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Not Eating Veggies

My 8 month old son suddenly lost all interest in eating his veggies. He does well with everything else and used to eat the whole jar of veggies in one sitting. I feed him cereal in the morning, fruit at lunch and veg for dinner. I have heard once they become accustomed to fruit they usually perfer the sweet taste over the bland, I hate for him not to want to eat his veggies already. Has this happened to anyone else or does anyone have any suggestions.
Thank you,
T.

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Hi T.,

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(Colorado)K.

mix them in. Get the meats with the added veggies or mix it with the fruit. At 8 months most of the nutrients should still be coming from formula or breast milk. Just keep presenting them.

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Neither of my children really liked the baby food in a jar. I started making my own. I didn't really do it the guru way of making it in bulk, storing it, etc. I just pureed whatever I was eating. I would cook or steam the veggies and then puree it with a little water. I usually mixed the veggies with ground turkey at dinner time. I also added a tad, I mean a tad of butter and season salt to their veggies. My son ate cooked spinach, peas, carrots, broccoli, potatoes, sweet potatoes and more! My daughter didn't do as well, but she did eat broccoli, carrots and potatoes like they were going out of style.

I was told to give them a cupof deluted V8 Vegetable juice.
my son loves it!

i watch my grandson and we just started solids. i thought that he wouldnt know the difference but he does. we started him on cereal then went to cereal mixed with fruit. then just fruit. 2 weeks ago i started him on veggies and he knows the difference. he spits what he doesnt like out. i mean he spits it all over me and everything. he really likes green veggies but when i tried carrots and sweet potatoes, he didnt like them so i mixed them with applesauce and i seem to be getting them in him. i think you are ona good schedule. i also think that the other mom is right about alternating bites. i think i will try that. on another note. when my oldest (29) was young he wouldnt eat anythig green. just about that time the incredible hulk became his favorite and when he asked why he was green, i told him it was because he ate a lot of green beggies and i was so proud of myslef. i dint know where that answer came form but it did and after that he couldnt have enough green veggies.i woudl sometimes find him sneaking into the kitchen at night to try to open a can of peas or green beans. he couldnt open them because we had an old fashioned can opener but boy did he try.

My eight month old seems to have lost his interest in some veggies, as well, but not all. He still loves carrots, sweet potatoes, and homemade green beans. My tactic for his love for fruits has been to stir some apples or other fruit into the rice and vegetable mixture, particularly if I'm serving him "summer vegetables." It's also hit or miss with him. Sometimes he'll eat an entire bowl of oatmeal or rice with fruits/ veggies, and other times he'll eat a bite and he's done. I'd say keep trying, but also be thankful that many of the fruits are filled with fiber, which offset the constipating effects of the cereal. Good luck! From another stay-at-home mother, formerly a 5-8th grade teacher loving her new job! M.

My son did the same thing to me when he was that age. He all of a sudden didn't take to anything that was green so I was having to mix it up a little bit with another veggie at night to get him to eat it. Just try that out and he will get to a point where he will eat his veggies. Now my son is 19 months old and he will eat his green beans and carrots if I give it to him from the Gerber Graduates.

Have you tried mixing the fruit and veggies together? I have had to do that before, it has worked for some of the kids I watch.

mix them in. Get the meats with the added veggies or mix it with the fruit. At 8 months most of the nutrients should still be coming from formula or breast milk. Just keep presenting them.

Don't push him to eat them. Keep trying, they go through phases. Even as toddlers, my 3yo will love peas one week and the next week they are yucky and it's only green beans or applesauce, etc. Try mixing them together or alternating spoonfuls. Even say two bites fruit and then sneak a bite of veggies in. It worked for us. Also, when he starts on 3rd stage foods where they are a different texture he might change his mind or in the dinners where there are different flavors together. Don't force him but don't give up, it's normal.

