R.D. asks from Knoxville, TN on August 27, 2008
My Son Won't Eat Slimy Finger Foods!
I have been trying to introduce my 11-month old to more and more finger foods, and he does great with the dry gerber finger foods, but simply will not go for any fruit or veggie that is slimy or "fresh"! He just makes a face and pushes it around his tray...;(
So What Happened?™
My son just finally decided he would eat a slimy banana -- we didnt do anything different, just kept exposing him, and he finally decided he was ready! Now he prefers the slimy foods to the dry cheerios -- yeah!
W.M. answers from Nashville on August 28, 2008
Most kids that I have known do not like any of the gerber foods for the 3rd stage...try real fruit, he may like it better.
K.D. answers from Raleigh on August 28, 2008
M.T. answers from Nashville on August 28, 2008
Sounds like you have been giving him the dry gerber too long and that is what he thinks food should taste like so nothing else tastes good to him and he probably don't like the texture of anything else either. Take the gerber away and leave the fruits and veggies out. After a while he will get hungry and try it. If the gerber isn't around he will eventually ween over to the 'good stuff'. It will take time.
It is kind of like water. If you don't give them water and all you give them is say.... coke. They will get use to that and that is all they want and the water will taste yucky to them. But if you start out giving the water... they will always like it.
M.F. answers from Memphis on August 27, 2008
My peditrician always said, "It is your job to introduce the foods, and keep introducing them. What he decides to eat right now isn't as important. Don't fight with him over it. Don't make deals. Just keep offering those foods to him."
It worked. My son hated slimy foods, too. Especially jello. Now he can't get enough. I just kept putting it on his plate.
L.T. answers from Charlotte on August 28, 2008
Hi R.. My daughter is now 17 months and eats tons of fresh fruit, but at that age wouldn't touch it. I think she also didn't like the texture. At ten months, there were days that all she would eat were cheerios, so thank goodness for bottles! She has since grown out of it and loves fresh fruit, so don't worry, I'm sure your son will learn to love them too. And if not, you can always find ways to hide fruits and veggies in other foods.
A.D. answers from Charlotte on August 27, 2008
Just keep trying! Have you tried giving him a fork? I have 4 boys and they were the same way until I gave them a fork. They loved stabbing the poor veggie/fruit! Only boys :) When they ate the drier foods I didn't give them a fork, sometimes a spoon. Just saved the fork for those slimy foods so the boys wouldn't loose interest in the fork.
Good Luck, just keep trying!
V.W. answers from Wheeling on August 28, 2008
I was reading your request.
The wet slimy food probably does not feel right to him.
The dry fruits seem to be more attractive to him in his eyes and fingers that touch it.
I feel he still would get the same out of them if not better.
I am not sure. But you can always check it out.
He might in time grow out of it.
C.F. answers from Lexington on August 28, 2008
Do you serve them raw or cooked? I usually steamed my veggies till they were softer, but still crisp, and my little boy accepted them pretty well. Also a great first finger food... shredded cheese. Be prepared for a mess, but they love it!
H.M. answers from Raleigh on August 27, 2008
You could try rolling the food in crushed up cheerios.