My 6month old is starting to eat babyfood but still wants the bottle what do I do?

Samantha - posted on 12/18/2009 ( 43 moms have responded )

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Well I have been trying to get my daughter to start eating baby food since she was five months but it just seem to be getting harder, All she wants is the bottle, I don't know what to do. Is something wrong or am I just over reactting.,

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Liane - posted on 12/21/2009

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I wouldn't worry about it. Babies are ready for solids at different ages. My two older children wouldn't touch it until they were at least 6 months old. My son (almost 6 months) has yet to have any solids or show any interest in them. Remember, breastmilk/formula should be your babies main source of nutrition until she is 12 months old. Introducing solids is solely for teaching your little one how to eat. When she does finally decide to try it, it will probably only be a teaspoon or two until she gets older. Always offer her milk first to ensure she is getting proper calories/fat before "filling up" on solids. Good luck!

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Samantha - posted on 01/04/2010

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The Wic people gave me checks for her to get babyfood. You want to try n start them eating at least a little when they r 6 months so they r use to the fact of eating babyfood, I no how to take care of kids I've done it my whole life.... U people don't think it hurt to ask for advice well it does. I really don't like being jugded.... But any ways Thanks for ur help

Maura - posted on 01/02/2010

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Babies don't need solids until they turn one. You really need to read about infant and toddler nutrition.

Jonell - posted on 12/23/2009

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look its a mom thing an she will eat when shes ready. put a lil bit a baby cearel an just keep tryin to give her the baby food... shell eat it...

Samantha - posted on 12/23/2009

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Thanks for all the help girls, N yes i no the sippy cup thing is weird but I tired it once n My daughter did real well. She is starting to eat babyfood better.I started out with just one thing of baby food, but now I am trying to make it two things of baby food. So hope it goes well..

Lynda - posted on 12/23/2009

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My son wanted nothing to do with baby food till he was eight months old and my daughter didn't till she was 10 months old. Don't worry about it. She is getting what she needs.

Leslie - posted on 12/22/2009

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I'd do both the bottle and baby food. They isn't enough fat and natureints in baby food a lone to meet on the her growing needs. My daughter stayed on the bottle till she was 10months. She was also useing a sippy and eating baby food and baby juice.

Amy - posted on 12/22/2009

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With all of my kids when they started to fuss to be fed I offered them solid food first and didn't take it away at their first refusal. After a pretty consitent string of refusals to eat the offered food I would clean them up, being sure to take a few minutes and then offer a bottle. As they got a little used to eating solid foods than I only gave bottles at certain times of the day. Oh and I never gave anything but formula in their bottles....it makes giving up the bottle very easy. I hope maybe I've helped a tiny bit....good luck!! :)

Amy - posted on 12/22/2009

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try not giving her one when she gets up in the morning, try sippy cup with apple juice and cereal /w a fruit as breakfast after that give her the bottle, lunch and dinner done the same way but with veggies and fruit.

Cathleen - posted on 12/21/2009

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she may not be completely ready to transition yet to baby food. I would start with baby rice cereal 1-3 tablespoons a day.. It would be for you to talk to her doctor or pediatrition.

Michelle - posted on 12/21/2009

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Remember you are supposed to feed a baby certain foods a certain ages. Their digestive systems aren't finished developing yet. If they start certain foods to early they can't digest it and it passes through their systems plus they might develop a food allergy to it. Also, they need to be drinking breast milk or formula or soy milk until at least 12 months. No cow's milk.



Talk to your pediatrician, research online, read books.



A book that helped me was Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron

It is an older book and there probably is more recent info out there, but I hope you get the idea.



My pediatrician recommended not starting baby food until 6 months of age and that was rice cereal.

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i would feed bottle first maybe 6 oz then try a lil rice cereal pretty runny shes prob just not used to texture yet.. no worries.. 6 mos is a good time to start.. my boys hated rice cereal lol.. i would try more when she isnt satisfied with just bottles. good luck, you will be fine shes still getting what she needs from bottles

Tiffany - posted on 12/21/2009

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give him a little of both. but just lessen the portions. so that way you dont over feed. but by 8 months he should be off the bottle. try and start to introduce the sippy cup. they have transition cups.

Jennifer - posted on 12/21/2009

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You definately have to make sure she isn't really really hungry when you try the solid food. Try feeding her the bottle then wait a half hour or so and then try some food. For the first while she will push the food out of her mouth with her tongue. This doen't mean she doesn't want the food. She is just trying to learn how to swallow it.

Tiffany - posted on 12/21/2009

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No I dont think anything is wrong babies eat actuall food at different times dont worry too much just keep trying to get her to eat a little at a time along with the bottle.Good luck

Camille - posted on 12/21/2009

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i started off with giving my son a bottle in the mourning then gave him baby food then bottle i just switched it up alot he is 8 months and drinks a bottle twice aday it will take time but give her new food (even tho the drs say not to) but it keeps them more open minded to food rather then a bottle

Moya - posted on 12/21/2009

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calm dow as long as the is getting the nutrient that is good and don't forget everybaby develop different, and still try the solid food home prepare that is still bottle food. try different type.

