No matter the method though, a child cannot live forever on breastmilk or formula alone, and there will come a day when she has her first taste of food.
What if baby isn’t interested in solids? Many people say to have your baby sit with the family during mealtimes, and he will naturally become interested in solids seeing his family eating them, too. This is exactly how things went down with my two younger boys. My oldest, however, Mr. Stubborn, was a different story.
Come six months of age, my mom group friendsâ€™ babies were all starting to chow down. There didnâ€™t seem to be a picky eater among them (though the Internet does have a way of glossing over things, doesnâ€™t it?). Mr. Stubborn though, was not interested. In any of it. I packed up the baby spoons and tried again in a few weeks. Nope. By eight months old, he was still growing like a weed, but was still refusing everything but breastmilk. I was exhausted providing all of the calories for a 97 percenter in weight category.
Every reluctant eater will have a different food that will finally start to turn things around. For mine, it was rice husk crackers. I know, thereâ€™s not a ton going on there, nutrient-wise, but it was an enjoyable sensory experience for him, which started him finally getting more adventurous on other foods. So donâ€™t give up. Take a break, and keep trying a variety of foods.
Finally, if you have any concerns, make sure to bring it up with your pediatrician. Itâ€™s possible that your child may need to see a feeding therapist, particularly if she isnâ€™t growing at a rate your pediatrician and you are happy with.
Meaghan Howard is a stay-at-home mom to three boys (and desperately hoping that they donâ€™t burn the house down someday). She and her family are enjoying living an ex-pat life overseas.