Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Not ready?

Olivia has gone back and forth on the solid food thing. When we first introduced rice cereal, as per the pedi's recommendation for her reflux, she was pretty excited about it. She didn't eat a ton of it, but did seem to enjoy it. It took me a few days to figure out when she would want it, before or after nursing, when she was tired or wide awake, etc..... thought I had it figured out!

Anyhow, her interest waned quickly. I have since tried oatmeal, peas, carrots, and sweet potatoes. She liked the peas a lot, but still would only eat a few bites, then seem uninterested or would even fuss a bit. Otherwise, she has just tried a few bites of things and then was over it. She is currently 3 days shy of 6 months, so I don't know if that is what the deal is. I know tons of babies younger than her that love solids though, so I guess it is just her.

I suppose she is just not ready. I feel almost bad trying to force it. I don't actually force her to eat, but I mean even trying when she seems so uninterested. She is breast fed and I guess is perfectly content with that. 

Maybe I will wait a week and see what she does then. Anyhow, just thought I would post this to see if anyone had thoughts, and to let people know that not all babies are ready just because they meet all the "criteria" for being "ready" for solids!


  1. hugs mama- that must be really frustrating! I think she just needs a little while to get used to the whole thing. I didnt really start feeding my babe every day at a specific time until she was about 7 months old, and then it was just a little rice cereal and 1 veggie for the first couple of months. She is almost one, and she started at about 10 or 11 months actually eating 3 meals a day- and honestly, sometimes she only eats like 1 1/2 even now. They say that babies get most of their nutrients through nursing until they are 1, all they eat for now is just the experience. So slow down and maybe just try every other day a little bit for a while....

  2. I am sorry it has been so difficult for you. I don't have any advice, but I can tell you what we did with Drew. We started just over 4 months, but only gave him cereal for the first month and a half. We gave him rice cereal for almost two weeks straight. Once a day, and only a bite or two for the first week or so. He just didn't like it. But I remember reading how they might not like it at first and to try new foods at least 10 times or so before giving up. That is what we did and now he loves cereal and so far, most food. Not saying that is what you need to do, just what we did. I got this information from wholesome baby food about reading hunger signs, it might help:
    Signs that baby may want to continue to eat:

    Leaning in for the spoon
    Opening the mouth
    Grabbing for food and trying to put it in the mouth
    Signs that your baby may be full:

    Closing of the mouth as the spoon comes close
    Spitting out the food that is being fed
    Turning the head away as the spoon comes closer