Help! 10 month old refusing food!

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
579 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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.

Good luck!

Post # 4
2670 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

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
7192 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

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
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
4413 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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!

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