Thursday, May 19, 2011

Solid Food: First Month = Epic Failure

Ethan "enjoying" his sweet potatoes this afternoon.

We've been trying to feed Ethan solid food for just over a month now and the results have been awful! Sweet potatoes are the only thing he will eat and he will only eat them sometimes. On a good day, we can get him to eat almost 1 ounce of pureed sweet potatoes. Most days, we are lucky if he gets 2-3 spoonfuls of sweet potatoes down. I try to time his solid-food feedings for when he is awake and not starving (if he's too hungry, all he wants to do is nurse). We try different times of day and different foods. So far he has sampled rice cereal, apples, avocados, bananas, sweet potatoes, and carrots. He likes the rice cereal OK but the sweet potatoes are by far his favorite. The apples were the worst experience (I tried them twice, the first time mashed and the second time pureed). We ended up having to hose off the stroller the second time he tried apples, so we definitely won't be trying those again for a very, very long time. It has been a very frustrating month and it seems that we've wasted a lot of food. Perhaps it is time to take a break from feeding the solids and try starting again in a couple weeks.

This is his "I hope you're finished trying to feed me" look.


  1. The photos wouldn't be as cute if it weren't so messy. :) Check out a book called 'baby led weaning,' that was our approach. Ollie got to explore foods on his own while still breastfeeding - he probably didn't really start eating significant amounts of solids until 8 or 9 months, but now he is a good little eater and quite tidy at feeding himself! :) Sarah W

  2. Also, I am reading one now that a feeding specialist I met at La Leche League just turned me on to, called 'child of mine: feeding with love and good sense.' Her big thing is the division of responsibility - you provide the what, when and where of feeding, and baby is responsible for whether and how much of eating. Seems like a good book, although I'm still only in newborn chapters so far! :) Sarah W