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My 7 month old won't eat any baby food/cereal(even homemade baby food)
I tried to introduce solids when my son turned 6 months old. I decided to make my own baby food and he seemed interested in eating, sat up on his own and seemed ready. The first few times he made horrible faces and gagged. Then he would turned his head away and refuse to eat. I didn't force him to eat any but I kept trying to introduce different kinds of baby food but now I'm lucky to get a spoonful in. I even bought jarred baby food to see if it was my cooking. When that didn't work I waited about 1 week and tried giving him a spoonful very runny rice cereal and he still wouldn't eat it. Now he is 7 months old and I still can't get him to eat baby food. When should I start being concerned? When should I try again? Any suggestions?
first of all, plain rice cereal made with formula/breastmilk, or water tastes like wet cardboard, so i'm not surprised he doesn't like it. that's something you can add to the bottle, or any food, but there's no reason to make it runny. he can handle some texture at this age. continue to offer the food. experts say it can take up to 15 times of tasting before they actually begin to like a new food. why not give him table food? at 7 months, there is no reason he can't eat table food. i started my daughter on 2nd stage food (we bipassed the 1st stage all together) when she was 8 weeks old. i put rice cereal in her bottle at 5 weeks. by the time she was 5 months, she was eating table food, and taking a bottle. i started out with veggies, not fruit. luckily, my kid ate anything you put in front of her. i think a lot of that had to do with starting early. she still eats like a champ, and she's 22 months. gerber makes all kinds of yummy jar food, and the pasta pick ups are great. raviolli would be a good choice for him. i know, because i have tried them myself. these were some of her faves:broccoli and cheese, bananas, apple blueberry, spring vegetables with wild rice, chicken noodle, sweet potatoes, spinach, plums, butternut squash, peaches, and vanilla custard pudding with bananas-that was a rare treat for her.she loved all the ravioli, and her favorite seemed to be the spinach cheese.if he likes sweet potatoes, then you can buy acorn or butternut squash in the produce aisle, and bake it with butter and cinnamon. cut it in half, scoop out the seeds with a spoon, add a dollop of butter, and a dash of cinnamon. bake at 350 for 1 hour, or until soft. also, i cut up yellow squash and zucchini top it with olive oil, and fresh shredded parmesan, then bake until soft and golden brown. she gobbles that up like candy. i hope this helps. picky eaters can be soooo frustrating, or so i have heard. i was a super picky kid, and still am today. i'm thankful that my kid hasn't taken part in that.
Maybe he just isn't ready. As long as he is growing, I wouldn't worry too much. Wait a few weeks then try again. Give him the solids before the drink. If he sees the drink, he probably will refuse the other foods.
I agree with AAWM. He might just not be ready. As long as he's still drinking formula or breastmilk, I'd leave off the solids for a few weeks and then try again. Don't worry about when we're SUPPOSED to feed solids - it's all cultural anyway. In some parts of the world, kids don't eat solids until they're one full year old. I have a friend whose children didn't start solids until they were 8 and 9 months old - and they're both perfectly fine and healthy and smart as whips!