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Hello all,<br><br>
DS is 8.5 mos and has recently decided that he doesn't like purees. So I'm trying the baby led weaning process and giving him finger foods. The trouble I have is that I'm sure that he is not eating as much as when I feed him which I don't have a problem with but .... someone told me that I should really push for him to eat more so that he isn't soooooo depending on nursing and have issues with solids in the future. Should I be more strict or just relax. He has no teeth but can pick up cheerios and such to feed himself.
 

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Relax <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. Are you still BFing other than the solids? Until babies are a year old, they are dependent on BM for all their nutrients....solids are just practice for later. In other words, if you don't even introduce solids until your babe's first birthday s/he will be no worse off. In fact, s/he may be better off because there's an decreased risk of food related allergies in babies who aren't fed solids until later in life. Personally, I'll be holding out on the start of solids until as close to a year as possible. I figure she'll have plenty of time after her first birthday to "learn" how to eat solids <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.
 

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Solids aren't too important at all. Our wonderful pedi told us that the only real reason to introduce solids before 9 mos is to get the baby used to different tastes and textures before he/she becomes a "picky toddler". That is kind of a silly reason to intro foods IMO. DS2 is 9.5 mos and some days he doesn't have any solids at all. I offer them and let him decide.<br><br>
The people who tell you to push solids and "get the baby on an eating schedule before 1 yr" probably assume you will wean at age 1.
 

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Just relax <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> My baby began to show interest in solids at 9 months.But her main food was still BM.Now almost 15 months old,she's more eager to solids.I can say she has %30-40 solids and rest is still BM.
 

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Thank you. I'll relax then. I still nurse him. I'll continue to put finger food on his tray and if he eats them that's fine if not that's fine too.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thank you. I'll relax then. I still nurse him. I'll continue to put finger food on his tray and if he eats them that's fine if not that's fine too.</div>
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My babe is about the same age as yours and she still hardly eats any solids, maybe a few morsels each night. I'm not worried about it. I guess I just figure she'll eat more when she's ready. Yours will too - you're doing great! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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my son ate very little until past a year and a half...still doesnt eat that much at 26 months. The solids issue is way overrated and really, babies shouldnt be fed ..they should eat what they can feed themselves..that way, they learn how much and what to eat. Its a much healthier beginning than being "fed", yk?<br><br>
My son was at least 90% dependent on nursing until at least 2 years of age. Toddler bm has so much nutrients in it, designed for his age. allowing him to be be dependent on bm will NOT negatively affect his nutrition later on.
 

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A good friend of mine is a professional nutritionist, and I was concerned when my DS (8 months) wasn't interested in purees or finger foods, so I asked her for the real nitty gritty on when he should absolutely eat solid food. She said not to worry or pressure him, but just keep offering it every day with a positive attitude. She said around a year is when it becomes important! Now I just make sure that all of the purees are something I like, so it isn't wasted!
 

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DesertFamily, I hear ya about the purees. I have a stash of them in the freezer that needs to be incorporated into meals somehow. Hope he likes butternut squash pancakes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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I agree with everyone. Solids are really just for practice, to introduce them to flavors and textures, and it helps to identify any food sensitivities.<br><br>
My first DD (now 3.5) wanted nothing to do with solids at all. I think the only things she ate were puffs, cheerios, and bananas. That continued until about 15-18 months where she started wanting more solids. Now she eats A TON of food and is always hungry. So she's just fine and eats a variety of fruits and vegetables and doesn't have too many food issues other than attention span.<br><br>
My younger DD (10 months) is more interested in food than her sister was but really doesn't want anything to do with purees anymore and is only somewhat interested in table foods. I am not worried about it. She'll be fine too.<br><br>
Good luck and just remember kids need a lot less food than we think they do and that they will have days where they eat everything in the house and then won't eat for 2 days.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Solids aren't too important at all. Our wonderful pedi told us that the only real reason to introduce solids before 9 mos is to get the baby used to different tastes and textures before he/she becomes a "picky toddler". That is kind of a silly reason to intro foods IMO. DS2 is 9.5 mos and some days he doesn't have any solids at all. I offer them and let him decide.</div>
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Sounds very similar to my doctor, who also emphasized that nutrition in the first year is from BM, and solids are for tastes, textures, experimentation and socialization. He totally encouraged baby-led solids. I figured that experimenting with different tastes and textures was actually a pretty good reason to introduce solids, though, so long as DD was interested (and she was!). It took a while before she did much more than play with her food, but now she eats a lot (and still nurses a ton too), and really enjoys trying new flavors and foods all the time - she generally eats what we eat.<br>
It's one of the reasons I like the baby-led solids method. Honestly, I think purees are just fine and can see why many parents feel more comfortable with that. But this way I've never felt like I was "pushing" solids - but I was making them available to her when she was interested, and letting her eat the amounts she wanted, and she's trying so many more different and varied flavors and textures than many babies much older than her. Who knows if it will make her less picky as a toddler, but I hope that at least this is giving her a pretty good foundation for when she gets to the point that she does eat a lot more solids...
 
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