real food or jar food...

Lorraine - posted on 08/22/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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for about 3 weeks my daughter was eating the jar food then i decided it would probably be better for her and cheaper for me to make her food.. the first few days she did really good but the past 2 days she barely wants to open her mouth for it. shell eat about half and then be done. does she not like it anymore or is she just getting full easier?

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Minnie - posted on 08/24/2009

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We do baby-led solids. We wait until baby can pick up food, put it in her mouth, chew it, and swallow it.

Purees are pointless. They often involve baby being fed solids before he or she is developmentally and physiologically ready for it.

Alana - posted on 08/24/2009

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A website that I have found helpful in introducing new foods to my daughter is http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/solidfo... It has information on each ae group and how much they can eat and when certain foods can be introduced. I'm a first time mom too, so I'm trying to figure it all out also.

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Nina - posted on 08/25/2009

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maybe she likes new ones..you can just invent something new to her..like the color & everything..maybe she was just teething..you can check her gums of they're swollen..that's one sign that she's teething,,

Erica - posted on 08/25/2009

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I think making your own is much cheaper and more healthy for her. It can be confusing thou to measure the amount cause in jars they come measured but you can buy those little bowls and store them and calulate how much you gave her when she was full etc. It's always better to prepare your own food as it's more enriched with the vitamins.

Eleni - posted on 08/24/2009

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Yeah i had the same problem with my baby girl, there taste buds change all the time and are very sencitive. The best thing you should do is to go back on the jars HIPP is the best. Give your baby options. And if she only has a quarter of the jar thats still ok.

In the morning i give my dauther maybe a jar or a yoghurt or baby rice, in the afternoon she has a jar of dinner and a quarter of a jar of pudding. If she doesent eat all her pudding i try her with it in the evening, or give her a yoghurt. Dont worry to much you can still try her on home cooked once or twise a week.

Bethany - posted on 08/24/2009

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My daughter woud anything that we ate I just put the food in the blender and added a little water and she loved it! Especially spaghetti!

Elizabeth - posted on 08/24/2009

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Sometimes it's a texture thing. You can push food through a sieve to get really smooth like jarred food, but you should probably get her used to the texture anyway. After she starts refusing, try something smooth like natural yogurt mixed with avocado, or fruit puree. Stick with the homemade. Jarred food is cooked for so long at such a high temperature, there is little nutrition left.

Teresa - posted on 08/23/2009

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Try mixing some of the tinned food she likes with the food you make to start with. Home made food has a different taste and texture mixing them together give bubs a chance to get to used to the new food. You're a busy mum so there is no shame in using either or both. You do what work and what is convenient.

Jade - posted on 08/23/2009

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Your daughter can have some of the same foods as you, but being 7 months, she'll still need her food to be pureed slightly (smooth with some small lumps). As for going out to dinner, I doubt you'd be able to get anything that would be suitable for a 7 month old. Just take something that she can have without being heated.
Don't forget, if you are cooking things yourself, remember not to add any salt or sugar to her food. If you're cooking it for the whole family, you can add these ingredients later to your own tastes. Babies don't need these extra flavorings, as Sarah said above, their at the stage where it's all experimentation with textures and the flavors of the foods on their own.
I'm sure it's around 9 months old that you can introduce finger foods, like cooked carrot sticks, sticks of cheese, cucumber, lamb cutlets (finger size pieces). If anything is hard (like apple) try steaming it until it is softer for her.
Good luck with it all. Don't be too concerned right now. Just keep offering and don't make it a big deal if she refuses. She could become anxious about food if you do this. Just smile, try a few times to get her to eat, then take it away and try again next meal/day.

Lorraine - posted on 08/23/2009

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i have it all measured out, each feeding she has 4oz bottle and 2oz food. as you can tell im a first time mommy, so im really paranoid about starting new foods with her. i dont know if its too early for certain things. and her doctor isnt always available to call (they usually call back the next day when i want to know within the hour). anyways, she is 7months old..so what adult food is she able to eat? (e.g. mash potatoes? like if mommy and daddy go out to eat and take her, id like to be able to order smething for her that she can have.. or if im making dinner for us, can she eat some of it or do i need to make her something else) thanks for all the help, as you can see i need all i can get!

Gabrielle - posted on 08/23/2009

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Babies change their minds all the time about how much they want and what foods they like and dislike. I bet she'll like your homemade food better. I think it's so fun, easy, cheap, and healthy to make baby food yourself. I refuse to pay that much for something I could make at home, and it really doesn't take long at all! Just keep trying, and she'll come around. Have fun!

Sarah - posted on 08/23/2009

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Quoting Jade:

It could be that she has started teething. I've been told that a lot of babies loose their appetite when they are teething and that it's nothing to worry about. Just keep offering food and she'll eat it if she's hungry. If she doesn't want solids I would offer her the breast/bottle. That way she is getting something. She may even have a little bit of both (like my son). Good luck!



definately! my son is teething at the moment and he isn't too interested in his food .. i'm lucky if i get him to eat half of his main meal .. he'll eat all of his pudding though.



at the moment he's at his dads for dinner and he gives him jar food (just easier that way since he's not always there) but my boyfriend text me saying he won't eat it .. i said its probably because he's used to home cooked food now .. so he made him mash but again hardly ate any of it.



i've told him not tooo worry as  food is only really for them to experiment with new tastes and learn to chew .. their milk is still more important.



i read somewhere that around 6-7months babies need about 15-20 spoonfuls so i attempt to give him that.

Jade - posted on 08/23/2009

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It could be that she has started teething. I've been told that a lot of babies loose their appetite when they are teething and that it's nothing to worry about. Just keep offering food and she'll eat it if she's hungry. If she doesn't want solids I would offer her the breast/bottle. That way she is getting something. She may even have a little bit of both (like my son). Good luck!

Shana - posted on 08/22/2009

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She could be getting full easier, or you are making more then you think since it is not measured out like the jar is. Making your own is definitely cheaper and healthier for your daughter.

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