Thursday, November 6, 2008

Any suggestions?

I'm having such a hard time getting jr. to eat solids. We've given him squash, peas, carrots, green beans, applesauce and peaches (we started by giving him the vegetables, a new one every 3 days). And more and more he is just closing his mouth and refusing to eat. Even the fruits! Yesterday I put some rice cereal in his peas to improve the taste and it seemed to work the first time, but the second time he didn't want it anymore and then started choking (it was actually very scary!) because it was too thick.

As you can see, more is ending up on his face than in his tummy...

Any suggestions for how to get him to eat?

14 comments:

Shannon said...

I have no idea, but I sure do love that picture. I can't believe how big he is getting! Maybe he is too full when he is eating the solids?!? (You've probably already thought of that though...I'm just spittin' out ideas here). If I think of anything else I will let ya know. Good luck!

The Petersons said...

Does he eat rice cereal by itself? I mix it with juice and make it about the consistency of mashed potatoes-not too runny, but not too sticky. Noah LOVES rice cereal-and I never mix anything in it. Umm...does he eat small pieces of bread or banana? Noah didn't like baby food banana, but he likes actual banana. Maybe Jr. just wants tangible food? You can also mix solids in with his formula-that might get him used to the taste. Just like 2 spoonfuls in with a 6 oz bottle of formula.
I don't know-just some thoughts...maybe none of them will work, sorry in advance if they don't. Good luck!

Lori said...

Yeah, addie hates hates hates rice cereal (we've tried it with juice, breastmilke, water- she hates them all), but will eat any type of babyfood i offer her happily and willingly.
I wish i had some good advice for you. I'll ask my older sister and see if she has any tips.

Becca said...

I don't have any personal experience with this because Lindsay just really, really likes to eat... but all the stuff I've read said to stop trying for a bit, like a couple of weeks and start again. And they'll be fine on milk for quite a while.

Margaret said...

I will preface my comment by saying that I have no kids and no experience getting kids to eat baby food. :)

BUT -

I heard something about starting with just one thing, and getting them used to that one thing before introducing more...?

He sure is cute with his dinner on his face, tho! :)

NoSurfGirl said...

I have always had that problem... none of my kids seem to enjoy solids much, except every now and then when they're very hungry and inclined to be open to new things.

I think it was about at 1 yr old that my little girl started eating a lot of solids... she wanted to feed herself, not be fed. She wasn't interested in being fed. Looks like my baby boy will be the same way :/

Bill Karoly said...

Cut back on the food! He's playing with it because he's no hungry. Besides, look at those cheeks! What a porker!

Jenny said...

Maybe try feeding him a little bit of milk and then take it away and try baby food. If he's hungry enough he'll eat it. Ben likes rice cereal mixed with the fruit puree baby food. He eats veggies purees alone from the jar. Maybe also try warming it up a bit.

Just some thoughts! Good luck!

Erin R. said...

One thing to remember is that babies stomachs are very small so even though it might not look like he is eating a lot, as long as he isn't fussy he is probably getting enough. We didn't use rice cereal for very long....we switched to baby oatmeal and multigrain cereal. The Beechnut brand (at Wal-Mart) makes a multigrain cereal with apples and another one with raspberries that Andrew loved. I also continued to mix in bananas and applesauce into the plain oatmeal. Have you tried sweet potatoes? That was one of Andrew's favorite veggies for a while. Then we eased him into other "orange" veggies (orange ones seem to have more flavor) and then some of the green ones. Just remember slow and steady. It takes several times of introducing a new food before they will take to it. Don't give up and keep taking those adorable pictures! Hope this helps!

Erin R. said...

p.s.- At Babies-R-Us you can get some long-sleeved bibs that are great for keeping clothes clean while Junior is learning how to each solids. I still have Andrew use them and they have been definitely clothes savers!!!

Jill Revell said...

Yeah I would hold off until jr is hungry (you kind of have to find a balance though because I found that when allie was STARVING she was too frustrated to eat) and then do the same veggie or fruit for a whole week. try not switching up as often. it usually took allie a good couple of days before she would open up wide for her food. allie couldn't stand peas so after 7 days of putting up a fuss i moved on and didn't try that one for a while. she loves peas now so don't worry if they don't like all of the veggies.

Emotionally Consumed said...

You've had your fair share of advice, but I guess that is what you are looking for, so I guess I'll try my part at my two-cents worth. It has been a long time since I was introducing my kids to eating. I'll give you the few pointers I remember. One I never felt like my kids ate enough especially Johnathan who was a thin little thing. I brought it up with his doctor often and he told me it was okay because he was still growing the way he should. Also, as someone else said, it doesn't take much to fill up a baby's stomach. They still have that raw instict to only eat until they are full. If you are buying baby food definately start with the small containers to cut back on cost and watse. Once you know his little body can handle a food all right (you gave it to him before and he didn't have any reaction within the week) try mixing things you know he likes. I was going to suggest adding cereal but since it was too think maybe 'water it down' with juice or formula or breast milk next time. Finally, my mom was always pretty good at getting the food in the baby as opposed to on the baby and I grew up watching her. Try holding his hands when you feed him and only giving him just a little bit. Get it far enough into his mouth that it gets past the tip of his tongue where the natural 'push out' motion comes from sucking but do be careful not to gag him, it can be a tricky balance to find. Remember he is learnnig how to eat solids which is a different motion from sucking on a bottle or nursing. Also, when he does get it on his face use your spoon to scoop it off his face and feed it to him with the next bite (k, so that's what my mom did and so did I, it helps keep babies cleaner). I totally recommend the long-sleeve bibs but they can be a pill for taking off especially when they are covered in baby food. I used the long vinyl bibs and just took their shirts off before I fed them.
Sorry for being so long winded, as always. Hope I said something helpful.
Btw, keep the pics coming I just can't get enough of this kid! :)

merrilykaroly said...

Thanks for all your suggestions, everyone! They have been very helpful!

Justin, Kira and Evan said...

Evan would choke all the time, but he would do it to himself, because he didn't want to eat the veggies. If your little guy will eat fruit, we would mask the veggies with the fruit. We would get the spoonful of peas and then coat it with the fruit. That only would work if he would take fruit. Good Luck, they all go through their phases don't they?