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Aug 06, 2008
mdbarbagallo
Melissa - Mommy to Sebastian, born 9/28/07 @ 7 lbs 7 oz and 20.75 in. At docs at 12 months: 27 pounds and 32 in! Good grief! GERD - currently on Prevacid suspension (liquid equivalent of 45 mg a day). Allergic to dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, all treenuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, peas, sesame, bananas, barley, coconut, dust, dust mite, dog, cat, latex. Seasonal allergies. Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS). Neocate only - no solids - until further notice (drinks and loves water, too). Loves his doggie, our rescued Treeing Walker Coonhound, Louise, even though he is allergic to her. Louise will make your doctor a homemade pie if you would like her to. PHOTO: We couldn't do a cake on Sebastian's birthday, but that didn't stop him from tossing around the contents of a big bowl of popcorn! He now tries to eat it when we play with popcorn, so no more of that game.... :(
Ok. So now I am worried that I am screwing up his development in ref: food
Uh oh. after reading all of these posts, i am starting to worry. I haven't done a ton with Sbastian lately in terms of food because I don't know what to do. He is on Neocate only. He holds his mini bottles (I give him a few 2 oz snacks during the day because he is huge and hungry) and holds his bottles of water, too. These are the 4oz size Dr. Brown's bottles. Usually, he sits on my lap to drink these...almost always. His meal bottles (the 7oz ones) are also taken on my lap...and half the time, I end up holding them for him. The are so long and awkward...I think they just aren't easy for him to hold Is this bad? He is 10 months, 1 week.

I have been slowly trying to introduce sippy cups of water. I got myself one and let him see me drinking out of it around the house. I look like a huge dork. I can also get him to take a few sips of water here and there out of those regular red Solo cups. But I'm not consistent, and I know I need to be.

Should I just be handing him his bottles at this point? Am I doing something wrong? I just don't know how this works. It is hard enough that he FINALLY is showing interest in eating regular food and he can't have any...does anyone have a suggestion?

I just don't want to delay him unnecessarily, nor do I want him to still be on a bottle when he is three like Suri Cruise and Leah Remini's kid.

Thanks in advance!
Aug 06, 2008
mdbarbagallo
Melissa - Mommy to Sebastian, born 9/28/07 @ 7 lbs 7 oz and 20.75 in. At docs at 12 months: 27 pounds and 32 in! Good grief! GERD - currently on Prevacid suspension (liquid equivalent of 45 mg a day). Allergic to dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, all treenuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, peas, sesame, bananas, barley, coconut, dust, dust mite, dog, cat, latex. Seasonal allergies. Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS). Neocate only - no solids - until further notice (drinks and loves water, too). Loves his doggie, our rescued Treeing Walker Coonhound, Louise, even though he is allergic to her. Louise will make your doctor a homemade pie if you would like her to. PHOTO: We couldn't do a cake on Sebastian's birthday, but that didn't stop him from tossing around the contents of a big bowl of popcorn! He now tries to eat it when we play with popcorn, so no more of that game.... :(
One more thing: I also worry because my friend's kid was hanging out on the floor and drinking her own bottles, eating puffs, etc, at 8 months...no mom needed... and I don't know what is normal!
Aug 06, 2008
ceramom
Sarah
mom to Mila 2-20-2007
and Robby 4-22-2004
Mila is on Peptamen JR 30 cal by NG tube. Open Heart Surgery 2/08/08. Captopril, Zantac, Losec, Lasix.
Both of those are normal!!! I would start letting him *try* to hold his bottles, especially those bottles that don't result in sleeping ( first thing in the morning, etc ).

I would also offer him the sippy cup throughout the day... leave it for him to munch on when he wants it. At 18 months old, Mila will ask for jooosh when she wants her cup.. Which, ironically, has water in it, not juice.

