I have twin 7 month old boys (this is not really a multiples question though). One eats like a little piggy (both solids and breastmilk) and the other is really psycho about food. He won't go near any solids and he's even gotten weird about nursing and bottles (ebm). He gets very upset unless the stage is perfectly set for a meal i.e. no distractions, silent brother, he's famished and you make him laugh first. If you give him a bottle you need to make him think that drinking it is his idea. He needs to grab it from you. He'll nurse when he's hungry but not 5 minutes before that. So he can be utterly exhausted and verging on hungry but I can't feed him so that he'll take a reasonable nap. It's very frustrating. I've never been crazy about having them on identical schedules but it would be nice to get them to eat and sleep within reasonably proximity of one another.
p.s. I've tried putting food on a spoon so that he can grab it and feed himself. He chews on the other end of the spoon. Yes, I've tried putting food there too! I've also tried cheerios soaked in breastmilk and mushed up banana/avacado. He purses his lips.
So I guess my questions are:
- Do some kids just not eat solids until way later than 6 or 7 months?
- Our older son had low iron at this age. Would that be a concern?
- I've only been feeding the one that eats solids once a day. Should I step that up? He's killing me with all the nursing (every 2 hours).
- Does this mean I'm going to have to be one of those people who makes 12 dinners a night? Once a picky eater, always a picky eater?
For the record they're both big. 20+ lbs.