I feel like I'm failing at starting my LO on solid foods

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
863 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I did baby-led weaning because she refused purees, but in general even though she was really interested in food, she didn’t have significant food intake at all until around 10 or 11 months, and after she started at around 6 months, there were blocks of time (like weeks) where she wouldn’t take a bite at all.  I think some babies are slower on the intake the others, so I wouldn’t worry about pickiness at this point – I would just present different foods and experiment with it! 

Post # 3
6631 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

They really don’t become picky to between 1.5 to 2.5 years old. My son used to eat everything under the sun. Now not so much.  Try maybe a different texture to different kinds or even different brands if you are doing baby food. 


Post # 4
2696 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My DD didn’t really start having more than tastes of food until she was about 1, and started daycare where all the other kids were eating.

She was very much a breastmilk baby until that point.

Don’t be so hard on yourself. The primary source of nutrition for the  first year should be breastmilk/forumla. Solids are more of a toy/ activity for them right now.

Post # 5
4413 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Do you make your own food, or buy commercial? I make my own baby food, which is actually really easy and worth it because I can mix things that wouldn’t ordinarily come together, and I control the proportions of the mix. DD really likes bananas and carrots, for example, but refuses to eat most other new foods. So I make mixes with the things she likes — like, squash-carrot that is mostly carrot at first and then gets more and more squashy as days go on until she’s eating the squash straight. It’s been working great! Though I must say, the pea-nana smelled pretty awful …

Post # 6
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

It’s not at all unusual for babies to be put off solid food after a stomach upset. It often seems as if they’ve convinced themselves that there’s a connection between the two. Also, her appetite will need to build up again.

What I’d do is simply offer tiny little tasty tidbits from your meals that she can try out at her own time. Just pop them onto her high chair tray while you eat. At 8 months her primary source of nutrition is milk anyway.

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Post # 8
365 posts
Helper bee

My baby is almost 8 months too, and about a month ago I started BLW because she would not eat purees from a spoon.  She’d eat a couple spoonfuls max, and then just kind of shut down (wouldn’t open her mouth).  BLW has been going pretty well for me.  I just tried this morning to offer cereal on a spoon and she wouldn’t do it.  But she’ll eat a wide range of food if she is allowed to jam them into her mouth herself.

Post # 9
132 posts
Blushing bee

My DS is 21 months old and is such a fussy eater, he’ll eat toast and cheese all day long but will not eat much else. 

My DD2 is 6 months old and will eat anything and everything there’s no stopping her, I will admit though that since DD2 has started eating DS is starting to experiment more

DD1 (age 5) has always been a good eater and loves fruit and veg.

every child is different and some will experiment more than others. It takes time and lots of mess but make feeding times fun we always have fun at mealtimes which is also encouraging DS to eat more. 

Good luck with everything you try. It’ll be worth it in the end 🙂

Post # 10
1147 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

When I was a nanny one of the babies I watched would not eat purees to save his life. Then around 9/10m his mom gave him food off her plate and he was hooked. He apparently had plans of his own to do BLW and that’s what worked for him. You are not failing at foods mama!!

Post # 12
11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Cory_loves_this_girl:  sounds pretty typical from what I have researched. If you’re on Facebook, there’s a page called babyledweaning.com that I hve found super helpful! I would just keep offering food and if shr eats it great if not no biggy since milk is still her primary source of nutrition. She wil eat when she’s ready!

Post # 14
1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Cory_loves_this_girl:  My LO was never a great fan of being spoonfed so we did mainly BLW with table foods.  I’m a huge believer in family mealtimes and think they’re a great way to establish good eating habits and manners, as well as encouraging a good family bond.

Post # 15
1471 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My LO has always gone through phases where he eats less or more. Some favorites he suddenly hates. Like right now, he hates chicken. :/ He likes a wide variety at meals, about 3-4 different things and he also loves to feed himeself since he was about 10 months. Sometimes I give him toys or teethers during meals to distract him, so I can shovel more things into his mouth. Sometimes changing up who feeds him mid-meal can get him to eat more. Hang in there! Little ones go though these phases!

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