Baby refusing solid foods at four months of age

My four-month-old son started solid foods a month ago. For the past couple of weeks we can't get him to touch them. What should we do?

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Three and four months is still a young age for the introduction of solids. For this reason, I would not worry about your baby's refusal of them.

Why don't you wait a few weeks before offering them again. He may still refuse, or he may decide he's ready to eat them again. No doubt that given time, he will go back to them. Your patience is what is needed.

It may be that your son is teething, or is experiencing some other developmental stress that has caused him to go 'back' to only the breast, or formula.

Babies progress in fits and spurts, not on one smooth continuum (that would be too easy for us parents!). Expect two steps forward, one back, then a leap and a bound, followed by a plateau. So it goes with eating development. The best you can do is to be sure that you offer solids to him on a regular basis, so that once he is ready to go back to them they are there for him.

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