6 month old doesnt like baby food

Heather - posted on 05/06/2011 ( 25 moms have responded )

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Pleasehelp my 6 month old doesnt tlike baby food. I started her on rice cereal but she didnt like that much either. Im now trying baby foods and she just seems tonot like anything I give her. She is able to swallow the food and not spit it out. But after the first bite she clenches her mouth shut and doesnt want to eat. I've tried giving her a toy and I sneak in food when she puts the toy to her mouth. She will eat what I can get in her mouth. Any ideas......please help

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Alison - posted on 05/09/2011

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There is no rush. She can continue the bottle or the breast exclusively for at least another month. This can be a control issue. Babies have very little control over anything, but she can control what she takes in.

With my second child, I fed her finger foods rather than the traditional baby food. This allowed her to feed herself and be totally in control, while exercising new motor skills. (It also freed me up to eat my supper!)

Here's an excerpt from Dr. Sears:
http://www.parenting.com/article/ask-dr-...
Offer finger foods. Match feeding strategies to your baby's developmental milestones. Around 8 months, expect the "do-it-myself" stage to commence: Babies develop a fascination with tiny objects (such as morsels of food) and enjoy mastering the thumb-and-forefinger pick-up, called the pincer grasp. Use this newfound achievement to your advantage by offering finger foods. The safest are those that dissolve in the mouth:

Bite-size avocado pieces
Small cubes of tofu
Teething biscuits
Mashed potatoes
Rice cake pieces
Cooked carrot bits
Slices of cooked fruit
Hard-boiled egg-yolk crumbles\
Pasta and spaghetti pieces
O-shaped cereals
Cooked peas
The four P's: peaches, pears, prunes, papaya
Squash

A safe way to introduce meat is to take a chicken leg bone with all the tiny slivers removed but a small amount of cooked chicken still remaining. Baby can hold the bone like a rattle and teethe on it, play with it, and even eat a little chicken. Feel free to serve the chicken bone any time of day: The concept of breakfast, lunch, and dinner foods doesn't apply to babies -- it's more what they're in the mood for. If they want cereal for dinner and pasta for breakfast, that's absolutely fine. With my own kids, we found it easier to simply mash up part of the meals we were eating and let them enjoy the family meal, baby-style.

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they say oatmeal is hard on their systems and I thought youre not supposed to introduce yogurts and milk until 1 year old?



The baby is six months old people.......... six months!!!!! Lol not old enough for oatmeal or yogurt or cubes of food yet......




When can my baby eat yogurt?



You can introduce yogurt to most babies as early as 6 months, says Frank Greer, a pediatrician and former chairman of the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) Committee on Nutrition. But if your baby has been diagnosed with a milk allergy or intolerance or shows signs of an allergy of any kind – such as eczema – hold off until you’ve checked with your baby's doctor.



If your baby has a strong family history of food allergies or asthma, Greer says it's probably safe to introduce yogurt at 6 months as well, but advises checking with your doctor first.



http://www.babycenter.com/408_when-can-m...



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When can I introduce oats to my baby?



Oats are one of the least allergenic foods, so - whilst it should not be forgotten that ANY food has the potential to cause an allergic reaction - oats are among the safest to introduce to your baby as a first food.



Due to their high fibre content, they do not cause constipation in the way that rice cereal often does (read more here about The Best First Food For Baby and why rice cereal may not be the most suitable choice for your little one).



Before 6 months of age, babies should not be given foods containing gluten, as this is believed to raise the risk of their developing Coeliac (Celiac) disease (more information here).



http://www.homemade-baby-food-recipes.co...

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This is just my opinion so take it for what it's worth, but I think "baby food" is absolute rubbish, especially baby rice cereal. I formed this opinion after a lot of research.



Try regular oatmeal (grind dry oatmeal in the mixer into a powder), mashed avocado, mashed banana, plain whole yogurt with no added sugar, etc. Here's more information:



http://baby-led.com/

http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/



I don't think you should "trick" your baby into eating. Babies will eat at their own pace. Some are not ready for solids at 6 months. My son didn't do more than taste and play with his food until 7.5 months. Then he started to eat small amounts. Now he loves his oatmeal and yogurt.

Kristin - posted on 05/15/2011

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My daughter started eating carrots at 4.5/5 months(which was okay by her Dr.) she's now almost 7 months and has been eating solids twice a day for the last month. Just in the last few days she had cut down to once a day, since shes losing interest in certain foods, found out in the last week that she loves her banana's so that's what she's been eating... try different things! Even if it means you may waste food.. your baby will begin eating even more once she finds something thats really tastey! Just stay away from prunes and apples, tends to make babies poop a lot! lol

Kimberly - posted on 05/13/2011

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with landon i know it might sound mean but i played with him and held the bowl up above his head to make him look up they cant look up with out opening there mouth lol. you can try that

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Heba - posted on 05/15/2011

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use the dummy as if u'll give it to her and when she open her mounth put the spoone with food inside and smile as if u r playing, enjoy ....... hope it'll work:)

Sarh - posted on 05/13/2011

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Does she have teeth? Give her the little Gerber Puffs. Maybe she is like my son and wants to feed herself. He was the same way!

Callie - posted on 05/12/2011

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Like many of the others have said I would stop and then try again in a few weeks or so. She may not be ready to eat solids. You could also try using real foods instead of jar foods. Jar baby foods are pretty nasty tasting. I started my daughter with avocado which I later found out was the first food our Pediatrician gave her own son. Just buy a ripe avocado and mash some with a fork (add a little water if you think its too thick).

