One thing that Alexander has really struggled with is transitioning to solid foods. We did the typical baby purees and he was fine with those but when it came to things that he actually needed to chew, he always put the food into his mouth and spit it right back out. And it wasn’t like he didn’t want it or like the taste of it, it was more like he didn’t understand that he was supposed to chew it.
At first it wasn’t that big of a deal, but then he kept getting older and older and was still eating baby food. I knew one day he’d figure it out, but I didn’t know when that one day would be. Well, the day has finally come.
Those forms never used to say “all” when a solid food was written down. They’d say “tried” or “some” at most, but then there was always a puree written down too.
Don’t get too excited at that last picture; he’s mostly just eating ketchup.
I think there were three factors that led to him finally getting it.
1. We decreased the amount of milk that he got on a daily basis. I had asked my pediatrician if we were giving Alexander too much milk at his 1 year appointment and he said no, but as I started thinking about it, I realized that maybe he just wasn’t hungry enough for food. He went from about 24 oz of milk a day to about 16. He’s also drinking soy milk instead of whole milk now but that’s a totally different story.
2. I took away his bottles. Cold turkey. Alexander only drinks from a cup now – either a sippy or a straw. For a long time, he was totally fine drinking water out of a cup but freaked out if milk was in there. So every time I tried it, he’d scream and thrash around and I’d transfer the milk to the bottle. It’s hard with a baby who’s very small for his age because you want them to get all the calories possible. So anyway, I guess he caught on to the fact that if he threw a fit, the milk would go in the bottle. Then one day it didn’t. And he freaked out. But I decided if he didn’t get as much milk that day or the following day or however long it would take to get him to drink out of the cup, so be it. And it worked. A day later he was drinking out of a sippy cup like it was nothing. I’m not sure how this led to him eating better, but somehow it did.
3. He just figured it out himself. It took longer than it probably should have, but he figured it out himself. And now he loves to eat.