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My babies are seven months old today <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">. They have teeth (2 each), they can sit up on their own, and they have an extreme interest in whatever we're eating, but they WON'T eat baby food. They will sometimes open their mouths for one bite, but that's it. I've tried just about eveything.<br><br>
I wasn't really worrying about this (afterall, breastmilk has all the nutrition they need for a year) until yesterday when someone told me that they might develop an aversion to the texture of solid food if they don't start eating it NOW. This seems ridiculous to me, but I'm just looking for some support from others who can relate.<br><br>
Both of my babies weigh about 20 pounds and are very active (crawling and cruising all day long). They are nursing ALL the time. I would love for them to eat solids, but am not at all interested in force-feeding them. Do you think I should offer solids everyday or wait a bit? I've been trying every few days.<br><br>
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My dd didn't start solids until she was closer to a year old-she's now three and a half and has no problem with solids. I would agree with you-that sounds ridiculous!
 

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My 8 month old doesn't eat solids. We've tried a few little bites of things, but he just doesn't like it.<br><br>
I wouldn't worry about it a bit. I think that it's possible that there is a connection between babies who don't eat solids and oral aversions, but I think it's that babies who have oral aversions avoid solids. (So do babies who just don't want solids for whatever other reason.) I don't think that cramming food down a baby's mouth can "cure" an oral aversion. To the contrary, I do believe that feeding a baby jarred, overprocessed food for too long can make them have aversions to textures in food. It's much better, IMHO, to wait until they're ready to eat smooshed up regular food and soft foods so that they can start eating things like they're going to be eating for the rest of their lives. One of my pet peves is that a lot of pediatricians will tell you that the main point of feeding a 6-12 month old baby is to get them used to eating, but then they tell you to feed them a bunch of garbage that they'll never be expected to eat as adults. I think that most babies will do just fine if you wait until you can feed them things that you want them to continue eating for years to come.
 

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no solids here yet either. offered DD some avocado last night and she wouldn't even open her mouth.<br><br>
I figure she'll give clear indications when she wants it... she just likes to watch me now.<br><br>
the aversions thing is B.S. - a co-worker of my sister with a babe 2 wks older than my DD gave her the same line when they were comparing stories. My sister laughed in her face. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> glad to see I have family support...<br><br>
your guys are sooo cute, lexbeach!
 

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Lex-DD, also 7 months, is barely eating solids. She actually does like them--she's had banana, avocado, and pear, and sucked on watermelon. But I've noticed increased nightime waking when I give her solids, and a few days ago she had a red bum after eating some avocado--or maybe it was something I ate, but I'm not sure (I avoid most dairy). I'm going to hold off for awhile, or at least go very, very slowly with solids-a few bites a few times a week, and no grains until at least a year old. She's definitely not starving on breastmilk, at around 18 pounds. Your guys will eat when they're really ready. I don't buy that aversion thing either.
 

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When my ds was 6 months I gave him some rice cereal mixed with breastmilk, and he ate it up. I figured he must have been starving. This happened for three days, and then all of a sudden he refused anymore. He was 8.5 months before he would eat anything again, and almost a year before he really started eating regularly - not a lot, but definitely into it. And he's never liked pureed, mushy food - it's like he was waiting to jump straight into chunky stuff he could pick up with his hands.<br><br>
He's 2.5 now, and eats everything. He has absolutely no food aversions - well, except carrots, but he's always hated those!<br><br>
That advice is BS. What do they expect you to do - shove it down his throat? That's a good way to raise a kid who doesn't know how to regulate his own appetite.
 

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not a 7 momth old but an almost 16 month old. in the last few weeks she has started tasting things (licking) but not eating
 

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Wow, amarasmom that's impressive! Anyway ds is just about 9 mos and still on bm. We've tried licks of fruit but he's not really interested. I'm in no rush and at 26.5 pounds he seems to be getting what he needs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My 7 month old doesn't eat any solids either. I was really hoping she was going to be an eager solid food eater as I am constantly having ebm supply problems and I was hoping that would alleviate some of those issues. Oh well. She isn't ready. I tried a bunch of different foods and she just spit them out and then got terribly constipated. I waited a few weeks and she seemed much more interested but then started having trouble sleeping and was not very happy. My doctor said to stop all solids for awhile.<br><br>
The biggest problem about not eating solid foods is that no one will listen to you say anything about your baby without contributing it to the fact that they aren't eating solid food yet--especially frequent night waking. I am so glad that I can now say: "my pediatrician said to stop all foods." That usually satisfies some people.
 

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kaeleb is 7 months old and not ebf, we are relactating, he was on solids for about 1 month but was so constipated that it was painful to him, so i took him off all solids and poop (i mean poof <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">) constipation gone! I won't start him again until he is about 9 months old and his digestive system is more mature.
 

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We tried solids a month ago. He seemed crabby and I suspected either the food, teething or separation anxiety. The only thing I could eliminate is the food. So I did. When I was going to start it up again, he had a wretched cold.<br><br>
He's peeing and pooing and happy and alert. All on mama milk.<br><br>
What do you suppose a child with an aversion to texture will eat? Will he starve to death as a kid or what? You're right in thinking that suggestion was ridiculous.<br><br>
Two teeth in their heads and people want you to fix 'em a sandwich. It doesn't make biological sense to me at all.<br><br>
(But it's SO fun when they get sweet potatoes all over their little faces...and the floor and mom and the chair and family pets. LOL Fun, but not necessary, imo.)
 

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my dd is 8.5 months. we have been trying solids since 6 months with no luck. yesterday she ate about 10 pieces of puffed rice her first solid food. lets see if it lasts. (she's 22 pounds) so I am also not worried)<br><br>
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