My daughter is 8 months 3 weeks old, still no teeth and won't eat baby food what should I do?
Petronela - posted on 07/19/2010
my son had no teeth till after he turned 16 months then he got 2 in one go so you shouldnt worry she might just be a late teether , and when it comes to baby food keep trying with lots of different flavours she might just be fussy or not yet found what she really likes , as long as she has plenty of formula or breast milk she wont loose weight but if still concerned go to your pediatrician and they should be able to help :D
First up don't worry about the teeth they will come, my nephew was 14 months before he got his first tooth. Also teeth are just a physical attribute they are not developmental so your daughter is fine.
Secondly to encourage her to eat I would offer solid foods (maybe fruits as they are prefered by babies due to the sweetness) at every lunchtime (don't try and force too much on her). If she refuses that is fine just try again the next day (with a different food). Also play around with when you give her milk - we found that if we gave the solid before the milk our son ate his solid but if we tried to give the solid after milk he was too full (but some babies need the milk first so experiment). Try giving different textures too because some babies do not like certain textures (varied diet). Do not make it seem like a big deal and do not get stressed because your daughter will pick up on that - remember that up until a year old babies get the nutrition they need from their milk NOT their diet.
Finally she can chew food with her gums they are hard enough (my son got his first tooth a 8 1/2 months but has been eating chunks of food since he was 6 months). I found that my son did not like pureed food as it was too runny so he pretty much has had mashed food since I started weaning him (3 months).
If you are really concerned though speak to your doctor about it, they should be able to give you some advice. Good luck.
Kellie - posted on 07/19/2010
There are a few things you can do. Some babies prefer a little texture to their food so maybe adding a little cereal (oatmeal or rice) to the stage one/two baby food would help.
My daughter did not like forumla and sometime around ten months she absolutely refused to drink it. She only had the four front teeth so I had to give her lots of soft foods like pancakes, cooked carrots, mashed potatoes, cottage cheese (small curd and smashed with a fork), or bananas (mashed with a fork). Most of the time if I could mash it with a fork I new it was soft enough to giver her. There are also those Gerber Graduates which are pretty soft and my daughter loved Cheerios. She would bite them with her front teeth.
If you are worried about nutrition you can always buy some of that PediaSure which is loaded with vitamines.
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