I Can't Blame My Little guy..but What Do I Do?!?

Updated on February 09, 2011
X.M. asks from Chesterfield, MO
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So I have started my son on solids, I did cereal first, then moved to veggies. He loved it all. Now I have started giving him fruits! This is where the problem is. He LOVES fruits! And is starting to cry and spit out his veggies and oatmeal! When I give him fruits he is the happiest baby ever! What do you recommend I do?

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Thanks ladies! Looks like mixing it worked. So far so good :)

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answers from Cincinnati on

I always give my son veggies first then he knows the good stuff is coming! We had about a week of tantrums but DON'T GIVE IN!

For the oatmeal I mix it up then I put a little bit of whatever fruit I am going to feed to him and mix it together then I put the oatmeal on the spoon first then scoop it in the fruit! LOVES IT

Hope this helps!

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answers from Chattanooga on

I used to give her a couple bites of fruit to get her lil mouth opening, then pop in veggies. Kinda a mean trick, but it got those veggies in her! lol. Then I would alternate fruits and veggies, but only doing little spoons of fruit and bigger ones of veggies. It also helped when I clapped and cheered her on for opening her mouth for veggies. Now she's 9 months, and I can usually get her to eat veggies on their own.

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answers from San Francisco on

stay consistent! He will learn he has to eat both!

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answers from Los Angeles on

Well I'm an adult and I prefer fruit over veggies too =-)

Keep giving him fruit in moderation because he obviously loves it, but continue to always offer veggies.

My son's favorite fruits when he started solids were avocados and tomatoes. I gave him other fruits in moderation because the natural sugar content can be high.

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answers from Dallas on

You can trick him for a little while. Put the veggie and the fruit in the same bowl and give him a spoon of one and then a spoon of the other. He'll take the veggie because he thinks its fruit. Before he has time to spit it out, give him some fruit...
You can also blend the fuits and veggies together...
Keep making him TASTE the other food. If he just wont eat it, dont force him to eat. One day he may just decide he DOES like sweet potatos after all... :)

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answers from Chicago on

we put peas in apple sauce, black beans in yogurt...
i know, sounds gross but it worked

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answers from Phoenix on

I mix most of daughter's veggies- one sweet one green.. For example, sweet potatoes and peas, spinach and butternut squash. She loves them. Also, if you just want to do plain veggies, try spicing them up a bit.... I don't know where the idea came from that baby food had to be bland! Try cumin, basil, oregano, etc, to give his foods some flavor!

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answers from Pittsburgh on

Mix the fruit on the spoon with half oatmeal, then sneak in a few spoons of veggies.

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answers from Minneapolis on

I do home daycare, and am on a USDA sponsored food program, so have guidelines/requirements for meal components. Once a child hits 8mos old, until the day they turn one, i have to do a fruit OR veggie and Iron fortified infant cereal (or equivalent if they are off baby food) and their milk of choice (formula, breast milk) at breakfast and lunch.

My normal deal has almost always (in 14 years of daycare) to do the fruit at breakfast, and the veggie with lunch. I make home made baby food as well. I also always mix it with the cereal and milk or formula. Its all one big bowl. Works great for me!

Good luck!

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answers from Kansas City on

I would mix greens (neither had a problem eating orange veggies) and fruit together. Or I would get some green veggies on the spoon, and re-dip it in the fruit to coat the veggies with fruit. That worked too.

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answers from Baton Rouge on

Mix fruit into his oatmeal.

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answers from New York on

Do the veggies first and then mix the fruit into the oatmeal or cereal! They ALL love the sweet stuff, so use it sparingly!

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answers from Houston on

mix them with what he wont eat but i cant blame him either



answers from Cleveland on

maybe mix half a jar of fruit with half a jar of veggies. it will work because he will still get both things and still get the sweetness of teh fruit


answers from Minneapolis on

You make decisions that will keep him healthy. This is just one of many fights you will have where your son wants something you think is not good for him. = )

Try mixing things. Cereals and fruit go well together. And mixing green and orange veggies (peas with carrots) might make him happier.


answers from Pocatello on

I wouldn't worry about it too much. Remember that the first year of life a baby's prime source of nutrition should come from breast milk or formula. The baby food is more just to teach them how to eat with a spoon, learn new tastes and textures. If you look on the back of a label there isn't really that much in baby food......like a small amount of calories and vitamins. The real good stuff is still in the formula or breast milk. So don't force the veggies on him. As he gets older and is on table food he will like a larger variety of foods. And both my girls never liked any baby food. They went from breast milk to table food. and they were both big, fat, healthy babies :)



answers from St. Louis on

Continue feeding him the veggies - and feed them to him first before the fruits or he definitely won't eat them. Don't give up!

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