You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. She did well for a couple weeks, then took a ''break'' and refused everything but her bottle. All this to say, essentially, that you are not alone.... robin. Good luck. Most importantly, avoid fights over food. I'm wondering if the key phrase here is ''to be fed.'' Until then, he was nursing every 2-4 hours, and yes, many times during the night. Likely it will be the same for you; your child will try finger foods when she is ready, and not sooner. He was in a nanny-share before and really had a GREAT appetite. In the end, he just kept nursing and is fine. But we've gotten the hang of it now, and I appreciate that she wants to do it herself. Or something like that. Why Baby Won’t Eat Solids Anymore (They Used to?) You can let them play with food and utensils on their tray for ages without ever witnessing them taking an actual bite. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. I think the more you worry about it and the more you pressure her, the worse the problem will get. It was soft enough that he could break it down with his teeth/gums and not gag or choke. Doctors don't usually tell you that breastfed babies actually have better iron absorption than formula fed babies. My theory is that by holding the toast, he could control when it went in his mouth and could pull it out himself if he started gagging. We offer her what we're eating, if it's in (or can be made into) a safe form -- bits of chicken, salmon, rice, pasta, melon, cooked peas, chicken tamales, pinto beans, etc. I figure, if baby humans were meant to eat strained 'baby food', I'd have been born with a food processor instead of one of my breasts! Incidentally, she started drinking cows milk and walking around the time when this change in her diet appeared. If I try to feed them to her in turn, she clamps her mouth shut and turns her head, and pushes my hand away. Is this a common thing? Try to choose a time of day for feeding when you are not in a hurry so you are more inclined to be patient. He's hovered under 25 pounds for probably six months; even though he's beginning to eat more, he's so much more active. It sounds as though one of two things might be happening. By the way, she is 10th percentile for weight and height so I have always been concerned about her size, and am therefore especially concerned that she might lose weight. After that, I started giving him those awful diced Gerber vegetables which are very, very soft because they're stored in water. We kept trying, because he seemed interested in our food. Most important is for you to remember to never make mealtime a battle of wills between the two of you. The other possibility is that his appetite is declining somewhat because he is a year old. Offer fluids frequently throughout the day, and remember that any amount — even a few sips at a time — is a good thing. So skip the purees and give your son diced soft fruits and vegetables (whole peas are good), small pieces of ground and/or stewed meat, lumpy mashed potatoes, cooked pasta, small cubes of cheese, etc. Just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience? mouth, just picks it up and plays with it. My son eats a lot less when I am obviously paying attention and worrying. in little plastic bowls & plates, with her own plastic utensils, and let her go at it. You can access it at: http://www.askdrsears.com/html/3/T030800.asp, If that doesn't work, go to www.askdrsears.com, click on ''Feeding Infants and Toddlers,'' then on ''17 Tips for the picky eater.''. Some babies may be ready for solid foods a bit sooner (4-6 months) and others a bit later (6-8 months). Our babysitter still can spoon-feed him anything, and this helped a lot, too, as he ate prodigiously with her. He munches here and there on finger food (biscuits, breads, tomatos, some fruits..etc), but refuses to be fed anything more substantial and in a regular time schedule. steamed baby carrots, chunks of cauliflower, peas), cooked beans, chunks of meat or tofu cubes, avocados, pasta, all kinds of stuff. I can't say that this has been my favorite part of mothering so far, though. Just think of all the money you're saving!! It sounds like your little girl is just acting her age. Next up: I know this is anxiety-inducing. Any advice and words of encouragement would be appreciated! Or she’ll finally decide some peas or bananas aren’t so terrible after all. Keep nursing, as much as your child wants. So act like you don't care and don't pressure her. Some teething babies won’t eat – While it’s not as common, some babies start off eating baby food and then suddenly stop. And he wants to feed himself. (She has had two bottom teeth since she was eight months old, and her top front teeth are just now coming in.) If your child hasn't had these friuts give them one at a time first to make sure he/she doesn't have an allergic reaction. pushed it out or just made faces. Other good advice I've read is to not worry about them getting complete nutrition every day, but rather think of it as a week at a time. by Ellie (Toronto, Canada) My 10-month-old baby was an exclusively breastfeed baby since birth