Posted by: lisa | 2007/04/01

8 month old and solids

My eight month old has weird eating habuts. He cries when he goes into the high chair, starts off with one or 2 bites and then refuses to eat. He has been doing this for 3 weeks, but before that ate beautifully, and then before that ate poorly. What is with the roller coaster? He also eats a lot at dinner time, so i know he likes his food? i am lost and don't know what to do. He still enjoys his bottle and gets 4 bottles of 6-7 oz each. please answer me.

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Dear Lisa
Young children do tend to go in for eating erratically. They will eat one food for a few days and then suddenly refuse it, then change over to the next one, and so on. This is part of the learning process and should be handled with a great deal of patience. If your son cries when you put him in the high chair, then feed him when he is sitting on your lap and try the high chair again in a few days. Do this until he gets over his dislike of the high chair. Mealtimes should be pleasant and relaxed not a battle of wills with him crying. Just relax and offer him solids in small portions more often (infants have tiny tummies and cannot eat large quantities of solid foods, so they need to eat small amounts more regularly than adults). Click on 'Child' at the top of this page and then on 'Nutrition' and check what, and how much, your laddie should be eating at this stage of his life.
Hang in there

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