Paige - posted on 12/21/2009

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Theres nothing wrong with that if she wants the bottle give her the bottle but try to put atleast 1 baby food meal in a day and gradually increase it. your baby will let you know when she is ready to give up the bottle

Courtney - posted on 12/20/2009

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Hi there, thought I'd stick my 2 cents in, my 3rd is now 14 1/2 months, so i have had some practice at this, the recomendation is to START introducing solids (baby rice mixed to a runny paste with formula or breast milk) between 4 and 6 months but it depends on the child, if they are watching you eat and reaching for what you are eating there is nothing wrong with giving them some smooth mashed potato or carrot off your plate (has to be very soft though or they might choke, and this saves wasting baby food which happens a lot when starting), it gives them something to do and gets them used to eating at the same time as everybody else, worth a try any how

Jennifer - posted on 12/20/2009

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My son is now 7 months old and I had the same issue when I tried him on baby food at 4, 5 months old...he would spit the food out or use his tongue to just push it out...but I tried about once a week until he finally got the picture...now it's no problem. I usually feed him and then give him some bottle incase he is thristy after eatting. Believe me...when they get hungry enough...the will eat! Good Luck girl!

Nadine - posted on 12/20/2009

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Quoting Samantha:

my daughter will look at me when I am eating n she has tried to grab my food. She will eat a little at a time and then take the spoon away from me n try to feed herself, I also was told to try n take her of the bottle n move her to a cipy cup with a little bit of juice n water. Does that sound odd to any of you? My daughter is ready for babyfood she just gives me a hard time I



At this age, the babyfood is just an addition to formula or breastmilk. Until 12 months, the main source of their nutrients are coming from formula or breastmilk. So, no need to worry about her not eating enough solid food. Let her play with the spoon and practice selffeeding, that's totally cool.



If she gets enough bottles, she won't need much additional liquids such as water/juice but there is nothing wrong with giving her a little bit. Just not to much either or she might not be hungry enough when it comes to her meals.



You can start offering her the sippy cup, they have different cups for different ages, I started with one from Playtex that had a pretty soft spout that wouldn't hurt the babies gums.



 

Veronica - posted on 12/19/2009

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Just an added note.....she still needs her formula or breastmilk for nutrition that is not in the baby food. It is recommended that an infant stay on formula or breastmilk until 12 months old. I started transitioning to whole milk at around 11 months by mixing it half and half with his formula. I seen a post here something about replacing milk or formula with juice and water, that is not right either, yes a 6 month old can start having some juice and water but their main fluid intake should still be formula or breastmilk. Also seen something about taking the bottle away and going to a sippy cup. I guess if you really wanted to do that you could. At that age I started letting my son play with a sippy while he was in his highchair to eat and by 8 months thats all he wanted, he actually took himself off the bottle and wouldn't take it anymore, so I just put his formula in the sippy.

Veronica - posted on 12/19/2009

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Don't rush it too much. It's normal for the baby to only want the bottle, it's what she knows and is comfortable with. I started my son with cereal in his bottle and then went to a feeder bottle that I could put baby food in, when he was good with the consistancy of the baby food we went to the spoon. If you're too concerned it's always good to check with the baby's doc. if you have a good doc they will not make you feel dumb for asking any questions, believe me I've asked my son's doc some really good ones and he always takes the time to talk to me even if the answer came out to be basically my son was being lazy and needed to be pushed a little more. Hang in there, it will come and eventually she'll be feeding herself and making a nice big mess for mommy, LOL.

Renae - posted on 12/19/2009

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Quoting Anna:

And that advice you were given, to replace her milk with juice and water - that is TERRIBLE advice! They still need formula or breastmilk until they are two. Juice is so bad for them - it rots their teeth worse than sugar and teaches them to want sugary drinks. It doesn't have any of the nutritional value of milk (same goes for baby foods, for that matter.)



Who on earth said to replace a babies milk with juice and water???? Was that a post in this conversation? If it was I missed it. That is shockingly bad advice. I'm flabagastered that someone would say that!

Charissa - posted on 12/19/2009

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You are overreacting. If all she wants is the bottle she is not ready for food yet and all you can do is keep trying on occasion. If babies are gaining successfully they don't need anything else in the first 12 months. My daughter was exclusively breastfed until 11 months old at the advice of our pediatrician. She was 29 lbs on breast milk alone!

Anna - posted on 12/18/2009

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And that advice you were given, to replace her milk with juice and water - that is TERRIBLE advice! They still need formula or breastmilk until they are two. Juice is so bad for them - it rots their teeth worse than sugar and teaches them to want sugary drinks. It doesn't have any of the nutritional value of milk (same goes for baby foods, for that matter.)

Anna - posted on 12/18/2009

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It's best to listen to what your daughter is telling you. There is no reason to rush introducing solids. They will often refuse solids for a while, especially if they are teething. It's nothing to worry about.

