Starting Solids

Discussions about the transition to solid food, including baby-led weaning, making your own baby food, nutrition and more.

Anonymous posted in Starting Solids Tuesday

My baby doesn't like solids

My baby is 12 months old and refuses to eat solids, he just likes some purees like zucchini and carrots. He doesn't like any meat I make for him, only likes the processed jar. Ver often I make purees of an entire meal and doesn't eat it. He does not like new textures and anything with strong flavor. He would take the majority of fruits with oatmeal. I need some advice, I don't know... More

  • Anonymous
    Tuesday

    Thank you so much for your advice!

  • Valerie
    Tuesday

    I had this issue with my son too. I started to water down his milk and he miraculously started eating more solids :-)

Anonymous posted in Breastfeeding Monday

How to wean?

My little guy is 10 months and is exclusively breastfed aside from solids. For solids, he has 3 meals a day (we do babyled weaning) and loves it. I’m still nursing him 5-6 times a day. When can I start cutting out nursing/bottle? I prefer not to replace with cows milk.

  • Melisa
    Monday

    Up to one year the main source of nutrients and calories are coming from breast milk. Usually at that age by themselves they nurse less since they have other interests. However you do not need to replace the breastmilk with anything else, nor drink nor milk. All they need is a balanced and healthy diet. Keep in mind that the world health Organization recommends breastfeeding up to age 2 and ... More

  • Anonymous
    Monday

    Thanks! That’s really helpful. My goal is to breastfeed for a year but I’m realizing unless I proactively wean him it definitely seems like he’ll keep going. Good to know about the World Health Org’s recommendation..

Solids Just wondering if this is a thing...I’m really hoping so. Starting around 8-9 months my baby no longer will willingly let me feed her first few bites of puréed food. I have to sneak in bites until she remembers she likes it then she’s okay. She willingly eats finger foods that she can feed herself. Is this normal??

  • Jenn
    Monday

    Normal. We did purees (thin at 5mo, thicker a few months after). She eventually refused the spoon and started shoveling yogurt in her mouth with her hands. I did similar to previous poster... put her yogurt in a bag, cut a corner, squeeze out little drops and freeze.

  • Catherine
    Monday

    I haven’t gone through this yet, but I’ve heard from some pretty respectable moms that starting your kids on soft solids (avocados, bananas, etc.) earlier teaches them to chew before swallowing and helps them feel like they’re just like any other person, which might be the issue here; sometimes kids just want to feel like a human person and eat what the rest of the family eats. I have a feeling... More

Anonymous posted in Starting Solids Saturday

Giving baby a taste of adult food.

At what age did you let your babies taste adult food? Not fully let them eat it but let them taste it?

  • Valerie
    Sunday

    Started at 5 months. Really paid off at 14 months and he now eats everything. No separate meal prep or meal orders when we go out! Major bonus!

  • Drusilla
    Tuesday

    We have been letting Felix taste stuff since like, 3 months lol actually starting to feed it at 5 and 7 it was baby food and our food and now at 9 it's just our food 🍲 🖤 we just still only give him mushy stuff and sometimes just puree if it's too tough to chew :D

Spitting out food

My 11 month old keeps spitting out mostly everything I give her. What do I do when she won't eat anything?

  • Katelyn
    Jun 14

    Table foods. I'll definitely try the feeding each other off the tray. Thank you for the suggestion.

  • Kelly
    Jun 15

    I second table foods and baby led weaning/self feeding. By 11 months my son was interested in doing more "for himself" which dramatically increased how much he ate. Also, just adding variety to their foods.....I mean they have basically no choice for themselves in most decisions and it's easy to get into a rut with the same options over and over. Changing things up from time to ti... More

Milk strike??

This whole week my 7 mo old is refusing his formula bottles.... he’ll drink just about half of every bottle. I know solids really shouldn’t be offered if they haven’t filled up mainly on milk so I don’t know what to do?? Don’t offer solids? Is this a phase?.... he’s drinking probably 15 oz of milk 😔 (still eating every bite of solids I give)

  • Cathy
    Jun 14

    My son did the same thing. It’s normal. He’s starting the transition to just growing up! Are you offering food too? He could just be full, or just not want it. Be sure to give an adequate amount of time between bottle and food so that he wants it. It’s normal though! Sometimes my son would only drink 15 Oz a day and my pediatrician said (at 9 months) “He’s old enough to decide how much he wants... More

  • Anonymous
    Jun 14

    You could check him for an ear infection or cold/cough. It's hard for them to suck on the bottle when sick. Another possible reason might be that the bottle flow isn't fast enough for him?

