C.A. asks from Fort Worth, TX on October 23, 2008
9 Mos Old Not Wanting to Eat...
My son is about to be 9 mos old next week and he has started a new babysitter who has been feeding him stage 3 foods but also a little regular foods. When he gets home at night he wants nothing to do with babyfood he only wants breads and green beans? Just curious if anyone had this happen to them the closer they get to eating regular foods? Just want to make sure he gets enough nutrition
D.C. answers from Dallas on October 27, 2008
In my opinion only, it is perfectly normal. Everyone told me once they get that taste of real food with the flavors that it won't be long before they won't eat baby food anymore. I didn't really believe it until it happened to us. After about a month of a little real food mixed with baby food at the daycare, he would shake his head no and clamp his mouth shut when I tried to give him baby food. He took it a little better for the daycare because he was so busy watching the other kids that he didn't pay much attention to what he was eating. When the daycare said he is clamping his mouth shut and won't eat the baby food, I knew we were done. That happened around 10 months or so. Although, I did start buying the little Gerber meals and he loved them and the food is very soft and almost melts in there mouth. That helped us transition to actual table food that I cooked for my husband and myself. Let him eat what he wants in that respect. As he sees you eat foods, he will want them to. Hand in there!
C.C. answers from Dallas on October 24, 2008
Take the hint from him . . . he just doesn't like the jarred baby food. And I have to agree . . . those Stage 3 foods are pretty gross . . . except for the fruit which my 21 month old daughter always liked. And don't worry about the nutrition issue, because his primary nutrition is still coming from breastmilk/formula.
Does your son have any teeth yet? Try giving him really small pieces of table food, or cook up the really small pasta (such as Orzo or Acini Pepe). More times than not we gave my daughter what we were eating for dinner . . . steak, chicken, peas, carrots, corn, pasta, rice, etc. Also try soft cheeses (american cheese) and deli meats. And real fruit, but go with the softer kind such as bananas, strawberries, blueberries, etc. My daughter likes rice with some shredded cheese mixed in it. I also take rice or pasta and put it in a chicken broth with peas and diced carrots and even some small pieces of chicken or turkey.
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J.T. answers from Dallas on October 24, 2008
My 8 month old started refusing her baby food just this month. She eats regular table food and she feeds herself too.
Here are some of the things we give her:
Mac & cheese
chunky soup (low sodium, drained)
She gets 16oz of formula and 4oz of juice at school, and I bf at night and on weekends.
R.C. answers from Dallas on October 24, 2008
My son definitely has his preferences. When he sees me bringing him a food he likes more, he'll spit out what is in his mouth and won't eat any more. When I feed him certain foods, I serve them in courses, least favorite food first. Once he's finished that, then I put the next food on his plate. I save the best for last and don't let him see it beforehand! That is the only way I've come up with to get him to eat all of the foods, not just his favorite.
I also have given him a powdered infant multivitamin since 6 mos, so I don't worry too much about his nutrition.
C.T. answers from Dallas on October 24, 2008
Neither of my children would eat #3 foods. I think they hated the texture. Also, both of my children went from eating all kinds of baby food and cereals to just a few foods they really liked around a year. I gave them what they wanted as long as it was healthy and didn't worry about it. If they only ate toast, yogurt and bananas for a couple of weeks then that was fine with me. I don't think food should be forced or mealtime should be a struggle. Just offer healthful foods and let him eat what he wants. I sometime offer one bite of a new food on their plate as often as possible and sometimes they never try it and sometimes they finally give in and taste it. Usually they spit it right back out, but occasionally they actually like it. Good luck and just enjoy mealtime with your son.
M.C. answers from Dallas on October 24, 2008
I do not know if this behavior is 'normal' or not. My first baby had NO problem eating all types of foods when he started eating baby foods, and even when he moved on to regular foods. My baby on the other hand is oddly different. He never really gave me a hard time with the different baby foods, but the more different types of regular food that i try to incorporate (mainly I try to feed him what ever we are eating for dinner), the more picky he becomes. He mainly eats green beans, macarroni and cheese, cheese, and hot dogs, if I am lucky. He is still growing and has lots of energy, therefore I am not to concerned. I hope this helps make you feel a little better!
L.S. answers from Dallas on October 24, 2008
Fist off, food the first year is just an experiment. He should be getting the bulk of his nutrition from breast milk or formula and not solids. Let him experiment a bit. I have to agree, jarred foods are pretty yucky. There's nothing wrong with breads or green bean either. Try some of the foods Christine suggests.
A.C. answers from Dallas on October 24, 2008
At 9 months my daughter refused babyfood altogether and only would eat real food or her bottle. I just mashed up the real food well and let her direct the path. By 12 months we were able to ditch the bottle and eat only real food.
C.H. answers from Dallas on October 23, 2008
As long as he is still getting his recommended amount of BM or formula. He will be fine. Foods at the stage are more for learning than nutrional value.