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My 6 mths old just doesnt seem to want food!! Lock Rss

Hi all
My 6 mth old DD doesnt seem to want food.
I started her a couple of weeks ago and I have just kept with it but she still hasnt got the hang of it. She keeps pushing her tounge out.(which if I can remember means she is not ready????)
She is my second child and I cant remember my DS taking this long. He loved his food.

Any suggestion would be great.

Bobbie
Maybe leave it for a couple of weeks and try again? Do you offer her a variety of foods eg different flavoured rice cereals? smile
Bobbie

from what I remember (6yrs since my last) the pushing of the tongue doesnt necessarily mean that they arent ready. They just havnt learnt the action of chewing. I remember all three of mine pushing the food out with their tongues and it took ages for the whole mouthful to actually stay in. The tongue thing is the way they suck on the bottle. Just keep going.

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I'd say she's not ready yet as still has the tongue thrust reflex (ie is pushing the food straight back out). All info on starting solids has this (loss of tongue thrust reflex) as one of the signs they are ready for solids.

All babies are different, my first took to solids right away, my second was ALOT slower and just not interested until around 7-8 months. At this stage its perfectly ok to wait a week and try again, if she's not interested give her more time before trying again. I wouldnt persist with trying to make her eat when she's showing you she doesnt want to and at 6 months (and up to 9 months) milk is the most important source of nutrition so as long as she's getting her fill of milk then everything is fine.

I'd say she's not ready yet as still has the tongue thrust reflex (ie is pushing the food straight back out). All info on starting solids has this (loss of tongue thrust reflex) as one of the signs they are ready for solids.

All babies are different, my first took to solids right away, my second was ALOT slower and just not interested until around 7-8 months. At this stage its perfectly ok to wait a week and try again, if she's not interested give her more time before trying again. I wouldnt persist with trying to make her eat when she's showing you she doesnt want to and at 6 months (and up to 9 months) milk is the most important source of nutrition so as long as she's getting her fill of milk then everything is fine.


this was the same with my ds and dd. ds started solids at 5 months and LOVED it. i tried dd at 5months and she was not interested, then at 6 months and again not interested. i just persisted every couple of days with a whole bunch of different things until she started to get the hang of it. she is 10 months now and will eat anything and everything. good luck.
I was hoping to start my DS1 on solids at 4 months old (hes almost 5 months now) because he has really bad reflux and I was hoping he could hold down thicker food. He opens his mouth for food but then doesnt seem to know what to do with it and just sits there with it in his mouth and ends up pushing most of it back out after awhile. Does this mean hes not ready or what can I do? I do have him on a AR formula but hes become more active in his rolling the last few weeks and that seems to be having a negative effect on him holding down his bottle

I'd say she's not ready yet as still has the tongue thrust reflex (ie is pushing the food straight back out). All info on starting solids has this (loss of tongue thrust reflex) as one of the signs they are ready for solids.

All babies are different, my first took to solids right away, my second was ALOT slower and just not interested until around 7-8 months. At this stage its perfectly ok to wait a week and try again, if she's not interested give her more time before trying again. I wouldnt persist with trying to make her eat when she's showing you she doesnt want to and at 6 months (and up to 9 months) milk is the most important source of nutrition so as long as she's getting her fill of milk then everything is fine.


I had exactly the same - DD1 started pretty well straight away really well when she started pinching stuff off our plates. DD2 was months older. I tried probably every 4 or 5 days for a while until DD2 one day decided yep, that's for me, and that was that!
in my experience when they push their tongue out like that it is just them getting used to eating a different way.

i started my 2nd bubba on solids at 5mths cos she was so hungry and it took 4 days for her to keep the rice cereal in her mouth.

i learned that it had to be almost water-like in the beginning and as she got used to it i made it thicker.

after the first week or two i started putting pureed apples or pears in cos she didnt like the rice cereal on its own anymore.

hope this helps a little.



Hi all
My 6 mth old DD doesnt seem to want food.
I started her a couple of weeks ago and I have just kept with it but she still hasnt got the hang of it. She keeps pushing her tounge out.(which if I can remember means she is not ready????)
She is my second child and I cant remember my DS taking this long. He loved his food.

Any suggestion would be great.

Bobbie

Hi all
My 6 mth old DD doesnt seem to want food.
I started her a couple of weeks ago and I have just kept with it but she still hasnt got the hang of it. She keeps pushing her tounge out.(which if I can remember means she is not ready????)
She is my second child and I cant remember my DS taking this long. He loved his food.