Introducing solids

So...my nearly six month old has been eating some pureed foods for a little bit now. He does well at dinner time but he doesn't take very well to breakfast. Sometimes morning bottles are a bit of a struggle as well. Could he just not be into eating so close to waking up? Not a "breakfast person"? Any thoughts or suggestions?

  • Caylissa
    Jun 14

    How long do you wait after he wakes up? Mine isn’t a big breakfast fan, but eats well if I wait about an hour or two after he wakes up.

  • Jessica
    Jun 15

    He is finicky with his morning bottle too so I usually try the food at kind of random times between waking and his first nap. His dad isn't the biggest breakfast person either.

Anonymous posted in Starting Solids Jun 12

Starting food: If we’ve been doing a little cereal in bottles twice a day, how do we start puréed food? Do we do a couple of oz of milk and then follow with a few teaspoons of food right after? Does the food replace cereal? Do we stop cereal period? It has been constipating my baby so I’m eager to stop it anyway. Once she gets used to different flavors of food, do we only do one food at a... More

  • Christina
    Jun 12

    Stop with the cereal in bottles unless instructed to do so by dr. You can either introduce a purée every few days or baby led weaning where you give table food and let baby self feed. We did slow intro because I was concerned about allergens. Cereal isn’t necessary so you can stop if you want. Just watch out also for bananas. They tend to constipate as well. Also introduce some water to h... More

  • Nessa
    Jun 12

    We started at 5 months with rice cereal with a lot of formula or Breast milk mixed in and spoon fed and then when she was doing well with that we added a half a container of fruit to the cereal (same fruit for 3-5 days) in the morning then we gave a whole container of veggies for lunch ( no rice cereal) and the rest of the container of fruit mixed with rice cereal/oatmeal for dinner.

20 month old communication

My 20 month old son is a gentleman and eats anything but is having a hard time communicating what he wants.he is finally starting to sign more when he wants food or juice and says a few basic words. How do I stop just giving him different foods till I find what he wants?

  • Alyssa
    Jun 13

    Does he still use a pacifier?

  • Jess
    Jun 14

    Before she had the words I would show my daughter things in the fridge and the visual was enough to get a nod or head shake from her.

Anonymous posted in Starting Solids Jun 07

Grabbing spoon

Baby is 7 months and I feed him purée a couple times a day. Then here and there of what we're eating or cheerios on his highchair when hanging out. When giving him purées he's always trying to grab the spoon! While I appreciate him wanting to try and learn, I'm not going to give him a container of purée. What did you do at this stage?

  • Megan
    Jun 07

    Yes! Ashley! It’s all about the two spoon system! 😂😂😂 Or puffs cereal on the tray... basically something to distract him.

  • Jesika
    Jun 08

    I give my daughter her oball and it keeps her little fingers busy.

At what age is your pediatrician recommending introducing solids?

  • Jesika
    Jun 06

    It changes all the time. I’m a mom of 5 and it seems to go back and forth between 4 months and 6 months. My now 2 year old they said 6 months my 7 month old they said 4 months. Same practice of Dr’s too!

  • Kelly
    Jun 06

    Ours recommended 4 months as well. And to avoid cereals and other carbs in order to focus on veggies, dairy and protein.....basically to save the foods everyone ultimately loves for a time after he'd already developed a taste for healthier options. He's almost 2 and a remarkably good little eater, so I'd do the same again.

6 month old schedules

What are/were your 6mo schedules? We are nearly hitting 6mo with the LO and would like to transition from on demand to a more structured routine as we slowly bring in solids. I’m working to build the general routine based on a pattern I already see him falling into. But I’m curious about the intro to solids in that routine and what has worked for others!

  • Megan
    Jun 04

    We continue to nurse on demand at 9 months, but we began doing solid breakfast about 45 minutes after waking, then slowly added lunch then dinner. At 6 months we were transitioning from 3 to 2 naps and aimed for breakfast around 7, first nap at 9 and second at 1-30-2. Dinner around 5:30, bed at 7.

Milk Supply ‘Food before 1 is just for fun.’ Doesn’t seem to apply for my 6m old, who devours everything I give him, and doesn’t seem satisfied with nursing. He is purely breastfed- never took the bottle- and is eating solids 3 times a day for just over a week. Apart from straining to poop- he grunts and squeezes, and has gone down from 4 poops a day to 1 or 2- he seems happy. But what ab... More

  • Meri
    Jun 03

    I would have continued to try different formulas and maybe asked the pediatrician for other supplements. But well, there was too much going on in my life that I just had no time to worry.

  • Jennifer
    Jun 04

    My son was the same way. He loved food. As long as he is gaining well he is fine. Bodies know why they need. I’m sure he’s fine. :)

Anonymous posted in Starting Solids Jun 02

My daughter (almost one) will not eat any food other then her bottle or yogurt.

