i have a 5mth old daughter who will hardly eat solids she only likes apple/mango please help?

Marlee - posted on 05/14/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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ebony will only eat apple/mango solids and only half tin at a time, how do i get her to eat more wider range of solids?

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Sherry - posted on 05/14/2010

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wonder what everyone's going to do when the "experts" start saying to start feeding solids at 3 months... People lay off the girl..

Marlee: welcome to the wonderful world of solids... To make you feel better I've been feeding my son cereal with a spoon since he was 3 months, and puree's since he was 4 months--so go with your gut as long as your child's doc has given the ok.. then it's OK, regardless of what anyone else says!

Apple's and mango's huh? Yikes, you started with the two sweeter one's so I'm not sure what to tell you... as long as your only adding ONE new thing a week (5-7 days) try mixing a little of say... sweet potato in with the apples or mango's and slowly switching that way... It's my experience though that if you can switch your little one onto a veggie... then feed veggies first, fruits are sweeter and is sometimes known to stear a baby's pallet towards the sweet stuff... Try sweet potato and carrots that might help the transition over to a veggie.

Xander (my son) has actually gotten on a whole plathora of different things so far. We just puree'd some strawberries and mango's tonight so that's on his menu in the near future (we're planning on actually feeding him strawberries at the doc's appointment on monday-- just in case there's an alergy)

Rebecca is right to a certain degree.. solids should be fed in conjunction with your babe's fomula.. Xander was guzzling his formula at 3 months so that's why we had to start him so early on solids... little turkey was guzzling down in excess of 50 oz when we switched... and when he started going back up to 40 oz again we added a feeding in the daytime... But as for it being too early-- hell no go for it!

Karen - posted on 05/14/2010

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Every mother starts their child on solids at different times based on the child you are not wrong for giving your baby food right now. What I was told was to take one food and offer only that type for 3 days and then try another food and do that for 3 days. I was told to try a veg first so they do not reject it in the future. keep up the good work your baby will eventually start to eat a little more!

Kristin - posted on 05/14/2010

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She's getting all the nutrients she needs from either the breastmilk or formula she's getting. Until she is one, food should be about trying out flavors, textures, and temperatures as well as learning how to use her mouth for more than sucking.

That being said, just offer her lots of different things. It takes a child anywhere between 1 and 30 tries of a food before they decide if they like it. As you offer her solids, you still have to watch for advers reactions. Just take your time and have fun with this.

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Kate CP - posted on 05/16/2010

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She's 5 months old! She should still be getting a majority of her nutrition from breast milk or formula.

Firebird - posted on 05/16/2010

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Since she doesn't really *need* solids yet, I wouldn't fret. She gets all she needs from her bottle, the first few months of eating solids is really just for practice. Just keep offering her variety and she'll eat what she wants. If she refuses to eat baby cereal, you can mix some fruit in with it

Becky - posted on 05/16/2010

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She's so little still that you don't really need to worry about it. Just keep offering different foods, but don't push it. She may be trying to tell you that she's not quite ready for solids yet. I have heard that sometimes it takes up to 15 attempts for them to develop a taste for something.

Farida - posted on 05/16/2010

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go easy.my son started eating at 6mths. Try mash potatoes afew spoons with lots of soup and see how it goes.It takes time to get used to new food..

Jessie - posted on 05/15/2010

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My Pedi. gave me the go ahead to start introducing solids at 4 months. Your daughter is ok if she isn't eating a lot of solids, mine is just turning 6 months and isn't big into them yet, but will eat them. She just might not be fully ready yet for everything so just keep working at it and introducing other things. That is really all you can do. It won't hurt her to not eat them at this point because most of her nutrients should be in liquid form but it is a good idea to be trying to introduce them. Good luck!

Tyneisha - posted on 05/14/2010

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Just keep pushing them on her. Sometimes babies just don't like certain foods just yet. Like older people, their tastes change. It took almost 5 for my son to like bananas. Also don't introduce alot at a time. Try 1 and stick with it for a few days before moving own. Babies like sweet stuff. Try purreed carrots, peas, and sweet potatoes from gerber. Im an adult and i think they taste good.

Monique - posted on 05/14/2010

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You do not need to give her solids untill 6 months depending on what your doctor says. It also takes about 14 or more tries for them to decide if they like something or not. Stick with it and she will eventually come around. Also give her a break on the solids and try a little later.

Sherry - posted on 05/14/2010

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Hey Marlee, thought of something after I hit send... I've got this baby cookbook that has a great pointer in it... generally at the age your little one is start her off with just 2 Tablespoons of cereal and UP TO 1/4 cup (or 1/2 jar) of puree... we started Xander like that but I didn't use quite so much puree.. he's just now eating about 1/2 a jar... so that being said.. if you can go 2T cereal and about 1T (ish) of puree.. that was the best combination I found... Hope that helps.. at least that's what works with my son ...

Jessica - posted on 05/14/2010

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we had a problem like that with our son too, we found out that if we mixed his food with infant cereal he seemed to like them so much more.

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oye.. ok mom's prob noticed shes been more hungry.. anyways.. marlee.. just introduce as you please.. she is fine to eat baby food.. she may not like it right now as much as something else.. like reg apple sauce or rice cereal or banana.. just try different things. if you're feeding her bm or formula first she may not be as hungry.. sometimes i've reintroduced things to my boys later just to let them get the taste again.. just trust your instincts

Rebecca - posted on 05/14/2010

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She shouldn't be on solids yet. Cereal's yes but solids not really at this age. Anyways, since you've already done it get a jar of veggies open and put the veggies on the spoon and then dip it in the fruit. Slowly cut back the amount of fruit on the spoon so she gets the actual taste of the veggies. You should always start with veggies when introducing solids just for the reason fruits have a sweeter taste and babies will regress with the veggies if too many fruit are give. I just gave my 10 month old her first fruit last week. At 5 months she shouldn't be eating that much of the food actually. I wouldn't rush her with the whole jar. You'll have one little hungry girl on your hands if you up it now. she'll let you know when she's done eating by turning her head or not opening her mouth. remember she still needs the exact same amount of formula she was getting before solids so between 24-36ozs in a 24 hour period. Once she's 9 months it goes down to 24-30ozs.
Good luck:)

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