Introducing solids to your little one can be a mixed bag of emotions. It's exciting to see your baby reach new milestones, but it's also stressful because you don't know how it'll go. I won't sugar coat it — getting kids to eat solids can be kind of a nightmare. Many babies reject solid foods and for many reasons including exhaustion, lack of appetite, disliking of the color and shape — I could literally go on for days. It could also be because they're simply not ready. So what to do if your baby won't eat solids? Don't despair, as there are some good tricks to help you.
Before going down the solids road, the most important thing you can do is ask yourself if your baby is ready. Thankfully, there are some clues. According to the Baby Center, you can introduce solid foods anytime between 4 and 6 months. Additionally, if your baby can hold their head up or sit upright in a highchair, has doubled their weight from birth, and can move food from the front to back of their mouth, they should be good to go.
The second most important thing you can do is make sure you're feeding your child age appropriate foods. That means no filet mignon or tacos. In the beginning, it's recommended you only do puréed fruits and vegetables, plain yogurt, and cereal in very small amounts. I'm talking like one teaspoon. As your baby grows and gets older that amount will increase to meet their nutritional needs.
Say you've established that your child is ready and you've found the right foods, but the whole solid food thing just isn't working at all with your baby. Rest assured, it will happen eventually. Thankfully, there are nine simple things you can try to help you in your solids journey.