When Chace wouldn't eat solids at eight months, we started to get concerned. Every time we tried to spoon feed him he would either refuse or eat a little and throw up (not spit up, but throw up
). He got sick around that time so the doctor did a blood test. I was concerned about the whole iron thing. He had nursed only for his whole life- no formula or any other food. So the doctor said his red blood cells were, "just a little on the pink side." She said iron supplement were not necessary, but to try and introduce iron-rich foods sometime in the next couple of months.
Sometime around 9-10 months, he developed a strong interest and ability in "finger foods". Mostly he ate little cubes of food and cereal O's. At 11 months we started small cubes of firm tofu- they were a big hit and a good source of iron. He only ate very small portions, but what he ate he kept down. It seems to me that his physical development and his need for additional nutrition clicked in at about the same time. Coincidence? It makes me feel dumb for wasting time trying to get that baby spoon in his mouth when he didn't need that nutritionally or developmentally.
So anyway, I've learned that it's more important to watch children's own development than to stick to some arbitrary age. I felt good about getting the blood test, because it helped ease my fears about his diet. There are other babies who do become anemic late in the first year, especially if they were born early. It can be corrected with iron supplement.