and we started introducing food when she was 7 months, but she is just not interested in food, not her food anyways, and hates to eat from a spoon.. My food she wants, but more out of curiosity than anything else.I let her try sometimes if it is not something offending to her. Good luck! anon. My reading tells me that delaying adventures in solid foods may also prevent food allergies that might arise if foods are introduced too early. Our son started taking to textures in surprising ways after gagging at everything ... sucking on crustless toast, for example. For an older baby who has started solids, offer clear liquids and foods with high water content like juices that have been half-diluted with water, gelatin, soups and popsicles (if they've been introduced). I am hoping plenty of parents with similar experiences will respond, and be reassuring. He eats breakfast before he goes in the morning & dinner once we get home. Terms and Conditions | Privacy Policy | Site by CooperHouse, Surviving the Newborn Sleep Survival Mode, Introducing Solids Foods (Fruits & Veggies) to Baby. He's lengthened out, seeming longer and skinnier. At this point, we're really just avoiding nuts, strawberries, citrus, honey & eggs, at our pediatrician's advice. I was being really uptight, basically, focusing exclusively on my own needs and ignoring her own very important desire to learn how to eat. Initially, I thought that she was just trying to assert her independence and feed herself, and would therefore refuse our efforts to put the food in her mouth. My daughter didn't eat much solid food until she was over 12 months old, and she's always grown well. Research continues to bear this out...Vitamin supplements for babies got their impetus as a supplement to formula, which is still not the perfect food for your baby. Has anyone else out there dealt with the hyper-sensitive gag reflex? I am a mother of one year old baby girl from India. How to introduce solid food There is no “best first food.”A good place to start is with iron-rich foods, such as fish, meat, eggs, tofu, legumes and iron-fortified cereal, because a liquid diet of breastmilk or formula alone may not provide enough of the mineral, especially by the time a baby is six months … She will now eat, or at least try, just about any food I offer her, and she doesn't (intentionally) rub food on herself anymore. But I think that's a whole different issue! Berkeley Parents Network, based in Berkeley, California, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit network for parents in the San Francisco Bay Area. You’ll never know! Rachel says: "My eight-month-old has shown no interest in solids.He will take the odd bit of puree now and again, but only if it's sweet.How do I get my baby to eat when he's determined not to?" It amazes me how much my daughter can pack away while my husband and I have a nice meal and talk! Additionally, friend of mine who is a speech therapist said that one way they treat children with an overly strong gag reflex is to gently massage their gums with a wet washcloth. Think of this as similar to sleep training — you know she’s exhausted, but you can’t MAKE her sleep. - my favorite invention was grated cheese, rice cereal, and a veggie or fruit mixed together and then rolled into small balls that he could pick up and put in his mouth. but still would not accept food from me directly, and he can't yet handle a spoon so this severely limits the number of things I can give him - any baby food is out unless I spread it on the toast and then he doesn't get much at all. Now that it is fruit season things have gotten easier. (I realize I’ve been assuming that other than this, her general development/milestones has fallen within the normal ranges? Which kind of baby is YOUR baby? He also doesn't seem to show much if any interest in the food on my plate. I thught my son was the pickiest baby on earth. In my experience, the biggest problem with a kid who won't eat is all of the unsolicited advice and judgments from other people who are convinced that they could get the kid to eat given half a chance (I've got to confess; it was my secret pleasure to let some of these smug folks have a crack at it, and watch my tiny daughter send them packing!) She will feed herself Cheerios and may take 1 or 2 spoonfuls of something, but then her mouth clamps shut and it's impossible to get her to eat anymore. As it turned out, I started the cottage cheese routine after his 9-month appointment and the gagging lessened considerably so we didn't go to an occupational therapist. Introducing Solids Foods (Fruits & Veggies) to Baby. * might be helpful. Don’t push for him to eat. Play with foods. If you've only tried spoon-feeding purees, maybe give baby-led weaning a shot and offer him small pieces of food he can grab and feed himself. interest in food etc. Get a baby grinder! Janet, If I may put it bluntly, your doctor is full of it. we went pretty much straight for the table food, which helped us eat better! The great thing about watermelon is that they get lots of fluids from it and it doesn't require teeth to eat it! The daycare provider seems like she offers healthy, wholesome foods, similar to what we have at home. I just offer my encouragement and give you hope that your child will eat finger foods when she is ready, and that's perfectly fine. On the other hand, we are concerned about his nutritional intake and vitamin consumption. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. ), you can give them a few ounces of water. let him practice his motor skills and try to pick them up. Both of my children refused baby food and really began eating when they could feed themselves soft foods that they could pick up. One expert said, ''You are only responsible for what food you offer your child, you are not responsible for what they eat.'' Here are some things that have helped for us: We eat together whenever possible. Yogurt, eggs, cheese, meat, grains/rice/pasta/carbohydrates — basically all the other food groups — can be safely introduced at this age. Or, talk to your doctor about giving them 2 to 4 ounces of apple, prune , or pear juice. I would appreciate any advice. He'll drink his bottles of milk, and occasionaly eat some crackers or snacky foods or bananas, but not really anything substantial. watch your baby, not the calendar, for signs that he or she is ready (by the way, grabbing for food is not necessairily a sign of readiness! But for the past week or so she just closes her mouth tight and waves her hands in front of her face whenever we attempt to feed her solids. Try everything else, and wait until he's older to try the more difficult choking foods. I tried playing fun games to get him to smile and slip it in but he didn't like that much and quickly caught on to my tricks.I realized food could quickly become a control issue so again I didn't push it. He is 14 months and started eating finger foods around 11 months. The only advice people and my pediatrician would offer was to give me a list of different foods to try, and none of them worked. Karen Some of the best advice I've seen about this sort of eating behavior is from Dr. Sear's website. But in the process, my daughter learned how to feed herself and to enjoy eating (and incidentally, became incredibly adept at using a spoon) and I became completely relaxed. Finally, keep the gluten-containing grains (wheat, rye, barley, oats) out of her diet until she is older than 2. if I tried to feed him anything with a spoon he would knock the spoon away,clamp his mouth shut, turn his head away. 14 month old won't eat solids. If she acts hungry, put her back in her high chair and try offering some “real” food again. This is my first baby, so every stage is all new to me. Home » Baby Basics » Solid Foods for Babies: When a 13-M-O Won't Eat Solid Foods for Babies: When a 13-M-O Won’t Eat Creating a baby solid food schedule is no easy task, and it must be SO tough to figure out solid foods for babies who refuse to eat or are very picky. If I go anywhere near his mouth with a spoon he waves both hands and clamps his mouth shut. Carolyn, My first born refused solids until she was 13 mo old. It could be that he is just so busy watching everying that he's not interested in eating. I'm assuming that this is due to her teething. if your child is thriving, growing, nursing regularly, and if YOU are eating well (including getting the right vitamins), drinking lots of water and getting enough rest, YOU WILL BOTH BE FINE! All Rights Reserved. Is baby still taking breastmilk and/or formula? I'd give up the spoon and concentrate on what foods he can eat with his fingers. He has not eaten baby food, and has refused to eat it, for a few months now. I have noticed a decrease in the daytime nursing, but, to the mom who complained about her babe's frequent night nursing, I'm sorry to say that hasn't eased up (if you're feeling overwhelmed, please get connected with La Leche League or check out the Sears duo's Nightime Parenting or Mothering Your Nursing Toddler, which is published by LLL). Because her finger food quantities often end up lower than her spoonfood quantities (although she's getting the hang of it, and I'm sure yours will too), I try to include some real bang-for- the buck finger foods with every meal: hard-boiled egg yolk, lentils, tofu, cubed and steamed fresh veggies, cubed avocado, etc. it may make sense to give them vitamin supplements. Whatever. Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama... Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. Good luck! (PARENTING PROTIP FOR ALL AGES AND STAGES: DON’T EVER LET THEM KNOW HOW DEEPLY YOU CARE ABOUT WHATEVER IT IS YOU WANT THEM TO DO. I’d be happy to share details about my experience if you want to message me. - pieces of soft fruit like bananas, avocados, peaches, mango, etc. But he still has fat in the appropriate places: around his wrists and on his knuckles, etc. And finally, make sure your kid is getting calorie rich food, such as whole milk products, cheese, avocado, etc. Linda I was in your shoes about a year and a half ago, with my first son. Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike. Schedule baby’s 15-month checkup. If you're determined to get her eating more solid food, You could try mixing the cereal up with breast-milk or formula--maybe even formula with less than the regular amount of water, for extra nutrution. Frozen peas also works great because they are small enough so if he doesn't chew then he can swollow without chocking and great for numbing the gumbs. You may find that your baby has dropped a milk feed or two (FSA nd). © 2016 Alpha Mom. Check to make sure baby is in the correct car seat for his height, weight and age. You can ditch the spoon and purees entirely and let them experiment with self-feeding (also called baby-led weaning). Put the food in front of him and let him eat, but don't focus on it. My 1 yr old daughter has no interest in ''finger foods'' and isn't handling chunky food well. I would recommend a developmental evaluation at that point, just to make sure there isn’t some underlying feeding issue. ), broccoli, chicken with yummy sauce in bits, mazoh balls from soup. As long as all else seems good with the daycare (the providers seem warm and loving, your son doesn't seem upset or frightened, his weight does not decline or his overall health change) I would NOT take this as a reason to change -- in fact, changing to yet another daycare situation might simply prolong the issue, because that would result in yet more things to get used to. Supervise him while he eats, but don't worry too much that he's going to choke. Now he loves whole wheat bread cubes, bread heels, frozen peas, banana chunks, blueberries, and tofu chunks. It's also a good idea to write down the foods your baby samples. But I want you to take a deep breath and repeat the next few phrases to yourself: It is my job to prepare and offer her food to eat. You can also give your child pasta...I wish mine liked it, but I think it's to slimmy for him. - yogurt that he could eat with his hands (very messy!). Until then, she would only take breast milk, and she steadfastly refused the varied menu I faithfully offered her at each meal. Any advice? She will be eating table foods soon enough. Infants need about 2 grams of protein per KG of body weight. She is very attached to her bottle at this point, even before this latest refusal of solids. He will eat cheerios and pieces of pancake and sometimes pieces of cheese but thats it. I know at times I felt embarassed among friends who had babies that were chomping away at a variety of table foods, while mine still turned his nose up at them. At that time, she had her 2 bottom teeth. In short, I was refusing to acknowlege her great interest in independence and in feeding herself. Susan, Neither of my children ate any significant amounts of food until 14 months or so. We just feed them whatever we're eating: for example, pieces of soft vegetables, ground beef and macaroni from last nights casserole. Holly. Neither of these has worked (she doesn't seem to eat much more solid food during the 2 1/2 days I work than when I'm home with her). For a while he would eat diced steamed veggies, although he won't anymore. Give it a couple of months (it can take that long for a child to get used to new things), and his appetite will likely pick up again. ANy ideas on broadening her reperatoire. From almost the very start, she would seal her lips and turn her head away and quickly start crying. In other words, one day they might have veggies but not want fruit, and the next day they want fruit but no veggies, etc. I've tried cheerios, those gerber fruit puffs, teething biscuits, banana chunks, crumbled cereal bars, grated cheese, etc. 8 to 12 months: 24 ounces of formula, or continued breastfeeding on demand. picking foods up with the pincer grasp, hand-to-mouth coordination, gumming, chewing, and swallowing new textures, etc.) She definitely wanted to be in charge of feeding herself and now at age 2.5 eats with utensils like a champ. Also, legumes in general should not be introduced until the child is over 2 years. We started her on stage 3 food about 2 weeks ago and she was doing well with the more textured food. You've probably heard that kids' growth rate tapers off a bit in their second year, and their appetites can decline because of this. Babies cannot and ought not eat almost everything grown-ups do. I didn't want her to make a mess, so I wouldn't give her any food that she could smear on herself or drop on the floor, etc. I tried to offer her these in pureed form, juices, raw pieces, or steamed pieces, but nothing seems to be working. If you see a link to a retailer, please assume that it is an affiliate link. ... rev 2020.12.8.38145 7-month-old's meltdowns when I try to feed solids; 7 month old won't open mouth to eat; 7-month-old's Low interest in solids; 7-month-old refuses to eat solids; 8-month-old wants only breastmilk and Cheerios; 8 mth old son refusing solids since teething began; See also: Refusing Solids at 10-12 Months; Related page: Starting Solids choking-phobic mom, I would just let him eat with his hands and clean him up when he's finished. Good luck! Week B... won't eat anything cut up for him except for sweet fruit. Her nanny has been able to continue feeding her solids, but she is only with her 2 days a week. 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