My son is now a bit over 6 months and for some reason is refusing purees. We started him with the purees at about 5 months, veggies for lunch and now added fruits for breakfast. I tried giving him some mango two days ago for breakfast and he refused. I thought he just didn't like it so I switched to peaches which he ate slightly begrudgingly. Since then he has fussed and arched his back any time I try to spoon feed him. He is still nursing just fine though. He has gotten two teeth in, but I don't see any more about to come through and he hasn't been overly fussy like he was with the first two teeth, so I don't think it's his teeth. I did manage to get him to eat some mashed potatoes and a dinner roll from my plate. Do you think it could be he only wants what I'm eating now? Maybe if I put it on a plate for him he might try it?
My daughter goes through ups and downs with regard to both formula and solid food intake. I understand it can be worrisome but I think sometimes it's just a phase that can only be waited out really. Other reasons could be teething as when her first two came through eating was quite uncomfortable for her and she ended up eating less than usual for a good 2-3 weeks because of it. When she had the sniffles she'd refuse food more often. Sometimes she refuses food just because! Could be the taste, sometimes it's the chunks she doesn't like, sometimes she just wants to crawl around instead of sit in her high chair.. so it really depends! I'd just keep trying different foods and warming them up if you don't (I've found she eats more when the food has been warmed).
Have you tried mixing his purees with baby rice? My son did NOT like purees on their own. Too thin! He DID, however, love them thickened up with some rice. For him, the thicker the better! This should bump his food up to the consistency of mashed potatoes, and it should be more appealing. Either way, it's worth a shot!
It sounds like he wants your food or just isn't ready yet, which is okay!
Would you consider trying BLW? Its more of a food exploration and a learning experience than forcing them to eat purees.. It let's him go at his own pace as he's clearly not 100% ready yet. 6 months is just a guide though, milk should be the majority of his diet the first year anyways so just let him nurse nurse nurse until he's more ready..
From what you ladies have said I think it is more not wanting to sit still and possibly the consistency of the purees. I tried giving him little bits of banana while he was just sitting on his blanket and he actually tried to eat it. That was the first "finger food" for him, although he had a tough time picking it up. I will keep trying. He is definitely going through a developmental phase. He is trying so hard to crawl, even in his sleep.
I do try to follow his cues about feedings. I'm not trying to wean him completely, but he's always so interested in my food that I do let him give it a try if I feel it's something he won't choke on. I'm not 100% into the BLW, but I'm not planning to stop nursing immediately either.
Not sure this helps... but my LO HATED pureed foods. She had moments she'd eat them, but for the most part, it was difficult for us both! She would literally clamp her mouth shut and throw her arms out in frustration. It became so frustrating for me as well that about 8mos- we moved on to BLW (to an extent)- as she would open right up for anything off my plate!!! It soon became clear, this was how she preferred to eat. She too got her first tooth at 6mos and they just kept on coming- at 1yr, she pretty much has a mouth full! Only a few more to come...
I think some babies just don't like the taste or texture or whatever with "baby foods" and prefer to eat more solids. Maybe have LO sit at the dinner table with you when you eat and see how that goes? We now just pull her high chair up when we are eating. She eats more often so there are snacks and meals etc... but I think if we just follow the queues our LO's give... it's easier on us all Best of luck!
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