My 7-month-old will not eat baby food. We started at a little after 4 months, but she would look at me like, why am going to eat that stuff when I want what you are eating. She is the first out of my four kids who just is not into this and has really wanted no more than about 2 bites before pushing it away. My other kids ate their baby food like it was a Thanksgiving feast being served and they loved every bite. We tried all different foods and flavors. We tried feeding her and stopped, trying again a week or two later with no success.
Next as most Mom’s do, we read article after article. I read everything on baby fed weaning and cutting food into long strips that they can hold on to, that are soft and easy to mush in her mouth as they learn to chew but I just couldn’t do it. At this point, I am having visions of my little baby choking on food and there is just no way. It is not always easy trying new things when none of your other children cared about what they were being fed. My baby wanted everyone else’s food at 5 months, breastmilk and nothing else. I knew she could eat the baby food I saw her swallow some a few times so what do I do?
Well, by 6 months she still was not eating, and I was a bit concerned. With this virus going around we did not see her doctor until 7 months. When she walked in the first thing the doctor said is, she must be loving baby food right? I instantly said No, she will not eat it at all! Luckily, her doctor was right on point, she commented that we have to many people in the house eating the good food, why would she want that stuff. To Moms, it is a relief when something you may worry about is not a concern at all to their pediatrician. She said well if you can make whatever she wants mushy then cut it up into tiny piece and she can eat it.. She said a lot of babies skip baby food and start around 5 months doing this Thank God for this because I was at a loss.
We picked up pre diced veggies, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, and a few other items. To my delight she loves them all and although she has not mastered picking the tiny pieces up she does well with a little help. But, you do have to watch her still or she will steal a waffle from you in one moment. She really wants what we all eat, if that food is something we can make safe for her, then she can eat it. My Mommy lesson learned here is not every baby follows the baby books and some just are ready to be bigger than they are.
Below I listed some food items they recommended to start her with, but they all need to be cooked till they are incredibly soft and then diced into small pieces or cubes. If I were having another baby, I would have tried the baby led weaning and not worry about her choking, so many babies love this method of eating foods when they are ready.
- Green pea’s
- Sweet potatoes
- Regular potatoes