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Will not take solid foods, only if he can pick it up


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#1 LiRoBar

Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:25 AM

My son is 9 months old and completely breastfed.  He will not take solid foods if they are given to him in a spoon.  He's happy to pick food up and munch away (dropping most of it) but still trying.  My daughter (now 2) was pretty good from the start, so hence the struggle.  Its not become a problem yet but unsure how much long my wife can BF for given his teeth are in and he's biting.

Any tips would be appreciated!!

Thank you all.

#2 Tesseract

Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:35 AM

Plenty of babies refuse to be spoon fed. Also, lots of parents choose never to spoon feed! My DD started solids at 6 months and we never spoon fed her, finger food all the way. She ate what we ate.

Lots of parents discover, by child 3 or 4, that spoon feeding is annoying, time consuming and messy, particularly if the baby doesn't like it (like your son). They just give the baby what everyone else is eating.

There is now a term for this approach, it's called baby-led weaning. You can research it on the web. There is also a book called Baby-Led Weaning by Gill Rapely. She explains it all, and it includes stuff on transitioning an older baby (ie a 9 month old) from a puree/spoon-based diet to a soley finger food/self feeding diet.

If he wants to feed himself, let him do it.

I found the 6-9 month period extremely tiring for breastfeeding, but after that it did reduce. By 9 months DD started devouring bowls of pasta without any assistance.

#3 Cacti

Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:40 AM

My 7 month old grabs the spoon if I try to spoon feed him. So we've just done the baby led weaning approach and given him appropriate finger foods. One month in, he's starting to get the hang of it - I cut the food for him into rusk/chip shapes so it's easy for him to pick up.

#4 Alina0210

Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:47 AM

QUOTE (LiRoBar @ 01/02/2013, 09:25 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My son is 9 months old and completely breastfed.  He will not take solid foods if they are given to him in a spoon.  He's happy to pick food up and munch away (dropping most of it) but still trying.  My daughter (now 2) was pretty good from the start, so hence the struggle.  Its not become a problem yet but unsure how much long my wife can BF for given his teeth are in and he's biting.

Any tips would be appreciated!!

Thank you all.


I did Baby Led Weaning with my last 2 kids... meaning they never were spoon fed at all, always had what ever we were eating, and fed themselves...

#5 Cacti

Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:49 AM

Oh and re the teeth - my guy tends to bite a lot when his teeth are hurting, could they be annoying him? Or does he just like to bite?

#6 WinterIsComing

Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:52 AM

My 12 mo is still a crap eater, OP. He picks up food and eats it, but tiny tiny amounts. He really just tastes things. Yesterday he was sucking on a lambchop and taking tiny bites, I got so excited I videoed it! He will drink smoothies from a straw cup, and will allow to be fed yogurts/cereals...anything else by spoon is rejected. I am still b/feeding on demand! I am back at work part time now, and DS is looked by DH temporarily, before childcare starts...apparently he eats better when I am not around. I just plan on giving him time! He looks well fed and happy, I am sure he will survive on the little bits of food he does consume and my milk.

#7 Flutters

Posted 01 February 2013 - 11:56 AM

My 12 mth old wants to eat EVERYTHING with her hands - even youghart. I just let her - she gets more in her mouth that way then me battling with her to force her to eat off a spoon

#8 LiRoBar

Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:06 PM

Thanks all for the tips.  I know all kids are different, but hearing different techniques is very helpful!

#9 ms flib

Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:14 PM

You could also try teaching him to feed himself with the spoon.

#10 ms flib

Posted 01 February 2013 - 02:15 PM

You could also try teaching him to feed himself with the spoon.




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