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#1 sarahec

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:12 PM

My MIL insists when out with my 6.5 month old to give him ice cream "because be is thirsty", despite me being there to BF him. She is visiting from OS and this is the third time in 24 hours she has given him ice cream when out and about. She wants to start taking the baby for walks alone and I don't want him to have any more ice cream!! He is BF and is unable to drink water from a cup/ sippy cup and will spit it out of if given in a bottle (will take milk in a bottle). Does anyone have any suggestions??? Something she can give to him when they're out walking and he becomes "thirsty".Thanks!
Just to add I cannot express breastmilk.

Edited by sarahec, 07 November 2012 - 10:14 PM.


#2 Coffeemagic

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:36 PM

I would not be feeding ice cream to a 6.5 mth old op.
Try different sippy cups or refrigerate cooled boiled water, I find dd seems to like water when it's cooler.

#3 sarahec

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:38 PM

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I would not be feeding ice cream to a 6.5 mth old op.
Try different sippy cups or refrigerate cooled boiled water, I find dd seems to like water when it's cooler.
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I know, I don't even know why I let her.

#4 muggins_00

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:41 PM

A breastfed baby doesn't need additional fluids. Water in a sippy at the absolute most. You're the mother, just say no.

#5 Chazee

Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:51 PM

My DS is 14 months old and the only liquid he has is breast milk. He refuses water (and solids but that's a whole other story).

I would forget about trying to think of something for your DS to drink and just tell her that she can't give him anything. If you can't trust her, don't let her be alone with your child.

#6 PurpleNess

Posted 08 November 2012 - 11:09 AM

Firstly put your food down about the ice cream! Not on.

Have you tried a bottle with a straw for water, it took our DS a while to get the hang or it ( and water) but now at 11 months he loves it.  It will take time so keep offering it. I found once DS was eating more solids his like for water went up, we offer it at every meal time.

If he's BF then he prob doesn't need water & I doubt is thirsty..if he is tell her to give him to you & offer the boob!

He's your son & you need to be firm.I'd have kittens if my MIL did that, she'd know about it quick smart.

#7 katevin

Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:09 PM

QUOTE
I would forget about trying to think of something for your DS to drink and just tell her that she can't give him anything. If you can't trust her, don't let her be alone with your child.

This. No way I'd allow icecream at that age. Good luck OP, your MIL sounds like a strange one wacko.gif

#8 Contrebasse

Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:16 PM

My DD likes to suck on a stick of cucumber - she doesn't eat much of it, but it's full of moisture.

#9 elmo_mum

Posted 08 November 2012 - 08:18 PM

shouldnt have dairy till 12 months??

our mchn told us at 6 months, solids formula/boob water

no dairy



#10 Dylan's Mummy

Posted 08 November 2012 - 10:01 PM

Can you get your husband/partner to speak to their mother about this?

I would hate for my MIL to do that, ice cream is definately not for babies, what on earth would make her think that. There is so much sugar andadditives in it.  It's possible that it's something that they thought was ok when she was raising her kids. My MIL thinks I should give my bub milk arrowroot biscuit soaked with water. This WILL NOT be happening, it's still a processed biscuit that has a lot of sugar in it.

#11 Jenflea

Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:23 AM

Where are you when she gives him icecream 3 times in ONE day???
Tell her no sugar laden foods or she doesn't get to take him anywhere. Or go with them.
I hardly let my baby out of my sight for the first 7 or 8 months so luckily this was never an issue for me.
I wasn't pleased when we went to the inlaws for dinner one night and she had cake with cream and jam for dessert and then gave mini magnums to the kids! Way too much sugar and cr*p for a 2yr old to process, especially at night, right before bed.
It can be a minefield with parents and young babies(or grandparents I guess).

#12 amesv

Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:29 AM

I didn't introduce water until 7-8months to my BF bubs, and she still isn't very intrested but I wouldn't offer anything else.

#13 futureself

Posted 09 November 2012 - 07:53 AM

Firstly, your MIL is pretty odd - what has ice-cream got to do with thirst???!!
How much longer is she visiting from overseas? If it's another week, just avoid her being alone with him and simply say, 'No, he can't have that now' when she goes to buy him one. If she's here for another 2 months, you might have to be more specific and actually discuss with her that you and your DH don't believe in sugar and additive laden foods for babies and for her to please check with you before buying him anything to eat outside the home.

#14 Matthias' mum

Posted 09 November 2012 - 08:04 AM

Your baby shouldn't be having sugar or dairy at that age. If you need to to feed him while out, just give a breast feed, or take some apple puree or something with you.

I am amazed that you let her give it to him.

#15 Propaganda

Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:24 AM

Ice cream hardly quenches thirst, so even if it wasn't a really stupid thing to feed a baby, her logic doesn't make sense.

My baby refused water too, so I added the tiniest amount of baby juice to it. Baby juice is already heavily watered down, but I watered it down even more, the way you'd make cordial basically, but with baby juice and water. It had just enough flavour for her to actually drink it. I lessened the amount slowly and she was on to pure water in a few months.

#16 Missy Shelby

Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:38 AM

OP literally just saw this advertised on the morning show http://www.bebidrinks.com.au/juices/ possibly a wee bit better than an ice cream.