Aug 06, 2008
kmom
Worry Wart mom to
27 mo. reformed "happy spitter"
34.8lbs , 37in tall(oct)
Diagnosed A/R at 6 wks
Zantac until 1yr then Prevacid
Med free since February 08
peanut & egg allergies...still
Zoo Boo Trick-or-Treating (pic).
No such thing as normal, really! My son was holding his own bottle at 6 months but my friends twins where holding them at 4. At 8 months he would walk around with his bottle (holding on to the furniture at that point) and he also ate puffs. By 8 months my same friend with the super twins said that they were too old for puffs! Whatever! I am sure he is fine and with practice, he'll get the long bottle hold.
Aug 06, 2008
mom2halleyann
Donnessa, mom to Halley born 3/10/07
Reflux (mostly) resolved at 14 months
and Addison born 8/17/09. Currently exclusively bf and on 7.5mg Prevacid
I agree that he sounds perfectly normal. Even at one year, the long bottles were a little awkward for Halley to hold. What you may try doing is prop him up on a boppy placed on top of a pillow (so it has a good incline) and let him try to hold the big bottle. That's what helped Halley. Good luck!
Aug 06, 2008
lauren'smom
Jennifer - 1st time mom. Lauren (6/1/07) diagnosed 9/07 with GER at 3 1/2 months. Prevacid 7.5 mg in the am. Currently drinking whole milk and eating great!!
No longer aspirating! Yippee!
Picture: Why would Lauren play with the hundreds of dollars worth of toys scattered in my living room?!?! When she could play in a box! Estimated move date: Oct. 3rd!
Lauren would NEVER hold her own bottle for me. One day I went to pick her up at the sitter's and happen to walk in on her holding it on her own. As soon as she saw me she dropped it! Little stinker! She did it for the sitter all the time! I never pushed it because I liked that snuggle time. I still hold her a lot while she's drinking from her sippy cups. In good time he'll get it and give up his bottles. We JUST gave up our last bottle last week.

I don't know what brand of sippy you are trying to teach him with, but I would recommend the "take n toss" type because of it's unrestricted flow. They are messy but lo's get the idea of having to tip it back to drink. Then after he gets the hang of it you can switch him to something that doesn't spill.

As far as finger foods, I wouldn't worry to much at this point because he just can't have them, end of story. I am sure once his tummy is healed a little he'll be more than willing to eat foods.

Aug 06, 2008
michelle&aurora
Aurora born March 17, 2007
3 years, 8 months old
Weighs 25.8 lbs
8 lbs 11 oz at birth.
Recovered Chronic Projectile Vomiter
Prevacid Free since September 08
Egg allergy diagnosed Jan 26/09
Has a Pectus Excavatum
Has an Epipen
I don't think you are doing anything wrong at all. The fact that he holds his bottles while in your lap is great. He will drink it on his own eventually. He's only 10 months. I'm not sure where he'll be developmentally with food, given that he's had a very rough start, but all you can do is encourage and be happy he is getting his formula. I hope I didn't scare you with my post....I certainly don't feel as though I have done anything wrong...I have done what I felt is best up to this point. These feeding delays won't always be there, we just have to actually work at overcoming them, whereas some moms are blessed with having babies who can hold their own bottles at 5 months (my nephew) and it was just instinctual. For babies with feeding problems (allergies or aversions or anything), there is a trust issue with food I think. They rely on the comfort of their mothers while feeding. There is 6 months between Ror and Bassy, so I have to cut the tether because of daycare and the need for her to "spread her wings" so to speak....sniff, sniff.....I would say enjoy him, encourage him, but don't worry too much about the future. You might have some challenges ahead with food, but I know you'll face them head on and Bassy will be just fine....as will Rory. :) HUGS
Aug 06, 2008
emibug
Kathryn, Pager Volunteer and mommy to Emily Mia 02/04/07. 3 years old with GERD. 30mg Prevacid and Pepcid AC. Mylanta needed for flares. Failed prilosec med switch. Tried and failed many med weans but GERD and pain are well controlled. Functional constipation. Reoccurring SBBO. Suspected IBD or autoimmune disease. Resolved issues: MSPI, CSID (acquired), Stage 2 kidney reflux, Chronic diarrhea.
Audrey Meadow 06/20/08. born 34/35 weeks. Still b/f and eats everything! ftt and chronic constipation.
emily would never hold her bottles, she gets upset now when i give Audrey a bottle; she thinks i am giving A something bad cause she disliked them so much lol Honestly i didn't know kids held their own bottles till danie said nate didn't at 10 months so it never occurred to me that this was a delay. i had time so i didn't mind holding it for her.

she also was introed to food late as well (11 months) and she is a great eater and sippie cup drinker now! she kicked the bottles 2 months ago and holds her sippie by herself. she also self feeds most everything. she is a bit delayed on fine motor of self feeding with silverware and pincer grasp but hey, in the long scheme of things i know she will be eating with fork and spoon eventually.

personally i think the best thing you can do is keep him on his neocate to help him heal while letting him be around you guys while you eatso he can feel like a part of the ritual. it's good that he even has an interest! i know neocate is expensive but maybe you could freeze some cubes so he can play and suck on them in his highchair while you eat dinner or make him a neocate slushee and spoon feed? i dunno lol

