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“Hi, my son is 8.5 months old and it has been a fight to get him to try solids. Initially I started making his food but after him constantly rejecting it, opted for some commercial food. This seemed to work. Now a few weeks on I’m trying to introduce food with few small lumps, but he spits the entire lot out. I then got some purees I had made from the freezer, and wouldn’t eat it. Spit it out.” What do you do when a baby rejects food?

Posted by anon, 14/04/13

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  • I think they say offer the same thing up to 10 times. They change all the time they surprise you and start eating things they never did


  • just dont acknowledge it and keep trying, offer it again another time.


  • Go back to what you know he likes, then re introduce new foods a bit further down the track. You need to offer different foods a couple of times before they accept them, if they do


  • Just keep trying! It takes between 10-20 times for a baby to take to a food.


  • Patience in spades. My first wouldn’t stop eating it was easy. My second is 14 months and we still struggle to get him to eat. We do find letting him feed himself seems to work better when he doesn’t want to eat but when he is in a co operative mood I try to feed him to make sure the food actually goes in his mouth.


  • Finger foods that he can eat by himself and persistence may help. When he sees you eating similar foods, also helps them get interested.


  • I went with baby led feeding. mainly just finger foods they can feed themselves. I’d also just give my girls the bowl of yoghurt and let them go for it, once you get over the mess it all gets better. my girls are 4 and 18months old and both eat everything you give them without fuss. also keep persisting with the same foods for a while, it took my 18month old 2 weeks before she would eat a tomato but now loves them.


  • you just have to persist sorry ..


  • I’m afraid that you need to persist.


  • How did it all end up going ?


  • It wont hurt for him to eat food without the lumps for a bit longer, sounds like hes just not ready yet.


  • What did you end up doing with your baby that rejected food?


  • If they are not ready, their not just keeping trying and eventually they’ll want it


  • Sounds like he is not ready to move on to this. Go back to your normal food. My girl didn’t like the lumps til around 12 months


  • My daughter was the same. It just takes time. Hope it has improved for you!


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