Hi T.,
Your son might start to become interested in eating food more by himself at this age and I suggest you could try to cook, or steam, fresh vegetables for him and cut in to small pieces and serve him. Frozen peas for example are great to start with (those you just have to heat up for a few minutes, let cool a little, and serve). Small pieces of cooked carrots are also good starters. Corn and sweet potato as well.
This might take his mind off the sweet fruits for a little bit. You can also try to mix the vegetables with the cereal to make him eat it that way.
I have two sons, my youngest is 10 months old, and they never really liked the baby jar food, especially not the green veggies.
I can also tell you from experience that babies like different foods and eats different kinds of foods at different times, some weeks they like it sweet and some they don't (they usually will always eat fruit however). Try mixing things up a little and see if he wants to eat his veggies again in a few days.
Good luck!
C.,
mother of two boys, 4 1/2 years and 10 months old

Hi T.,

I have 3 kids of my own and have a daycare I also have a home business in the wellness industry,As soon as my kids could have juice,they started on Body Balance an organic,liquid whole food supplement 98% absorbable and I know they get what they need and we have not been sick in 3 years and if we do its miner and does'nt last,honestly I think everyone should take it,its awsome!!Go to "Thebestoflandandsea.net" or ____@____.com

(Colorado)K.

Now is the time you can get away with hiding veggies, you can puree things and hide them in his foods. Keep giving him veggies regardless, try different ones, add flavors, like mixing applesauce with squash or carrots. Right now you can start givig your babies flavors, spices and get them used to liking them. I even gave my daughter at 1 yrs VERY mild salsa, she loves spice and loves fresh tomatoes now at 6 years of age. I think trying new things constantly helps. Those baby veggies are pretty gross, hee hee. Try some with cheese sauce on it too.

T.,
Just keep offering and keep being a good role model by showing him you eat your veggies. He will refuse and accept new foods on and off and you just have to go with it. You can't force him to eat but just keep offering the healthy food and teach him that's what we eat. If he doesn't eat it one day (or week, or month) he may well start again the next. No worries! M.

As he gets older and starts putting thing in his mouth you can feed him pea & carrots, cherio anything thats soft and mushes easily and can be picked up on the high chair tray. For now, try mash potatos, squash, cream corn, there is alot of regular foods that can be cooked and run through the blender. At Thanksgiving give him the yams (he should like that). Speggetti O's (tomato sause) and condensed soup, like spilt pea, bean and bacon, (without so much water) and put gold fishies in it. There are alot of ways to go. Have fun.

Try combining his fruit with his morning cereal. That way you have 2 chances to give him veggies everyday. He'll get the hang of it again eventually!

My son lost interest in green veggies particularly so when I wanted him to have some I just mixed it with a sweet veggie like carrots or sweet potatoe.

I imagine you could do the same and mix some of his veggies with fruits. Like maybe mixing 1/2 jar of carrots with 1/2 jar of peaches or 1/2 jar of sweet peas with 1/2 jar of apples.

Now that my son is older, he still doesn't take to green beans and I just mix them up with carrots or sweet peas in his meal and it's not a problem.

Best wishes!

Hello. I went through the exact same thing with my son who is now 2 1/2. I have had a lot of luck with frozen veggies. I'll buy frozen peas, corn, carrots, green beans, etc. Really you name it. I'll let him eat it with his fingers and even dip them in something like oil and vinegar - but he usually doesn't need it. It's a great way to trick them into thinking they are still eating sweets. :)

Good luck and I hope this helps!

it could also be a phase hes going through. then again... you could be right, he just doesnt like veggies anymore. my son was like that, he used to love his veggies and then sometime between the age of 10mo and a year he stopped eating them. he just recently turned 3, and is just now gradually starting to eat a kernel or 2 of corn, or a few pieces of peas.
my daughter on the other hand... she loves her veggies. she'll be 2 in about a month and the only times she hasnt wanted any is if shes sick. the only veggie ive kept from her completely (well as much as possible) are carrots... which she seems to love every time she does get them. but i only do that becuz she seems to have an allergic reaction to them every time. could it be possible your son is having a reaction to them now? dunno, worth a thought i guess. is he eating table foods? you could try sneaking veggies in those. like say squash in the mac n cheese or spinach in brownies, stuff like that.

I used to have the same problem. I figured out that if I did veggies and fruit at the same sitting (1/2 a jar of each), I could get her to eat her veggies. I would give her a couple bites of the fruit and then a bite of the veggies when she wasn't expecting it and follow it with another of the fruit. It must have worked because they are 4 and almost 2 and eat every veggie that I put in front of them except green beans and they love broccoli. Good Luck!

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