I tried to be consistent with sippie cups but it's hard, i think you should maybe try the water in the sippies but if it were me i wouldn't worry too much about the sippie thing until he can eat some solid foods and take out some of the bottle meals. just make sure he sees or touches or plays with the cup everyday so he gets familiar with it. that way the transition will not be so hard when you do actually decided to go to sippies
Aug 06, 2008
amber f
I wish Nolan would let me hold him to feed him. Now the only time I can get him to take a bottle is if I lay him down in his crib and shut the door. There is way to much distraction otherwise and he won't drink. I intro'ed the sippy cup really early cause he was fighting a bottle so bad. I think Bassy is doing great! For daycare I'm not "allowed" to prop bottles. So holding the bottle isn't something the daycare kids do either cause I hold them to feed them and as long as I am holding them I hold the bottle most of the time. Nolan is my kid so it is okay to break the rules:)

Suri is still using a bottle. Okay so TomKat aren't perfect? Oh no there goes my whole following their book on parenting. Now what I am going to do. I will have to look to Brangelina for my parenting tips. I already had to stop following Micheal Jackson's dangling your child from the balcony style of parenting. I hope the Pitts can guide me.

Aug 06, 2008
momoftwoboys
Kelly, mom of two boys with GERD. John (born 11/03) was on 40mg Nexium til 15 mos old. Second son Brian (born 05/07) started on Zantac. Now on 22.5 mg Prevacid Solutabs plus Carafate 0.5 ml 1 x day
John held his own bottle at 9 mos but Brian didn't til he was like 11 or 12 months. He is almost 15 mos and I still give him his sippies of milk on my lap and sometime I hold it and sometimes he holds it. If dh gives it to him, Brian always holds it himself but not with me. I could just hand him his sippie and he would take it and hold it but he tends to just play with it and not drink it if I'm not holding him on my lap. I tried a few different sippies and the ones that work best for Brian are the Nuby ones without the handles (I got them at Target). We gradually transitioned one bottle at a time over to the Nuby sippies and we just switched the nighttime bottle to a sippie last night so Brian is now done with bottles. It took Brian awhile to get used to the sippies but once he did, replacing the bottles was pretty easy although he does drink less milk from the sippies than he did from the bottle but still enough. I worried about it too with Brian because it seemed like every other baby was holding their own bottle except him but I think babies just do it in their own time when they are ready.
Aug 06, 2008
katiesmommy
Tracey, mom to Katie diagnosed with GERD at 3 week.

Amber....you crack me up!

I freak out that Katie can't crawl yet, that it took her 3 days before her 8 month old birthday to sit up AND she can't hold a bottle either. People keep asking me if she is pulling up or walking yet and I tell them she has just started attempting to pull herself along on the floor. Some of these people know her digestive issues (we've taken her off of all solids too) and they look at us like we have a defective child.

That being said....I don't think you are causing him any delays. Katie has a million sippie cups and can hold one that has a really soft spout that is almost bottle nipple like but she tends to try to suck the water out so I have to fill it really full. She can suck from a straw so we bought those take and toss because they are really easy to suck out of and she will pull on the straw and it really takes a lot before the straw will come out. Truth be told she played with it for 45 minutes yesterday in Wal-Mart and the straw didn't come out! Our friends babies mastered sucking from a straw after they were 1 so I feel pretty good about that.

While at a Peach Festival we got snow cones and since Katie was having a no eat day and it was 90 we got her a plain snow cone (ice) and spoon fed her that. She and I will sit on the floor and share her "snow cone". It makes her think that she is having a treat because I share it with her and it satisfies her desire for food.

And Leah Remini's kid takes like 8 bottles to bed and once she finished one she screams until she gets another so I don't think you have anything to worry about! :)

