Δευτέρα, 5 Νοεμβρίου 2012

Vegan Baby Led Weaning and sick baby

October has been cruel with us. I already wrote that my baby got sick first, then I got sick and then he got sick, again! Three times in a month...oh my!

Apart from the discomfort, my baby's appetite has been decreased (mine too, I lost a couple of kg but that's not the point). On the days he had fever, he usually didn't want anything except his mama's milk. His appetite has changed a looot this whole month. He would eat just a little bit and then throw the food on the floor and/or constantly asking for something that we couldn't recognise (is it water? no. is it figs? no. is it bread? no. is it this? is it the other? no no no...oh my god!).

At the same time, he discovered the joy of feeding the doggie! Whenever Maya is around he offers his food with no second thought. This made it impossible to see how much he's been eating. I couldn't have my eyes on him all the time and when I did it was obvious he was eating less than before. I got a little crazy, I have to admit it. Not so much about eating, he had been having lots of my milk. Mostly, because he wasn't eating, but I still had to deal with the baby led weaning chaos.

And guess what? Maya got picky and stopped "cleaning" the floor after Nereus's meals. Yeah, she found the perfect time!

Anyways, I noticed that he didn't really wanted fruits and veggies. It was important for him to get the vitamins though. Of course, I would NEVER force him to eat anything. So, I had to find another way. Sο far, our meals were like so :
  • breakfast (Something grainy & fruits & smoothie.)
  • snack (Sparingly because he naps...but when we has it it's dried fruits or crackers.)
  • lunch (This is the big meal for us in Greece. He has what we have minus the unhealthy stuff.)
  • snack (steamed veggies, rice cakes, crackers, dried fruits, toasts, yogurt etc.)
Sometimes, he has an extra snack, before he goes to bed, if he wants to.



On our hard month, I used to offer everything to him but he would have a bite and throw the rest on the floor (Relax! Breath in...breath out...you are a calm and strong woman). He was eating extremely small amounts of food. After a lot of thinking and experiments, I came up with these tips:
  1. Make juices! And smoothies! When babies are sick, their bodies work hard to kill the virus, they need their power for that. It will probably be hard for them to feed themselves. Juices and smoothies don't require much effort from the baby, especially if you give it from a glass and not a sippy cup. 
  2. If your baby is at the beginning of baby led weaning, it might be a good idea to try spoon feed him. If the baby is older, maybe this is not a good idea. Mine got confused, when I tied to spoonfeed him and started crying because he wanted the spoon. He didn't ate at all this time.
  3. Don't force him to eat if he doesn't want to. As long as he's having his milk, he'll be ok. Two, three, four or more days of having mostly milk won't hurt him. Remeber that when you're sick, you don't want to eat either.
  4. Don't freak out! He doesn't know what's happening to him. But, you do. I know it's very tiring to have a sick baby, but you have to be calm for both of you. It's important! Be patient! Everything will be fine again, soon!

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