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#1 minidiamond

Posted 15 December 2012 - 04:48 AM

We are lucky enough to be going os for the Xmas break however I'm in a quandary about when to introduce DS to solids, particularly with the National Health and Medical Research Council about to change recommended start time.

We are trying to book apartment style accommodation wherever we go but Im concerned about the practicalities of feeding "on the road" (don't really want to feed commercial baby food)

He is exclusively breastfed but also has slight reflux and is a regular (happy) chucker.

DS will be 5 months and 10 days when we get back, if I started now (4 months/1 week) he'd have 2 weeks under his belt at home.

#2 adl

Posted 15 December 2012 - 05:38 AM

At such a young age, it's more about getting used to the new tastes and textures but it starts very bland like rice cereals...

Can you take the cereal and just add breast milk?? Take n toss has great little bowls and spoons ....

Is he showing any interest in food? If not it may be simpler to just wait till you get back?  

I know my DS was not interested at that age and maybe had a teaspoon a day, it's a lot of work in the first weeks for little reward...

#3 GoodGollyMolly

Posted 15 December 2012 - 05:57 AM

How long are you going for? If its only a few days and you're worried about it might just be easier to wait till you get back (a week is not going to make a difference).

DS started solids when we were OS this year (we were away for 2 weeks). He was 5.5 mo, and trying to steal food off our plates! So I gave him something to hold and chew on at every meal if he was interested, mostly it was just a bit of fruit (in Asia so lots of delicious fruit!) or cucumber from my salad. He also started drinking water through a straw (sort of!) while we were away.

I did pack a packet of rice cereal which I was giving him a couple of teaspoons of that once a day by the end of the trip.

I was still BFeeding and that is great for travelling! Instant snack/meal/way to calm screaming baby on a plane right there original.gif

#4 MrsWidget

Posted 15 December 2012 - 05:58 AM

How long are you away?

Also what are the new guidelines?

#5 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:13 AM

In that situation I'd just wait until you get back, that's still in the 4-6 month range.  Why mess around with purees, extra washing, highchairs, cleaning the floor when you are on holidays if you don't have to.   Or as PP said do some BLW if you want.   A piece of chewy sourdough bread will keep them amused for ages.

#6 Bibendum

Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:34 AM

We're in this exact situation as I'm typing: very long overseas trip, with a baby who turned four months a few days before we left Australia, and will be almost six months when we return.  Aside from the new guidelines generally suggesting 4-6 months, we have specific medical advice to start her on solids earlier due to some complications with the pregnancy.

If you have access to a kitchen, I'd say it won't be too hard.  You can pick up fruits and vegetables and stew or steam them, and mash to the right consistency.  There are some things - avocado, pear, banana and similar - that don't even need to be cooked, which we've introduced when we were without a place to cook here and there.  Remember that you introduce only one food at a time, and try new foods out for a few days each to check whether there are any reactions, so it actually takes some time before you'd need more than one food item at a meal.  

I know you've mentioned not being keen on commercial baby foods: we haven't used any except for an iron-fortified rice cereal (which, again, was specifically advised for us due to some concerns about my own health during the pregnancy): if you decide to use this, it can also be mixed up quite easily on the go.

To be honest, it's all gone much more smoothly than I'd expected.  The first two days, the baby looked a bit puzzled, but then she really took to solids (she's just started grabbing the spoon and shoving it into her mouth on her own - not terribly accurately, and she'll eventually get frustrated and want me to do it for her, but it's something I hadn't really expected her to be attempting at all).  My son, by contrast, started solids much later, and struggled with them much more - although that's as likely to be an individual difference as anything else.

#7 minidiamond

Posted 15 December 2012 - 06:57 AM

Thanks for the replies.

We are going for 3 weeks.
He looks at me / the food when I'm eating but hasn't yet reached out.

I'm also wondering whether the solids will help his posseting or not.

Here's some info on the new guidelines
Westmead children's hospital is now also recommending 4-5 months


#8 axiomae

Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:12 AM

We started solids with DD when we were on a week long holiday. We gave her some EMW with rice cereal mixed in. She didn't take it it at all. She was 5 months. So we just tried again when we came home. A few weeks later and she was more interested and now she eats like a champ! Just enjoy your holiday and don't stress about it - your LO will be fine original.gif

#9 Marchioness Flea

Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:42 AM

Some babies just don't WANT solids until much later than 5 or 6 months, mine certainly didn't.
Rice cereal(and solids of any sort really) can constipate them as well, I wouldn't want to deal with THAT on holidays!

#10 lucky 2

Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:28 PM

QUOTE (minidiamond @ 15/12/2012, 07:57 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for the replies.

We are going for 3 weeks.
He looks at me / the food when I'm eating but hasn't yet reached out.

I'm also wondering whether the solids will help his posseting or not.

Here's some info on the new guidelines
Westmead children's hospital is now also recommending 4-5 months


Thanks for the link OP, last time a spokesperson from the NHMRC spoke to the media (about 2? months ago) she indicated that the current recommendations were likely to be unchanged (remaining at around 6 months) so I'm sad to read this report. I'll still be waiting to see the new guidelines, I hope they come soon, they were due out on Sept'12.
I'd wait based on the above but give a bit of cooked vege if bub was trying to grab food off my plate and put it in his mouth.
Enjoy your holiday!

#11 elmo_mum

Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:36 PM

we started with the rice cereals.. very easy with travelling as you mix it with ebm or ff

if you want to start "food" try banana or mango - no cook - just mash with a fork... heaps easy!

thats what we did with our ds - he was happy and we r just doing purees atm

in response to the GUIDELINES - they are just tha!

do what works for you. if you want to wait till you r home, do it

a few weeks isnt going to make any lick of ddifferent!

Edited by elmo_mum, 15 December 2012 - 12:37 PM.

#12 Felix101

Posted 16 December 2012 - 08:28 PM

We just got back from a few weeks overseas. DS turned six months just before we left.

I had no desire what so ever to put him through farex original.gif and where we were travelling, cooking wasn't easy. I was always planning to wait until around six months to start, but then when the holiday came up I decided to hold him off til we came back.

I also didn't feel he was ready before we left, until we were away after a week or so and he grabbed a piece of broccoli off my plate and shoved it in his mouth.., haha. So we sort of started from there (we had decided to do baby led weaning anyway, so it was just giving him the odd bit of whatever we had), but did t make a concerted effort til we got back.

Waiting was certainly the best option for us, but as a pp said, you have to do what is best for you and your baby. But I would suggest waiting until your babiy shows you they are ready, rather than when is convenient.

Great age to travel with a baby tho! original.gif good luck!

#13 WaitForIt

Posted 16 December 2012 - 09:26 PM

I would wait until you are back, 4-6 months doesn't mean 4 months. Breastfeeding is a lot less hassle than stuffing around with solids. They are also a bit of a time sink.

If he seems really keen while away, try just handing him some banana to taste or licking your spoon. It will get him introduced to the concept without any real calorie changes so you don't need to worry about skipping a day.

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