Should I be trying harder to encourage my 8 month old to eat solids?

Sheri - posted on 10/02/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 8 months old and refuses to eat solids (she usually makes a face and fake gags if I bring a spoon even close to her mouth). I started her on rice cereal at 5 months and she did great. Moved on to oatmeal for a week before she turned 6 months and she did great. Introduced homemade pureed sweet potato with breast milk at 6 months and she appeared to love it. Ate it great for 3 days (then has a massive disgusting solid orange poop). I tried to feed it to her the 4th day and she refused. Next I tried avocado and she refused, then carrots, she refused. I then tried to go back to oatmeal and she refused. I finally switched to fruits to see if she wanted something sweeter and sometimes she'll take 2 bites of banana. But that's it.



She will occasionally eat a puff or one of Gerber's finger foods for crawlers but rarely. She is primarily breastfed but does have one 8 oz bottle of Nutramigen formula before she goes to bed (she sleeps through the night). Should I be trying harder to encourage her eat solids? She just doesn't seem interested in purees but will grab food off my plate and "taste" it but won't actually eat it.

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