HELP! Problems with solids.

Amy - posted on 05/10/2011 ( 14 moms have responded )

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I have been so excited to start my baby girl on solids. I waited until she turned 6 months to feed her anything but breastmilk. We started with rice cereal very watery mixed with breastmilk. She hated it. since then we have tried rice cereal veery liquid, thicker with banana mixed in, banana mixed with breast milk (both fresh and jar type) fresh peas mixed with milk, and today jar applesauce. She has hated every single thing I have tried. she now refuses to open her mouth at all when she sees the spoon! I am so frustrated! Any Ideas? I was so excited to start solids and this has been very disheartening, is anyone else having the same problems? It seems that everyone I talk to had a child that ate everything with gusto and mine hates it all! Any suggestions would be awesome!

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Jennifer - posted on 05/11/2011

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I had the same problem with mine and so I researched it a bit and it seems like babies who are exclusively breastfed are not interested in solids until a bit later. I tried with my baby at 6 months and she wouldn't have it. She made a sour face at everything I tried to give her. But everyday, three times a day at meals I kept offering and one day (just before she turned 7 months) she started to eat about 5 or 6 bites. It takes time but it will happen. I don't know why breastfed babies are like that; maybe they just like the mommy's milk best. :)

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Pamela - posted on 07/25/2011

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sit her in her high chair while you eat. she may start making chewing movements with her mouth, then feed her. she may want to 'copy' you.

Rachelle - posted on 06/17/2011

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I had the same problem, it was because i was feeding levi too much breastmilk, so i had to feed him milk then 2 hours later feed him solids, i broke the rules a little and it worked, every now and then he still would keep his mouth shut and shake his head, it was because he wasn't hungry also he refuses to eat banana, he always knows if i have mixed it into something!

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 06/03/2011

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Does she watch you when you eat? I started letting my son test everything around 4 to 5 months. Just small licks here and there but it got him intersted in new flavors and definiatly ready for eating. So far, he only likes fruits. The worst reaction he has is to stuff like mushed up chicken soup and chicken noodle baby food. He hates them, peas and carrots. But he'll eat prunes, and they are very sweet so we mix half prunes with half the stuff he doesn't quite like.

Do you have those teething baskets? We freeze cubes of baby food then use them as teethers. It helps them and introduces foods too. That's where we mix the good with the foods he doesn't quite want lol as 2 small cubes can fit into the baskets.

My son hates rice cereal too. We just make a tiny amount and then mix in mostly baby food and if the rice is chunky he won't eat it.

Do you give her any juice? I think that's the first thing we did is 2oz apple, 2oz water to suck/chew/teeth on during the day. Sometimes he's not interested, others he sucks it down like he was hungry lol and other times he just chews on it for his teeth. Works out pretty well. I'd just keep letting your baby test things, little bites here and there.. see if she likes anything at all. Maybe make your own baby foods?

Ariel - posted on 05/14/2011

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You could also try mixing solid foods with doing an activity that the baby likes or putting her in a place she's comfy. With my son he really didn't want to eat in his high chair so in the beginning we mixed eating solids with him sitting in his swing or in our lap and when that didn't work we put on a tv show or some music that he liked which took away part of his attention and made him want to eat a little easier. You can also try giving milk before the feeding if they're too upset or if you want them to be hungry when trying then try to feed solids before giving milk. Also, if you've been breastfeeding you should try the fruits and veggies that you ate often yourself as your milk took on a little of the flavor of what you ate and she may take to those more easily.

Deidre - posted on 05/14/2011

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I had the same problem with Madison. When I talked to my mid wife she had said that she might not be ready to take solids yet. So Everyday I persevered and eventually she started to take cereal. I did the same as you. But I also halved her milk intake before the solids. It was also suggested by the mid wife. She said as long as she is getting her 1000mls a day I can switch it up to make her want the solids more. I hope that helps. I know your frustration! Especially when they turn their head and pierce their lips shut!! LOL.

Giselle - posted on 05/14/2011

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My daughter is pretty much the same way, I pretty much just keep trying. She will open up when I start to feed her but once she taste it she turns away and keeps her mouth shut. I get discouraged sometimes but what are you going to do. Sorry this is probably no help just wanted you to know your not alone.

Kim - posted on 05/13/2011

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My son is 7 months old and he prefers breast milk over all solid food and will often refuse to eat solids also. Homemade organic sweet potatoes are his favorite. I steam them, let them cool and cut them up real small and let him help himself a little bit at a time. Pureed and spoon fed works sometimes too. He also disliked rice cereal but does like the oatmeal cereal. I often remind myself that all of the necessary nutrients are in my milk and food is just for him to develop taste. Good luck mama!

MOMMBY Mom - posted on 05/12/2011

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Please refer to this link on Baby Food - http://mommby.com/Food/Infants_Toddlers/...

I hope to update with more info soon. My baby also makes the funny face when eating baby food and some days she likes it and other days she won't open her mouth. I would agree take it slow and keep trying. When my daughter does open her mouth, I clap and cheer and she loves when I do that. Her favorite is sweet potatoes.
If nothing works you may want to make sure your baby doesn't have reflux but you probably would have been seeing other signs of your baby having reflux before now.

Good luck!

Robyn - posted on 05/12/2011

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milupa cereals..........they have a sweater taste to them it seems............you can find them with just rice or that have rice and corn and then there are fruit ones rice and raspberry or oatmeal and apple...stuff like that....seems this is a better cereal than others tastewise...

Lisa - posted on 05/12/2011

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fruits are very sweet and shouldn't be introduced until after vegetables. Try sweet potatoes...almost every baby loves sweet potatoes. If you can get her to eat that then try mixing some homemade , very purred chicen or beef with it. Don't worry if she won't eat cereal right now if she will eat meat or eggs. The reason cereals are good to introduce is because they are high in iron but so are meats, egges and beans. I went to an inservice with the Canadian Pediatric Society and Health Canada about feeding babies and they now say you can skip cereals and go straight to meats and veggies. Avavcados are good too.

Carlina - posted on 05/11/2011

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maybe she just isn't ready yet, she can survive on just breastmilk and be just fine. also, remember its trail and error till you find something she likes. mine hates anything green, but loves orange veggies, try sweet potatoes.

Ariel - posted on 05/11/2011

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For one it can take a baby 7 to 10 days to decide what she thinks of something. So try repeatedly and just make a spoonful or two for her to try each time. With my son it helped if he saw me eating it first and smiling. Also try not to make a big deal out of it if she doesn't eat it or she may react to that as well.

You could also try making it fun, I like to chop a slice of banana into tiny tiny pieces that he can't choke on and stick them in front of him to pick up and play with, your daughter may like this and eventually stick a little in her mouth? Also I didn't see a reason to mix everything with milk, I started with steamed pears and carrots that I then put through a blender with a little water until it was blended smooth. You may also want to make sure that it is blended smooth, my son has been eating solids for 3 months now and still doesn't like things if they're a little chunky.

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My daughter can love something one day and refuse to open her mouth for it the next. I found the best way to do it was not to pressure her to eat. At one point we took a break from solids for a couple days because she wasn't opening her mouth for anything.

Lynn - posted on 05/10/2011

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my daughter did the same thing when she was that age. Just keep on going with it. I also introduced her to the Mumm Mumm's. Even though I think they tasted yucky, when I broke them up into pieces, she was overjoyed to be able to pick them up and feed them to herself.
Have you tried the baby oatmeal cereal? It may be the rice type that she doesn't like. Also, I found that she enjoyed it more when it was thicker and could feel the texture in her mouth.
Don't worry, this will pass, and soon she will be eating what ever she can find.

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