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Old Jan 21st, 2013, 12:38 PM   1
bananaz
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What am I doing wrong?


My LO is 8 months old and has almost no interest in solids. I started weaning her a little before 6 months and originally went with the TW route. It seemed to be going okay for a while - she really enjoyed rice cereal and she would try the different purees I offered her. She didn't seem too keen on most of them but there were some that she would eat decent quantities of (I had the best luck with carrots, sweet potatoes, and squash). I also gave her finger foods occasionally but she never ingested much.

A couple weeks ago she started flat-out refusing all purees, homemade or from a jar. I started giving her more finger foods and bits of what I was eating but it hasn't helped. She will dissect the food, smack it around the tray, drop it on the floor, even hold it over her head and yell at it but she just won't put it in her mouth.

I've tried all kinds of foods too - bread, fruits, vegetables, eggs, etc. I just don't understand why she immediately tries to shove a paper towel or a piece of lint off the carpet into her mouth but she won't eat the food I've prepared for her! I keep trying new things every day but right now the only thing she'll eat other than breast milk is rice cereal. Please help



 
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Old Jan 21st, 2013, 12:56 PM   2
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I feel for you, it's frustrating. my pediatrician did tell me that BF babies tend to be pickier, don't know why but my cousin's LO was EBF for 8 months and he's 1 now and very picky with food.

hopefully this is temporary



 
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Old Jan 21st, 2013, 18:38 PM   3
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I'm sure it's not a big deal, she'll eat when she's ready but I know it can be frustrating! I'll make these elaborate meals for LO and she'll throw it all at the wall We're BLW though so I just leave her to it, some days she's really keen and eats a lot, other days she wants out of her chair as soon as she gets in.

I have found the foods she's really keen on are boiled sweet potato, yoghurt of all kinds (I spoonfeed her this and let her take the spoon herself..which she turns around and sticks so far into her mouth that she sometimes vomits a bit ) banana, scrambled eggs made in the microwave are easy to pick up, and she's quite into sandwiches/toast as she just sucks on them and they get soggy and easy to eat.

I'd just keep trying, through the frustration, she will get it eventually



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Old Jan 21st, 2013, 18:49 PM   4
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Thanks guys. I did manage to get her to suck on a slice of orange today so that is some success, even if she didn't actually eat anything. I guess I just expected her to be eating more solids at this age, but I suppose she'll do it on her own schedule just like everything else!



 
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Old Jan 21st, 2013, 19:23 PM   5
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Yep, you just kind of have to go with it.. at 8 months we had some good days where he wanted to eat and try lots and other days where he'd just have breast milk. Now at 12 months he's pickier than ever though (he'll eat if you just hand it to him while he's playing or walking around the house and then you put him in the high chair and he throws it all on the floor!) They really do go through phases and I've just decided to let him lead and hope for the best!



 
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Old Jan 21st, 2013, 22:54 PM   6
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I just don't understand why she immediately tries to shove a paper towel or a piece of lint off the carpet into her mouth but she won't eat the food I've prepared for her!
babies can be super clever can't they?! when DS isn't in the mood he takes the spoon, turns it around and chews on the other end so all the food drops off!



 
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Old Jan 22nd, 2013, 09:03 AM   7
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Are you doing foods individually or are you making recipes up as well?

My LO loves pasta in sauce and various meat/fish casseroles/curry he never eats anywhere near as much if the things are individually put out or given on a spoon (I'm TW) but he eats loads of eg bolognaise, moroccan lamb... I suspect it may be totally different as my LO never saw the point in rice cereal and yours clearly loves it but it might be worth trying? (sorry i never know the US guidelines for if you can give meat,pasta etc yet but my LO had definitely got bored of plainer flavours by 8 months...)



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Old Jan 23rd, 2013, 22:38 PM   8
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We're lucky with LO...she loves everything and eats like a tank.
I'd just keep giving her finger foods and letting her have a go at them. "Food is fun before 1", so at this stage she's just learning about tastes, textures, etc and it's not a huge deal if she isn't ingesting a lot

Socity - I've heard the opposite, that BF babies are less picky because mom's breast milk changes in flavour depending on what she eats so they are more exposed to a variety of flavours



 
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Old Jan 25th, 2013, 13:24 PM   9
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Are you doing foods individually or are you making recipes up as well?

My LO loves pasta in sauce and various meat/fish casseroles/curry he never eats anywhere near as much if the things are individually put out or given on a spoon (I'm TW) but he eats loads of eg bolognaise, moroccan lamb... I suspect it may be totally different as my LO never saw the point in rice cereal and yours clearly loves it but it might be worth trying? (sorry i never know the US guidelines for if you can give meat,pasta etc yet but my LO had definitely got bored of plainer flavours by 8 months...)
I've mostly been giving her individual foods because I was leery about allergies as well as the salt/sugar content of my meals, but recently I've started to just give her bits of whatever I'm eating since it's easier and she's probably not going to eat it anyway. I haven't really tried any bolder flavors though, so maybe that's what I'll do next. The fact that the only things she likes are bland processed carbs is a little discouraging though, haha

Anyway, I did get her to have some bagel with cream cheese this morning! I'm still not sure that she actually ate any of the bagel but she sucked off the cream cheese and put some of the bagel in her mouth at least. Progress is progress, right?



 
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Old Jan 25th, 2013, 13:44 PM   10
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Perhaps try giving a few lumps maybe she just gets bored with food easily, I skipped the baby rice stage and tryed to give my LO as much variety as possible and I've been very lucky as she'll eat anything although I don't give her any food with empty calories in though.



 
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