Anya & Deepak
Nov 21 San Francisco, CA Infants, Weaning

My 8 month old has just declared war on solids. He had a bad cough and so started detesting solids. Now the cough is gone but he refuses to eat. I know breastmilk is enough but there will come a day when it isn't and what will I do then? It wasn't like he was eating burgers and noodles. He was eating pureed avacado, sweet potato, carrots and oats. I don't know what to do. I keep offering, he keeps denying. I tried baby led weaning. He takes each piece of his meal and systematically drops it on the floor while looking at me. HELP!

  • CrystianandBen
    Nov 21

    When the day comes and it isn’t enough he will happily eat whatever you are offering him. Just keep offering him stuff but don’t let it become a stressor for anyone. My sons (both breastfed until around 15 months) didn’t consistently eat solids until around one or so and some days even after would be significantly more or less. It also can’t hurt to let him play with it. Spread out some mashed peas and sweet potato (for color contrast) and let him play in his high chair. Some is bound to make it to his mouth and remind him it tastes good.

  • Brittany
    Nov 22

    The same thing happened with my daughter around 6 months after she got a stomach bug. She stopped eating the solids too. I️ basically stopped offering the solids for about 2 weeks and only breastfed her. After those two weeks, I️ just started over again with the puréed solids and she got back on track. I️ agree with the previous comment about making sure eating solids doesn’t become stressful so don’t force it. Just take a break from it for both of your sakes and revisit when it feels right. Good luck and don’t stress! It will work itself out.

  • Maria
    Nov 24

    I've heard the phrase "food before 1 is just for fun" which I think is helpful to remember. He's learned how to eat, so he won't be "behind" -he just knows what he wants right now!

  • Santiago
    Nov 26

    Keep trying! This happened to me with one of my twins for a little while. Their taste buds are developing and they are still exploring. I also was getting worried; and I own a baby food co! As parents sometimes we worry too much. But don't get discouraged.