I'm getting so frustrated and exhausted!! HELP!

Angela - posted on 02/15/2010 ( 22 moms have responded )

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I have a almost nine monthe old baby boy, who will not eat solids! He keeps his mouth tightly locked and won't open it lol...He's on formula, he wil only eat 4 to 6 0z of it at a time...My question is, is it okay to just feed him bottles for couple days and don't force the solids?? I've tried giving him cold food, he likes a little better, but still very fussy eater!!



What else do babies like at this age??

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Janelle - posted on 02/15/2010

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I know of some kids that only took liquids/breastmilk for the first year of their lives. Still encourage him to take solids, but talk to your pediatrition first on how best to handle your baby diet. Depending on what the doc says, still encourage him.

Emily - posted on 02/15/2010

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Definitely don't push the solids. Breastmilk or formula is all they really need the first year.. solids are just complementary. If he's not ready, don't push it. He may also just prefer foods he can feed himself.

Tanya - posted on 02/15/2010

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have you tried to just set the food you are trying to feed him on the high chair tray or in a bowl and see if he'll try to pick it up and eat it on his own give him a spoon (as long as he isn't trying to poke his eye) see if he uses it if not he may just smoosh his hands in it and lick it off them it will be messy have a wash cloth ready for when he is done. He may just be independent my youngest is like that she is over 1 now and since she started eating solids she wanted to do it wouldn't let me spoon feed her at all (she only lets grandma so it, anyone else she is like no way what do you think your doing I got this i'm a big girl...lol) Hope this helps some, good luck...

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Jen - posted on 02/16/2010

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also you can try soft fruits like avocado or peach or banana as finger food too in chunks or strips if its too slippery you can coat it with cheerio crumbs

Miranda - posted on 02/16/2010

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are you still feeding him baby food? My daughter never ate baby food she didn't like it. After trying it we ended up going right to table food. And it was alright with my Doctor!! So if you haven't, try just regular table food. Sometimes maybe they don't like the texture. Also Yogurt and cottage cheese is good!!!!

Megan - posted on 02/16/2010

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I've seen the things at Toy R Us to help feed solid foods too. They have a little sac on the end to put the food in and the baby can suck it and gum it to get the food out. I wouldnt be too concerned though, all babies come around to it at their own pace.

Becky - posted on 02/16/2010

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hi my name is becky and i used to work at a daycare in the infant room and we had the same problem with one of the other little girls there...she loved her milk `but hated the baby food. her doctor said to stop trying for a month and then go back and try again.. with babies you just have to keep trying the foods they dont like over and over again because one month they might hate it then next month love it! good luck

Renae - posted on 02/16/2010

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Oh have you tried finger food that he can feed himself? Even if he doesn't get a lot down at least he is still getting the experience of eating.

Renae - posted on 02/16/2010

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The world health organisation and health departments of most countries in the western world say that babies do not NEED solids for nutritional reasons until after 12 months of age and that formula should be their main source of food until 12 months. They are actually considering recommending that solids be introduced even later than is currently recommended (though I'm not aware that any decision has yet been made on this). I would ask your doctor's opinion on this and I'm sure doc will tell you the same thing.

Jo - posted on 02/15/2010

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Don't stress about it. It took me 3 false starts to get my son started on food. We tried different foods each time, and I hoenstly don't know whether it was that he didn't like the first 2 or that he wasn't ready yet. But don't force the issue. Give it a break for a few days and then try something different.

Valerie - posted on 02/15/2010

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I totally agree with Marci! I did that exact thing for my daughter when she was about that age, and her refusal to eat solids was turning into a real power struggle. I stripped her down to her diaper, I didn't even include a bowl - just a slop of baby food on the tray, a spoon and 20 minutes to do whatever she wanted with it. It was a fantastic mess, but a real breakthrough moment because for the first time in a long time, the meal was not filled with anxiety and pressure. She's 3 now, and a totally adventurous eater. Good luck with everything!!

