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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Annie | 2004/10/28

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Baby's eating problem

My baby girl is 9 months old and have been eating solids since 4 months. She actually eats anything that we give her and I am fortunate that she's also very healthy. The big problem is that she doesn't want to be in any kind of feeding chair (we've tried them all) while she eats. She sits quietly for about a minute and then she starts to moan, eventually ending up crying until I take her out of the chair. The only way then to finish her meal is to walk around with her on my hip and feed her while constantly drawing her attention to something. I struggle with backache most of the time and this might be as a result of constantly carrying her around. I don't know if this is only a phase that she's going through, however I've been struggling like this for for about 2 months now. I also give her toys to play with while sitting in the chair - only helps for a while. Should I just leave her in the feeding chair to cry so that she can get use to it? Please help.

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

Similar to the sleeping questions there are no easy answers. The bottom line is that children will always seek comfort and do not like change. They will try any trick (often subconsiously) to achieve this, but usually if they are not given any other choice a new pattern is established within a few days, sometimes weeks.

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Posted by: dr anonymous | 2004/10/31

You didn't mention if you are giving breast milk or fromula or both.
A breast fed baby is a content baby & is quite content on just that, whether you give little solid or alot. By 9mo they have enough understanding that they are being isolated on their own to eat while the rest of the family sits together on the table.
At this stage they start to imitate you, they might even want to feed by themselves.

The bottom line is don't forcefeed a child. She will not starve if she hasn't eaten as she is drinking milk.

Also, you can place a large vinyl mat in the dining area or kitchen (on the floor) and all sit together for a meal. You can eat & at the same time she can feed. That way she has all the freedom to move as much as she wants & to mess a cleanable surface. She also feels important to be another active member in the family.

PS: I wouldn't advice you bath & feed, especially not in reclining postion as in the kango bath seat.

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Posted by: PR | 2004/10/29

My 7mth daughter also doesn't sit in her high chair, but sits happily in her snug 'n safe carry chair to eat.

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Posted by: Andrietha | 2004/10/28

Hi. What I did is to put my daughter in her cango chair in the bath with water etc. While she was playing in the water I fed her and she enjoyed it very much. Then afterwards I bathed her. It went on like this until she was a year. She also didn't like the feeding chair, but feeding her in the bath was alot easier and everyone was happy.

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