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4-month-old Refusing Solids

4-month-old refusing solids

My daughter will be 5 month old in 2 weeks and she is refusing solid food. I followed your instruction on starting solids and it worked for my first child but not with my daughter. She closes her mouth and doesn't let me to feed her. I have tried so many times during the day but it seems that nothing is working. I tried apple, pear, sweet potato, and cereal but she's refusing all. Should I continue feeding her solids until she eats or stop for a little while. It is very frustrating since my first child was a wonderful eater. Thanks in advance for your help.

If feeding solids is frustrating, back off and retry solids in a few weeks. Current evidence suggests that it is best to start solid foods between 4 to 6 months. But you don’t “have” to feed a 4-month-old solid foods. Your daughter is likely not ready yet for solids and should do better in a couple of weeks.

Your son may have set your expectations too high. In our home, some of our children were fairly aggressive eaters and others were slow to start. Between 4 to 6 months, our children normally took the equivalent of 1/2 to 1 jar of stage one baby foods two times a day. One of my daughters loved solids and could take 3 jars as fast as I could spoon feed her.

In the meantime, set a healthy example for her. Eat healthy foods as a family in front of her. View these early solid feedings as “an activity” not as essential nourishment. Your breastmilk or formula is complete nutrition. If she is hungry, offer her milk first. Solid feedings should happen only after her hunger is satisfied by her milk. If she does not improve by 6 months discuss it with your pediatrician at her 6 month check-up.



Written August 2015 by
Gregory Gordon MD, Orlando Pediatrician








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