Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How
Ready to Begin Your Sleep Journey?   Yes! Show Me How

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  1. Paige Szymanski says

    I started my 6 MO on solids and he does well for the first two bites but then doesn’t want anything to do with it. Ive yet to get through a whole bottle of food and feel like we’re wasting more than he’s eating….help?

    • EmilyDeJeu says

      @ Paige Szymanski – no worries, this is normal. Plenty of babies are light solid-food eaters at this age. Nothing to worry about, so long as your child is getting plenty of breastmilk or formula, which is the primary source of nutrition for the first year 🙂

  2. Lola says

    Hi There,

    Is it just me, or does this website seem incredibly out of date? What about baby led weaning? Many people do not start their babies on purees, let alone cereal anymore. Also, the recommendation to introduce foods one at a time with 3-4 days in between is no longer up to date. Now they say anything goes (except honey, and obvious choking hazards like nuts or cherry tomatoes), and early frequent exposure to major allergens (ex: peanut butter) will reduce the chances of your child developing an allergy.

    • EmilyDeJeu says

      @ Lola – We have several articles on baby-led weaning; you can see them here:

      Sorry you weren’t able to find those easily. As for your point about introducing allergens early – you’re right, recommendations changes in mid-2013, about a year after our series on food allergies and sensitivities was published. We’ve updated the post to include a mention of the new recommendations, as well as a few links to more recent research on food allergies/sensitivities.

      Thanks for your comment!

      • Erin says

        I’m a bit disappointed because I just found this site and was planning to go through the main list of titles (this article being the second link). But I’m not seeing the update regarding the allergies… Pretty sure the recommendations based on new research are now saying start early with allergens and waiting is worse, but when I navigate via your drop down menus, this post still comes up with the old advice (which was formerly widely given by pediatricians, etc, but which was neither based on traditional knowledge nor scientific evidence). Here’s an example summary of a recently completed randomised trial: Please go to the source published study by Dr. Lack to give us your take on it.

      • EmilyDeJeu says

        @ Erin – thanks for the heads up! We have update the article to reflect this change. We appreciate your input very much! Thanks for commenting.

  3. Veronica George says

    I’ve read it can take up to 10 tries before a baby starts to like a particular food. Is that true? I want my baby to like a variety of foods, so when she gets older (toddler and beyond), she won’t be a picky eater. Is it possible to start “training” her now at 7 1/2 months? I thought she would love apples, pears, peaches because they are sweet, but she doesn’t seem to like them AT ALL. She will take one bite, and then will refuse any more, so I give up. So far, she only will eat rice & oatmeal cereal, carrots, and peas (with breastmilk). What do you suggest I do to help her to become a good, non-picky eater?

    • EmilyDeJeu says

      @ Veronica George – that’s certainly true! That’s why it’s so key to keep trying with those foods that your baby doesn’t seem to like. You don’t need to force it, necessarily, but wait a few days and try again. You can also try mixing those foods she doesn’t seem to like with foods that she does. For instance, try mixing in applesauce or peach puree into her oatmeal.

      I will say that it’s GREAT she’s a fan of carrots and peas – most parents struggle to get their lithe ones to eat veggies! It really does sound like you’re doing a great job, Veronica – keep up the good work!

    • EmilyDeJeu says

      @ Veronica George – yes, it can take some time – that’s why it’s so important not to give up on a particular food to quickly! I’d suggest continuing to offer your daughter those fruits that she’s rejecting right now – wait a few days, and try again. You could also try mixing them in with foods she does like – perhaps you could stir applesauce or pear puree into her oatmeal, and see if she’ll accept it that way.

      I will say it’s GREAT that she’s a veggie fan – most parents struggle with introducing veggies! It sounds like you’re doing great job, Veronica – keep up the good work! 🙂

  4. Carol says

    When she acted like she was interested in what I was eating I would give her a small piece and let play with or whatever she wanted to do and eventually she was eating solids.

    • EmilyDeJeu says

      @ Carol — Great tip! Nice way to gradually and gently introduce solids 🙂

  5. EmilyDeJeu says

    @ Abidoye funke — Welcome to the site! And thanks for commenting. Regarding your question, 4 months is the very earliest that a baby can begin eating solid foods. It’s generally best to wait until babies are a little closer to 6 months of age, so if you can hold off offering solids for another month or so, do that. But if you really feel that he’s ready, consult with your healthcare provider and see what advice he/she offers.

    Again, thanks for commenting! And check back often; we have lots of other useful articles coming up. 🙂

  6. Abidoye funke says

    My son is 4month plus now,whatever iam eating he too want †? eat from it.can he start eating solid now?.