She doesn't like to eat

  • My daughter is 6 1/2 mos old. She doesn't enjoy eating at all. She eats rice cereal sometimes. But she usually starts crying with the 3rd or 4th bite. She ate sweet pot for 4 days, then stopped. I've tried other veggies and fruit. She won't eat any of it. She closes her mouth and turns her head. This has been for two weeks now. Any advice. Pedi says she'll eventually eat, keep trying. But this is frustrating.

  • Your pediatrician is right. She will eventually eat. My daughter refused solids for a long time and never ate baby food. She finally ate when she was old enough to pick up things like super soft carrots, cheerios, etc. She just didn't like baby food and didn't enjoy being fed. She is super independent and never allowed us to feed her.

    You just have to keep offering her the baby food and be patient. Also, keep in mind that a food has to be offered several times for a baby to decide if they really like it or not. If she refuses a food the first time, don't give up and move on to something else. Keep offering it and she might decide she likes it.

  • I agree with BabyNurse. My daughter was exactly the same way. Persistence is key, but you also want to make sure that you don't turn it into a battle or something that's forced. This can cause an aversion to food, which can affect their eating habits as they grow.

    My 2-year-old got on the scale at the doctor's office today and only came up as 21 pounds, which shocked me since she weights 25/26 pounds at home. I worry that this is because she doesn't eat much at home (though she eats great at daycare). And it's always been this way with her. But her pedi is happy with her growth, so I go by her advice and keep trying to get her as interested in eating as possible.

    Personally, I think that she's too interested in the world around her to take the time and eat. At 6 1/2 months, this may also be a factore. Your baby is more aware and active than ever, which can be a big distraction, especially if you have an independent kid.