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Baby still not eating solids

My baby boy will be 1 on the 27th. He’s not eating solids still. I think it’s my fault.... when his pediatrician said he can start solids I didn’t want to start giving him Solids because I was scared he would drop nursing and I just wasn’t ready to stop nursing. I decide at 6 months to give him baby oatmeal mixed with breast milk and he liked it then he tried bananas, spinach and bananas. One day I decided to give him a little of beans for him to try it and he puked. After that he refused to open his mouth for solids. A few weeks later I tried again with oatmeal and he took it. He’s now not taking baby oatmeal. Only bananas and nothing else. So I mix bananas with other things but he still won’t take it. He knows I take the banana with his poon. (I don’t smash it on a bowl. I don’t want to wean him but I want him to eat solids because his pediatrician says at this age he should be eating more than just bananas. (She said to contact a feeding therapist) I’m worry. Anybody experiencing or experienced this?

  • Anonymous
    Sep 05

    I don't have any advice, but you should get help. Lots of kids breastfeed through toddler hood, so him quitting shouldn't be a concern, but it's also his choice if he does quit. A baby needs to try a new food 15 times before they can really decide if they like it or not, so if I were you I would stop giving bananas, and start giving a variety of small soft pieces of fruits and vegetables. Mine always chooses the sweet fruit over everything else too. He should also be learning to drink from sippy cups. The munchkin 360 or a straw cup is what we use.

  • Ivy
    Sep 05

    It’s not your fault. Lots of pediatricians recommend 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding. A feeding therapist sounds like a good place to start. The wait list can pretty long so it’s better to call sooner than later

  • Stevie
    Sep 06

    Try just putting soft foods out on the table for him to grab. He should be able to pick some things up. He’ll eventually put some of it in his mouth. Try avocado.

  • Anonymous
    Sep 06

    I agree w above^^ sit him in the high chair during meals and put soft foods on his tray for him to explore (NOT after a nursing) so he’s hungry and also interested in the food you’re eating. But, of course, I’d take doc opinion and see a therapist! Try not to worry!

  • anonymous mom
    Sep 06

    A therapist is a great idea. Also offer softened “grown up” foods. Bananas are great but also just things like well cooked carrots or green beans (or make a stew and feed him the stewed meats and veggies), frozen (or just thawed) peas and blueberries, macaroni noodles, rice, etc. it could be that he’s not hungry or that he’s wanting more “regular” food and not purée. I know my daughter was great with purée early on but wanted regular foods quickly. I didn’t get the hint and went a month trying to make her eat purée that she didn’t want before I transitioned over to regular foods completely.

  • Newmommy
    Sep 06

    Thank you all so much! I do give him different types of purée and he won’t open his mouth. I do give him pieces of food. He picks them but doesn’t put it in his mouth. (He doesn’t put everything in his mouth) which is good sometimes. I called a few therapists and they are so expensive. I don’t know what to do. I’m thinking about waiting until he turns 1 and see if he changes how he feels about solids.

  • Alicia
    Sep 07

    Yes, by this age he should be eating three meals a day of solid foods. My 9.5 preemie has had almost 75 different types of adult food. Google or join Facebook groups for baby led weaning, you want to nip it in the butt before it causes more issues. You don’t have to stop breastfeeding, but you you will drop your supply because he will be less interested.

  • Newmommy
    Sep 07

    Causes more issues? Like what?

  • Newmommy
    Sep 07

    Health wise?

  • anonymous mom
    Sep 07

    I think she means that the longer the aversion to solids go the harder it is to introduce. I think texture wise especially, the longer it goes on the harder it will be to get your LO to like different flavors, textures, etc

  • Newmommy
    Sep 07

    He won’t even taste it. He won’t open his mouth and even if I put the spoon inside his mouth I can’t because he has 8 teeth. 😖

  • Newmommy
    Sep 07

    When I put food in front him... like cereal or potatoes he just plays with it. Doesn’t put it in his mouth. He does drink water from a sippy cup and even from my glass. He also liked Soy milk ice scream once.

  • anonymous mom
    Sep 07

    Aww I’m sorry. It’s so frustrating and so easy to blame yourself. Don’t. Or at least try not to. I would say to be persistent with offering. Always put it in front of him, and every time you eat, sit him down to eat too. Also, definitely try to get in to see a food therapist, I’ve heard they can work wonders!!! And also, if you’re on instagram, follow @kids.eat.in.color and @kidfriendlymeals. Both of them talk a lot about pickiness but they do touch on texture problems sometimes too. They are also both accessible. As in, you can either comment on their most recent post and/or direct message them and ask them if they have any suggestions or if they know of other instagram users who talk about the similar challenges you’re facing with your little one. Just remember, you’re not alone. Lots of kids have this problem!!

  • Rhianna
    Sep 18

    If he has 8 teeth already I would say skip the purée and look into baby led weaning. Sit him at the table when you eat your meals and offer him whatever you have on your plate (as long as it is not a choking hazard) Seeing mom eat and then getting offered the same thing might peak his interest. My son is one and refuses to eat if I put food on his tray but will ask for food off of my plate, even if it is the same food offered on his tray.

  • Rhianna
    Sep 18

    Also, once baby discovers they can chew, the purée gets to be boring. Have you tried just cutting the banana into small pieces and letting him mash it in his own mouth?

  • Newmommy
    Oct 03

    Yes. He just plays with food. Sometimes he’ll taste food but that’s it