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You're not going to MAKE your baby eat solids before he or she is ready. And frankly, if they're not interested, you shouldn't force the issue. Most pediatricians don't recommend solids before four to six months (mine said six, I've seen others say four), but that's not a hard-and-fast rule. I know one mom whose kids didn't start solids until they were seven and nine months old. (Those kids are now 7 and 9 and they're fine! They're smart! They're energetic!) When your baby is ready, start off slow. What to try first is really more cultural than anything else: rice cereal is a popular choice, but bananas or even avocados are fine too. Make sure the food is a little runny - it's not so much solid as it is vaguely thicker than milk. Starting solids isn't about nutrition just yet - it's about teaching your child to mimic chewing and then swallowing, because it's a slightly different process than drinking from a bottle or breast. Once they've mastered that, you can start with the thicker purees before advancing to actual finger food. Make a game of it! Mimic trying the food yourself (heck, go ahead and have a bite - I always ate everything my son did, which is how I learned that some of those pre-made baby purees are revolting), with big grins and smiles and yummy sounds. Don't worry if half of the meal ends up dribbling out of your baby's mouth: again, he's learning! And it's fun! And that's why washclothes were invented! Make sure that Baby's in the right mood, too. Don't try feeding when he or she is really hungry (they won't have the patience) or when they're very tired. Play with them, talk to them, sing to them. Don't worry about making mealtimes into playtime - heck, it's what's going to happen anyway. Wait at least four days before introducing a new food, so that you can determine if Baby is allergic or intolerant to whatever you've introduced. Be warned that the poop is gonna change (consistency, color, and most unfortunately, smell). If you see signs that Baby isn't ready: the new food isn't digested, non-interest, tummy upset - discontinue for a few weeks and then try again. If he or she has SEVERE reactions (and here I'm talking about rashes, major diahrea, or vomiting), then call your pediatrician - it may be a sign of a serious allergy. I found wholesomebabyfood.com to be extremely helpful in regards to what to feed Baby when. It also provided a lot of great recipes as my son was older and able to handle more variety. Good luck!
i started my daughter on 1st stage jar food at 8 weeks. i gave her veggies such as carrots, peas, spinach, etc. you don't want to introduce fruits first, because a lot of times once they get that first taste of sweet in their mouth, and you then introduce veggies, they don't want anything to do with them. my she was eating regular table food at 5 months. however, like the previous poster stated, you cannot force your child to eat solids. he will do it when he's ready. make it fun, and offer nutritious choices.
My son didnt quite realize what was on the spoon, and refused to take it because all he had ever seen before was the bottle, and his sippy cup. So to tease him I just put 6 oz of warm water in his bottle, half the jar of baby food, and 2 scoops of oatmeal or rice in with it, and the nipple needs to be one of the criss cross cuts so it has a wider opening so it doesnt get clogged. After he ate that, he smelled what was on the spoon and realized and smelled similar to what was in the bottle, and he opened right up and LOVED it! And now he practically eats anything. Some babies just get scared cas they dont know why you are trying to shove such random object in their mouth for no apparent reason (in their eyes) lol