Any suggestion would be great.

Bobbie

Hi Bobbie,
My daughter has just gone 7 months, and we have had the same issue up until 5 days ago. My first 2 took to food straight away (waited til exactly 6 months with all 3), but Little Madam has made it look like I am poisoning her until this past week.
Some people had suggested to me that theirs didn't start eating properly until around 9 months, when mum figured out that they just wanted to feed themselves. Sure enough, this seems to have been the case with mine. One night she watched me eating a corn cob, and wanted a turn. I gave her the empty husk to suck...and she loved it. Then tried some banana (her on my lap, us holding it together). So messy and gooey, but it has done the trick. She can't handle pieces breaking off, so really close eyes to make sure she doesn't choke, but now she will let me feed her purees, as long as she can hold the spoon with me.
Held off on the rice cereal until she had some fruits and veges (I have one with bowel problems, and #2 suffered 8 days of constipation when he started solids - both due to this cereal!). After 5 days of cereal, she started suffering tummy pain, so she's being cautious with eating again, and I will never touch that cereal again! Also found out today she doesn't like a vege medley puree, and much prefers banana!
Keep going with it - try and find the best time of day for her - I had one that wouldn't eat before 11am, one that loved breakfast as soon as he was up, and this one seems to not be so keen on morning eating either, but loves dinner. Small blocks of cantaloupe, big enough that they can't be put totally in the mouth) straight from the fridge really got us going (left rind on), and they don't disintegrate too quickly, so they can be sucked for a while before replacing.
Good luck!

Hi Bobbie,
My daughter has just gone 7 months, and we have had the same issue up until 5 days ago. My first 2 took to food straight away (waited til exactly 6 months with all 3), but Little Madam has made it look like I am poisoning her until this past week.
Some people had suggested to me that theirs didn't start eating properly until around 9 months, when mum figured out that they just wanted to feed themselves. Sure enough, this seems to have been the case with mine. One night she watched me eating a corn cob, and wanted a turn. I gave her the empty husk to suck...and she loved it. Then tried some banana (her on my lap, us holding it together). So messy and gooey, but it has done the trick. She can't handle pieces breaking off, so really close eyes to make sure she doesn't choke, but now she will let me feed her purees, as long as she can hold the spoon with me.
Held off on the rice cereal until she had some fruits and veges (I have one with bowel problems, and #2 suffered 8 days of constipation when he started solids - both due to this cereal!). After 5 days of cereal, she started suffering tummy pain, so she's being cautious with eating again, and I will never touch that cereal again! Also found out today she doesn't like a vege medley puree, and much prefers banana!
Keep going with it - try and find the best time of day for her - I had one that wouldn't eat before 11am, one that loved breakfast as soon as he was up, and this one seems to not be so keen on morning eating either, but loves dinner. Small blocks of cantaloupe, big enough that they can't be put totally in the mouth) straight from the fridge really got us going (left rind on), and they don't disintegrate too quickly, so they can be sucked for a while before replacing.
Good luck!


My son has just turned 8months today, and he dosn't want anything to do with spoons!! I remember my first was like that too, but I had it easy with DD child number 2, she would eat anything I put near her... and still will.

In response to the bits of food breaking off - You can buy a food bag from Target/big W etc that is a cross between a dummy and those bags that oranges come in. It has a handle and a small bag where you can put food like banana, corn, etc. They chew on the bag of food and any bits they get into their mouth are too small to choke on.
I think the easiest way to tell if your baby wants solids is if they start reaching for it or show a really keen interest in watching you eat. Food at that age should be a discovery of textures and tastes.

Alot of people do feed puree's to thier baby's and they do just fine in eating them but I've found that baby's that fuss with a spoon or grab at your plate want to hold the food too. I let my DS at 5 months have wedges of pumpkin and broccolli tree's well cooked. He would put them in his mouth/lick them. Most of the food came out and alot ended up on the floor but the skill of eating came really fast - as well as the developing of hand eye co-ordination.

Also - he has never ever choked. As long as your baby is sitting up and has good head and neck control they are just as likely to choke as you or I. If they gag (completely different) this is just a reflex to push lumps of food to large to swallow forward for a better chewing before attempting swallowing again. Resist the urge to push your finger in to retrieve the offending lump - the gagging doesn't usually upset the bub.

Ok.. hope this helps. grin
you could mix farax with formula or breast milk, but evan three spoons is enough to fill them. keep trying but they can survive on just milk until they hit eight months
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