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  1. Angela

    I had a cousin who was also really small when she was a baby and she would only eat and drink small amounts often. She’s now 13, a dancer, very slim, tall for her age, very clever and she still only eats small amounts often. Some kids just have their own way of doing things.

    My daughter on the other hand was diagnosed with GORD at 8wks old. She was also really small, and because she couldn’t keep anything down because of the condition her growth got down to the bottom 5% for her age group – but she was very alert, never stopped moving and was quite clever. We started her on solids at 4mths to help with the condition, she took to solids instantly and then started getting funny about having her anti-reflux formula and dropped her breastfeeds right down. By 6mths she had stopped breastfeeding altogether (her choice) and was only having 1 bottle of anti-reflux formula a day and the rest was solids. This concerned me as I know kids are supposed to have more milk than that, so like you I gave her a diet that included avocado, yoghurt, cheese, I was also expressing breastmilk and used it to prepare all her foods. She is now 13mths, the GORD has resolved itself, she had her 12mth check up yesterday and she’s still on the small side, but she eats like there’s no tomorrow – absolutely LOVES food – and I still have a hard time getting her to drink more milk, she’d rather have a cup of water! LOL So I’m giving her milk with every meal, and that seems to be working. So try small meals often, also try a variety of foods and combinations – I used to freeze the purees in ice cube trays in the freezer, then at meal times I would grab a few different ones out and warm them up for her (my mum used to get grossed out when I’d mix roast vegetables with pureed apple – but as I pointed out, you have apple sauce when having roast pork, so what’s the difference? Besides which she loved it!), this kept things interesting for her, now she’ll eat anything, or at least give it a go. She really like cauliflower, broccoli & cheese; avocado & cucumber (minus the seeds); and roast carrot/pumpkin/potato & apple – she liked yoghurt too, but it had a tendency to make her vomit, so she didn’t get it often. Get creative and have fun! Stop stressing and follow her lead – if you are stressed at meal times she may start to think it’s not a good thing. If it helps, I used to act ridiculously excited when I was preparing her food (cause as soon as she realised I was getting food ready she’d start yelling for me to hurry up! LOL) so I’d say “Oh Bella, what are you having for breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack today? Oh yum! It’s roast veges and apple! Yum yum!” then while it was warming I’d applaud (she’s a big fan of clapping) and say “Yay” and carry on. It really made things fun for her (and me LOL) and we had good meal times. Good luck, you’re doing great 😀

  2. Charise@I Thought I Knew Mama  

    Thank you for all of this wonderful advice and for sharing these resources!