Thursday, May 9, 2013

FEEDING MY CHILD


Cooper has just turned ten months old and has just gotten his first two teeth (back to back pretty much!) and feeding him has turned into a challenge.  We're in the "between" stage and I really just don't know what to feed him!

He is still nursing several times throughout the day, which I am very happy about, and has been eating solids for breakfast and dinner.  I've noticed that he seems to be getting a bit hungrier now so I have been giving him snacks (puffs, yogurt melts, etc.) a couple times a day and will probably start feeding him lunch soon too. 

Prior to this week he was getting organic oatmeal and organic fruit (baby food) for breakfast and then organic oatmeal and organic fruit and vegetables for dinner.  Now that he is old enough to have yogurt I have been feeding him Trader Joes organic vanilla or banana yogurt for breakfast and keeping dinner the same.

Here is where the trouble is, he is definitely interested in what I'm eating, but really doesn't have any concept of chewing since he just barely got his teeth.  On top of that, he seems to have a texture issue so he spits everything out!  I can tell that we need to be moving away from puree's and towards actual solids because he is showing all of the signs but I just can't seem to find anything that he wants to eat that is safe! 

Cooper has tried (besides baby food) pineapple, apple, strawberries, tomatos, a lemon, a pickle, all natural applesauce, squash, and mango.  He hasn't actually eaten any of those though because although he knows the chewing motion, it's not really effective in chewing the food yet. 

His other top tooth is close to coming through so I'm hoping this will make a difference!

I am excited to start feeding him new (and healthy!) foods!

4 comments:

  1. We did Baby Led Weaning with our little guy, and it worked really well, after a while. We just kept offering him foods and eventually he figured it all out. He was able to chew and eat food before he even had teeth. We have never had any choking issues because if something gets too far back he gags and/or pukes it up (a little gross, I know). I would just keep offering him solid food and eventually he will get the pincher grasp/put it in his mouth thing. Another thing that really helped was using a mesh feeder (we got the Munchkin brand at a baby shower). He learned the concept of bringing it to his mouth and it helped make the pieces easy to eat. Good luck! It's so fun to read your blog because our boys are so close in age!

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    1. I'm so glad you commented, off to read your blog now! I had every intention of doing Baby Led Weaning, I had read the whole website, talk to several other mamas who were doing it as well, and then went to do it and it was a huge bust. Cooper was hunger but would not eat anything I gave him! Cooper definitely has the pincher grasp aka PUT EVERYTHING HE SHOULDN'T IN HIS MOUTH! down but just doesn't seem to want to chew! I'm thinking in a couple of weeks things will have dramatically changed!! :) Thank you!

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  2. He is so cute!
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  3. Have you tried that mesh feeder thing? The one where you put the food in it, then they gum the heck out of it? Grayson did pretty good with that, and it gave him exposure to different foods.

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