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#1 chelley


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Posted 28 August 2012 - 04:27 PM

Another question about solids rolleyes.gif I know you would think I had never done this before.

I am just having a little trouble working out the timing with Raffie and introducing solids.

We started off giving him solids in the early evening. His prior to solids routine was a BF when Raya came home from preschool 3.30pm, a play, a bath, a bottle of formula and then down by 5.30pm and he slept through till between 6-6.30am depending on how noisy hubby is when he wakes in the morning.

So I just introduced solids after that afternoon BF. But when it came to giving him his night bottle he only took 80mls when he would normally scoff the whole 250ml so a lot less milk.

Then he seemed like he would want solids during the day the other day about morning tea time - and he ate heaps but then fussed around with his BF which he can be fussy about hence the mixed feeding.

So this morning he woke about 6.15am. I BF him and then he had solids and he ate almost 3/4 of a RAFFERTY'S pouch which I consider pretty good since he has only been on solids a short while.

Then he had a bottle about 10.15am when we were out at Aurelia's dancing. He fell asleep in the car and slept till about 2pm.

I got him up, he had a BF and a play. He was looking hungry so I gave him solids.

Again he ate quite a bit until he got too tired.

I have just wrapped him and put him down but imagine I will get him up about 6 or so to bath him (when hubby gets home) and then will give him his night bottle.

My question is

when did you fit solids into the day? Did you do a BF first or bottle first? I am worried he is going to fill up on solids and not get enough milk.

Did you find your baby reduced the quantity of milk he took in or did he just have bottles, feeds at alternative times of the day?

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 04:42 PM

I am still in shock that Raffie was going down at 5.30pm and sleeping through until 6.30am ohmy.gif JEALOUS doesn't begin to cover it!!! laugh.gif

To answer your questions though:

I started both of my babies on solids at lunch time, then moved to breakfast and lunch and then breakfast, lunch, dinner. The longer the day went on, the fussier my babies would be and hence, less likely to be interested / perservere with a solid feed.

Because both of mine started at 4 months (ish) I did make sure they had a milk feed first, usually at least an hour beforehand. The exception to this was dinner: I offered solids first but didn't fuss too much if they didn't eat much and then they would have a milk feed after the bath (usually at least an hour after the solid feed had finished). I would be worried that Raffie is not taking as much milk for that last formula feed of the day...but then, if he continues to sleep through, I guess he is getting what he needs from the solids / milk feed combo.

Certainly within about eight weeks I noticed that the duration of feeds was lessened as the solids were doing more to fill their tummies up.

Hope that helps smile.gif

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 05:23 PM

We went pretty quickly to 3 meals a day on the advice of our paed.

It took us quite a while to get the whole order sorted and it really took a stay at sleep school(not for that reason) to sort us out.

We now (still at nearly 10 months) offer milk first (although now it's formula not BM) then within half an hr offer solids. He does have an extra solids of either morning or arvo tea depending on his sleeping (or lack there of) and at night time he has his solids first around 5:00/5:30ish and then bath and bottle then bed!!!

Good Luck it took me forever to work it all out!!

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 07:02 PM

Wow he's going great guns!!

I think offering it 30 minutes or so after a BF is the way to go; what strikes me is that even once Eddie was on solids and sleeping through the night, we were encouraged to keep 4-5 milk feeds a day, and this was when Eddie was 8 months. I thought they should still be getting most of their nutrition from milk, and while some hoover babies like Eddie would happily fill up on solids, it doesn't mean they are extracting that much nutrition from them. We were told to cut back the amount of solids if it was really affecting how much milk they took at the next feed.

I don't know how his hand co-ordination is but have you considered doing any finger foods for one of his meals? He's obviously pretty keen to try stuff and it would help with new skills and experiences while maybe not filling him up too much.
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 08:50 PM

Thanks girls

Squeaza I think he is too little for finger foods only 4 months. He screams as it is if I am too slow with the spoon so I think he would get frustrated with trying to put anything in his mouth himself.
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Posted 29 August 2012 - 08:58 AM

I think the theory under 1 is that milk should be their main food source and solids are more for learning. I always gave Hattie her milk first but she was a fussy eater so that was the only way to keep her fed!
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