I never expected feeding Mason solids to be difficult. I anticipated that he'd take right to it like a natural.
But, he hasn't, and I'm starting to get frustrated.
Mason opened his mouth for the first bite or two of the very first attempt, but since then, has stubbornly clamped his lips shut and turned his head away from me. I've tried feeding him rice cereal when he's very hungry (no nursing), semi-hungry (1/2 of a normal nursing session), and not that hungry (full feeding via nursing). At my pediatrician's recommendation, I've tried to make mealtime fun by letting him hold/play with the spoon (the one with the cereal on it and an extra--all under supervision of course...spoons can be dangerous!) and stick his hand in the bowl. I've made choo-choo train, airplane, and gargling noises to get him to open up his mouth. I've taken bites of his cereal and exaggerated its yumminess. When he falls for my tricks and I manage to sneak in a bite, he gets mad, spits it out, and tries to turn away. At this point, I'm scared of turning him off to solid food completely. Even though he's six months old, maybe he's just not ready yet.
Fellow mamas, any tried and true tricks that have worked for you in similar situations? It's been four days now (eight feeding sessions). My gut tells me that I just need to stick with it. But if you have a magic technique, I'd love to hear it.
Also, my pediatrician advised feeding Mason foods in the following order (after rice cereal): all green veggies, all yellow/orange veggies, fruit. I understand her reasoning in saving the good, sweet stuff for last. But she also told me that I need to get Mason excited about food and make the feeding sessions positive experiences. I doubt it's solely the taste/texture of rice cereal that's turning him off. (He sucks down gross medicine and vitamins, from a dropper, like they're candy!) But doesn't it make sense to feed him something sweet and good, that he really likes, so he'll eagerly anticipate it? Or will I be making things worse in the long run by catering to his sweet tooth early on?