#17 soontobegran

Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:47 AM

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No! Don't let her. A 6 month old only really needs breast milk if you are BF. If they are thirsty you put them to the breast.

Dairy at 6 months is bad enough, let alone the crap that is found in icecream.

#18 meggs1

Posted 09 November 2012 - 12:28 PM

Better eat the icecream yourself !   Seriously as long as you keep up your fluids your body will adjust the milk for a hot day.  My son didn't get the hand of sippy cups for ages but would drink water from a little normal cup if you held it for him.

#19 Betty_D

Posted 09 November 2012 - 12:49 PM

OP, I'm clearly not as calm or level-headed as you. If my mum, MIL or anyone else dared to feed my 6 month old ice cream we would not be on speaking terms. Simple as that.

As PPs have pointed out, ice cream at that age is just wrong for so many reasons.

#20 Bel Rowley

Posted 09 November 2012 - 02:04 PM

No way in hell would I let anyone give my babies ice cream at that age. Prior to their first birthdays the only thing they drank was breastmilk or water. Even if it was OK for a 6 month old, ice cream is not a drink. I often find I'm more thirsty after eating ice cream.

#21 sarahec

Posted 09 November 2012 - 02:44 PM

QUOTE (PurpleNess @ 08/11/2012, 12:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Have you tried a bottle with a straw for water


Thanks for your suggestion. I saw these in the supermarket, do you think a baby as young as 6.5 months could use it?



QUOTE (katevin @ 08/11/2012, 09:09 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This. No way I'd allow icecream at that age. Good luck OP, your MIL sounds like a strange one wacko.gif


She is completely nuts yes!!!!


QUOTE (Contrebasse @ 08/11/2012, 09:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My DD likes to suck on a stick of cucumber - she doesn't eat much of it, but it's full of moisture.


Thanks I'll give it a shot!

QUOTE (Dylan's Mummy @ 08/11/2012, 11:01 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Can you get your husband/partner to speak to their mother about this?

I would hate for my MIL to do that, ice cream is definately not for babies, what on earth would make her think that. There is so much sugar andadditives in it.  It's possible that it's something that they thought was ok when she was raising her kids. My MIL thinks I should give my bub milk arrowroot biscuit soaked with water. This WILL NOT be happening, it's still a processed biscuit that has a lot of sugar in it.


No my DH thinks it's normal.


QUOTE (futureself @ 09/11/2012, 08:53 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Firstly, your MIL is pretty odd - what has ice-cream got to do with thirst???!!
How much longer is she visiting from overseas? If it's another week, just avoid her being alone with him and simply say, 'No, he can't have that now' when she goes to buy him one. If she's here for another 2 months, you might have to be more specific and actually discuss with her that you and your DH don't believe in sugar and additive laden foods for babies and for her to please check with you before buying him anything to eat outside the home.


She is here for 3 more weeks, a one month visit. I am just following her like a hawk now (not only about the ice cream, for other reasons too)


QUOTE (Matthias' mum @ 09/11/2012, 09:04 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Your baby shouldn't be having sugar or dairy at that age. If you need to to feed him while out, just give a breast feed, or take some apple puree or something with you.

I am amazed that you let her give it to him.


I think some diary is OK, like cheese and yogurt.


QUOTE (Propaganda @ 09/11/2012, 10:24 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ice cream hardly quenches thirst, so even if it wasn't a really stupid thing to feed a baby, her logic doesn't make sense.

My baby refused water too, so I added the tiniest amount of baby juice to it. Baby juice is already heavily watered down, but I watered it down even more, the way you'd make cordial basically, but with baby juice and water. It had just enough flavour for her to actually drink it. I lessened the amount slowly and she was on to pure water in a few months.


Thanks, I'll try it!


QUOTE (Missy Shelby @ 09/11/2012, 10:38 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
OP literally just saw this advertised on the morning show http://www.bebidrinks.com.au/juices/ possibly a wee bit better than an ice cream.


Thanks I'll give these a shot! Could work out well.

#22 Eirinn

Posted 09 November 2012 - 02:54 PM

It is ok to give dairy at 6 months provided there are no intolerances. Cows milk should not replace breast milk or formula nutritionally before 12 months.

That being said, I would be LIVID if someone gave my baby icecream - because of the sugar and additives, because I said no, and because it doesn't quench thirst!!

#23 JoMarch

Posted 09 November 2012 - 03:01 PM

QUOTE (elmo_mum @ 08/11/2012, 08:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
shouldnt have dairy till 12 months??

our mchn told us at 6 months, solids formula/boob water

no dairy



This is what my first thought was.  I think you're gonna have to be firm about this one nno.gif

#24 JoMarch

Posted 09 November 2012 - 03:02 PM

QUOTE (Eirinn @ 09/11/2012, 02:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That being said, I would be LIVID if someone gave my baby icecream - because of the sugar and additives, because I said no, and because it doesn't quench thirst!!



this too.

#25 dogsneaker

Posted 09 November 2012 - 03:07 PM

milk solids, sugar, preservatives, artificial colouring, artificial flavouring, NUTS, ...goodness knows what else is in the ice-cream your MIL is feeding YOUR child.

Breastmilk/formula OR water, until at least 12 months. Put your foot down OP.




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