Brandis - posted on 02/15/2010

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Don't try the food bottle. First of all, that's just stupid, and it can cause choking. Your baby doesn't "need" food right now- he's getting everything he needs from formula. Step back for a few days and then try again. Because if you get frustrated, he will get frustrated and things will only get worse.

Adrienne - posted on 02/15/2010

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I wouldnt worry too much, some doctors say babies are supposed to be strictly on formula/breast milk for the first year anyways. If he likes biter rings you could try handing him one with some food on it just to get him associated with the tastes (if he's ready for those), and like another mommy suggested, you can try a feeder cup. It'll be okay!

Marci - posted on 02/15/2010

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Just a fun suggestion...give him the bowl of food, let him make a mess and he'll get some of it in his tummy. My daughter hated mashed potatoes (still does lol) and I made it fun for her by rolling them into little balls. It was so funny she just couldn't get enough!



BTW, I don't recommend giving him a bottle with rice cereal in it. They say this can make a baby lazy and rely on the bottle for nutrition especially since they love sucking so much. So that would only make it more difficult to get him to eat solids the right way!

Nancy - posted on 02/15/2010

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Have you tried rice cereal in the formula? Maybe start with that and make it a little thicker over time. I was just thinking that if he likes eating from the bottle more, maybe starting solids through the bottle and switch slowly. Remember babies have no idea what eating is, they've only known nipples or bottles so it can take awhile for them to learn how to eat. I'd also ask your pediatrician for some advice.

Vickie - posted on 02/15/2010

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I would give him formula and try to give him applesauce, peaches, pears of course from baby foods. Also try mixing the fruits into the baby rice cereal and you can thin that out so it's not thick.

Cynthia - posted on 02/15/2010

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I had one child that just would not eat solids so what I did was liquefy everything in a blender put into a bottle and made the hole of the bottle nipple a little bigger so that he could suck on it. I had to start doing that when he was "suppose" to be eating that baby cereal also. he just didn't like the texture, it was suggested to me by my pediatric doctor who was a mom also. she suggested that along with the liquid food I introduce that same food as a solid food till he would eat it without any problems then introduce the next one the same way (your doctor should have given you a list of foods that children should eat at different ages, that's what I followed). soon he was eating with no problems. keep your doctor informed about his eating habits, and they should be able to tell you when you really need to worry about it.

CHERYL - posted on 02/15/2010

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hi i would leave him a couple of days at a time does a health visitor have any suggestions? have u tried giving him a spoon to play with might get him used to it or give hime some finger food to play ih he might like doing it himself.sorry couldnt help

Kristi - posted on 02/15/2010

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I'm assuming that the solids you're talking about are jarred baby food? If so, give them a break for a while. Instead, try something like a couple Cheerios or Chex pieces for a few days. Just put the dry cereal on his high chair tray. Also, maybe some crackers or toast: things that would almost dissolve in his mouth and he could just swallow them. But above all, don't get angry if he doesn't eat any solids at all for a while. It's still not essential that he eats any right now. If he gets to be almost a year and he's still not eating any solids, talk with your doctor.

Terra - posted on 02/15/2010

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That is a tough one! I am sorry but it is kinda cute that he is so stubborn sounds like me lol. My lil one will eat pretty much anything at this age. Has he even ate any baby food yet? maybe it was the fact that he didn't like that particular baby food. It is also hard for them to eat off of a spoon if they have acid reflux. Maybe try some of the little puffs too.

Iridescent - posted on 02/15/2010

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He's possibly not quite ready. It's not an urgent issue yet, but don't take him off formula until he is eating well and at least a year old. Also perhaps call your local school district and ask for an evaluation for sensory problems if it continues. They can do (or suggest) therapy for his mouth so he can tolerate textures of foods.

Theresa - posted on 02/15/2010

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I've seen at like Toys R Us bottles that are made for baby food. Maybe that would help him get started on the solids. Once he gets used to them that way you could try them by spoon. I don't know, didn't have that problem. Just a suggestion to try.

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