T.B. asks from Rochester, MN on January 02, 2008
Child Wil Not Eat Veggies!
We've been trying to introduce solids to our 6 month old, but he hates vegetables. I've been told not to give him fruit right away because then he'll never eat veggies. We've tried peas, green beans, carrots, sweet potatoes and he hates it all and either clamps his mouth shut or spits it out. I've also tried mixing the veggies w/ rice cereal with no luck. Help!
K.G. answers from Provo on January 05, 2008
I mix the veggies and fruit together when I feed my daughter and she eats it very well. It makes the veggies a little sweeter. I agree with the other moms advice. Just give it time, he is suppose to get most of his calories and nutrients from formula for the first year anyway. Good luck.
M.V. answers from Milwaukee on January 04, 2008
J.F. answers from Madison on January 04, 2008
I was blessed with veggie eaters, but I do recall a time in which mixing the disliked veggies with homemade applesauce and then cutting down on the amount of applesauce each time did the trick.
J. F. Mom of 3 imaginative girls
K.M. answers from Billings on January 04, 2008
First of all, you're getting a great start by working on it this young! Before having my own babies, I worked with children with eating disorders. So I was a little obsessive about making sure my first baby got used to a balanced diet! She's five now, and amazingly brave at trying new foods and eating a balanced diet, so my OCD paid off. Here's some of my tricks: I did give her some fruit, but only in small doses and only as "bait" until she was really eating vegetables.
1. "prime the pump" my husband would say. Once they get into the swing of opening the mouth and eating, it's easier to trick them into tasting something new. If your child is suspicious, playfully dab a drop of something yummy on his lip. He will lick it off, and want more. Give him a bite, then, when he's opening his mouth for more, try your next trick.
2. "the coat". Put some squash, or beans, or spinach on the spoon, then dip the tip in pureed fruit. It tastes sweet at first, then the new flavor hits, but it's too late!
3. "the switch"-- alternate bites of fruit and veggies.
Remember that a baby has to get used to new flavors, and new textures. It will probably take many times before he really gobbles up veggies, but it will happen, because you care.
last hint-- enjoy yourself, put on some nice music, relax, and interact with your baby. Talk soothingly, make silly faces and sounds to correspond with new tastes...(ooo! sour!), and have fun. Every new taste that is in a safe warm, environment with mommy will eventually be a pleasant memory.
Now if only I could get my third child (almost 2) to eat vegetables... I just wasn't as consistent with him as I was with the others! The only way he'll eat them is if I give him a bite of desert alternating with his veggies and he knows he has to have one to get the other. But again, I know that just getting them in his mouth and down his throat in the context of a good experience (not forced, voluntary), will help him choose to eat them later. !
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M.V. answers from Milwaukee on January 04, 2008
I had the same problem. I added a little pear and applesauce to the veggies and he ate them up. Gerber also has jar foods that have the fruits and veggies together.
A.P. answers from Missoula on January 04, 2008
As a parent I have felt your frustration as well. As a nutritionist, starting your kids off right with healthy and nutririous food is so good for your children. Starting the child off with vegatables is the best way to introduce your baby to solids, so good job mom for doing this. When baby's are introduced to something new it may take some time and patience for them to get used to something new. Studies show that it may take up to 17 times of offering a single food before the child will try it. As for baby's they are a little differnt. SInce babys are used to drinking liquids, the texture of the solids may be too thick at first or maybe the temperature is too cold or warm for their liking. Texture and temperature may play a bigger role than flavor. So don't give up yet. Try adding a tiny bit of water to the vegeables to make it soupy and serve at room temperature or slightly warmer. See if this makes a differnce.
About the baby spitting it out. All baby's have a reflex where the baby's tongue projects outward when something is put into their mouth. The reflex goes away as the baby's digestive system develops. The reflex goes away around 4-7 months, I'm guessing. My first son, the reflex went away at 5 1/2 months, my second son at 6 months, and my baby girl at almost 8 months who is almosst nine months now. Her favorite vegie is sweet peas, but she aso likes squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans, and mixed vgetables with rice.
Introducing new foods to a baby can be challenging, but all babys are different and go at thier own pace. Don't feel bad if your baby isn't feeling ready yet to eat vegetables. Just keep offering a little at a time and only time will tell, and you may find that your baby will begin to develop likes and dislikes. When your baby develops dislikes don't stop offering it even if your baby doesn't eat it. Offer, offer, offer, is the key without forcing it.
T.W. answers from Lansing on January 03, 2008
Yes, I agree with the other Moms, stop for a while, and then make your own when you're ready to introduce again. I made ALL my own baby food, and both my kids eat well--including veggies!
It makes it very easy to take one day make all the food and freeze in icecube trays. Take out as soon as they are hard and place in labeled freezer bags!
K.P. answers from Boise on January 04, 2008
Hi T., I wouldn't push the veggies or get stressed over your baby not wanting to eat them. However, when I introduced veggies to both of my kids, I sprinkled a tiny bit of sugar on whatever it was and warmed it up. Have you ever braved a taste of baby food veggies. They are very bland and tasteless. My boy is now 5 and my girl is 3, and they both eat whatever veggies I put on the table. My girl loves any vegetable, and my boy is a little more picky about what kind he wants to eat, but he will eat any vegetable if he wants dessert. Hope this helps. Good luck.
L.S. answers from Madison on January 04, 2008
I didn't read thru the other responses so I apologize if this is a repeat,but you could try mixing the veggies with some applesauce then over time lessen the amt of applesauce.
B.B. answers from Fargo on January 04, 2008
I was told the same thing by a friend, then my doctor suggested to feed my son with the lighter colored foods first (fruits atc) and then move on to the darker colors (veggies). He said it would be easier for his system to digest. It has worked great, and my son loves his veggies! He is now 8 months old and eats great..veggies and fruits. Good luck!!!
J.P. answers from Boise on January 04, 2008
I have the same problem. my three will not eat any veggies, so i asked WIC and they said to chop up the veggies and mix them up with something the same color. like cola flower in mashed potatoes. it seems to be working there eating it with out arguing.