Please Help Me With Weaning

This may seem crazy that on my 3rd baby I am seeking weaning advice, but with none of my babies has weaning been a standard process (well if there is one).

Grayson had serious medical needs so weaning started at 3 months as he could not take more than 30ml of milk per feed and was disappearing, we had to add special powders to his food from day one and as he never learnt to sit till nearly 2 he had to be fed laying down which had many challenges. Still at 4 Grayson is spoon fed smooth puree, he refuses 99% of the time anything but pre packed food.

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Grayson feeding himself last year

Addison too had to be weaned early at just under 4 months, Addison had awful reflux and was medicated as well as on prescript milk, she to was loosing weight and because she was sitting un aided from 4 months feeding was a little easier, we had wanted to Baby led Wean Addison but because of all this and my PND I became hugely disheartened and ended up buying Organic Sachets and feeding her those. She finally only in the past 3 months has started to feed herself dinners.

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Last month, she finally starts to feed herself

All these things have completely made me feel unsure on how to wean, they have knocked my parenting confidence, I had decided when pregnant with Deacon that I wanted to try Baby Led Weaning again, but with Deacons medical problems again this has had to be changed, at request and advice of doctors Deacon is going to start weaning this week, he has bad reflux which is medicated and on a thickened milk but he still can’t tolerate large amounts, thankfully though he is gaining weight at a good rate, but because he can only tolerate smaller feeds he feeds frequently approximately 2 hourly. Unfortunately it is looking pretty definite like myself as a child Deacon is lactose intolerant and his poor face is inflamed with eczema.

This is another reason weaning has been suggested early, but this all means we have to be careful what we give him. As I can’t wean in the way I had planned, I feel very definite that I want to make my own puree for Deacon, free from anything that may upset his skin and hopefully not upset his reflux too much, but I have no idea where to start.

eczema on baby face

I need to know recipes and which gadgets are best, time as always in our house is at a premium, Grayson has hospital apts in London weekly at the moment and I return to work properly in November, so time-saving is a great issue.

So I am looking for suggestions and links, what products could you not do without, 1st foods, what do you suggest and have you ever had to wean a baby dealing with nasty reflux and/or lactose intolerance ?

Come on ladies help a Mama out.

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  • Kara

    Awww poor Deacon!! I have just a hand held blender and blend our own food – roast dinners and stews done in the slow cooker were always favourites.
    I started with sweet potato and butternut squash as are easy to blend and very tasty and I plan on doing the same with Seb.
    Apple is a good one too, but start with savoury otherwise they get a sweet tooth xxx

  • aww look at him, poor little thing….

    I saw the Beaba Babycook on Katies blog & it looks amazing…I would definitely have loved one of those when weaning.. http://www.mummydaddyandmemakesthree.co.uk/index.php/item/weaning-the-second-time-around

    I had a baby & toddler meals cook book which had some great ideas for purees & meals at different stages…oh & ice cube trays for freezing. I’ve also seen some reusable pouches that look great too… http://www.littlegreenpouch.co.uk/

    good luck with it & I hope his skin gets better soon x

  • Kat

    Hey, Claire told me you were after some advice. Oh my, what a time you have had! My advice on equipment is to keep it simple – just steam veg / meat / fish etc over a pan of water in a bamboo steamer or similar then either wizz or mash (the mini mixers that come as a stick blender attachment are great as are stick blenders). One of the easiest things to do is to cook a big batch every couple of days when you’re making supper and portion it out.

    I would ask the Drs for nutritional advice on what to feed. My instincts would be: chicken, trout, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, rice. Think about high protein additions such as red lentils, quinoa and millet and perhaps seaweed for iron content. I would be inclined to save dairy, wheat and deadly nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, aubergines etc) until after six months. But as I said get the official advice on this.

    Hope it goes well x

  • MrsShilts

    Oh poor Deacon, I started Little Mr on purees (both shop bought and my own) and we’ve now moved onto mashed dinners as well as offering finger foods to encourage chewing. LM will eat sticks of carrot but not mashed carrot so we’ve been experimenting with what he will eat and we’re still trying stuff out now. I still get minor heart failure when he gags on stuff but his chewing has really come on.

    As for products, I wrote a post here http://www.mrsshilts.co.uk/2013/10/our-weaning-favourites/ but I can really recommend Tommee Tippee explora products. They’re probably our most used bits at home (spoons, bowls, the blender, sippy cups etc) and they’re very reasonably priced.

    Good luck with weaning, hope you can find something to help D xx

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure

    What a difficult time you have had, I hope it all goes smoothly with Deacon. I don’t have much advice I am afraid, I was so lazy at making my own but if I see any good advice will let you know x

  • Alli Marshall

    I started my older two on home made purées at 16 weeks because that was the done thing back then! I used to simply boil up veggies & then blend with a hand blender, pop the purées into ice cube trays & freeze. We started with simply vegetables & they all loved carrots! Then after a month or so I started to simply purée some of our foods for them (we don’t add salt to our food) to try. I wanted the children to eat what we eat so that they didn’t become fussy. Harry was weaned at 6 months with a mix of purées & whatever else he could get his little mits onto – once he started eating he just didn’t stop!!!!

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