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Beth Ann asks:
For those who delay solids, how do you get your kid to eat! My baby didn’t start eating anything until around 10 months, and I can’t get her to eat anything!
First, don’t get too worried about it! Breastmilk or formula should be the primary source of nutrition until age one, and I swear the more you want the little boogers to eat, the more they refuse. 😉 Just keep offering.
My kids much preferred things they could feed themselves. Anything that was soft-ish and easy for them to pick up was gobbled up (steamed/cooked veggies, soft fruits, beans.) They especially loved getting to eat what I was eating, so I found they’d eat more if I gave them food from my plate vs. putting the same darn things on their own plate!
It is messy of course, but try a bowl of whole milk yogurt with a spoon. Something about the spoon makes it really fun for little ones. Just be ready with a mop and a bath. 😉
Do you have tips for Beth Ann?
We are just starting this new adventure with food. I am loving reading about all the tips 🙂
It’s so overwhelming when your baby is just not eating. I’m so worried that I waited too long, and she’ll never want food!
I did baby led weaning with my second child and I love the mantra “food is fun before one!” Don’t worry about what your child eats or doesn’t eat, just offer appropriately sized pieces of whatever the family is eating at every meal and he/she will soon join in! Family meals together around the dinner table is of course an essential piece to this, if you aren’t doing it already. Nobody likes to eat alone, not even a baby! 🙂
Yes, mine both HATED traditional babyfoods or anything that I had to feed them. They were much happier with small pieces of food they could feed themselves (small pieces of pancake, cheese, tiny pieces of chicken or deli turkey, scrambled eggs with cheese on them to keep them from crumbling apart … and there is always the classic Cheerios!) 🙂