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Starting solids

Anonymous

My LO just turned 6 months and we’ve started her on solids. She is definitely interested in foods however she doesn’t seem to want to eat much. I usually give her a 6oz bottle and then she’ll go down for a short nap almost an hour later and when she gets up I’ll usually give her something (about 2 hours after her bottle). She will only take about 1oz of the baby food (maybe twice a day) and then 2 hours later she’ll have another bottle same as before. She used to drink 6 6oz bottles a day but lately she’s only had 5. My husband thought it’d be a good idea to put cereal in her bottle so now she won’t eat the cereal unless we put it in the bottle. I need some suggestions on how to get her eating more solids and interested in not having cereal in bottle.

  • Stephanie
    Jan 03

    Little ones still should get the majority of their nutrition from bottles until about a year....everything that I’ve refreshed my memory on said no more than 32 oz a day so the bottle amount seems just fine with the 5 6 oz bottles...for the food it’s a lot about practicing and learning to eat so little amounts is just fine. I wouldn’t recommend cereal in the bottle as it can be a choking hazard and should only be done if recommended by a doctor bc of reflux issues- and it’s a lot of empty calories that they just don’t need. Just follow little ones cues - good luck momma!

  • Elle
    Jan 04

    Suggest getting baby on a feeding schedule, e.g. every 4 hrs. It'll help a lot with everything feeding-related. Give her lots of different kids of solid food to try out. Let her explore it and play with it. Don't force it. Instead, sit down with her, and eat it in front of /with her. Keep it fun and light hearted, and avoid feeling or displaying any dissatisfaction or disappointment if she doesn't seem interested. Just try again at the next feeding time. Also, try serving the same food cooked different ways (boiled vs baked vs raw , warm vs room temp). Also, Baby food isn't "solids"... "Solids" means like pieces of scrambled egg, cooked tuna, avocado, soft cooked carrots, sweet potato, etc.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 04

    My mistake. She is interested in table foods/solids and we’ll hold a little piece in her mouth to lick a little because she doesn’t have any teeth. We have just started with the baby foods. When we go to give her baby foods she doesn’t want them. The only one she cares for is sweet potatoes and apples a little. She’s also tried green beans, carrots, squash and bananas. She’ll eat maybe 3-4 bites but it’s almost a force. Should I just try doing solids instead but she’s got no teeth? How do you recommend a feeding schedule? After 3 hours she’s hungry. Unless I’ve given her some baby food (about 1oz) then I can push her bottle back by 1 hour.

  • Elle
    Jan 04

    Toothless is fine! All of the foods I listed, above, are gummable foods (meaning the baby can mash them in her mouth between her tongue and top palette - no teeth needed). We liked the 4 hr schedule, so we just distracted her for 30 minutes... Let her adjust, she learned to eat bigger meals, and then slowly pushed it back 30 min again by actively distracting her until it was time. Benefit of this is, every XX hours, it's "meal time"... She is hungry, wants to eat, and associates the food we put in front of her (and ourselves) as food to be tried/eaten.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 04

    Did you do bottle with foods? I’m a first time mom so I’m just trying to get the hang of things. Should I increase her bottles from 6oz to 7oz?