You have offered your baby countless foods and used all sorts of silly tricks like “Open up for the airplane!” but your baby is still refusing to eat anything besides their bottle and maybe some puffs. Frustration sets in and you want to pull your hair out. When your baby won’t eat solids it is hard to find the patience to figure out the problem.
This is one of the stages where you find that each baby is so different. You may have already had a child or two and this was not a problem at all. It can throw you for a loop when you have a 9 or 10 month old that will not eat but the first step is to realize that they can survive on just breast milk or formula for the 1st year of their life. Patience is difficult. There are some tips that can help warm up your baby to solids.
5 Tips When Your Baby Won’t Eat Solids
1) Cut back on formula or breast milk. The typical max recommended daily intake is 32 oz. It’s highly likely that your baby just isn’t hungry. Talk to your doctor about recommendations specific to your baby. Check on his growth as well. If your baby is full then they won’t feel the need to eat the foods you are offering.
My twin boys were bottle hogs. They absolutely loved their bottles and I had to gradually offer a little less formula (we were over the 32 oz. daily intake level). It made their appetites for new foods much bigger.
2) Play with foods. Learn to make it fun, and help him to have fun. Don’t push for him to eat. This is so hard to have the patience. Plan enough time for meals that you don’t feel rushed.
Make a little game out of trying the food. If he tries the carrot Mommy will spin in circles, if he tries the pear Mommy will hop on one foot around the kitchen. Be silly.
3) Wait 45 mins after a bottle. Try offering solids about 45 minutes to an hour after a bottle. That way he isn’t too full for intake and also isn’t too hungry to enjoy. Definitely don’t wait until they are too hungry, no one is in their best spirits when hangry!
4) Stay positive. Keep trying and stay positive, even when he gags or spits food out. Gagging is normal and babies can take up to 20 separate exposures to a certain food before they rule it out. Gosh that seems like a lot of wasted food. 🙂 Keep trying though, mix up their options.
5) Mix their favorites in with the new offering. If your baby likes pears and you are offering up a new veggie then mix a little pear in with it. That’s what all the new baby food pouches are doing so we can do it at home too. Make your own pear/spinach mix and apple/carrot. As adults we don’t eat our vegetables plain so let’s make it tasty for the little ones. Let’s make little gourmet eaters.
It may seem hard to have patience but I promise that every kid will eventually eat. I always tell myself on all difficult transitions that no kid goes to Kindergarten still drinking from a bottle, not potty trained or not able to do any of these skills that we stress over while they are babies. They will eventually get it but some tips and tricks always help get us over the hump of teaching our little ones.
I hope these tips for if your baby won’t eat solids will help.
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