When we started her on baby food at 4m or so she was doing fine. Then about 3 months ago she just stopped and it’s a struggle to get her to take 5 bites of something. Please help, need some ideas. We’ve talked to her doctor and she had no answer for us.

  • Lillie
    Jun 05

    Lol that's happened with all my kids (and happening now with my 1year old...) Just give a few little soft solids( pieces of cheese, fruit, soft chicken, whatever) your baby can pick up and eat on her own and some of it will make it to her stomach...then when she looses interest back it with a sippy or bottle or boob - Don't stress its so normal

  • Kelly
    Jun 05

    My son is 2 now and ive struggled eith this and i still do. I knoe how stressful it is. It's tricky because its almost like he does it just to piss me off lol. So i habe to play reverse pyschology or ill put something there and walk away and if he knows im mot watching he will try it. Its weird. But i even let him eat from the sink of his play kotchen or ill put like fruit snacks in a cup o... More

What are high allergen foods that you shouldn’t introduce as first foods?

  • Mama April
    Jun 01

    We discovered my daughter is highly allergic to eggs at 9 months while on a family vacation in WDW. (Thank goodness for the RN in the first aid center of Epcot. ) When everything was settled I realized out of all the people that cautioned to watch for allergic reactions no one covered what to do if it occurs. If you notice a rash after introducing a new food stop providing it and consult your... More

  • Cris
    Jun 06

    There's nothing you shouldn't introduce (except honey). It's actually better to introduce the top allergens as soon as you start solids and keep feeding them regularly to train your LO's immune system against allergies, particularly if your baby has eczema since allergy risk is 6x higher in that case.

Any books or trusted dietitians for baby led weaning information?

Solids

So my son is 7 months. I haven’t really given him solid food and when I have he is not see interested his sisters never gave me a problem with it. He’s exclusively breast fed refuses bottles. Any tips on how to start him on food?

  • Melisa
    May 31

    No all babies are ready at the same time. Breastmilk has more calories than any other food. Until year one their main source of nutrients is breastmilk, food is only to explore different textures and flavors. Are you doing Baby Lee Weaning?

  • Valerie
    May 31

    My daughter is 9 months and she has been eating Gerber 2nd stage fruits and veggies. She loves them. And took right away to them. Also we give her the Gerber oatmeal and rice cereal she loves that mixed in with formula and I add in some fruit to for flavor you can try something like that with breast milk in it as well. Also Gerber puffs are a huge hit with her as well they have a few different... More

Anonymous posted in Starting Solids May 30

Advice on feeding

My baby is 10 months old now. He does really well with baby food, bananas, and bread but when we give him anything with a little more consistency like pasta, corn, peas he throws up after just a few bite sized pieces. Any advice to get him to eat more solid food without gagging and throwing it up?

  • Dorothy
    Jun 07

    Christine is correct. My son is 5months & breastfed. I plan on only Nursing til 1yr & then expressed/pumped milk up to 2yrs. They recommend that breast milk/formula be their main source of nutrition up to 2yrs!

  • Dorothy
    Jun 07

    This is what W.H.O recommends... introduction of nutritionally-adequate and safe complementary (solid) foods at 6 months together with continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.

Transition to solids

My 1 y/o eats solids but his diet is still pretty much milk. How is it supposed to work? Do I need to get him to eat more solids? He hates pureed foods... Sigh. I feed him our food but before I add any seasoning and stuff... Do I need to be worried?

  • Ro
    Jun 12

    Oh Valerie that makes me feel so much better. I don't fight with him about eating or force him cause I want food to be enjoyable to him. But I was stressing cause even the pediatrician told me to try to keep him under 24 ounces of milk. For now he eats what he wants of what we offer (and we always give him a variety cause you never know what his taste is for that day) and he can decide to e... More

  • Valerie
    Jun 13

    As for throwing food, I got him a silicone tray with several compartments, and tell him repeatedly, if you don’t like it, put it here. I’m not even kidding, on day 2 we had 0 pieces thrown. My dog also was very disappointed when this transition happened! 😂

Regression?

My 11.5 month old babe caught his first virus last week. He had diarrhea and threw up once, so I cut out cooked food. Just stuck with banana, avocado and of course nursing. Banana and avocado were really just when I was away at work. Once he saw me, he wanted the boob. He’s back full force now, but is still obsessed with nursing! Prior to last week, I could go a full work day without pumping. ... More

  • Cathy
    May 27

    He probably found comfort in nursing from you while he wasn’t feeling well. Which is totally normal. You may have to start the transition over into solid foods again, since he was so used to getting nursed when sick.

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