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hello fellow weaners! i am Jesy & this is my daughter, Audrie. she's going to be 9 months next Tuesday. i basically started BLW without even realizing it was a thing. it was only after some searching on Pinterest that i discovered the wonderful world of BLW. i have been annoying my friends with recipe pins ever since! so far, we've done the basics; banana, sweet potato, mashed potato, winter squash, cereal, yogurt, green beans & homemade pancakes, to name a few. she is in LOVE with this plan, too. she doesn't even want anything to do with baby food at this point.
i would love any advice, recipes, ect. i am also always open to new mommy friends if any of you are looking. i don't post a lot, but i try!
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My daughter is 1 year and 3 months old. I'm concerned with her behaviour while eating. She takes a piece, bites it and throws away to the floor. And does the same with all the pieces of food. It irritates us a lot. We are doing our best to be patient and explain to her that food should not be constantly thrown away, but she doesn't seem to understand. I need some pieces of advice. Thanks in advance!
Baby-led weaning with allergies: wheat-, milk-, and egg-free pancakes!
Baby-led weaning: How to prepare blueberries
All my BLW-tagged posts (many already mirrored here)
And I have at least a few more I want to publish in the coming weeks. Hope these are helpful!
I did make some home made purees (sweet potato, and butternut squash) and have been offering them, along with rice cereal, but occasionally I've also offered banana, avocado, or rice rusks (mum mums) as finger foods. He loves the rice rusks, as well as anything pureed, but he will not put anything in his mouth on his own. He is constantly shoving his bib, his fingers, his toes, toys, and everything else into his mouth, but never his food. Gah! Anyways, if hold the food up, he eagerly leans forward in the high chair to start gumming on it; he just won't put it in his mouth on his own. Bananas, for example, end up squished and spread around the surface of the high chair table, which is fine, but I wish he'd at least try to eat them like he tries to eat every non food item he sees.
Anyways, on to a question. As I mentioned, he loves baby mum mums, but I've been told they're too high in sugar and salt, plus of course they haven't got the added iron like the rice cereal. Is there any recipe for making a home made cracker, maybe out of rice cereal that he won't eat on its own, that's a similar easy to dissolve texture?
Question two... anybody have experience with reflux? It was suggested that the rice cereal might thicken things up and help but he doesn't much like it. In fact he rarely eats more than a teaspoon or so of anything; I don't think he has a tongue thrust reflex, but he does end up dribbling a lot of food back out...
My daughter is 2 and we have given her pretty much every food we can think of that we actually eat even semi-regularly... except for one thing: crustaceans. In general we've given her different kinds of seafood, including clam chowder (so she has had mollusks). So far no allergies or signs of allergy or sensitivity as far as I can tell.
My husband and my father in law are allergic to crustaceans (shrimp, crab, lobster, craw fish, etc - the ones with the hard red shells when cooked). My husband has yet to have full on anaphalactic response, but he can tell that he'd be in trouble after eating more than maybe small bite of cross contaminated food, which he will occasionally do on accident. His dad discovered that he was allergic when he had lobster for the first time as an adult (!?!?!?!) and had to be rushed to the ER because his throat shut pretty much instantly.
I'm really nervous about offering these to my child, but I also don't like it hanging over my head as a big fat terrifying allergy threat. I would rather KNOW. I would like, for instance, to be able to order a shrimp taco at a restaurant and then not worry about her snatching a piece, or (if the allergy was really bad) giving her a kiss afterwards or having her randomly stick her hand in my mouth (it happens...) and having her swell or something. Basically, I REALLY miss eating shrimp and would rather not have to do it only at lunch when I am out by myself.
I'm wondering if anyone has any advice on how to go about offering foods that are a higher risk of allergy for your particular family (rather than worrying about an "out of nowhere" allergy). I'm seriously considering just going to a restaurant right next door to the ER in the middle of the day when they are not particularly busy and feeding her a piece of shrimp, but that seems more than a little bit crazy/ paranoid.
