Your baby has been closely watching you eat, sitting up well, and even reaching for your foods. All the signs are there but when you try to offer that first bite of baby food, your baby refuses. What should you do?
Offer but keep it pleasant. Allow refusals. If your baby isn’t interested, don’t push it. You want to keep mealtime pleasant. Forceful feeding can result in negative association with eating.
Make it fun: If you tried baby foods with a spoon, try without a spoon. No expectations; just put the food on the food tray. Let your baby play around with the food, even if to you, it looks like they are just making a mess. Part of accepting solid foods is exploring the feel and texture of the foods, both by mouth and with hands.
Sit and eat with your baby: Mealtime is family time. Rather than just your baby eating by himself, eat together with him. Some babies are social eaters and tend to eat better when they see others eating. They also tend to eat better when they notice similar foods on your plate. The grass is always greener on the other side and some babies think they are missing out on the good stuff.
Play around with textures: some babies prefer certain textures so offer many different kinds to see what does the trick. Some babies pick up on certain textures like seeds of a blueberry or the skins of a pea.
Check the temperature of the food: Of course, you have made sure it isn’t too hot but also check that it isn’t too cold. Some babies are used to body temperature milk and cold foods can surprise them. Try to offer foods that are room temperature for now.