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#1 scasey77

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Posted 18 September 2008 - 04:13 PM

Cate has been on solids since she was almost 5 months old. We started with purees and moved to lumpy food when she was about 6.5-7 months old. She has never had any problems with chewing food and eating lumps.

She has never really been a big eater - even milk she has always been towards the lower end of the "recommended" intake.

But her solids intake has not really increased at all since she was about 6-7 months old. She is now almost 9 months old. I offer a variety of smooth, lumpy, hot, cold, finger foods. She eats bugger all and it is very frustrating. She has both "special" meals for her and things that we eat and it is disheartening after going to such effort to see everything wasted.

With spoon fed stuff she might have 3 baby spoonfuls or she might have 10-12 but very rarely more than that. We always offer 2 courses.

With finger food, there are a couple of things she will always eat but for the most part it doesn't even really make it to her mouth before she throws it on the floor. Although she is like this with everything - it all gets thrown - toys, clothes etc

I know meals are not supposed to become a battle and I never force her to eat but as we head towards 12 months of age I want to start cutting down her milk feeds and aim towards her eating more solids than milk later on.

She has also always been a small baby and is on the 25th % line so doesn't have any excess to lose if she gets sick etc. She has continued to gain weight so I am not really concerned on that side of things.

Is this something that will just change with time? Do most kids just suddenly take to eating? Any ideas to stop things being thrown on the floor instead of at least tried? I never react when she throws things.

Any advice appreciated.
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Posted 18 September 2008 - 04:36 PM

With Noah - he goes through stages of eating alot to nothing at all - and yup the throwing the food on the floor dry.gif So annoying! When Noah starts to throw the food I take the food away - and now I get him to help me clean up the mess that he created....

It could be that she is teething or just simply not hungry....just keep offering I guess..but just as you think they are eating well - the whole refusing/throwing food on the floor cycle begins again rolleyes.gif

How many milk feeds is she on???



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Posted 18 September 2008 - 04:41 PM

Thanks Mandy

If she had stages of eating well and then stages of not I think I could handle it more. She has never really had a good eating stage - just better and worse.

She is on 4 milk feeds a day ( I would say 700-800ml a day). Her milk intake has not really decreased at all since starting solids. She sleeps 7pm to 6:15-6:30am so I guess she can't be that hungry if she is sleeping that long.

I am thinking of switching her lunch solids and milk around to see if that makes a difference but want to wait until she is a little older.
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Posted 18 September 2008 - 05:32 PM

Sounds like you have everything under control...She sounds healthy and is thriving and that is all that matters...follow your instincts and Cate's lead and from your post it sounds like you are...

Just remember that for the first 12 months milk (breast or formula) is all that is needed and food is about exploring and getting used to new tastes/textures....some babies eat really well and while others are really little/fussy eaters...

Some toddlers that are in my mummies group eat soooooooooooo much compared to Noah...and another little boy eats so little...but yet he is healthy smile.gif So I wouldn't worry to much...easier said than done hey!

One day Cate will just eat and you will be so surprised...and then you won't be able to stop her eating laugh.gif

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Posted 19 September 2008 - 05:38 PM

I have this same issue with Finlay although he is a big healthy boy (he'd be over 10kg now) who just doesn't eat a lot. He has pretty much never taken anything from a spoon, he just pushes it away. the only thing he happily has on a spoon is desert after his bath biggrin.gif

I try and spoon feed purees, lumpy food but he just wont have a barr of it. He feeds himself finger foods. My MIL says he is eating plenty and they don't need much but as Mandy said all the other babies eat as much food as he would eat in a week in one lunch sitting. Others say he is more interested in crawling and trying to walk than to bother about food.

I really want to get him off the breast as I am so tired end exhausted from BF 6-8 times in 24hrs. but he wont eat a lot.

Consider yourself lucky that cate sleeps the night through. I still get up 3 times a night.

I'm sure our bubs will take to food with gusto soon.
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Posted 19 September 2008 - 06:10 PM

Josh was like this,he did & still does refuse pureed food, unless its the jelly fruits or custards, then hes willing to comprimise. At10mths old he just changed & now is eating plenty. I just pop his food on his highchair & let him do himself, if I am doing it, he won't eat it. I felt like it would never happen, then bam he did it like magic. Its worth all the perasistance, that I promise you smile.gif
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