9 month old won't eat solids Vanessa from Austin, TX
Hi, my almost 9 month old is barely eating solids. She doesn't like baby food but will eat some table food. Her weight is healthy as well as her development. I have her 9 month check up soon so I will ask the dr. what to do. Any advice? She would just rather nurse than eat food, or eat food that she can't really eat yet. My older son was a great eater and loved to be fed, so I feel a bit lost with my daughter. She doesn't want me to soon feed her. What I normally do is mash up food and put it on her feeding tray and let her go at it. Sometimes she eats, but most times she eats a few bites and then cries to get out.
I have tried feeding her with my finger, feeding her on my lap, tried different things like rice cereal, baby food, pureed food, mashed table food and I even have a food grinder. I don't know what else to do.
Mom of two and loving it!
Hi Venessa! When I saw your questions I felt like I knew exactly what you were going to. I mean, when you have that second baby you kinda feel like you'll have everything out of control. I too was nervous about the pregnancy and hubby kept telling me that everything will be okay. We were way more informed about this one than with our first born (which had lots of complications during delivery). He also reassured me that everything would be okay because we were better prepared with our second. The nursery was all done and we had diapers, clothes and all the other baby necessities we would need. Then it came to eating! OMG! Our second way different than our first. Not just in personality, but in her size, habits and her appetite as well. With our first, she loved everything, especially her veggies. Our second was a bit hesitant making the leap into solids. But after a few months and adding new flavors each week she was ready for what was next and greeted me with an open mouth each time.
Then around 9 months is also the same time when she was reaching for table food. We were scared to death, as we were with our first born, of her choking. So we went out and purchased the Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder. At first she was again hesitant, but then she found out that there's food in there and it's different from baby food. So yeah, she loved it. We shop and eat organic as often as possible and we would like our children to do the same. So the Fresh Food Feeder is perfect because you know what is in the food that you are giving your baby. We often go to the organic farmers market and we have vendors offering our babies samples... we just open up the Fresh Food Feeder and we're good to go and don't have to worry much about our baby chocking. And yes, our 5 year old uses it to. She likes to use it with oranges and watermelon so she doesn't have to worry about the seeds!
But for some babies, who don't like to eat the baby food and are breastfeeding, the breast milk is enough, that's all they need for the first few years of life. At a certain month your milk will decrease, so switching and adding solids is easy when you watch your babies cues. Your baby will still need a fair amount of milk. Why? Because cream milk, cheese and other dairy products help your baby absorb all the nutrients they need. Every baby is different, so you, as a parent, just needs to make sure that if they are not eating much baby food or eating too much baby food, still give them breast milk. But like you said, your baby isn't fond of the baby food, don't panic. There isn't much more your baby needs now. Try the Fresh Food Feeder, it's a safe way to have your baby try out new foods without the dangers of him feeding himself and having a choking hazard. Talk to your doctor and he will let you know what foods are safe. You still need to offer him new foods slowly to see if any allergies exist, especially with peanut butter, fish and peaches.
From a professional point of view (Consumer Reports) they suggest that along with the breast milk or formula, start off with cereal, then add fruits and then at 6 months start pureed baby food (organic is better), every month an a half you can go to the next stage and then at 9 months slowly introduce table food. But if he isn't liking that very much that is fine as long as he is still drinking breast milk. They advice to talk with your doctor. A pediatrician friend of mine says that is totally normal. All babies are different. Many parents don't start solids until 9 months then at a year jump straight to table food. He advices that you do the same with table food as you do with baby food, introduce new foods slowly. He also said that food that is nutritious for adults isn't as good for babies. We recently went to the doctor and asked about juices, she said that if she drinks not to give more than 4 ounces and if she doesn't that's fine as well. Just not too much water/pedialite because they can get water poisoning.
So I hope this weeks post has not only helped Venessa but every mom who has questions about solids and table food. Remember each baby is different and still needs breast milk/formula until about the age of two.