Re: 8-mo-old not interested in solids
Until one, just for fun! According to my pediatrician, until your baby turns one, breastmilk or formula alone can meet all his nutritional needs, and are better for him than solids because breastmilk or formula provides complete and balanced nutrition, unlike any solid you can offer. After the first birthday. solids become an increasingly important part of a baby's diet, but the transition from needing only mama's milk to needing a lot of solids is a gradual one, with many babies still mostly breastfed until well into their second year.
I also had a baby who hated the spoon. Hated. It. We ended up letting her self-feed. It was messy, yes- a lot of food ended up dropped on the floor or down a crack in her high-chair or smeared on her face and clothes- but she had a great time and ended up a very enthusiastic eater.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"