Thursday, December 16, 2010

food issues!!! Help!!

Okay so I know that I am not suppose to stress over this, but I am!!! You see Noah will be 7 months old tomorrow and I still cannot get the little stinker to open his mouth to eat rice cereal or other baby food. We have tried getting him to smile, tapping him on his chin, doing the choo choo, making it thicker so he can pick it up and feed himself, and giving him the spoon to feed himself while cheering YAY when he puts it in his mouth!

I am just plain out of ideas and quite frustrated!!!!! I never thought that this would be so difficult. I feel like I am doing something wrong or have done something wrong b/c when I get the spoon near him he locks his gums up and is like NO WAY MOMMA!! I have tried to make it fun and I don't make him eat alot I usually keep trying til I get like one or two bites in there and then if he gets upset we stop. I have put him in his highchair, the bumbo, the floor, the bouncer...nothing helps! I have even let him play with the spoon and bowl while working with him! I even tried a baked potatoe. I mashed it up and put it in front of him and he didn't even try to put it in his mouth. And this child puts EVERYTHING in his mouth!!! My mom, todd's mom, and todd have all tried feeding him! I guess my baby boy doesn't want to give up his bottle just yet.

Is there anything else I could try???? Should I be stressed that he is going to be 7 months old and won't eat baby food???? I am just sooo frustrated with myself!!!! I just don't know what else to do. Please HELP!!!!


Amber said...

I would be feeling the same way. I wish I had some magical answer. Have you tried puffs? They melt really quick and maybe he would pick those up. This is how I feel about the sippy cup right now. :-)

Melissa said...

It can be a frustrating thing. I don't think you need to worry, he will do it when he is ready. Cassie was not into it at 7 months old either so it is nothing to worry about. I know I have mentioned this book before... Child of Mine. Highly recommend it - its all about feeding and has awsome advice. I think you are doing everything right...your job is to offer the food to him and he will let you know when he is ready to eat it and how much he will eat.

Miss Heather said...

I think you should definitely NOT stress. Your little guy is definitely gaining weight appropriately, which is proof that he's getting all of the calories he needs. I can relate to you feeling frustrated or worried though. When my little lady was that age, I constantly worried that she wasn't getting enough food--and she was a chunky monkey. I kept thinking I noticed her thinning out. :o) She's 16 months now, and when I look back at pics of her from that time, I LAUGH. She was soooo chubby! (And I think you will do the same thing one day.) So I completely understand that when you're in the middle of a difficult phase or stage like this it is really hard to take a step back and try to see the bigger picture. My advice is to try not to worry, try to take a step back and see your little guy for the happy, healthy little butterball he is right now. He will start eating the solids on his own time. He won't let himself starve. And he will learn how to eat that stuff eventually. He just wants to take his time. Maybe give him a few days off before you try again just to give him a little break. And then take it slow and make it a fun, relaxed enjoyable experience. Don't stress if he doesn't take more than a taste at each meal. A couple things:
--Do you usually give him a bottle before feeding solids? If so, maybe hold off until after. Maybe he's full?
--Have you tried different temperatures with the cereal? Maybe he likes the cereal the same temp as his milk? Or maybe he prefers it cold?

I wish you the best of luck! Have fun and try not to worry!

Miss Heather said...

Oh, one other suggestion: Do you feed him when you and your husband are at the table having a meal? The little guy might be more inclined to eat if he's joining in on the family dinner. My daughter loves to eat with us.

Jennifer said...

Well, it sounds like you've tried everything! I would call your pedi doc and see if they have any issues with him not eating solids for now. I know a baby's iron stores drop at 6 months and that is often helped with solids (but formula fed babies may get plenty as formula is normally iron fortified). I've heard that some babies are just not ready on the timelines we give them. I will say that we started trying to feed our little guy, off and on, at 4 months. At 5.5 months he just one day opened his mouth and is now a good eater. I think he just did it when he was ready. It never bothered me, I just shrugged it off and said he will eat when he wants to and he did! As long as the doc is ok with it then I'd try every couple days and see how he does. Good luck!

shauna said...

I honestly don't think it's bad that Noah's not wanting to eat baby food yet. I would ask your doctor, but I think he will eat it when he's ready. I do think it's good that you keep trying to introduce it to him though, one day he'll figure out that he likes it. Jakob is going through a phase right now where he doesn't want to eat anything, so be comes and goes :)