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Ideas for Babies That Don't Want to Eat Solid Food

While some babies start grabbing at food on mom's fork by the time they're 5 months old, others don't demonstrate much interest in food at all until a bit later. Breastfed babies don’t have to be in too much of a hurry; solid foods aren’t introduced until approximately 6 months of age. When the right day comes, creative tactics can pique your little munchkin's interest in the healthy spread at your table.

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Fun With Food

A baby who isn’t accustomed to solids sees feeding time as a new adventure. If the experience is stressful or rushed, or you have your serious face on the whole time, your baby might determine that solid food isn’t a good thing. Start by showing her how tasty and fun solid food can be by taking the first bite and then putting on your best performance -- plenty of smiles and even an exaggerated "Yum!" You can treat the spoonsful of food like an airplane or train, or make silly noises with every bite.

Finger Play

There’s no better way to enjoy food than with multiple senses. And by the time your baby reaches about 8 months of age, his fine motor skills will develop enough to allow him to begin feeding himself. His independent nature is emerging, too, which might mean he won’t have it any other way. Encourage your baby to eat solid foods by offering foods he can manage on his own. Try bite-sized pieces of cooked vegetables, such as carrots, peas, squash and cauliflower, cooked pieces of pasta, slices of banana, hard-boiled egg yolk, cubes of tofu and mashed potatoes. To avoid choking hazards, don't offer any foods that don't mash and break down easily.

Take a Dip

Make feeding time even more fun for your baby by encouraging her to create her own tasty concoctions. Provide different types of dip to go along with her food, such as mild guacamole, yogurt and applesauce to modify both the taste and texture of her finger foods. You can provide a single type of dip or fill a few small bowls with different sauces. Show your baby how to dip her bite-size pieces of cooked fruit, teething biscuits and circle-shaped cereal into the bowls.

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Spread It Out

The concept of three square meals a day doesn’t apply to babies, and whether he eats breakfast-type foods in the morning or dinner-type foods for breakfast is irrelevant, too. You can offer noodles or pureed chicken for breakfast and cereal for dinner. Your baby has a tiny tummy, and it will fill up fast. In fact, just a few spoonsful of food and he'll likely feel quite full. Start with a single tablespoon of food and let your baby set the pace. Place just a little on the spoon for each bite and let him determine when he’s done.

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