H.W. asks from Tallahassee, FL on September 11, 2008
7-Month-old Won't Eat Solids - HELP!
My daughter is 7-months-old and I've been TRYING to feed her solids for about 6 weeks now. I started with rice cereal...she had one bite and never opened her mouth again. We've tried oatmeal, bananas, sweet potatoes, pears and this week we're trying apple sauce...she absolutely will not open her mouth. She purses her lips and turns her head.
I asked the day care how they are feeding her (I send a little food each day) and her teacher said that she squeezes her cheeks gently to get her mouth open. Not sure how I feel about that!
What am I doing wrong?? We've talked to our pediatrician and he says to just be consistent and keep trying every day...but it's SO frustrating. And I feel like I'm wasting so much food! I'm still breastfeeding, so I'm not sure if that has something to do with it, but she drinks from a bottle with no problems. Help!
So What Happened?™
Thank you so much for all the advice and insight! As soon as the day care told me they were force feeding her, I stopped taking food and decided to take a break from solids all together. I was upset with her teachers, I was getting frustrated and I know she doesn't NEED the food for nutrition...it's all just practice...so we took a break.
I picked up the book "Super Baby Foods" so that I try making her food for her, but I think I'm going to wait another couple of weeks before we try again. I will definitely try some of the other suggestions you mommies made! THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
C.M. answers from Melbourne on September 12, 2008
I've seen babies that are 8 mo. old, that are only on breast milk, they are fat and happy. If she is growing properly, and you don't feel she is going hungry, just give it a break for 2 more weeks, I didn't start my baby on solids until 7 months, and I kept her on rice cereal only for almost a month and a half. I have found that studies show, that the longer you wait on giving the babies solid food, the less likely it is that they will develop allergies. Take a 2 week break and then just start her again with 2 table spoons of rice with formula or breast milk. (mom of 3 girls..youngest 15 mo.)
S.J. answers from Fort Walton Beach on September 12, 2008
By the time my baby was 7 months old she was on multi grain cereal. Try adding a little cinnamon or nutmeg.
T.R. answers from Orlando on September 12, 2008
My son Gareth, who is 3 now, hated squishy foods. I found this out the first time I tried to feed him cereal off a spoon. Of course it took me a while to figure out why he refused the foods. It was basically a texture thing for him. He still wont eat things like mashed potatos, cool whip, ice cream, oatmeal...you get the picture. Also I am not sure if you are feeding commercial babyfood or what..but have you tasted that stuff. GAG! lol I started just pureeing the food I would make for dinner. I would make green beans with dinner and puree him some, or if I made corn I would do the same. He also like when i would make him what we called baby noodle soup. lol I would basically make chicken noodle soup with carrots, noodles, and chicken then strain out the broth and save it, puree the veggies and add some broth back to it. The texture was more substantial and less creamy. Not sure if I am making sense but I hope so. Try giving your lil one veggies from home puree them up, don't make them too creamy and see how it goes. Good luck
Oh yeah about the daycare thing. I think I would be upset as well. I just don't think forcing food down a baby's throat is a good thing!
Hope this helps
A.I. answers from Miami on September 15, 2008
My little one did the same thing until she was about 8 months old. I discovered, with the help of my pediatrician that I was nursing her too often. Her appetite was completely satisfied with all the nursing so she was refusing solids. My pediatrician had me cut back on nursing and she quickly (2-3 days)became interested in eating. However, she never accepted the baby cereals, she went straight to homemade Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat, yogurt and such.
T.S. answers from Panama City on September 13, 2008
Why are you trying to force it?
Just be patient and wait a few months and try again.
She is letting you know that she is not ready for it yet.
There is no hurry. If you are nursing, she is getting everything she needs right now. The solids will only take away from her nutrition, not add to it. They are really just fillers at this point.
Mom of 4
J.R. answers from Miami on September 12, 2008
She might not be ready for solids. We delayed solids till my son was almost 9 months old because he was just not ready. He is also breastfed. But I also noticed he rather eat what we ate instead of babyfood. He was on baby food for a few weeks before he was eating what we ate.
I have also noticed with my friends who breastfed that their babies tend to hold off on solids till they are a little older then the "norm" of 6 months.
Good luck and try to stop forcing her. The downfall to this is that she will just reject all food all together.
M.H. answers from Gainesville on September 12, 2008
Seven months is still pretty young for a baby to be eating a solid food diet anyway. At that age the only reason doctors want you to introduce solids is so baby gets used to different textures and tastes and basically "learns" how to eat. She is not missing out on any nutrition by not eating solids, as your breast milk (or formula) is providing what she needs for nourishment. At that age with mine, I only offered baby food at dinner time, and let them eat, or not eat, what they desired. I would say, continue to offer it at dinner time, but definitely do not push it. It is amazing how quickly they change, and maybe in a few weeks she will be interested.And, I would eliminate it from the day care until she is eating at home first. Like you said, I don't like the idea that they are basically force feeding her.
R.C. answers from Orlando on September 11, 2008
babies dont have to eat solid foods til they are like a year old. Before that all solid food is an experiment, if she doesnt want it, stop pushing it. why make it a power struggle. and tell the day care to let it go as well. wait a month or so and then try again... my daughter was closer to 10 months before she wanted solids.
H.A. answers from Miami on September 12, 2008
my little guy was not too pleased the first time i stuck a spoon in his mouth either (gagged actually!) but, when i put some little dollops of the mush on his high chair table and let him explore it on his own, it soon ended up in his mouth (of course :) and he was okay with that. i guess it wasn't so shocking when he did it himself. same goes with the spoon...i let him squish the food around on his tray with his own spoon, inevitably that went into his mouth too! now he's one (and we're still breastfeeding too) and eats like a bear...and i still usually give him his own spoon to practice with while i use my own to actually get enough into him. don't give up, one day, they just get it!
T.F. answers from Orlando on September 11, 2008
Have you tried any other food other than "baby food"? My youngest of 3 would not TOUCH baby food! So I figured he wasn't ready... and then I was eating a muffin and he was staring at it... so I gave him a crumb of it and he loved it! From then on I just let him take a lick or crumb of whatever I was eating and gradually moved up to bigger crumbs and larger and larger pieces of whatever I was eating. He NEVER ate baby food!