how can my 6 month eat better?

Riddhi - posted on 01/12/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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my baby is 6 months old and he doesnt like eating his solids. I started feeding him cereal since he was 4 1/2 months old... thinking it would help him be fuller and sleep better at night. ever since i started him on solids he would wake up every hour when i put him down for bed and just cry a little in his sleep. i would have to go pat him, switch him to the side, give him gripe water or carry him to put him back to sleep. this has been going on for 2 months now. last week his doc suggested to change his formula and ever since then he's been drinking lot less milk and still hasnt been sleeping thru the night. doc says he should be eating cereal at least 2-3 times a day along with a fruit, veggie and meat.. my son barely eats cereal twice a day and one fruit or veggie if i get lucky. please help... i need to know how to get him to eat more so he can sleep better.

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Jessica - posted on 03/13/2013

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if he is that fussy with baby food's and cerials, why not try yogurt's? lucly my babs likes to try everything by poking her young in it first lol and no matter what i am eating i HAVE to give her a bit! so try yogurts and cerials or baby biscuts mixed in to porrage, now if you find that he like's the yogurt and refuses the aby food, try putting yogurt on the tip of the food, it's a mean trick and some baby's sus it out after a month or so but it helps alot . one last thing when baby is having a tantrum and is down rite refusing to take baby food, just give him what you know he will eat don't worrie we all have to go tru this and most of us survived ;)

Kaska - posted on 01/26/2013

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Also I start his feeds with formula, so always offer formula first and then depending on a day he might eat more or less. There is plenty of dedicated formulas, a friend of mine uses a goat milk formula as it is supposed to be least allergic of all of them. Sometimes if I have too much formula left I will make cereal or baby muesli and add some fruit or veggies to it. That way he gets his solids and milk in the same time :) As I said every child is different and just observe your lil one. As a parent you will notice a reaction that outsider like a doctor might not. Good luck and all the best, it gets better :)

Kristin - posted on 01/26/2013

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He may not be ready for solids and that is okay. Just go back to original formula for a while and try again later.

With solids, you have to watch for a lot of signs of allergy. Sometimes it isn't really obvious and your child might just be a bit uncomfortable. I held off on cereal for a very long time. I think I started with veggies and moved on to fruits and cereal as a finger food with my last child. I have heard of some babies not starting solids until 9, 10 months, even a full year old.

Every child is going to set their own pace. With foods, it can take up to 30 tries before they decide if they like or don't like them. they really only need breast milk or formula until they are 1 year old. All solids prior to that are to get a feel for the tastes and textures. If you are concerned about vitamins and minerals, there are supplements that contain iron and Vitamin D.

There are a few good forums in here that can help with this. Also, check out what your library has to offer in the way of care for baby books and feeding/cooking for a baby books. I love Annabel Karmel, she's got some lovely cookbooks for infants through young children and a website ( www.annabelkarmel.com ). Ultimately, he will be fine, just be patient. Good luck to you both.

Alexis - posted on 01/25/2013

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What kind of cereal are you feeding him? Both of my sons have a ton of food allergies. I always have that gripe water on hand but you might consider changing his cereal too. It may take weeks for a food to completely clear out of the system, its helpful to keep that in mind while observing/waiting for changes. For example, my sons are both allergic to wheat and the Gerber oatmeal contains wheat. I feed them only rice cereal. They also are allergic to milk and soy (and about 10 other things so far) so I've had to have them on special formula (Similac Alimentum, or Nutramigen) when I was no longer able to nurse. I realize allergies may not be the issue, but it is something to consider if it hasn't been ruled out yet.
If he eats cereal, maybe mix in just a small amount of baby food, to give just a hint of flavor to help him get used to it without overwhelming his senses. I kind of force-fed my boys at first...meaning I added a bit of cereal and/or baby food to each bottle before I began to spoon feed them. They gulp down whatever is in the bottle because it is familiar and comforting, and in doing that they were introduced to the new flavors and textures. Then they were eager for the stronger flavor come spoon time. I had to alter the nipples at home to allow the cereal to pass through. Its not recommended but I've never had an issue.
Hope you both are feeling better soon. Good luck.

Kaska - posted on 01/24/2013

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I guess this little rascal is just a bit picky. Try different fruit then - as they are sweet usually babies love them. Experiment a little. My son significantly reduced his milk when he was 3 months old. We started with cereal but shortly before he was 4 months old I started giving him anything. Just bought a few different packets and tried all on him :) You just start with a small amounts just to check if there is any food allergy. My lil one eats everything at the moment but in the beginning he didn;t like too much green veggies. Just start off with really pureed so it is basically liquid. Then progress to mashed. Unless your baby is a very original and wants to go straight to stage 3 of consistency. All babies are different just try and experiment a lot.

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