Aug 06, 2008
mdbarbagallo
Melissa - Mommy to Sebastian, born 9/28/07 @ 7 lbs 7 oz and 20.75 in. At docs at 12 months: 27 pounds and 32 in! Good grief! GERD - currently on Prevacid suspension (liquid equivalent of 45 mg a day). Allergic to dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, all treenuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, peas, sesame, bananas, barley, coconut, dust, dust mite, dog, cat, latex. Seasonal allergies. Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS). Neocate only - no solids - until further notice (drinks and loves water, too). Loves his doggie, our rescued Treeing Walker Coonhound, Louise, even though he is allergic to her. Louise will make your doctor a homemade pie if you would like her to. PHOTO: We couldn't do a cake on Sebastian's birthday, but that didn't stop him from tossing around the contents of a big bowl of popcorn! He now tries to eat it when we play with popcorn, so no more of that game.... :(
Amber F, I am surprised that you forgot to mention how you are following Alec Baldwin's style and making sure to call your kids rude, thoughtless little pigs AND that you think it is a great idea that Linda Hogan (Hulk's ex-woman) is dating a boy who graduated a year behind her daughter. Sheeesssh. You left out two of the really good models.
Aug 06, 2008
emibug
Kathryn, Pager Volunteer and mommy to Emily Mia 02/04/07. 3 years old with GERD. 30mg Prevacid and Pepcid AC. Mylanta needed for flares. Failed prilosec med switch. Tried and failed many med weans but GERD and pain are well controlled. Functional constipation. Reoccurring SBBO. Suspected IBD or autoimmune disease. Resolved issues: MSPI, CSID (acquired), Stage 2 kidney reflux, Chronic diarrhea.
Audrey Meadow 06/20/08. born 34/35 weeks. Still b/f and eats everything! ftt and chronic constipation.
Aug 06, 2008
mom2coy
Coyle Eagan. One Year Old. Doing well on Cow's Milk flavored with juice :) Drinking two bottles of Go&Grow daily. Eating solids better but still have rough days. No More Silent Reflux-that I can hear anyway.. but puking again. Zantac 2ML 2X daily.
so did you two watch the same rachel ray episode that i did? i know, it WAS INSANE whenever people tell me i shouldn't give my 10 mo. old a bottle @ night i think of remini's kid.. lol.

seriously tho, i think some kids do early and some kids don't. and, i'm sure that he'll have no trouble drinking from a real cup. in fact, sippy cups can actually delay kids from drinking from a real cup so i wouldn't worry about that too much. remember, all kids are different. your little man can do things that other babies his age can not..

i'd say that if you want him to feed himself his "bottle" i'd start by giving him some formula in a sippy cup @ "lunch" time (or just before) so he can get the hang of it then. Then, i'd just give him the rest in his bottle by holding it for him. this is how i taught coyle. i don't think tho that you can expect him to drink an entire 7 oz. bottle by himself. coyle can drink the 7 oz. bottles but he doesn't ever sit there by himself and drink that big of a bottle.

Aug 06, 2008
amber f
Melissa~ I thought those tips go with out saying. I have been following Alec's style since the kids were born. Who doesn't call their child rude pigs? And of course I am going to date my son's teenage friends. What kind of mother would I be if I didn't? Plus I'm sure they'll be smoking hot!!!

Coy's mom I saw that Leah Remini's rachel ray on you tube! I had a hard time believing it!!! She was way to old to be screaming for a bubba!

Aug 07, 2008
mdbarbagallo
Melissa - Mommy to Sebastian, born 9/28/07 @ 7 lbs 7 oz and 20.75 in. At docs at 12 months: 27 pounds and 32 in! Good grief! GERD - currently on Prevacid suspension (liquid equivalent of 45 mg a day). Allergic to dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, all treenuts, peanuts, fish, shellfish, peas, sesame, bananas, barley, coconut, dust, dust mite, dog, cat, latex. Seasonal allergies. Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS). Neocate only - no solids - until further notice (drinks and loves water, too). Loves his doggie, our rescued Treeing Walker Coonhound, Louise, even though he is allergic to her. Louise will make your doctor a homemade pie if you would like her to. PHOTO: We couldn't do a cake on Sebastian's birthday, but that didn't stop him from tossing around the contents of a big bowl of popcorn! He now tries to eat it when we play with popcorn, so no more of that game.... :(
Thank you ladies - I feel so much better now!!!
Aug 07, 2008
masonsmommy
Jodi, first time mom to baby Mason born at 28 weeks 12-10-07. He has GERD, DGE, MSPI, ?food allergies, and hypotonia (starts PT end of July). On Neocate (thickened with Simply Thick) and on prevacid and EES. Home apnea/bradycardia monitor d/c'd finally at 7 months!
Melissa, I'm so late on this that you may not even see this. Mason is now 8 months and for some things is really like an 8 month old and not for others given his prematurity. But he shows no interest in holding his bottle while his little friend born when he was due who is all BF recently took and held a bottle on his own. These guys do things at their own pace that's for sure, I don't think it's anything to worry about. I think you're on track with giving smaller bottles that he can hold and trying sippy cups and regular cups. As with the solids delay nothing can be done. Mason is still not getting them either and he too is huge and hungry (19lbs, 27 inches). Enjoy your cuddle/feeding time while you still have it, I know I do:-) I know the minute he's more mobile he'll be off and running too busy to sit on my lap and take a bottle!
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