From the moment your doctor gave you the green light to offer solid foods to your baby, you released your inner Martha Stewart and began planning a menu full of baby-friendly fruits and veggies. But all of your excitement came to a screeching halt when you realized that your baby didn't share your enthusiasm for the items on his new menu. Before you consider it a total mom fail, you should know that your baby's solid refusal may be the result of a bigger issue. In that case, you'll want to know some of the reasons why your baby may struggle with solids.
You may be eager to switch your baby over to a diet consisting mainly of solids, especially if it means that your breasts will get a break at mealtime. But introducing solids is a gradual process that will likely include a lot of ups and downs. According to Kelly Mom, solid foods are meant to complement rather than replace breastfeeding or formula in the first year of life. The site suggested offering baby solids an hour after nursing or formula feeding in order to make sure he's still getting all of the nutrients he needs until his first birthday.
Adding solids to your baby's diet will involve of trial and error. Food sensitivities, a desire for independence, and a preference for breast milk or formula could cause him to flat out refuse some of things you put on the table. But you should continue to offer new foods and let baby lead the way. Because even when you get your baby used to a variety of solids in her diet, all of your hard work will be undone by the time he's 5 and only eating mac and cheese anyway.