I am having a serious struggle trying to get Ruby onto solids. I am so frustrated and at my wits end. I don't know what to do.
I had started her on rice cereal when she was about 4 1/2 months and she was totally digging it. She liked it, she ate well. We were doing awesome. And then she got a rash and I thought it was from the cereal and so I stopped. (Turns out it wasn't from cereal, it was from soap). And the reason I started her on solids that early was because she eats SO MUCH! At that point she was drinking 4.5oz of breastmilk every 2.5 hours.
And now, she's drinking 5oz every 3 hours (on a good day). She needs to have something else in her belly to fill her up. She'll be 6 months old on Saturday and I've been working on getting her to eat solids every day for the past two weeks.
For the first week I gave her oat cereal. She didn't like it. So I tried the rice cereal the second week. No go. So I tried adding a little bit of mashed banana to her cereal. Nope.
And then I tried the sweet potatoes. Oh the sweet potatoes.... Here's what happened when she ate sweet potatoes:
So. The cereal. She turns her head away. She refuses to look at me when I have cereal in front of her. When I get her to actually take a bite, she makes a face like I've given her a spoonful of dog poo. Sometimes I put it in her mouth and she just holds her mouth open and yells and the food all slides out. She even smacks at the spoon with her hand sometimes (causing food to fly all over the place.)
Different foods (oat cereal, rice cereal, bananas, sweet potatoes)
Feeding her at different times of the day
Feeding her before she gets too hungry
Feeding her when she's really hungry
Feeding her in her car seat (so she can't move around as much)
Having Steve feed her
Making stupid noises to make it more fun
Making the cereal with water, making it with milk.
So far... NOTHING WORKS! She ONLY wants breastmilk. She sees the bottle and reaches for it (I have to hide the bottle when I'm trying to give her solids). I'm banging my head against the wall with frustration right now.
What do I do? Anybody? Please? I'm desperate for advice here...