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Henry the Hungry, Hungry Baby

Henry has decided to eat everything in our house today. He has always been a hungry baby, feeding so much and often that it got to the point of doing nothing else. And now he is on solids, it is a lot better, as he stays full for longer. Well, he did. Today has been one of those days. Henry must be going through a growth spurt or something, because he hasn’t stopped eating and crying for milk. We’ve given him at least twice the amount of food as normal, increasing the amount per serving as well as giving him snacks, and he has had almost twice the quantity of milk as is his usual too.

It’s hard to keep up with his ever changing food habits. Just when I thought we had got into a routine. Thank god for the handy fruit pot I always keep in the nappy bag, just in case. Without it, I don’t know how we would have finished our meal without an ‘inbetween lunch and dinner’ drama!

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Petits Filous and Foodie Foodie

Henry had his first Petits Filous today. It was strawberry, and he just couldn’t get enough. His little mouth stayed open, and he was even diving for the spoon. You wouldn’t know he had just had breakfast an hour ago.

He’s firmly on three meals a day now too. Hungry little baby.

I’ve also bought a variety of fruit an vegetables to prepare for him to try. He’s had a lot already, but this time will be mango, avocado, papaya, butternut squash and sweetcorn on top of his already long list of foods.

I wish I had been less stressed about weaning. Before the whole process, I really didn’t know what on earth I was supposed to do, or when to do it, or how much. But I’m happy, and more importantly Henry is happy, with how it is progressing. So now I can stop stressing and just be comfortable in the knowledge that it will happen, and whether I feed him carrot or parsnip first really isn’t important…

It’s hard not to get a little anal about the details though. The amount of conflicting advice out there can really make you doubt yourself and your instincts. I end up following charts and other people’s schedules instead of thinking what is right for me and my baby, which is really quite dangerous. I just need to remember that the advice in books and on the internet is always quite generalised, and doesn’t necessarily apply to me.

A really good guide for weaning though, as I’ve found has a good structure to begin with, is the Cow & Gate 5 step weaning plan. I got it sent to me in the post, as I’ve been signed up to their baby club ever since I found out I was pregnant and went crazy signing up to everything.

It clearly sets out a guideline of what to feed (and what not to feed), and is a reminder of what you are actually aiming for. The whole point of the exercise can easily be forgotten when you are up to your eyes in sterilising fluid and bibs. You eventually want your baby to be eating three meals a day, progressing from milk to simple purees to lumps to solid food. And there was me worrying about whether or not he’s too young for this and that.

I’m very happy now, though, and I wouldn’t think twice about doing it all again! It has to be easier second time around, right? Apart from the fact you have two, of course…

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Eager Beaker Beaver

Henry now has two meals a day now, and today we offered him cooled boiled water in a beaker with his dinner.

As he refuses bottles, I had some doubts about his eagerness to drink from a beaker, but as it turns out he didn’t require much encouragement from us at all! I am going to start seriously considering putting him on to formula during the day and save breastfeeding for morning and night. It would mean an actual routine instead of just ‘feeding on demand’ and give me some more freedom.

I might just hang on in there until he’s six months though, because then we can go straight to follow on milk. Also, he’s doing so well with the weaning and everything that I don’t want to implement too many changes all at once!

It really is crazy how fast he’s learning and growing!

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Infant Formula

We’re moving house in six days, and Henry is going to be looked after by his grandparents. I went to the supermarket this afternoon to pick up some formula, just incase I am not available for longer than expected and he gets too hungry. I still want to breastfeed, but I would rather have a happy, well-fed baby for that day and continue as normal after than let him get all in a bother.

I didn’t expect such a range of different brands and types though! I stood in the shop for a good ten minutes trying to figure out which one I should purchase. I settled on a few single-feed, ready-to-use cartons of SMA First Infant Milk. I would put a lot more thought into it if it wasn’t just for one day, and as a last resort if I’m caught up with the move. But I’m sure they all contain roughly the same sort of thing. Personally, I can’t see the benefits of one brand over another. It also makes me glad that I chose to breastfeed after seeing the prices of formula!

I hope he drinks it from the bottle. I’m sure if he’s hungry enough he will. He’s taken a bottle before, but obviously this will taste very different!