Posts Tagged ‘solid food’

My Baby Isn’t Interested in Solids

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

My baby isn't interested in solidsThere are as many methods to transition a baby to solid foods as there are baby gurus out there. Cereal first, meat first, nuts, no nuts, baby-led weaning …

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 friends’ babies were all starting to chow down. There didn’t seem to be a picky eater among them (though the Internet does have a way of glossing over things, doesn’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, there’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 don’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. It’s possible that your child may need to see a feeding therapist, particularly if she isn’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 don’t burn the house down someday). She and her family are enjoying living an ex-pat life overseas.



Fun and Functional Baby Feeding Products

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Fun and Functional Baby Feeding ProductsWhen your baby starts eating solids, there is a whole new world of products available to you as a mom. I wasn’t aware that my daughter would need her own plates, forks, cups, and spoons. Since my daughter and now son have started eating solids and table food, my pantry has become a land of sippy cups, mismatched plate sets, and random bowls. Here are some fun baby feeding products to make you feel like a cool mom and make your little one a happy camper.

EzPz Happy Mat

If your child is like my son, they are very interested in throwing everything. As soon as Levi sits down in his highchair, the toys, cup, snacks, etc., go flying. The EzPz Happy Mat placemats suction directly to your table. Little hands will not be able to pick this up, knock it off, or tip it over. The placemat has three divided sections on top of the original mat for your baby’s food. How cool is that! It’s like a plate and placemat in one. It comes in fun colors like coral, grey, lime, and blue, and wipes clean easily. Easy peasy!

Puj PhillUp Cups

Sippy cups and drinking cups in my house don’t last long. We have a variety and I can never find the right cup, the right lid, or choose one that my 2-year-old approves of. Puj PhillUp cups come in bright colors that little ones will love, and hang easily on small nubs on your kitchen wall or refrigerator. These cups would be better for a toddler, but they are a fun thing to invest in and work with as your child grows.

Oogaa Plates and Silverware

Oogaa plates come in fun colors and are made of easy-to-clean silicone. Silicone will not promote the growth of bacteria and is odorless and tasteless. The plates are divided into three sections so little ones can keep their food separate. The spoons are in the shape of an airplane or train with long handles that will make feeding easy for mom and dad. These products are dishwasher safe and microwave safe, making them easy and functional.

Aiden+Anais Burpy Bibs

Aiden+Anais Burpy Bibs are amazing. I just got one for Levi, and I’m in love. They are a burp cloth and also a bib. They are large enough that they cover the front and back of baby, so no worries about spills or drool. The bibs dry easily and are made of soft bamboo. The prints on the bibs are sweet, peaceful, and delicate.

These are some of my favorite feeding products right now. I can’t wait to get some of them for my son Levi and try them out! What baby products have you had success with, momma?

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of two in Northeast Indiana where she lives, writes, and spoon feeds her 8-month-old.