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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Ballerina girl

Lauren's got food issues. Specifically, she doesn't like to eat. She will nurse every couple hours and she's never refused milk but rice cereal has zero appeal. She does take a couple of bites to be polite but her heart is not in it. I was given the advice to forget what the books say about nursing first, and give it to her when she's really hungry. So last night we tried that. No interest. I was also told to try some bananas because they will usually like that. Nope. She tried a bit to be polite and gave me the most confused and horrified look, like "WHAT is this crap?!". I tried mixing it with rice cereal and it was like that poisoned the taste of the cereal, which before she was just tolerating, and now she was loathing. I am not sure what to do, keep trying to give her bananas every day for 5 days to make sure she's not allergic? And how would we even know, given that she spits out 99% instead of ingesting it?

Oh and the ballerina girl subject line was meant ironically. She's still off the charts for weight, although all from milk, and although her height is up there too. But she's not exactly wasting away!

4 comments:

Jax said...

Don’t worry about the solids, when Lauren is ready she’ll be more then willing to try just about anything you give her. Both my girls have hated cereal, it’s not their thing. What I found to be the best starter is something I haven’t heard anyone talk about; they’re called Finger Foods by Gerber. They are puffs which melt pretty quickly on the baby’s tongue. They’re great for hand and eye coordination, are natural, and come in fruit and vegetable flavors. My girls are big fans of Strawberry-Apple and the Corn ones. After they got a hang of this they both started eating everything and anything I put on their plates. Of course they did this at very different times: Reyna was eating solids at 6 months, while Eliana wouldn’t touch the stuff until almost 9 months.

Jax said...

Don’t worry about the solids, when Lauren is ready she’ll be more then willing to try just about anything you give her. Both my girls have hated cereal, it’s not their thing. What I found to be the best starter is something I haven’t heard anyone talk about; they’re called Finger Foods by Gerber. They are puffs which melt pretty quickly on the baby’s tongue. They’re great for hand and eye coordination, are natural, and come in fruit and vegetable flavors. My girls are big fans of Strawberry-Apple and the Corn ones. After they got a hang of this they both started eating everything and anything I put on their plates. Of course they did this at very different times: Reyna was eating solids at 6 months, while Eliana wouldn’t touch the stuff until almost 9 months.

Kelly said...

I asked my sister about this. My one year old niece Emma really likes the "puffies" that the previous poster mentioned. Also, try something with cinnamon in it. Beachnut Stage 3 Cinammon Raisin with Granola is one of Emma's favorites, but that migt be too old for Lauren. You could try Gerber Oatmeal and Pears with putting some cinnamon in it, or Gerber Oatmeal cereal that you mix with your own breastmilk. She also puts cinnamon in that, but you could try it without.

stud-horse said...

Alexa didn't each much solid food until she turned a year old. Now she drinks milk, juice, and formula, and eats Gerber and rice cereal, with some food from Mommy and Daddy's plate as an extra treat.