S.C. asks from Clarks Summit, PA on July 30, 2007
We started solids at 5 months old. Started with rice, oatmeal, barley then mixed cereals. He loved them all. We then started vegetables. The only one he likes is squash. Does not like carrots, sweet potatos, peas or green beans. What am I supposed to do? DO I skip them completely and start fruits?
T.M. answers from Albany on August 23, 2007
My son hated veggies for awhile too. I found out that he LOVED veggies if I made them and they didn't come from a jar! I use the "magic bullet" -- that high powered little blender to make the food. I just microwave a cup of whatever frozen veggie I have then put it in the bullet. He LOVES veggies now! Good Luck!!
L.L. answers from Hartford on July 31, 2007
It takes a while for babies to develop a taste for some foods. I've heard it can take 6 - 10 times of trying a food, which was definitely the case with some foods and my daughter. I have this great picture of her throwing up her peas and now they are one of her favorites. I held off as long as possible on the fruits and sweeter veggies so she wouldn't just crave sweets. It's easy to love apples but better to love carrots. It doesn't say if you're preparing the food or using jarred. If you're using jarred you may want to try to make your own - especially with the veggies in season right now. It does make a difference in taste. Or if you're overloaded like so many of us and don't have the time to do that try Happy Baby Fresh Organic Meals. These are frozen cubes of prepared veggies and grains. They're wonderful and worth the price. They sell them at Whole Foods and Wild Oats. Good Luck!
S.M. answers from Buffalo on July 31, 2007
Don't panic, I know it's frustrating. He will like veggies in the future! I'd try preparing a serving of veggies and a serving of fruit. Alternate them while you're feeding your little guy. That way he won't know what he's getting and he won't be as likely to spit it out right away. It gets better and easier--hang in there.
A.M. answers from Rochester on July 31, 2007
Try mixing the squash with the other or start fruit and mix the fruit with the others.
C.R. answers from Utica on July 31, 2007
You can either mix a little in with his cereal (sometimes it's hard to find the right ratio of "yucky food" to "yummy food" - my little boy (who is now 5) still spit out green beans even when I mixed it into his cereal).
Skip the ones he doesn't like, but remember to come back to them and try again. He's developing quickly, and his tastes can change from one day to the next. The squash he loves today may be spit out tomorrow!
D.S. answers from Syracuse on July 31, 2007
You just have to keep trying. My daughter never ate baby food, she always hated it and will only eat table food.
L.D. answers from Burlington on July 31, 2007
At least he likes squash! I would stick to the squash. My daughter only liked carrots, squash, and sweet potatoes. She is 13 months now and likes the canned peas and green beans. Once he gets older you could try the frozen/canned vegetables..I would start the fruits...banana is a good one! good luck!
R.L. answers from New London on July 31, 2007
I would keep trying with the vegetables. Maybe you should try introducing fruit and then go back to vegetables. My daughter would hate something one day, and then a week later it was her favorite food. The best thing is to keep trying. good luck!
S.R. answers from Utica on July 31, 2007
Yes, go for the fruit. My son didn't care too much for any veggies either, but also liked squash. He ate a ton of fruit and cereal for awhile. Occasionaly I would give him some veggies mixed with cereal and he seemed fine with it. Their taste change fast, but the fruit is a good way to get in some much needed nutrition while he is developing. My son is 10.5 months old now and eats anything you put in front of him, including carrots and peas right from the can! And steamed broccoli flourets.
Give him whateer he wants for now, as long as you are getting enough nutrition in, and try again later with some veggies.