For some it is the only salvation from the first months of weaning. The baby food, sometimes too liquid, rejected by the baby on the spoon, ends up directly in the bottle. Usually eaten without much difficulty. I have a couple of friends who have tried. Personally with two girls, both the first and the second, refractory to pacifiers and bottles, the possibility has not even arisen. The maximum, which I reached with Lea, was a few weeks ago, due to toothache, try it with your finger instead of a spoon.
An understandable but incorrect choice
I think baby food in a bottle can work. However, this does not mean that it is a correct choice, however understandable (baby who does not eat = mother in growing anxiety).
A new world step by step
Let's try to take a step back. The transition from milk, breast or bottle, to baby food is one of the most difficult in the first months of a baby's life. Because it is a new world, because it has to start using an unknown tool (the spoon), because it gradually abandons a moment of nourishment which is above all comfort for a new type of relationship with food. Because he has always sucked and now he has to start swallowing and then chewing.
Let's experiment with the texture of the baby food
Hence it is useless to despair for the first failed attempts. It is normal and everyone who sees you, who advises you, should tell you the same. Did a few teaspoons end up in your mouth? Well, there's still milk (yours or not). It will get better in the following days.
The baby food is too liquid? Well, change the consistency. Just add less broth or more flour. Play with textures trying to figure out which one your baby prefers. With Lea I started with creamy baby food, well passed. I realized after a couple of weeks that I could venture into the fantastic world of bits, small, but bits because she loves them. Although she still has no teeth.
The baby regulates itself
Do you think your baby is not eating enough? Remember that every child is able to self-regulate and takes as much as he needs. And above all, there is always a generous portion more in the saucer than what the baby will actually eat.
Have patience on the tip of a teaspoon
Have patience with yourself and with your child, walk at his pace and observe him, do not force and do not despair. The spoon will be your ally and the link in the discovery of a new world for your child. And it will soon be much more fun for him to mess around in a saucer, armed with colored spoons, rather than find himself with a bottle in his hand.
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The author of the article and the photographerMiralda Colombo she is a journalist and author of the blog www.ilcucchiainodialice.com, born on the occasion of the weaning of her daughter Alice and from which the recipe book for children "The spoon", ed. Gallucci. In recent months she has restarted the weaning adventure with her second child Lea and she has agreed to accompany the mothers of mymodernparents.com with practical advice, tricks and indications from the most accredited scientific societies on baby feeding. The photos are by Cevì (Cecilia Viganò), artist, photographer and illustrator graduated from the Brera Academy.
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