Getting baby to eat food

on Apr 14, 2014 @ 08:49 pm

My daughter is 7 months old. She is breastfed. I have bern trying to introduce baby food and bottles for a month now. She will put everything in her mouth except food! She knows how to use and hold the bottle but gags as soon as she gets the water or formula in her mouth. I have tried baby cereal, teething biscuits, bananas, pears and sweet potatoes. She just spits everything out. I never had issues with my son so don't know what to do. Is she just not ready or what else can I try??

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Hello! on Apr 25, 2014 @ 10:04 am

Try dipping some food on his pacifier if he uses one… or other similarly ingenious tricks you can come up with. Or, you could ask your pediatrician for suggestions.

probably not ready on Apr 25, 2014 @ 02:13 pm

As with potty training, if she's not interested, it ain't happening. There's nothing wrong with continuing on the breast; in fact, a lot of moms are choosing to delay introducing solids/bottles as long as possible these days due to the well-known benefits of breast milk. Unless your baby is absolutely starving and you can't keep up with demand, the only reason you'd want to start solids is to introduce them. Not because baby "needs" carrots and bananas, etc.

I would say that if you are able and willing (2 key criteria!) to continue with breast feeding, just do that for a little while longer and try again when your baby is genuinely interested. She will snatch food away from you and cram it in her mouth if she is really ready.

Good luck!

New to this! on Apr 25, 2014 @ 03:48 pm

@mamaluv - Good info and I will surely find that useful when the time comes for myself. I am curious though... when do you find they become interested, on average? I haven't looked into it too much because my first is due in a month, but my mind always thought around 6-7 months was when they first started becoming interested. I know everyone's different too though so maybe the average is later?

Every baby is different on Apr 25, 2014 @ 04:13 pm

Not only is every family different, but every baby within your family is different! That's a rude awakening every mom of several kids "knows" but needs to learn the hard way.

My kids were definitely interested at 6 months, with my older son probably closer to 4 months. That said, I still delayed starting solids until 6 months anyway. Quite frankly, nursing is so much more convenient!

The good news is that if your baby only accepts 1 food all that first year (e.g. bananas) it's not like he/she is missing out. Nutritionally, he/she will get everything from formula or breast milk, so eating solid foods is merely a training exercise.

I always say to new moms to not sweat the small stuff. 100s of years ago, moms didn't have all of these books and resources and guess what? Our ancestors managed just fine.

My Method! on May 19, 2014 @ 06:55 am

The most important thing is to encourage the baby to eat those foods. You shouldn't force the child. I tried and what I did was to eat in front of her and do expressions of gratitude every time I eat something! And eventually it worked. She was so intrigued that she wanted to eat the same thing. This is my method!

monkey see, monkey do on Jun 14, 2014 @ 08:11 pm

my little man was only interested in what I had, I made all of his baby food, so at meal times we would get all set at the table, and start eating, he started wanting some too pretty quickly!! good luck mama!! =)

Starting out on Jun 16, 2014 @ 11:06 am

We are just getting ready to start feeding my little one for the first time. We've started giving him breastmilk slushies so he could get used to texture. He seems really interested in it and its still the familiar flavour so its good. I also find that since it's breast milk but a different texture hopefully it won't be that big a transition. Every baby is different so you just have to take your cue from them!

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