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Getting my 6 month old to eat baby food?

He does well with the first few bites. He eats out of a spoon very well, but after like 3 bites he cries for his bottle. I've tried giving it to him a little earlier than his normal feedings, but he wont take it at all then... How do I get him to like and eat hid baby foods?

 
firethearson

Asked by firethearson at 12:17 PM on Jul. 2, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • I give dd a bottle then I wait about an hour or so and feed her baby food. It seems to work better this way. She went through a phase for awhile where she would only eat a few bites at a time. Just feed him what he will eat and try again later. It takes patience. It takes dd about 30-40 min to eat a full containter of babyfood most days.
    jedwards2009

    Answer by jedwards2009 at 12:21 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • agree with jedwards2009. It takes time and will all work out. relax and enjoy!! :)
    elizabr

    Answer by elizabr at 12:25 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • ***his**** typing with baby on my lap lol
    firethearson

    Comment by firethearson (original poster) at 12:18 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • oh yea she is 6mos also
    jedwards2009

    Answer by jedwards2009 at 12:21 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • I would give my son the bottle then give him some baby food. Just a few bites might be all he needs right now.
    layh41407

    Answer by layh41407 at 12:23 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • Hmm I'll have to try the baby food a bit after the bottle. Thats a good idea. Mine doesnt eat a whole container usually about half on a good day. LOL which isn't very often
    firethearson

    Comment by firethearson (original poster) at 12:24 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • Give it some time. Eventually he'll be more ready and will start eating more from the spoon. My son was the same way at first. :)
    LovingSAHMommy

    Answer by LovingSAHMommy at 12:28 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • He'll get it eventually. Don't worry.
    mompam

    Answer by mompam at 12:31 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • Always breastmilk or bottle before solids. Food before 1 is for fun, not nutrition because they can't digest solids well. So don't worry if he doesn't want to eat much. A hungry baby isn't going to want to experiment. Also, skip the "baby food". The jars and cereal are neither fun nor interesting; not to mention overcooked, bland, and overpriced. Go right to the good stuff. Table food. Purees are unnecessary. Fork mashed or small pieces is fine. Start with soft fruits and veggies like avocado, ripe pear, baked sweet potato, butternut squashed, etc. Allow the baby to self feed (you can pre load a regular spoon and guide it-- but really half the fun is the mess of exploration). Mealshare! Don't have a separate isolated meal time set aside for him. If you enjoy your meal, he'll enjoy his. Less work for you too. When a baby has good tongue control they can easily handle mushable food. They will also
    amileegirl

    Answer by amileegirl at 12:40 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • ...quickly develop their pincer grip. My baby wasn't read for solids at 6 months (she didn't have tongue control and couldn't mimic chewing motions) other than sucking the juice out of my apple. At 7 1/2 months she grabbed food off my plate and shoved it in her mouth. We started with avocado, soft pear, butternut squash, sweet potato, parsnips, finger mushed beans, and the warm soft blueberries out of my pancakes. Soon she could pick up her own food or handle a loaded spoon (sometimes guided and sometimes I let her have at it. There is nothing she hasn' tried. We've shared 3 bean chili, burritos, bits of the veggies in my salad, peas, halved or quartered blue berries, asparagus, kiwi etc. There is nothing she's refused.

    Remember mealsharing is supposed to be fun :)
    amileegirl

    Answer by amileegirl at 12:51 PM on Jul. 2, 2010