Please help! Introducing solids???

Paige - posted on 08/03/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I have a nearly 6 month old daughter and have slowly been introducing her to all types of fresh fruit and veg that has been pureed. She still has several bottles a day, but i want to try and get her to eat several small meals and only have a few bottles each day. she loves to eat rusks and doesnt have a problem with plain baby rice or cereal and She drinks water. Can you recommend any ways to entice her to eat solids. She is interested when we are eating and will open her mouth for the spoon, but lately just blows rasberies or spits the food straight out. It is frustrating. Does any one have any suggestions, helpful tips etc? Thank you!

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Jennifer - posted on 08/09/2009

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Have you tried a baby food mill/grinder. We used to keep it by our dinner table and feed the babies starting at about 6-7 months from the table (along with the starter baby
foods) things that are not too spicy or acidic in small quantities, suce as spaghetti (not too much sauce), potatoes, veggies, etc...

Paige - posted on 08/09/2009

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thanks everyone, the patients has worked. She has taken to it now. And cant get enough.

Amber - posted on 08/07/2009

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actually my son does the same thing and i would take fresh veggies or fruit and puree it and then add the cereal in it to make it thicker and give them a spoon while i hold a spoon to feed him and if he spit his food out i payed no attention to him but if he ate it i would get all excited and complement him b/c they are looking for attention..and its a learning process on learning how to use their tongue so be happy your little monster is doing it! lol

Melinda - posted on 08/07/2009

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My daughter does the same thing when either she doesn't like the food, doesn't feel like eating or is full. Some babies aren't ready at 6 months to eat a lot of solids and my Dr. told me that until they are about 9 months old they should still be eating mainly their milk and the solids just a few times a day. Their main nutrition comes from the milk....but to get Caroline to eat at least 3 times a day sometimes I have to season the food better. She was breast fed until about 7 months and their are a lot of seasoning in breast milk since it taste sort of like what you have ate all day...and her baby food was more bland. It took a lot of patience to get past the blowing food all over the kitchen but she has grown out of it (for the most part lol but when it is something she does not like she still blows it out) Good luck!

Karen - posted on 08/07/2009

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The bottle is still the most important, when introducing the solids you are just getting the baby use to the feel of spoon feeding, but remember the bottle is more important. Also did you go through all the different cereals first, then you should go through all the different veggies, then fruits, and then finally meats. You should test the different foods at least 3-5 days before moving onto a new one to make sure there are no allergic reactions. The baby spitting the food out is their way of saying they have had enough. My daughter eats at meal times only. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and bedtime. She has a bottle first then her solids, so she is getting 4 bottles a day.

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Keep trying. It sometimes takes awhile for them to accept the food. It took my eldest about a month or so before she ate cereal with gusto. Have you tried oatmeal cereal? I found she didn't like the rice cereal but loved the oatmeal. Also, perhaps try reducing her water intake as that may reduce her appetite. My youngest is 7 months now and I try to wait at least an hour between breastfeeding and meals. She gets three meals a day and breastfeeds usually 5 times a day.

Beth - posted on 08/05/2009

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my daughter is 7 months and we started by giving her the rice cereal mixed with formula then went to mixing it with stage one fruits and veggies. We are on stage 2 foods but she is getting less interested in baby food. Then we started giving her things that would melt in the mouth, like the rice snacks Gerber makes. She loves the banana flavored ones. We also have been giving her small tastes of sauces or juice from like ham or fruit. She loves that. Since she has the chewing motion down from the snacks the doc says that anything that is soft and squishy and cut small she can have. So far she has had cut up peaches, pears, and green beans. She also loves mashed potatoes!
Just follow her cues and take your time. Now its about letting her get new tastes and textures so that later she will take to new foods. Have fun and let your imagination help when it comes to what to give her. Like tofu cubes with a graham cracker coating or roasted sweet potato cubes. Yum!

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Unfortunately, I think everyone's said it... patience! It's not easy, but persevere and she'll get there. It sounds like she's ready for solids and doing well. This beginning stage is really just introducing flavours and textures. My 8 mo old hated pureed food from the start. He likes it lumpy and he loves eating what we eat. So maybe blend up whatever you're having for dinner and let her join in.
Good luck! You'll get there.

Tamara - posted on 08/04/2009

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I have 4 and the only one I had trouble with is the last one. I discovered for her it was that the baby food was too runny and that if I added some rice cereal to the puree she would eat it right up. She is 7 1/2 months and she really likes to feed herself. It is messy, but I put it on the tray and she moves it bare hand to mouth. Hope it helps.

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Patience is definitely the key. Feeding is one of the most frustrating things because some days my son will be great and eat three meals, at least 4 ounces at each meal and other days I'm lucky if I can get him to eat 5 bites. Like many others said milk is their main nutrition so if he doesn't eat much solids on any given day you don't have to stress about it. The important thing is to get in the habit of feeding three times a day so they learn to expect it. I find that my son is much more willing to eat solid if he has just woken up from a nap so you could try that. Goodluck!

