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Old 01-17-2011, 02:21 PM   #1
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HELP! My 8 month old refuses food!

My 8 month old daughter absolutely refuses to eat anything other than formula. I have tried it all- sweet potatoes, squash, peas, applesauce, rice cereal....everything! The minute that spoon is close to her face she literally loses her mind and freaks out. You would think I was sticking bamboo shoots under her fingernails. She won't even drink unflavored Pedialite. NOTHING! What should I do!?!?!

 
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Re: HELP! My 8 month old refuses food!

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My 8 month old daughter absolutely refuses to eat anything other than formula. I have tried it all- sweet potatoes, squash, peas, applesauce, rice cereal....everything! The minute that spoon is close to her face she literally loses her mind and freaks out. You would think I was sticking bamboo shoots under her fingernails. She won't even drink unflavored Pedialite. NOTHING! What should I do!?!?!
Don't worry; she will eat when she is hungry enuf.

 
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Re: HELP! My 8 month old refuses food!

Was she eating before and suddenly refuses to eat? If that's the case, I'd check for teething or sore throat pains.

If this is the first time you are offering food, it might just take a lot of time and patience to get her used to the idea. You could try putting cereal in her bottles....

They also have feeding bottles that you can put baby food in. I've never tried them, but I hear they're nice to have....

good luck!

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Re: HELP! My 8 month old refuses food!

My DD didn't like to be spoon fed.

I ended up giving her soft foots she could mush up.

Tofu-cubed she lived on it. (I've never even tried it)

She might just want to feed herself

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Re: HELP! My 8 month old refuses food!

I would back off. Until babies are a year old, food is just for fun/practice. There is no reason she needs to be eating food at this point. She is obviously telling you she is not ready.

I agree with pupcake about giving her regular, soft food. Some babies don't take well to be being spoon fed (which makes sense as you probably wouldn't want someone else shoving food in your mouth and not really being able to regulate it). My sister never did purees with my nephew but went straight to soft foods that the baby could pick up and feed herself. If you look up baby led solids, you will find a lot of information. She might take to that better or at least have the opportunity to explore and feel the foods and textures which is what it is about at her age.

Other than that, I would just relax. She is still so young, I wouldn't be worried at this point as long as she is drinking her formula well.

 
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