When DS does this, I get ready to do the CPR response for choking (just in case) but I try to stay calm and reassure DS in a calm voice that he's ok and praise him when he gets the food in his mouth figured out. I think that if I seem paniced, DS will pick up on that and also get stressed.
Here's another good source that lists iron-rich foods and the amounts of iron they have:
Since your LO is only 6.5 mo old - it perhaps may be good to back off a little on offering solids and/or stick to foods that have a lower choking risk?
I was worried for awhile because my LO didn't immediately start eating large amounts of solids, but I found it reassuring to read the accounts of other moms (like DJ's Mom) that it took a couple months for their LO to start eating much solids. It was hard to ignore some of the (well intentioned) comments, but I continued to offer DS food on a regular basis so he got the exposure and practice and had faith that one day he'd "get it". And this is exactly what happened for us. After about 2 months of him mostly playing with food, one day it seemed to really click and now he eats (self feeding) very enthusiastically. For us it helped to stay patient and keep offering food (and we also eat at the same time).
Oh - and it took several attempts to find a food that DS liked. After trying several things, he finally really got excited about sweet potato.
Bump. Good list and pictures in this thread.
Way too lazy for formula
We discussed this with our ped a couple weeks ago and he is firm that they need some iron starting at 6 months, he's seen bf babies develop anemia if they don't get iron. He doesn't care about whether we give them finger foods, doesn't think they'll really eat them till about 9 months, but it's fine to try. So we've decided to introduce iron fortified cereal at 6 months, and try to introduce other foods as finger foods.
Here are some resources for high iron foods:
Fortunately, DS liked some of these foods as first foods (sweet potato & butternut squash). They are very mushy foods and easy for LO to grab a handfull and eat without having a pincer grip yet.
Since vitamin C helps with Iron absorption, we've also been making sure to offer foods that have plenty of vit c (broccoli & watermelon).
Our DS didn't eat much for the first month or so of BLW ... and I decided not to stress about his iron levels since I doubt that they suddenly disappear at 6 mo. I decided to make sure that what DS did eat had iron in it, and now that DS is eating quite a bit I think he's doing ok on iron intake. We'll find out for sure at his 12 mo check up (coming up in 6 weeks - eeek!) when our pedi does the first anemia check.
Oh - and at DS 9 mo check up we told the pedi all the foods that DS was eating (self fed!) and that DS never did baby cereals and our pedi was quite OK with that. I think that the pedi was actually quite impressed by DS food variety and self feeding skills.
Last edited by lsksam; June 4th, 2007 at 12:26 PM. Reason: typo
the iron in baby cereal is hard for babies body to absorb.
here a link to dr sears page on iron
Just as a short follow-up to this, ds started eating food last week! We were out and he actually chewed and swallowed a whole piece of avocado! He is still mostly more interested in his bib than the food, but he is getting there. He doesn't gag very much anymore, he just spits out pieces too big. I guess he just wasnt ready before but I am so glad I waited until he was willing to start feeding him solids. He now refuses anything on a spoon unless he can put the spoon in his mouth himself....
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