Sarah - posted on 08/04/2009

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my son is just over 6months now (turned 6months on 28th july) and i've been weaning him since 4months old .. started with baby rice that packaged food to see how he would react .. and now i make my own .. was just fruit and veg purees at first .. but now i'm introducing different flavours .. today he's had red pepper risotto.



anyway oliver just loves to blow raspberries when i'm trying to feed him too .. as everyone says the trick is to try and be patient .. as a whole new learning curve for your baby and they're just experimenting with the food .. so let her blow raspberrys .. and even play with the food if she wants .. i find that making noises like the aeroplane helps distracte them and make them eat up (ollie gives a massive smile when i say choo chooo and lets me put the food in his mouth)

also he only just started having 3 meals a day (properaly) at 6 months and has only recently cuts his bottles down to 4 8oz bottles a day ..

at 7 months your meant to cut it down to 3 bottles .. they generally cut it out themselves once they're having protein for lunch and water to drink.. but some greedy ones don't so you'll have to.

they're meant to have about a pint of milk a day i think thats about 15-30oz .. 15oz at the least .. but you can include milk you cook with ... my son has had about 26oz today

Tamm - posted on 08/04/2009

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She is still going to need 24 - 32 ounces of formula/breastmilk a day so dont be in a hurry to wean her off the bottle. My doctor said that at this age you should think of food as more of "in addition to" than "in replacement of". CHildren this young are still going most of their nutirents from the milk and not the solids.

The biggest thing is be patient. My little one will have days that you cannot feed him fast enough and other days he could care less. We have also tried when he isnt interested in a certain food: we give him a few bites of something we know he loves and then slip in a few bites of something he isnt quite sure about.

Amber - posted on 08/04/2009

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My son is 4 1/2 months, but is fairly big for his age. Hes been on stage 1 baby food since 3 months. Our Ped said as long as he is getting at least 24 oz of formula a day, the rest is up to us...BUT solids don't carry the same number of calories that formula does so he is going to need to eat a lot more solid food and if he is really hungry, he is going to loose patience with the solid food quickly when he is use to getting full so easily from a bottle. Also that babies between 4-12 months are easily distracted by the world around them so feeding is one of the most difficult tasks for a parents bc it was so easy before with just a bottle. Be patient...I know that's easier said than done. Just keep trying and introducing new foods. If your little one sees you eating, give her something to eat then too...she may be more apt to eat then and enjoy it more bc she is mimicing mommy and daddy.

Dawn - posted on 08/04/2009

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Yes, the baby should have 5 - 4 to 5 oz. bottles of breast milk/formula a day along with their solids. I give him solids twice a day 1/2 container of baby food and 5 tablespoons of rice cereal and a bottle of milk at each meal. My baby is 4 months, but rather big for his age, so the Dr. already has him on stage 1 solids.

Danielle - posted on 08/04/2009

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just try and try again eventualy she will realise that actualy she does like it my little boy is 7 month and it took me ages to get him to eat solids now he loves them

Lucy - posted on 08/04/2009

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Milk is a babies main source if nutrition until 12months and solid foods are just a way of exploring new tastes and textures, carry on letting your babe enjoy and explore the solids but don't cut the milk yet!

Annette - posted on 08/03/2009

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yea I wasn't sure about how much to give them, if bottle feeding, I actually nurse and fairly often even though he now eats 3x a day. I notice that he eats more when I make the baby food myself than if I give it to him from a jar, which I do when I'm on the road running errands or something. But he still nurses every 3 hours during the day, more if he's teething or not feeling well.

User - posted on 08/03/2009

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my son eats all the time. he get 3 8 oz bottles a day and then has a 6 oz jar of fruit and cereal for lunch and then 6 0z jar of veggies for dinner. lately though i have pureeing meat for him and mixing it with veggies or fruit and he LOVES it. not to mention he will eat any finger foods i give, such as mandarin oranges, bananas, animal crackers, rusks....etc... he is almost 8 months and is definitely weaning himself. be patient and remember solids are the messiest experience ever,

Melissa - posted on 08/03/2009

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well ive been feed my baby now for 2 months...and i can only get him to eat maybe 2 meals usually breakfast and dinner he eats about .5 jar sometimes .75 of a jar

Paige - posted on 08/03/2009

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Not only that but also because of allergies too! I am not trying to wean her, i just want to introduce and get her eating a few meals a day and will continue to give her bottles as well.

Melissa - posted on 08/03/2009

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actually they need like 4-6 bottles of 8oz each they are not ment to have milk cuz it will fill them up and what they really need is breast milk or formula food is not that important at 6 months their nutrtion is from the bottle

Paige - posted on 08/03/2009

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Thanks, haha great, patients a skill i have very little of. I'm learning though! Yeah the cows milk think, the other day just out of curiosity i was looking at the back of a babyfood conainer for 6months+ and saw the cows milk was an ingredient and was thinking hmm i thought they werent meant to have it??

Annette - posted on 08/03/2009

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the # one rule when starting solids is BE PATIENT. I know exactly how u feel, I got very frustrated with my son at 1st, but eventually I learned to relax and let him tell me what he was ready for. until about 8 months she is still going to need about 5 or 6 bottles I think, so try not to rush the weaning. babies can't have cow's milk until 12 months so from 8 to 12 i think they will still need around 2-3 bottles

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