I had grand visions of my happy baby sitting contentedly in her high chair and plowing through mashed avacado and gulping pear puree and gnawing on well-cooked carrots and gobbling up mashed bananas and devouring sweet potatoes with cinnamon on them. Maybe because this is my impression of how the baby food thing has gone down for most of my friends?
For Zuzu... not so much. We've tried most of those foods and done a bit of cereal diluted with plenty of breastmilk and she's not really interested in cereal. But that's better than her active distaste for... pretty much everything else. Carrots are possibly the favorite? I posted a picture of her on Instagram looking pretty happy with a mouthful of carrots and that was the first time she'd tried them. Since then?
You guys, she basically hates all food that isn't shooting out of a boob.
At this point, she gets fussy and crabby the moment we start trying to get her to eat something. I know food time is supposed to be fun time, so it's not like I'm going to shovel bites into her mouth when she's opening it in protest. But that basically means she gets ONE BITE before she starts protesting. And then unless one of us can put on a good enough song and dance routine to get her giggling, we give up pretty quickly because I don't want her to start associating dinner time with being pissed off.
Oh, and she did gag and barf on sweet potatoes. I realize a sensitive gag reflex is normal in babies, but it's still discouraging. I don't think they were smooth enough, which can be fixed, but even really smooth and sweet stuff I was sure she would like--like pears, she totally rejects. (Those pears are ORGANIC and from WHOLE FOODS you ungrateful little child!)
I'm just at a bit of a loss because I KNOW that right now food is just about exploring and getting used to tastes and textures and it's not like she needs the nutrition or calories from food for a while yet. She's healthy and growing. She just has no interest in eating.
I'm trying to tell myself this is fine and normal (somewhat normal?), but the truth is I find it really stressful and frustrating when my beautiful tiny portions of steamed and pureed organic produce get rejected night after night.
And in the few weeks that we've tried this, we've done various textures, mixed with breastmilk, warmed up and room-temperature, sweetened with a pinch of cinnamon, eating with us during dinner, eating earlier in the day before we're winding down for bedtime, making sure she's not hungry or cranky before she gets in the high chair, etc. I'm trying to be consistent about just offering food and not taking it personally when she hates it, but SERIOUSLY. Where is the happy baby with a face smeared with avocado and pureed apples that I had imagined? Why does my baby get pissed off when a spoon comes near her face?
I know she's not going to be gulping down food at this point, and I was prepared for most it being drooled down her front, but I just thought it would be an enjoyable experience for both of us. It really just seems like she hates it and she won't even pretend to tolerate it for my sake (babies are so insensitive that way).
I've read Baby Led Weaning and I had planned to kind of do a combination approach of baby-led gnawing on food and some purees, but I'm thinking maybe I need to focus more on the BLW style since she seems to at least enjoy playing with her food far more than being spoon-fed.
So... I just need to chill out and keep trying on a regular basis with low expectations and rest assured that my kid is going to eat something besides breastmilk someday... right?
|Don't count on it, Mom. These carrots aren't as good as I make them look.|