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kld1981 March 14th, 2013 01:04 PM

A bunch of stuff...
We got home from FL Monday night around midnight (delayed flight, ugh). Rylynn did so well on all flights, I was so impressed! No crying, no screaming. She slept the entire time! YAY!

Anyway, what was normal before vacation, doesn't seem to work anymore. I'm not sure if it was the upset in her schedule that did it, but several things are no longer ok with her lol.

One, is her food. She refuses any puree. Won't take the pouches she once loved, won't even give the textured stage 3 food a chance. I'm not sure what to do. I don't force her, or even push her to eat it. I just try several times, and that's it. Good thing it's cheap, cuz I've wasted a ton this week! The only thing she will eat other than a bottle, is those baby mum mum's Melissa recommended (thanks, btw! She loves them!)

So, I figure I've got a couple options here. One, I could abandon the purees and try the baby led weaning. However, I'm such a worry wart, I'm terrified she'll choke. And I"m not even sure how to go about introducing it to her.

Two, I could keep attempting the puree kind. I don't really care either way, and I know food is fun til one, but I really want her to be included in our meals, whether it's the same as our plate, or some of the pureed foods. A bottle just doesn't seem fair lol.

Another thing that has changed is she is super clingy. Mostly to her dad, but me as well. We can't leave the room without water works, even if the other parent is holding her! Not sure what's up with that!

melissalaw March 14th, 2013 01:25 PM

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I know vacation always throw my kids off. It is usually their sleep schedule that is affected. Most children do become really clingy at some point. With Jackson that started around 18 months and it hasn't started with Jacob yet, but maybe she is beginning to have that separation anxiety that all children go through at some time. I don't really have much advise there. With Jackson it only lasted a few weeks and I think he finally realized that I would come back and get him when I dropped him off at daycare so hopefully Rylynn will understand that quick.

As far as the food, Jacob has started not liking the purees so much anymore either. I have started giving him food from the table and he prefers that to the purees. I have been giving him mash potatoes, green beans, bananas, little pieces of bread, oatmeal, at daycare he got biscuits and gravy. I'm a paranoid momma also so I only give him things that are nice and mushy. They also make these baby cheetos that he loves. You might just try some table food that is nice and mushy and see how she does.

With Jackson he never liked the purees so he mainly lived on milk until the age of 1. I was even more paranoid with him and hardly gave him any table food. Good Luck and let me know how it goes and how she's doing.

kld1981 March 14th, 2013 01:32 PM

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Thanks! She does love mashed potatos and cheese grits. Won't eat them plain, only cheese. I think tonight I'll fix something that she can try too.

kld1981 March 19th, 2013 04:20 PM

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And an update:

We officially HATE puree. She will not touch it. She won't even look at it, or at me, when I offer it. Gah. I let her have small chunks of things...mostly she throws them down at the dogs. At least I know she's getting nutrition from formula. I really don't think it's good to eat mashed potatos and grits for dinner and lunch every day. I need some creative meal ideas.

I see some of your babies eating adult foods, and it makes me so nervous to just hand her something like that...how do you introduce it?

CarolynBB March 19th, 2013 04:56 PM

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Originally Posted by kld1981 (Post 27210464)
I see some of your babies eating adult foods, and it makes me so nervous to just hand her something like that...how do you introduce it?

OK, I have to share our "method" so that you can laugh at me. :lol: I was SO freaked out that Kira was going to choke, that this is what we did:

* Hubby and I sat with Kira at the table
* Hubby broke off a piece of food (toast, banana, whatever) that he thought was appropriate
* Hubby handed the food to Kira
* I left the room until hubby called out that Kira had eaten it
* I came back in and clapped and we told her good job

Seriously -- I couldn't stand to be in the same room for like two weeks. I even hid in restaurant bathrooms while hubby handed her food if we were out.

I still get nervous but now I can hand her an apple slice, or piece of avocado, or even a full slice of toast. I can see that she bites off what she wants and she won't eat something if it's too big (I've seen her reach into her mouth and pull out a piece that's too big).

Obviously I would never leave her alone while eating, but since hubby was sitting right with her and presumably he doesn't want her to choke to death, it was just about getting me used to the idea. :lol:

kld1981 March 19th, 2013 07:46 PM

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That is too funny! I'm the same way, but Ryan is even worse than me. He had an episode with her choking on a pineapple accidentally once. I was upstairs and he freaked out. He had been letting her suck on it (not the entire pineapple obviously lol, just a wedge piece) and she bit a huge piece off and seriously was choking. I had no idea it had even happened until he worked up the courage to tell me 3 hours later. So he's super nervous, and so am i!

Does Kira have teeth? Rylynn has 1 and a half lol. So I suppose she could chew something up. She does great with baby mum mums and the puffs, and mashed potatos etc. I think I"ll just have to work up to it.

Thanks for sharing your method. Funny :)

melissalaw March 20th, 2013 05:32 AM

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Carolyn that is absolutely hilarious but sounds like something I would have done with Jackson. It was forever before I could muster up the courage to give Jackson things to bit off like a whole piece of toast. I think he was almost 2 before I could do that. But is sounds like Kira is doing great.

rmarie9509 March 25th, 2013 06:21 AM

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You also have t remember that gagging is different than real choking. At this age they have a chew and swallow reflex instead of just a suck one so they are only going to choke if the food is slippery and round like a grape or hot dog coin, or if they are messing around like laughing or walking with the food in their mouth. Otherwise they will chew it and if they try to swallow a piece that I'd took big they will gag it up and that is perfectly normal. There are many safe fops you can start with. Cheerios,avocado,peas,diced cooked carrots, small pieces of cheese, cottage cheese, tofu, mashed and diced potatoes, rice, ect. All of these items would be physically impossible to come on because of the size so there is no worry!

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