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Baby Won't Take Any Solids

Hi all! My 8.5 month old son won't hardly take any solids at home. (He will at daycare, apparently.) But we've tried everything - purees, small veggies, finely chopped proteins, bread, pasta, rice, steamed fruit - nada. He'll eat a banana, that's about it. We put him in a highchair and offer finger foods first, and when he refuses those, we offer purees, and when he refuses that, we either give him a banana or end the meal.

He still takes lots of breastmilk, and he has plenty of dirty diapers, so I'm not worried about him being sick. I know food is just supposed to be for "fun", but there's nothing very fun about what we're doing at this point - attempts at food seem to just end in crying.

Any ideas? Anyone else go through this at this age? I'm not sure what else to try. Thanks!


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Nov. 27th, 2012 12:23 am (UTC)
Yo Baby yogurt was THE favorite food of my kids as infants.

Otherwise, just offer and be patient. He will eat eventually. Mine preferred food offered from my plate than their own.
Nov. 27th, 2012 01:24 am (UTC)
Yoghurt (especially the Chobani greek yoghurt) is a huge hit with my 9m/o, too, as is anything I'm eating, lol.
Nov. 27th, 2012 01:41 am (UTC)
Ooooh, should've mentioned he's milk protein intolerant, so yogurt/cheese/dairy is out for now.
Nov. 27th, 2012 04:45 am (UTC)
Many stores have non-dairy yogurt! You could give those a try. :)
Nov. 27th, 2012 06:53 am (UTC)
There're also goat-milk yoghurts, etc, too! Try the local natural foods store.
Nov. 27th, 2012 12:13 pm (UTC)
This on offering food from your own plate. My breastfed son only picked up eating solids reasonably with 1.5 years. I had stopped cooking for him only, and was cooking normally, making sure there was always something he could have (i.e. not too spicy, not too salty, and I'd just spice up stuff on my own plate while eating). I was so frustrated when he was around a year old, because glasses of or selfmade purees would be tried for a few spoonfuls, and I ended up eating them all because It would have been a waste. I was so sick of my babyfood diet, haha. My son preferred medium done slices and pieces of entrecote. That was one of the first solid foods he'd eat a sigificant amount of (starting after he'd turned one). o_O
Nov. 27th, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
"Just for fun" means "don't worry about it!" If he won't eat the finger foods, don't try to cram purees down his throat. Just move on with your day.
Nov. 27th, 2012 12:33 am (UTC)
I started solids with my youngest at 6 months, hoping it would help his spit up issues. He would maybe take a bite and then purse his lips and would not have anything else. It wasn't until he got his first tooth at 9 months that he decided he LOVED food. He also decided that purees weren't for him so we did more of a BLW approach and just gave him whatever we ate. So give it time!
Nov. 27th, 2012 12:51 am (UTC)
it's not uncommon for excessively breastfed babies to be interested in solid foods later. I know one friend who's daughter showed very little interested until 14 months and then even then, she wasn't really a big eater till around two.

Is your frustration that you want to ween?
Nov. 27th, 2012 01:42 am (UTC)
I exclusively pump. He's breastfed but not breastfed, y'know? Planning to go to a year so that's not a consideration. I think it's just got me concerned that he was a good little eater and isn't anymore.
Nov. 27th, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
I pumped for a year.

My son specifically had swallowing problems. So we had different issues. My main suggestion would be just keep offering. You don't even have to buy special baby food, you can just get a small hand food mill and grind up bits of what you are eating at home if you want to. Or with a baby lead weaning approach you can just give him small portions of whatever you are eating.

It is most important to let him explore the food, but not really worry at this point about how much is actually going in. From what I have read it can take up to 15 tries for a baby to accept a new food.

I promise you he will eat :) Also, bananas are fine, so just keep offering other things, but let him eat those if he likes them since right now his nutrition is coming from the breast milk not the actual food.
Nov. 27th, 2012 12:17 pm (UTC)
He was a better eater before? Maybe switch foods, stuff that was a favourite can suddenly become inattractive. Sometimes it helps to just change the form of the food, if he liked carrot puree before, try soft cooked carrot cubes or something. When my son was picky around this age, I cooked a rich broth for him and gave it to him instead of water during meals (I used a few kg of beef and another few kg of vegetables to make a clear broth, took five hours each time, but I'm sure you can also make a veggie broth if your vegetarian for example).
Nov. 27th, 2012 12:51 am (UTC)
You don't need to be getting solids into him. It's important that you start to offer them, but it doesn't matter if he actually eats them.

