5 Reasons Your Baby Refuses To Eat

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Your baby refusing food is the worst nightmare for any parent. Before you panic or try force-feeding your baby, you must try to understand the reason behind the aversion. 

Seeing your baby spitting out cereal all around or smashing the finger foods with their hands instead of eating may sound funny at first. But, when your baby continues to avoid food for days in a row, it may scare parents to the core. The little creatures would be eager to find what you have on your plate but when it comes to their food, they will do everything with the food instead of eating. The best tip on how to deal with a baby not eating food is to know the root cause of it. 

Here are five reasons why baby refuses to eat: 

1- Your Baby is Bored: 

Yes, it’s true, babies get bored like adults too. When you feed the same food to the baby for days in a row, they get bored of the same texture and taste of the food. This boredom could be a sign that your baby is all set to explore new textures and tastes. Do not skip this chance instead introduce new foods that you have never tried before. Moreover, babies and toddlers often like to self-feed themselves and hence refuse spoon-feeding. This will be an ideal time to introduce him to finger foods. The key is to bring variety to the table every day. 

2- Your Baby is having Constipation: 

When the baby starts eating solid foods, they are more likely to experience constipation. The reason is breast milk or formula milk is easier to digest and quite easy on the digestive system. But when you introduce solid foods, it puts a burden on the gastrointestinal system and hence the digestion slows down leading to constipation. 

3- Your Baby is High on Fluids: 

When you feed your baby more fluids like diluted juice or milk, it may lead to the baby feeling fuller for longer periods of time. When their little bellies are already full, they may not be able to eat solids at all. 

4- Negative Feeding Approach: 

There is no space for negativity while feeding your baby. If your baby is on a baby-led weaning approach and gagging more often, this will be a negative event for them. Just like that force-feeding with a spoon will also lead to a negative association with food for the babies. Try to make the feeding time positive and more interesting. 

5- Your Baby is Taking Time: 

Every baby is different and there is no fixed schedule for them to follow. Often babies take time to be ready for the first foods; some start around 6 months old while some may take more time. Instead of being anxious, give your baby some time. All you need to do is watch out for the signs of readiness and act accordingly. 


In addition to the top reasons why your baby is refusing food, there could be many other reasons as well like teething, food sensitivity, etc. Get to the root cause of it and then tackle it. 

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