Thursday, July 18, 2013

We are weaning

Having a baby that is born 2 ½ months early at 30 weeks, this makes me worry about his growth and development far too unnecessarily.  But after all the traumas and the buckets of tears we shed during the first 2 months of his life, I guess you cannot blame me that much.

So during his monthly visit to his doctor for his 6th month vaccination, I was quite surprised when Doc K says he is ready to wean. 

The ever "worry-wart" in me, then turned to google. Ha! Imagine after having been advised by a professional with XX number of years experience, and I still turn to google.

It's not that we don't trust LO's pediatrician, we go to him regularly(we are at ease with him) and pay $$$ (we trust him enough for us to sacrifice travel fund $$$), but somehow google has a way presenting details of matters. :) Thank you google.

So anyways, after googling, this is what I have found out.

It is recommended that weaning your premature baby starts when your baby is between five and eight months old, the age they are from their birth date and not from their corrected age date.

So LO is 6 months old already from birth and so yes it is recommended that we start weaning him.
 Here are some signs that the baby is ready to wean:
  • baby is showing interest in other people eating  -  check
  • baby is putting things into his/her mouth  - check
  • baby is feeding well - check
  • baby can bring hands to mouth - check
  • baby makes "munching" (up and down) movements when putting things to his mouth - check

It's been five days now that we have given LO his rice cereal diluted in milk.  Sometimes he is able to take a lot, sometimes he is not that keen to finish his food.  Maybe straight 5 days of only rice cereal is becoming boring?

We are planning to introduce sweet potato this weekend.  Hope he will like it.

For those who have premature babies, I found this very informative booklet.  You can download it for free here.

How about you, have you start weaning your baby?  What food do you prepare for him/her?  Please share.


Rackell said...

cute little baby :)

ranne said...

thank you :)

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