Post # 1
My son was always a great eater. We started purées at 5 months and he was soon eating 3 meals per day, along with our regular BF schedule. When he started teething at 7 months, he completely went off his food. Sometimes all he would eat was yogurt. For the last couple of months, between a couple of colds and more teeth, meak times have been a struggle. He will very happily eat Weetabix for breakfast and most of the time he refuses his lunch and dinner. We’ve moved up to lumpy foods, but he’s not wanting any of it. Neither will he eat really puréed foods either.
He would eat Weetabix for every meal if I gave it to him, so the issue isn’t me feeding him with a spoon.
For the past few moths, I’ve also been giving him finger foods, but he’s not really interested in eating much of it. He mostly squashes it in his hands then throws it on the floor! We seem to be at a bit if a cross roads now – he won’t eat his puréed/textured food, but won’t eat anything else!
FYI: He’s just turned 10 months and breast feeds first thing in the morning, at about 1400, at 1830 just before bed, and once in the night, usually around 0400.
Any help, ideas or suggestions would really be appreciated!
Post # 2
Is Weetabix like a cereal? If so, I’d start with trying to mix in some fruit or veggie puree, just to get him excited about different flavors.
I’m sorry! I hope that helps.
Post # 3
Monny: I think I’d just try to offer colorful choices at meal time, and if he won’t eat the touch you put no pressure at all, you just enjoy your own food, talking about how what you’re eating is delicious and all, but you do not ask “will you try x” and “please just one bite”. It has to come from him. I’d go with the exact same thing you’re eating, at 10mo he can eat just like you, and then after the main dish I would serve a fruit plate between you two, that he can manipulate and eventually try.
Some cheese too may be a winner once he tastes it. And bread. But basically, you keep a positive mindset, act like you don’t care he’s not eating, and eventually he will want to do just like you. Squashing the food and throwing is the first step before tasting it, so it will come. I’d say if you have absolutely no results after 2 weeks like this, maybe consult your pediatrician.
Also, you may want to skip the 4am feeding, if he’s getting all he needs from you, he’s not really hungry for the meals.
Post # 4
I wouldn’t worry about it. Keep offering him food a couple of times a day, don’t stress if he plays with it instead of eating it, and act like you don’t care. Try sitting and eating something he could also have in front of him and see if he seems interested! But overall, this isn’t a big deal. He’s getting the nutrition he needs from breast milk.
Post # 5
Will he take the solid food chunks if you offer them to him by putting it up to his mouth? He may just think the food is for playing with at this point. My ped said that the way picky eaters are made is by trying to force them to eat when they aren’t all that hungry. He suggested offering solids when she is hungry, and topping off with a bottle if necessary.
Post # 6
I think this is pretty common and nothing to be concerned about at this point. Just keep offering and don’t stress (thus making it stressful on him). Food before one is really mostly just for fun anyways. He’s getting everything he needs from breastmilk/formula at this point. Definitely discuss with your peditrician if you are concerned or if his weight is dropping.
Post # 7
Mine went through the EXACT SAME THING. I was upgrading her to chunkier purees, and all of a sudden one night she got a stomach bug and threw up a bunch of times, and I guess the whole experience turned her off the chunky purees (since that’s what she was puking up, blech). Afterwards, it was a struggle to get her to eat any real food at all other than yogurt, banana, and those Gerber cheetos.
Is your baby interested in what you’re eating? Like, if you sit on the floor and eat a plate of food, does he come over and get up in your business? If so, just try giving him a sample of whatever you’re eating (like, place it in his mouth, don’t just hand it to him). By doing this, we found out that DD loves hummus, tomatoes, and cheese. We were able to build from there.
Agree with others not to let it stress you out. He doesn’t NEED solid food right now … you just want to slowly build a foundation from which you can work up to eating table food in the future. Even if that’s nothing but bread, cheese, and tomato … that’s a start!
Also, based on what I’ve seen with my kid and my friends’ kids, cheese and tomato are pretty reliable foods that most babies like. Mine is also wild for bits of tofu and deli sliced turkey. Just give him what he wants and try to force a couple other things in there too, and he’ll get it eventually!