B.K. asks from Lake Katrine, NY on December 08, 2008
10 Mos Old Suddenly Refuses Veggies
My 10 mos old son is currently on stage 2 Earth's Best baby foods - he's been eatting stage 2 since he was 7 mos old and used to love his veggies, however, in the past 2 weeks he has begun refusing any veggie, even sweet potatoes which he used to LOVE. He will only eat stage 2 fruits (I've even tried stage 3 which he refuses), oatmeal, and yogurt - I'm worried about him not the nutrients he needs. Someone suggested mixing the veggies with fruits but I wasn't sure if it was a good idea. I tried giving him the combo meals - chicken with sweet potatoes but that doesn't work either..Any suggestions?
A.H. answers from New York on December 09, 2008
I used to put the veggies on the spoon and then a fruit on the spoon too.. the fruit helped cover the taste of the veggies... but don't stop trying.. because veggies are so important... I have a 12 year old who won't touch veggies and he has major issues with bathroom problems because of this. He isn't a big fruit eater either.. he likes his meat and mashed potatoes.. but I make him have at least 6 or 7 peas or 1/2 apple.. So keep trying because as they get older it gets harder to change them. Thank God I pushed my daughter to eat everything and she still does.. she loves veggies, fruits, meats... good luck
R.H. answers from New York on December 09, 2008
He is probably going through a phase right now. Eating is the one thing that they learn they have control over and they will express this. Right now his taste buds are maturing, things don't taste the same as they used to or like the way you taste them. Keep offering him the veggies anyway. He'll get over it when he wants to reject something else you want him to try. Then he'll eat the veggies because it is the one thing familiar to him. At 10 mths. I would give my daughters almost everything we ate, mashed of course. Both of my daughters were incredibly stubborn eaters and would resist anything I wanted them to try and would always fall back on the veggies to eat.
M.S. answers from Syracuse on December 09, 2008
B., I think it's time to switch your son to table food. Both my kids refused anything baby food after 7.5 to 8 months, but will eat well if they get to feed themselves. For veggies, start with canned veggies because they are easiest to chew and also taste more like the veggies in the jar (you can buy canned veggies with no added salt, if you prefer). I can give my 9.5 month old daughter a quarter of a sandwich now, and I don't even have to cut it up! Right now, it's all about independence and learning self-feeding skills. Mealtime will be a royal mess but will be so much fun for your son! I used up our leftover baby food by stirring in chunky things like pasta, rice, even adding veges to macaroni and cheese.
And don't worry, your son is still getting all the nutrients he needs from formula/breastmilk!
N.J. answers from New York on December 15, 2008
B.- I know exactly how you feel. My daughter is 10 months and all she will eat is yogurt and banana! On lucky days she will eat some mashed potato, rice, veg soup or sauted vegies! She has also quit eating breakfast.. more than the type of food... she wants to eat out of our plate... looks like she doesnt like feeling left out... so I pretend to feed my husband the same thing I am feeding her... or I use big people plates and spoons to feed her.. often i just feed her out of my plate! My ped says its a passing phase and not to worry cause she is teething... I am really hoping thats true... I am not tryign to freak out cause luckily she isnt cranky and is pooping as normal.. so looks like the little she eats is good enough...
I am not sure if I helped.. but hang in there....
K.M. answers from Syracuse on December 08, 2008
When my youngest one wouldn't eat veggies I would hold a veggie and a fruit in my hand. I would give him a bite of fruit, then a bite veggie, then fruit, then veggie...until he had finished both of them. It worked like a charm. Even when he figured it out he knew he would always get that sweet fruit again. Now at 2 years old he eats almost anything I give him. Hope it works for you. Oh, and make sure you are heating up the veggie a bit. Cold veggies are just gross!
H.G. answers from New York on December 09, 2008
First of all- no stress! He's still getting breast milk or formula, and he's getting plenty of nutrients from that. This is all about practice right now! But practice is important, because in a couple of months it all changes...
I would introduce finger foods now, if you haven't already. My son HATED baby food, especially veggies. And seriously- have you smelled those? Gross! :) The older they get, the more developed their sense of taste is. He's probably watching you eat all that real food, and getting irritated that he's eating mush! Try feeding him small pieces of what you eat. My son has gone through all kinds of stages with eating, and now (11 months) he is refusing to eat anything unless he has a spoon in his hand to "eat it himself." Does he get a lot in there? Heck no! But he's practicing, and shoveling the food in the best he can. He also uses his other hand, and occasionally I can stuff something in as well. (Though on some days, he won't eat almost anything. Thank you new molars!)
Honestly, the meals are long and fussy. And pretty fun! I just try to stay patient, and let him try what he wants to try. My son is actually almost completely off formula now, and he's doing really well. I do give him a prescription vitamin, though. That helps to keep me from stressing out on those days he won't eat much.
A.L. answers from Buffalo on December 14, 2008
my daughter is also 10 months old, and is going through some feeding challenges of her own. some meals she eats more and others less. most of the time she refuses to let me feed her, and wants to try the spoon (very messy:) herself.
we've recently moved on to more finger food. we've been making our own food, and it's really easy. she now loves steamed carrots, steamed or baked asparagus (even with garlic like we eat), steamed zucchini/yellow squash and sweet potato fries (baked with a dab of oil) then cut them into small pieces. she also eats pieces from our veggie soup.
you may want to look at wholesomebabyfood.com for great ideas.