Edit: I'd also heard/read that it's better to introduce allergens while you are still breatstfeeding. We still are and I'm due with another kiddo in 8 weeks, so I was thinking that after my milk comes in again (mostly dry now) and she's feeding more regularly would be a great time to try something out. Thoughts there??
But here's the anecdote:
My grandmother had a stroke and has been in the hospital for 10 weeks. She has been on a feeding tube and is just now weaning back on to solid food starting with puree. My mom called me to ask about what kinds of foods seemed to work best for making purees, because the ones at the hospital tasted gross and she wanted to make her own. I think the hospital may even just use jarred baby food.
Mom: "since you made all of Dorothy's food, I figured you were the perfect person to ask."
Me: "Umm... mom, you do remember that I didn't really do the whole puree thing with her, right?"
Mom: "Shoot, that's right, you were crazy and just gave her BROCCOLI. Well, MY MOM'S mouth muscles aren't developed enough for that."
Me: "Well, I don't suggest rice cereal. What about mashed potatoes or pumpkin pie filling or bean dip? You know, stuff that normal adults eat pureed."
Mom: "oh yeah, right, I suppose not everything pureed is baby food. thanks."
I did send her a list of a few things I could think of (like mashed pears with ginger and cinnamon, cauliflower puree, bean dip, mashed potatoes, mashed yams, her own recipe for acorn squash with cheese and heavy cream, pudding, etc) but it was still a pretty funny conversation.
They also tried to make her chew runny applesauce... which is apparently difficult to do because you instinctively just swallow it. So, hopefully she moves on to "roughly mashed" foods pretty quickly...
Did you read the BLW book?
Do you think that whether or not you read the book affects the way you practice BLW?
I was just wondering how many people around here read the BLW book. I am mostly curious because my perspective on BLW shifted fairly dramatically after reading the book. Once I had the idea in my head that I was going to do BLW I had planned out how I was going to introduce foods... avocado slices, wait several days, zucchini spears, wait several days, zucchini spears with olive oil, wait, zucchini spears with olive oil and garlic... the list goes on. I was going to give my baby "real" food, but still wait between introducting things, and kind of be making her (or slicing her) her own things. After I read the book I was like "screw all this planning!" and pretty much just give her whatever I am eating, from the very beginning. Her first food was watermelon because she wanted it... after that I just started leaving salt out of my cooking and just give her whatever I am eating. Aside from nuts I can't really think of something that I eat that I wouldn't give her! I am soooo glad that I read the book because it gave me the confidence to do that, and it makes things way easy!
*I am not judging those who don't read the book or who do introduce things one at a time and are more conservative with what foods they think are baby-appropriate...I'm just curious about others' experiences!*
The recent iron post got me thinking and now I'm all paranoid. My son is 22 months and a vegetarian. He's never had his iron levels tested because I always thought if there was a problem I would know, but now I'm reading that there often isn't any signs of a problem even when one is present. My son is pretty particular with food. I wouldn't say he's picky but he's not a great eater. He will taste anything but doesn't eat large quantities of much. He is also still nursing although he isn't getting enough to fill him up I don't think (I'm pregnant). My main concern is that he doesn't eat meat and isn't huge on leafy greens. I do hide spinach in eggs but not a significant amount. He eats eggs pretty frequently, and a few other foods on the high-in-iron lists (peas, beans, lentils). I think I'll make a doctor's appointment just to ease my mind but I'm wondering if any other veg families have ever had iron problems?
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I was looking at wholesomebabyfood.com just now,and it said you can feed babies plain cooked rice without cutting/mashing it up.
I'm just a little dumbfounded because I haven't fed her anything that isnt super squishy yet.
So, cooked brown rice with no special treatment should be okay? What are you all feeding your 8 month olds? Pretty much anything? Broccoli? I think there's just some fearful hump I need to get over...