Wednesday, October 13, 2010

my 7 month old doesn't want to eat


Subject: My 7-month old doesn't want to eat.

Question: Hi there. I have a 7 month old baby girl and she doesn't like to have her cereal in the morning. If she does have it, she'll only have a couple of spoonfuls. When I try to feed her again later...she take a couple again and keeps her mouth shut for the rest. I don't enjoy feeding her..
I'm never sure of what she likes or doesn't like. I find it frustrating at times cause she won't eat easily like my first daughter did. What can I do?

Answer: Dear Sandy:

Sounds like you have a picky eater on your hands. First let go of any idea that she needs to eat just like the first one did, they are all different! :)

Have you tried a different cereal? Maybe she just doesn't like the taste of this one. Remember babies have tastes too. They are becoming people and will have their own preferences.

Also, maybe she is a very slow eater. Sometimes children want to experience their food. Let her touch the cereal and play with it. Although this is messy it certainly won't hurt her and it may get her engage with her food better.

Then relax, she will eat because she is hungry. If not now then later on in the day. Most children will not starve themselves!

Enjoy her!
M Kay Keller