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Solids causing major sleep disruptions (9.5 mos old)

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x-posted as I have no idea where the best place is to post this!


I've been trying solids off and on (mostly off) since my little guy was 6.5 mos old. He has had such a hard time with them, despite being extremely enthusiastic about eating food and having every sign of readiness.


I started with avocado and that caused foamy green stools with blood in them. A clear sign that avocado was a problem. I then held off on all solids for another month, til 7.5 months - two months ago. We have had similar upset with peaches and pears. He seems to be able to tolerate only the following - sweet potato, banana, applesauce. That is all. By 'tolerate', I mean that he still has normal stools. No mucus or blood. The issue is, even after eating any of those things, his nighttime sleep is seriously disrupted. He will wake over and over and over to nurse to the point where I get zero sleep, because he wakes to nurse before I can get back to sleep myself. We will predictably have a chunk of about three hours like this in the middle of the night, and a total of around 7-10 wakeups total. When I abstain from feeding him solids, the difference is so dramatic that it cannot be a coincidence. He wakes up only 1-3 times. I have seen this over and over. He's not waking because he's hungry, he's just restless and unable to settle. He just nurses because that is how he gets back to sleep. :)


I feel I have to choose between feeding solids and sleeping, so I only try solids maybe 1-2x/week. He is now 20 lbs and nurses like a newborn, every 2-3 hours around the clock, and I am seriously challenged to eat enough to sustain both of us. Not to mention, he throws a real tantrum whenever I am eating a meal or snack and won't give him some. Which of course happens every day. At dinner time if it isn't time for him to nurse, then my husband and I have to take turns entertaining him in the other room while we take turns eating, so he won't see the food. Otherwise he will wail all through dinner if he can't have any!!


When he was 6.5 months and having a hard time I figured it was normal, his body just wasn't ready and it could wait. But at nearly 10 months I am not so sure this is normal. Just hoping to hear from anyone who had issues like this and what ended up happening. Or any suggestions at all for how to move forward?

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Have you tried going back to basics and simply supplementing with rice cereal or oatmeal cereal...Im not sure if your trying baby lead weaning or not, so you may be oppossed to this but he seems really hungry and for solids at that...especially since he is wanting your food and not sleeping at night.


Also, I am just looking into solids because DD is not yet 6 months and showing very few signs right now, but...everything that I have read suggests starting with bland rice or oat cereal and then veggies and then fruit and then move on from there. The fruits are very sweet so it makes sense that he is doing better with the veggies/starches.


Have you asked the pediatrician? What was the suggestion?

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