Amy - posted on 05/12/2011

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Also I have been doing a combo of foods I have made and store bought. The two that she seems to hate the least are peas (home cooked) and store bought applesauce with a little cinnamon in it. although she refused to open her mouth for the spoon she did lick it off her lips and kept licking her lips for the taste...she will also chew on the spoon if I give it to her and there is nothing on is, but clamps those lips down as soon as there is something to eat!

Amy - posted on 05/12/2011

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I am having the EXACT same problem!!! So frustrating, I have tried everything that has been suggested to me and have read. I have been told by some others in another group to wait her out and keep trying until she decides to eat. Still hard though to try and try and have our little ones not want to eat!

Lena - posted on 05/12/2011

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the doctor told me that i have to keep trying it because she have to learn to eat with a spoon..

Lena - posted on 05/12/2011

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i have the same thing going on my baby she i s 6 months in 1 week in she will not eat it to..in i dont know why he doctor told me to keep trying it..

Emily - posted on 05/12/2011

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Don't force the issue. There is no reason she *needs* solids right now. There are some babies that don't eat solids until they're closer to a year old, and that is perfectly okay. Just go at her pace. If she's interested, feed her. You can feed her from your plate if she seems to want it. She will let you know when she's ready.

Wendy - posted on 05/10/2011

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Maybe she's just not ready. If you are just starting to introduce solids then it will take her some time to get used to it. Maybe try thinning the baby food or rice cereal with water , formula or breast milk. My kids started with runny rice cereal just until they got the hang of swallowing and then I switched to baby food. Don't force her , if she doesn't want to eat now then just keep trying eventually she'll eat it.

Sandy - posted on 05/10/2011

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Are you mixing anything with the tasteless rice cereal??? Mash in a banana I'm sure that'll work or any fruit for that matter. You can even mix in some veg. do you buy baby food or are you making your own?

Bridgette - posted on 05/10/2011

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The only other advice I have is to put a spoonful of food in her mouth, and then clap, cheer, jump and dance in praise. I did that to try and get my little one to eat, we did have to stop once and wait a week but he now likes feeding because of all the fun talking and dancing we do! Hope it helps, if not they will be OK as long as they get their food somehow!

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 05/09/2011

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Also, does she watch you eat? It's so cute. I started letting my son 'taste' things. My cup I was drinking out of, he would act like he was eating out of it but it was just a chomp on the rim. Also whenever I eat I started to just let him smell and lick things to get in the habbit of wanting to eat foods.

Tinker1987 - posted on 05/09/2011

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sometimes try different spoons,i had to try 3 different kind and found one he loved to eat off of. mine had a ball with sweet potatoes but he doesnt eat much . only a few bites.

Kelly - posted on 05/09/2011

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I'd stop trying for awhile, then try again when she shows an interest. There's no rule saying you have to start giving a baby baby food just because their old enough to start trying it. Sounds like she's just not interested yet.

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 05/09/2011

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The baby is six months old people.......... six months!!!!! Lol not old enough for oatmeal or yogurt or cubes of food yet......... and omg chicken bones...... are you kidding me? Even at 8 months I wouldn't do that. Heck, my mom even said to watch out for some of those baby biscuits because they tend to not dissolve fast enough and sometimes the kids choke on them. (they might have gotten better over the years but still, safer is better)

Miriam - posted on 05/09/2011

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sit her at the table (in her chair) when you'll are eating, and see if she's interested. feed her food that you make for her instead of store bought. It would be healthier and taste yummier!! :+)

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 05/09/2011

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they say oatmeal is hard on their systems and I thought youre not supposed to introduce yogurts and milk until 1 year old? Other than that..... baby food is simply what we eat and they can handle. You just have to find what they like, work with them, be patient and try different things. There's no trickery involved, it's not like you can pull a coin out and shove something down their throat... it's just trying different things to see what works.

Amanda - posted on 05/09/2011

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get a feeding bottle online.and put in in with your baby formula. that's what worked for me.it will take sometime but she will eat soon.

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 05/07/2011

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My son really only likes Sweet Potatos so far.... Pears are okay....... but I've recently been reading about making my own baby food and they said to freeze cubes and store them in ziplock baggies...... ok..... then I ran across these in the store (Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder) I'd post the link but it won't let me. At Target, I got two for 7$ and with the smaller ice cube trays, I froze baby food and shove it in this teether food feeder and my son LOVES it. He didn't even need to be taught how to use it, it went in the mouth and he's been eating 3 cubes, twice a day, for two weeks now. Maybe this will help you, and your daughter while teething too. I originally bought it for teething but my mom is like WOW you don't even have to feed your kid now lol I didn't think of it like that, but it is true. He eats 1 full one and then a half one, gets full and drops it. It's been awesome! And a life safter with teething..... and apparently for feeding foods too!

Vicki - posted on 05/07/2011

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Maybe she's not ready for solids? Also baby foods generally taste horrid, so understandably some babies don't like it. Google 'baby-led weaning'. There's lots of info out there to take the pressure off. My boy didn't really start eating significant amounts of solids until 14 months, just really had tastes until then.

Jenni - posted on 05/07/2011

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Rule #1: don't pressure! :) The more you push, the more she will refuse.
It's ok to take a little break and try again in a week. 6 months is a time for exploration of solids and adjustment. They don't really need solids for nutritional value until between 8-12 months. I've known a few moms who's babies refused solids all together until 8-9 months. They get all the nutrition they need from bm or formula until 8-12 months. So don't stress.
Just take breaks and try again later. Some babies don't like being spoonfed. So at 8 months if she is still refusing you can offer more finger foods.

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