Six to Nine Months and Beyond: The Perils of Accidental Parenting
Talk about giant steps! Now your baby is about to enter the real world, at least when it comes to food. Well, almost. Even though some food con¨cerns at this stage are centered on her liquid intakeómany of them prob¨lems that werenít dealt with successfully at earlier stagesóthe spotlight is now on the Big People Food. No more living solely on a liquid diet. Now heís going to learn how to eat mush and then little pieces and finally all the foods you eat.
I also suggest cutting out the dream feed at around seven months, as your baby starts to get solid food in him. If you continue to give it, youíre working against the introduction of solid food, because for every 25 ml/ounce of extra liquid your baby takes, he wonít he hungry for 25 gram/an ounce of solid food. However, as the box indicates, when you cut Out the dream feed, you have to add the same number of ml or grams or ounces to the day feed. If you donít, your baby will wake up at night.
The other most common concerns at this stage are: My baby still wakes up hungry at night.
Iím trying to get my baby on a bottle but sheís having non of it.
My baby uses a trainer cup but she wonít drink milk out of it, only water or juice.
Like many problems that crop up after the six month mark., these are most likely the result of accidental parenting. The parents didnít start as they meant to go On. Or, they just didnít think it through.
Take the first one: When a baby is still waking up for food at six mouths or-heaven knows Iíve seen it as old as nineteen months itís because parents have responded to earlier episodes of night-waking with a feed, even though the baby only took a few ml/ounces. As I noted earlier, when babies night--wake at different times, itís usually hunger. By six months, I rarely see this, except during growth spurts or when itís time to introduce solids. But when they wake up like clockwork, itís usually about accidental parenting.
The second and third complaints are also due to accidental parenting. As you know, I suggest that parents introduce a bottle as early as two weeks. ( http://www.index.php?
topic=67858.0 Ė Breast to bottle the BW way)
ItĎs the same with making the transition to a trainer cup. This is a common scenario: A mum will introduce her baby to this more grown-up form of drinking by giving him something other than milk. Often itís juice, because she figures that heíll he more willing to drink the sweet, strange-tasting liquid from a cup than boring old milk. Some use water, too. Because theyíre worried about adding too much sugar to Babyís diet (I agree). Well, babies are like Pavlovís dogs. So after a few months of tasting that ďotherĒ liquid, when Mum tries to give him milk instead, he makes a face that means, ďHey, Mum, what gives? This food isnít supposed to be in here
.Ē And he categorically refuses to drink it. (See http://www.index.php?
topic=55022.0 Ė BW guide to using trainer cups) BW solves all your problems p 123