At that age, I'd sit my kids in a high chair ant dinner, and give them any baby-appropriate food we happened to be eating and maybe offer a puree. My oldest child wasn't really up for anything other than puree (of which she ate very little) at that age, my youngest liked solids okay by age.
Nov. 27th, 2012 01:02 am (UTC)
Maybe larger chunks of food, so he can bite off his own pieces? I've noticed this with some of the kids at the daycare I work at (in the infant and toddler room). If we give them pieces of finely chopped foods, they mostly play around with it, and tend to get cranky after a little while. And forget about purees, once they've had actual bites of food. But if we give them a larger chunk of food for them to bite off for themselves, they seem to do pretty well with eating the food, and aren't as cranky. Probably all just anecdotal and has nothing to do with anything, but it's just something I've noticed.
Nov. 27th, 2012 01:09 am (UTC)
My idea is - it is just for fun and don't sweat him not eating any solids. It's not necessary and not worth the tears trying to get him to eat. No point having power struggles over food at any age. I'd offer small finger foods and if he eats them, fine, and if not, fine. Some babies just don't want solid food until later. :)
Nov. 27th, 2012 01:12 am (UTC)
I had the same situation with my second son. He had NO interest in solids at all. But since I knew it wasn't necessary for him to eat them, I decided to just not stress about it. When his big brother would sit at the table and eat I would put him in his high chair and give him baby sized pieces of whatever Brother was having. Sometimes he would take a couple bites, sometimes he wouldn't touch it at all.

That went on until he decided he was ready for solids which was about 10 months old. Now that's all he wants!

He'll eat them when he wants to and for as long as it's not nutritionally necessary, no worries!
Nov. 27th, 2012 01:17 am (UTC)
Some kids just aren't ready/don't like solids much at that age. My daughter didn't really take to solids till 15 months old, though my 9-month old can eat his weight in food!
Nov. 27th, 2012 01:53 am (UTC)
stop offering and wait until he grabs things. for one of my kids that was 12+ months.
Nov. 27th, 2012 02:00 am (UTC)
Just keep offering but don't stress if he doesn't eat it. Don't fight with him about it. If he is otherwise healthy I wouldn't worry at this point.
Nov. 27th, 2012 02:56 am (UTC)
To add... Mine is 10 months and just started eating enough solids to like... Uh... Change the consistency of her poop about 3 weeks ago. Before that it was just a bean here, a flake of kale there. We do BLW.
Nov. 27th, 2012 02:18 am (UTC)
Does he show any interest in food when you are eating? My 7 month old hasn't quite mastered her pincer grip, and absolutely refuse pureed foods. However, this kid will tear up anything that you have on your plate. So in the mornings I share my (whole oats) oatmeal and brown sugar, lunch today was snippets of my lasagna, dinner was 1/4 avocado. But yes, food for now is pretty much for fun, so I wouldn't fret too much :)
Nov. 27th, 2012 03:08 am (UTC)
My daughter pretty much survived on breastmilk and air until she was ~18 months, and only started eating what I thought was a baby/toddler sized portion (compared to friends' babies) at about 21 months. Before that, it was maybe 2-3 bits of something solid per 'meal'. An apple could easily last a week. She has always been tiny, so at first I fretted at her doctor's concern. Then, I switched doctors, stopped worrying, and let her monitor her solid intake. She is incredibly healthy, and stated in the lowest percentile for weight, even after increasing portions significantly.

(We did 100% baby led weaning, btw).
Nov. 27th, 2012 03:34 am (UTC)
IIRC your son is only about a week or so older than Alex, right? Alex has only just gotten really interested in purees in the last week or so. And, he still rejects anything with the least bit of texture to it.
Nov. 27th, 2012 05:16 am (UTC)
I don't know about the weather where you are, but trying to feed my son outside was the only was he would try any solids. He didn't take anything until 9 months, and then he only liked pureed sweet potatoes for almost two months before finally starting to like other foods. All kids are different and have different tastes. Good luck, I know how frustrating it was, and all the "don't worry"s in the world didn't really help haha.
Nov. 27th, 2012 07:54 am (UTC)
My daughter became interested in consuming anything other than breastmilk at 14 months. Just wait, don't stress.
Nov. 27th, 2012 11:33 am (UTC)
I would relax-- keep offering-- talk to a doctor if he still isn't taking solids in 3 or 4 months.
Nov. 27th, 2012 02:05 pm (UTC)
Don't worry about it. If he's eating at daycare, that's awesome. My kid (exclusively breastfed) didn't really start eating much in the way of solids until after a year or so.
Nov. 27th, 2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
My 8 month old daughter isn't ready for solid food yet. We give her food to play with, but she doesn't put anything in her mouth. If you try to feed her something, she won't open her mouth. So we just give her pieces of food to play with at mealtimes. If they don't want to eat, they won't eat.

As others said, for fun means, let him have food to play with, if he eats some great, if not that's just fine.
Nov. 28th, 2012 04:18 am (UTC)
My son was the same way. Like the other commenters, i just kept offering different things and eventually he started eating them, he was also almost ebf until 6+months. My son has always done everything in his own time so i always figure he will do it when hes ready, for example i have offered every type of sippycup under the sun since he was 6months old but just now over a year he finally uses it.
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