Re: Solids slow going...
I think the above describes the perfect approach. At under a year, solids aren't nutritionally necessary. Breastmilk provides everything the baby needs (with the possible exception of iron and Vitamin D). (So says my pediatrician, who not coincidentally is a big believer in vitamin drops.) So why give solids at all, right? Well, because you want the baby to get experience with new tastes, textures, and motor skills so that when solids do become nutritionally necessary, he's ready to chow down.
Originally Posted by @llli*sarahekd
So until the baby takes the lead and demonstrates that he needs to eat solids, my feeling is that they should be a stress-free, fun game. Baby eats a teaspoon full of solids? Terrific! He tastes it and then spits is out? Fine! He won't open his mouth and smears it all over the tray? Good, he had fun!
Some babies really HATE being spoon-fed. My kid was one. If a spoonful of food approached her mouth, she would turn her head away or bat the spoon across the room. We tried every trick we could think of to get her to open her mouth and take the spoon, but ultimately we had to give in and stop trying to spoon-feed her. We just put food on her tray and if she was interested, she put it in her mouth. It was a lot less work than the spoon, and she obviously never lacked for nutrition, since she's always been in the higher percentiles for height and weight. Nor did she become a picky eater: at age 3.5, she will try most things and loves veggies- she's the only kid in her preschool class who will sit down and eat salad at lunch, with no prompting.
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