It can be stressful if your baby doesn’t seem keen on solid foods. You want the best for your baby, and we all have an innate desire to feed the things we love (just see kids poking grass into a rabbits cage!)
If your baby isn’t keen on eating as you introduce solid foods there are a couple of things to consider. (These pointers are for babies between 6-9 months in the first few months of weaning)
- Some people don’t take to food straight away – allow your baby time to explore food, putting together a picture of the smell, taste and texture of each food.
- Babies go through stages of growing, sometimes they eat more than others, so try to look at the trends over a week / month rather than a day.
- Try not to panic – if your baby is still getting regular milk feeds with wet and dirty nappies he is still getting enough nutrients. At this stage food isn’t a major source of nutrients. The nutrient content of milk (mum’s milk or formula) won’t compare to a bit of carrot and some banana.
- Offer what you’re having every time you sit down to eat and don’t make it a big deal. Sit down at the table together, put your baby in a highchair and give him the same as you, or offer him bits of your food whist you eat.
- If you’ve got to a point where you feel nothing is working and you’re really stressed then take a break for a couple of days. Go back to milk only, and then start again
If you’ve got past 9-10 months and your baby still isn’t interested in any food it might be worth getting some additional advice. Anna’s Baby Nutrition consultations are £45 for an hour, held at your home. FREE 15 minute phone consultations are available to see if you’d like to book a full session.
Contact us for more details about the consultations or with any questions on weaning – firstname.lastname@example.org.