My 8 month old will only drink bottles and gerber puffs. He refuses baby food or anything off a spoon. Occasionally he will eat some little snacks like cheese and rice snacks but not very often. PLEASE HELP he needs to eat something!!
believe it or not, he actually doesn't NEED to eat something. Formula provides everything he needs until around 12 months. There are many women on this forum whose children did not eat food until after 12 months. Also, a lot of women report that their babies hated almost every kind of baby food and would only eat pieces of table food.
At this age, it is recommended that you introduce foods not for nutrition, but to introduce the baby to different tastes and textures. It's not a huge problem that he is refusing- just keep offering. Many children do not like different textures. Since he eats Gerber puffs, I would start with food with a similar dry texture, and then gradually branch out. Have you tried bits of bread, pasta, rice, etc...?
Also, some little ones have a terrible gag reflex, so they refuse to eat. My daughter barely ate anything solid before about 12 months. She was the opposite of your son- she could handle smoothe purees like baby food, but anything with a different texture she would spit out or gag on, vomitting everywhere. Despite this, she turned out to be a great eater. She just needed time. We kept introducing different things over and over. The foods she was able to eat first was cheese, gerber puffs, peas, and deli turkey.
Of course, if you have any concerns and think it may be a swallowing problem, you can consult your ped at his 9 month check-up.
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