hi there -
looking for any adfvice really, im chrissy mum to Kathryn 7 months - Kathryn has always been a greedy baby but surprisingly not overweight. we started to wean at 20 weeks and all went well except for the fact that as well as her 3 meals she still wanted 5 8oz bottles per day, fine the hv said she will drop them as you increase her meals, but she hasnt! on the advice of the hv i started to move over to stage 2 weaning with lumpy & finger food, she is flatly refusing anything lumpy and now even when i try puree she is clamping her mouth shut or only taking a few spoonfuls, she just wants more and more milk, yesterday she had 45oz in total - how can i make the move so that she realises that she need the food more than the milk?
chrissy & kathryn xx
hi i dont really know what to suggest maybe try her with the food and when she refuses dont give her a bottle and try her with food again a couple of hours later my hv told me that as long as there tummys are half full they wont eat much so if you leave them till there tummys are empty they will eat makes sense but how long you leave her is up to you but if she is hungry then she should eat the food.
hope this helps and good luck
love anne-marie x x
It's a dificult one, but I think Anne-Marie is right about leaving it until they are really hungry as they are more likely to eat it then.
One thing I tried when my son was reluctant to have anything that wasn't milk was to start giving him milk on a spoon and gradually adding purees to it until it was all puree. This was time consuming but sometimes worked.
I think she refusing aswell because her tummy is full of milk!
It's hard to wean. I KNOW!! but you have to stay commited and you know your LO is not starving so just cut back and keep insisting on her finger foods. She will eventually come around.
Hi Chrissy, you could just let her have the food pureed. I have a hand blender and would do various fruit and veg and as my children got older i just blended it less so it got lumpyier. Some baby's when they are hungry refuse to have anything but a bottle and mine would throw a paddy if they were thirsty and i tried to put a spoon in their mouths.
So you could try letting her just have one or two ounces of her bottle give her her own spoon to play with to distract her a bit and then spooning her food in and inbetween give her a little slurp of milk. You might have to go back to rusk if she is refusing point blank as that is most like baby milk. Once you find food she likes make that one the one which is a bit lumpier and reduce the milk a bit each time. It might be a good idea to replace one bottle with a cup of milk and once she is used to the cup replace the milk with water or a baby juice. Its all trial and error with each individual child. Dont stress as at the end of the day so long as she is having something in her belly its not the end of the world. I found that weaning got easier with mine once we were all eating together i know its a lot of hard work but it does sink in with them siting at the table means meal time and if they see you eating they start to want to copy. I have always tried not to let meal times become a battle ground as they soon realise they can manipulate you even when they are tiny tots. Good luck
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