never tried, and has lost her tongue thrust reflex Not sure?
, she is most likely ready for BLW, the whole point of BLW is that it is led by your baby

LuluMaman Tue 15-Sep-09 19:16:06

you could give her some fruit and see wht happens..watermelon is v soft and watery and i doubt she could choke! if she pushes food backk out with her tonguem, she still has the tongue thrust reflex
have you looked atwww.babyledweaning.com

TantiK Wed 16-Sep-09 21:05:12

Sorry - a day late on this one, but I read on kellymom website that it is a good idea to give them a beaker of water/formula/bm at dinner times to keep them occupied whilst you eat. I started weaning my now 6 month old about a month ago. If I had seen this advice I probably could have held off (as I wanted to) for another couple of weeks. Not sure if this is helpful or not - but wanted to share because I thought it was quite clever!

The choking hazard in watermelon is likely to be the pips - it's quite a strong taste to start on though too isn't it? (but I don't like it much so may be wrong!).

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