Help! My baby's refusing solids

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One very common problem that parents have when they try to introduce solids, is that baby just isn’t interested. 

In this week’s Kinderling Helpline on Kinderling Conversation, Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue answers one listener’s queries about how to promote eating solids for bub. 

Listen to Chris on Kinderling Helpline: 

When a baby’s not interested in solids, a parent often increases milk feeds as a result. To alter that pattern, Chris recommends only giving three meals in a day, with small quantities to start with. 

“I would try finger food for lunchtime, but not worry about the amount,” Chris says. “So finger foods that are a good size that they can pick up and see in their hand, like cucumber sticks and fingers of toast, even if they’re only sucking them and getting interested in food.”

Chris also says to halve the amount of milk that they’re getting overnight. Decrease the amount of night feeds so they’re more interested in food during the day, particularly when they first wake up. 

“When they wake in the morning… you start with breakfast,” says Chris. For a seven-month-old, that might be porridge, soft egg or Weetbix. 

Chris recommends giving them breakfast half an hour after they’ve gotten up. Then give a milk feed an hour after that. 

After their morning sleep, give a drink of water and have lunch around 11, 11:30 so they’re interested in food. Before the afternoon sleep, give a milk feed and again water after they wake up. Give an early-ish dinner, around 4:30pm so they’re hungry and interested in food. Then one milk feed before bed. 

This process helps turn the baby’s habits around so they want food more than milk.

Check out Chris' book Bringing Baby Home on the Pan McMillan website

Have a question of your own? Get in touch with Kinderling Helpline, and tune in Mondays at midday.