Jaime - posted on 12/18/2009

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Oh and my breastfed baby is very very healthy, he doesnt get ANY baby food--- not even cereal, heck he doesn't even get any water! He is in the 95th percentile for weight, and his ped has nothing but great things to say about him! He is 5 months old, and I am not planning on starting him on food until 6 months, and even then it wont be much. Baby food the first year is really just for practice anyway!

Jaime - posted on 12/18/2009

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The last thing you want is to make her resent feedings!!! If she isn't eating the baby food very well, give her a break! Some women don't start feeding their babies food until 8-12 months!

And as long as her doctor knows what is going on, and she isn't loosing weight--- let her decide when she is ready for food! I guarantee it will happen! Just put her in the highchair and let her watch you and your family eat at EVERY meal, and she will eventually be begging for it! Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 12/18/2009

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make sure you're not trying to feed them solids when they are super hungry. by then, they just want the instant gratification a bottle gives them

Quiana - posted on 12/18/2009

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I would say take the bottle and replace with the sippy cup at night to get them use to sleeping without it at night. Then slowlyntake it away in the day also.

Samantha - posted on 12/18/2009

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my daughter will look at me when I am eating n she has tried to grab my food. She will eat a little at a time and then take the spoon away from me n try to feed herself, I also was told to try n take her of the bottle n move her to a cipy cup with a little bit of juice n water. Does that sound odd to any of you? My daughter is ready for babyfood she just gives me a hard time I

Michelle - posted on 12/18/2009

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Well, kids are supposed to keep getting formula, so I don't really think it's a big deal. My son started on baby food when he was about three months, and he still got bottles too. We'd do the three basic meals with food, and then the between feedings with bottles, plus he usually got a bottle right after breakfast and dinner just to make sure he'd gotten enough to eat. We didn't start trying to cut him off of bottles until he was a year old with my pediatrician's ok.

Tina - posted on 12/18/2009

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I agree, don't rush your baby onto solids. The most important thing is to get them used to the idea of swallowing/chewing etc. I started giving my daughter pablem first between 4-5 months. She took to it right away. At first I was giving her only 2 tbsp. of pablem once a day to get her used to the idea of spoon feeding, then after a week or two I gradually gave her larger helpings. After she was used to the spoon feeding routine and her sucking reflex lessened I slowly started her on fruits and veggies (meat & veggies for dinner started later on). Now at 8 months She gets three solid feedings a day, 4oz. bottles with meals, and juide/water inbetween.

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she still needs to drink 5-6 a bottles of formuia a day as she gets older she wont need that many, but just keep trying to give her baby food every day try a few times a day an then she should get used to both

Jackie - posted on 12/18/2009

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Do not rush the transition to solid foods. Find a baby food that the baby likes. Also give the baby a plastic spoon to play with when they are sitting in the high chair. The babay may just need to get used to the spoon. If it is like her other toys she will be putting it in her mouth. This will encourage her feeding.

Jackie - posted on 12/18/2009

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A six month old should be eating baby food and the bottle. They need the continued nution of both. They need the liquid nourishment also. Try when the child is about a year old to ween them off of the bottle and formula to a cup and 2% milk by mixing 1 ounce of milk in with there formula a week at a time for 8 weeks until they are only on milk. Make sure that when you start them on a cup get some thing that lets the milk flow out easily. When they taste the milk and do not have to work hard for it they will like the cup more.

Jillian - posted on 12/18/2009

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My 6mo old son is also starting to try baby food. We still give him his bottle, but just keep trying to give him the baby food at the same time of the day so he can associate it with his normal routine. Hopefully it will work for us also. Just keep trying, we are still struggling with it too. Let us know how she does! Good Luck!

Sakeena - posted on 12/18/2009

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If you really think there may be a problem, you should definitely check with your ped. Does your daughter not want ANY solid food, or will she eat some and still drink from the bottle? Formula or breastmilk should still be baby's primary food. Right now we're just slowly phasing in different, more complex foods, so don't try to overdo it. My daughter, for instance is 4 months. She'll eat one container of Gerber's 1st (depending on flavor), and maybe 3 oz of formula. That's only once a day, at this point, that she gets solids (I'll soon be increasing to two feedings of solids per day), so all her other feedings thoughout the day are formula only (about 7 oz ea. feeding). Hopefully, that helps!

Renae - posted on 12/18/2009

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She may not be ready for food. Nutritionists and Paediatricians say that until 12mo most of babies nutrition comes from milk (breast or formula) and the amount of nutrition they get from food is very little. Have a look on the formula tin at the calories/kilojules they get from formula then look at a jar of baby food. Baby food is not intended to replace milk, it is intended to teach them how to eat and is important for sensory development. Its ok if she only eats a little bit of food once a day at this age and you can gradually increase it to three meals a day over the next 3 months (that's what our health department says to do).



Has your baby indicated that she is ready for solid food? Why did you start feeding it to her? When ready, a baby will become really interested in watching people eat, they often try to grab the food and do things like want to touch your face when you chew to see what you are doing.

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