Allison - posted on 05/22/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )
When my daughter was about 7 months we started feeding her solid (pureed/stage appropriate) foods, she did really well with them. Since starting daycare, about the same time, she has had a few illnesses, colds + ear infections. During her illnesses she regressed to bottles of formula only. Now every time I try to feed her solids it is a battle, lots of tears, pursing lips tightly together and slapping the spoon and mommy when the food comes near. My husband hardly tries anymore and will just make her formula.
On my days off I sit for up to 45-60 minutes each meal and sneak bites in during open mouthed crying, it's kind of torture...she's upset, I'm upset, just terrible...her daycare writes on her daily report sheets that she eats complete solid meals, but I'm beginning to question it based on her behavior at home.
I have tried home made food, organic only foods, processed jar foods, having the house completely empty, silent and devoid of any distractions, I have tried playing classical, reggae, pop music in the background, I have given her her own utensils to eat/play with during meals, loooootsss of positive reinforcement with each successful bite....
I'm at wits end, husband has given up completely, I continually tell myself she won't be 10 years old and drinking from a bottle, but there has to be a constructive way to do this!? One hopefully that isn't hurtful for both of us, and soooo time consuming...suggestions???? thanks :)