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6 month old started solids 2 weeks ago but still won't eat!

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milkyjo Wed 11-Sep-13 14:00:06

My dd started solids a couple of weeks ago but will clamp her mouth shut whenever I come near her with a spoon. I have not forced her to eat and every mealtime me, ds and her will eat together. I just clear away the food and don't make a fuss. We are doing purees at the moment, all simple cooked sweet veg, banana and mango. She's getting upset now when I put her bib on! I gave her a piece of my bread from my sandwich today and she took it immediately and sucked it but a piece got stuck to her palate which made her cry, and she gagged a bit too. With ds he took purees wonderfully for a week, then lumps, then by 7 months just normal family meals. I'm getting frustrated because I've now got the mindset that she will be an atrocious eater, unlike ds!

StealthToddler Wed 11-Sep-13 14:06:14

Might be she just doesn't like pureesz and wants to go her own speed? My ds1 and ds2 were weaned on purées. Ds3 refused and hated them but would eat anything that he could hold and do himself. Maybe she would suit Blw better?

Icklemariposa01 Wed 11-Sep-13 21:36:07

Hi milkyjo

Same happening for me and my DD. she is coming up to 7 months. Can't really advice as such. Just to relate!!

Turns her head, mouth clamped shut. It's quite stressful!!
I haven't tried BLW yet although I let her hold a spoon with the food on it.
But I will do it soon. The most successful times have been when DD has had a nap before meal times and playing nursery rhymes in the back ground. I have started to be a bit more adventurous with the food. Like adding grated cheese and the. Chicken another time and she ate it all up all be it, DD still turned her head away. It's like she got into a habit of it now confusedconfusedconfused

noblegiraffe Wed 11-Sep-13 21:38:51

My DS was the same, didn't like anything being put near his mouth after a stressful period getting antibiotics into him.

So he never had purées and fed himself everything. Mostly finger food, although it turns out you can actually eat Weetabix with your hands. It's very messy.

DD is happy to have a spoon but grabs it out of my hand and feeds herself.

itsaruddygame Sun 15-Sep-13 10:15:42

Relieved its not just me then!! DS is 6 months - we started 10 days ago and he is not interested at all and clamps his mouth shut when the spoon approaches. I have tried giving him some finger food and that is not popular either...... I am
just trying not to worry so that meals don't become stressful.

hettienne Sun 15-Sep-13 10:19:44

Some babies don't like being spoon fed - maybe just try finger foods?

Also it's pretty normal for them not to really eat anything until 8-9 months. Milk is their main source of nutrition for another 6 months yet.

Icklemariposa01 Sun 15-Sep-13 10:50:46

So as I posted earlier that my DD does exactly the same. She is 7 months.

Yesterday was interesting. At lunch time I made her some leek/sweet potatoe/spinach purée but made it slightly lumpy. Say her in her highchair. Daddy in front of her at the table playing with finger puppets. And singing nursery rhymes (I have done that before the singing bit on my own and it kinda worked) so DD looking at Daddy while also eating a rice cake. And she OPENS her mouth for me to feed her!!!! I am saying to DH it's like a deer being hunted - do not loose her focus!!!- four spoonfuls later she turns away from Daddy...BANG! That's it. She starts turning away and clamps her mouth shut and starts moaning!

I think that was the turning point for me. She can do this, she is just playing silly buggers!! She ate the rice cake, all be it chewed it. So I am am just gonna carry on with both. Feeding and BLW...something gotta give right!?!?

heidihole Sun 15-Sep-13 11:05:16

I would move to finger foods and don't sweat. Milk is main form of nutrition until 1 yr.

DS played with food more than ate it up until 11m. Then it started to click. He was fine on just milk till then. Now he is 16m and eats like a horse.

tri10 Sun 15-Sep-13 11:15:58

My second was like this and didn't really start to wean properly until she was 7 1/2 months.

At six months she refused e everything and if you got anything in her mouth would spit it out. At about 7 months she start to eat thing like dry toast, breadsticks etc but nothing like fruit and veg even as finger foods then at between 7 1/2 and 8 months she started to eat everything finger foods and purees.

She is now 16 months and eats better than my four year old who took to weaning really easily. So I wouldn't worry and just give it some more time.

milkyjo Sun 15-Sep-13 23:53:16

Thanks everyone, glad it's not just me! I have been giving her soft cooked veg sticks, she gags if any breaks and goes anywhere near to being swallowed, but she has got chewing down to a fine art! I was out with ds for a party on Saturday and dh was too scared to let her have the sticks of veg ( as I taught him what to do in an emergency!). So he gave her puree which apparently she wolfed!? What she really wants is to hold the spoon entirely by herself. She demolished half a fruitpot this evening. I am now worried about her eating too much!!!

Icklemariposa01 Mon 16-Sep-13 00:02:18

Oh that is good milkyjo!!!

Tell your DD to have a word with my one!!


mrsmartin1984 Mon 16-Sep-13 10:12:31


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