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BLW Mandi Bass 1 child; Minnesota 1061 posts
21st Jun '13

DS is finally to 6 months adjusted and we're starting to work with solids. We've discovered that he doesn't like any type of baby food puree except for prunes (what a wierdo!!) so we've decided to give BLW a shot. We know he likes normal food because he's been snatching it from our plates for the last couple of weeks. I'm hoping for some advice towards getting BLW going. What's a good first food? Can he just eat anything that we eat? Do we leave his foods unspiced? What about meat? Do we just cut it up in chunks? We're afraid he's going to choke! He's our only child and we're not quite sure how to do this, but we know we want to try!



Also- DS absolutely hates his highchair and can't sit up on his own just yet. Would it be okay to sit with him on my kitchen floor or something along those lines and just hold a plate up for him to eat from? We know he can feed himself because of all of the food snatching going on, but he will face plant as soon as you let him go.

Crystal 3 kids; Hephzibah, Georgia 15566 posts
21st Jun '13

If he can't sit up on his own yet, I wouldn't start solids.

thechelseamonster 2 kids; Colorado 29568 posts
21st Jun '13
Quoting Crystal
MagicMilk. 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Manchester, United Kingdom 2117 posts
21st Jun '13

We just gave DS a small portion of whatever we were having. I don't use salt in our food now but that's it. Meat I cut into strips so he could hold one end and rip it apart.
I thought they had to be able to sit up on their own before you started solids? I don't see a problem with sitting him on the floor instead of his chair though.

Ryleigh's Mama ♥ 17 kids; West Virginia 10703 posts
21st Jun '13
Quoting Crystal
K8andblk Due October 21 (boy); Japan 237 posts
21st Jun '13

I second the if he can't sit up on his own not to start but you can always sit him in a bumbo seat that's how my son ate his first foods. Also there are solids that aren't solid, mashed potatoes, pot pies, baked macaroni, Etc. that will still be better than jar mush.

Mandi Bass 1 child; Minnesota 1061 posts
21st Jun '13
Quoting Crystal
Mandi Bass 1 child; Minnesota 1061 posts
21st Jun '13
Quoting K8andblk:" I second the if he can't sit up on his own not to start but you can always sit him in a bumbo seat that's ... [snip!] ... there are solids that aren't solid, mashed potatoes, pot pies, baked macaroni, Etc. that will still be better than jar mush."

Weren't the bumbo seats recalled for safety issues?

Boob Juice Factory. [EBFB 3 kids; Melbourne, Australia 3264 posts
21st Jun '13

I agree^^ just about to say that.



Unassisted sitting is a sign of readiness. If hes not particularly mobile I doubt he'd need the extra calories at the moment, he'd be going for the food because its interesting, not because hes hungry.



I did BLW with my second, he wasn't interested in food until 8 months, despite being mobile. When he was ready he ate absolute anything and everything (within reason)

MagicMilk. 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Manchester, United Kingdom 2117 posts
21st Jun '13
Quoting Mandi Bass:" The neonatologist told us we should. He is a micropreemie so most everything is delayed by a month ... [snip!] ... start solids. He will take it from our plates and eat it and does okay with that, so we're following the neonatologist's advice"


If he is delayed by a month or so, shouldn't you actually be waiting until he is 7 months old to start solids? Else it would be like starting a 5 month old on solids which is not recommended.

K8andblk Due October 21 (boy); Japan 237 posts
21st Jun '13

It's possible.. My son is 4 so it's been awhile!

Crystal 3 kids; Hephzibah, Georgia 15566 posts
21st Jun '13
Quoting Mandi Bass:" The neonatologist told us we should. He is a micropreemie so most everything is delayed by a month ... [snip!] ... start solids. He will take it from our plates and eat it and does okay with that, so we're following the neonatologist's advice"

Here's a wonderful site that lets you know about these things and this is the "Things to Look For" page, about readiness.



http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/readyforsolids.htm#.UcRbRJz-tJE

MagicMilk. 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Manchester, United Kingdom 2117 posts
21st Jun '13
Quoting Mandi Bass:" Weren't the bumbo seats recalled for safety issues?"


The bumbo seat were recalled for stupid parenting. People had been leaving them on coffee and dining tables, counter tops, etc and the babies had been falling off.

Crystal 3 kids; Hephzibah, Georgia 15566 posts
21st Jun '13
Quoting Alice.:" If he is delayed by a month or so, shouldn't you actually be waiting until he is 7 months old to start solids? Else it would be like starting a 5 month old on solids which is not recommended."

I think she said he's finally to 6 months adjusted. Which is where he should be at least if she wanted to start. I just know that sitting unassisted is a very big step in the solids process, regardless of baby's age or development.

K8andblk Due October 21 (boy); Japan 237 posts
21st Jun '13

Bumbo seats with no safety restraint were recalled