Has anyone been successful on getting their April baby off jar foods completely?

Jocelyn - posted on 02/02/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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I've decided I'm fed up with jars of food. My twin boys are really deciding they don't care for it anymore. I think they want more texture. I really want to be able to give them regular foods and say bye-bye to the jars but I don't know if I have enough variety with regular foods. Here are most of the foods we've tried (I'm sure I left 1 or 2 out):
They like: wheat toast, grilled cheese, bananas, baked apples, soft cheeses, turkey, ham, sometimes egg yolks, jello w/ fruit, rice, sometimes cereal bars., sweet potatoes, yams,
Don't like: avacados, canned pears or peaches, mashed potatoes
Sometimes I will put what they don't like on toast and I will give it to them toast side down and they eat it . What else can I give them to get rid of the jars? I don't mind the jars that are mixed dinners with some texture, but I'm sick of slopping jarred food all over!
Any suggestions?

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Jennifer - posted on 02/02/2010

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I never used jar foods at all, so I guess I can answer this question!



I follow a practice called Baby-Led Solids with my kiddos, and they are both great eaters. Basically, I cut everything that the family eats into small pieces and let my daughter have at it. She gets a little bit of everything, and it allows her to practice self feeding and chewing, etc. She tends to gravitate towards the brighter colored foods, including carrots, tomatoes, and bright peppers. Another thing I love about BLW/BLS is that it allows my kids to build a taste for different foods. Jarred foods are all mashed together into one lump, which means all those flavors are together.



Babies under a year can eat pretty much everything we eat (except for nuts, shellfish, and honey). My kids also like spicy things - try giving your boys chicken curry, or meat from your tacos.



Warning: your floors will get dirty. I put an old tablecloth under the high chair and that seems to help. Bananas are the worst, as they stick to the floor quite easily.



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Anne-Marie - posted on 03/29/2010

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Once I started feeding my grandson regular food he really does not want the jar food anymore, I give him whatever we have for dinner and cut it really small. I always keep small macaroni made in the fridge if we have something he really can't eat. He also loves peas. I just make sure I put one of those plastic bibs on that have the pockets on the bottom to catch all the food he misses putting in his mouth since he wants to feed himself.

Michelle - posted on 03/25/2010

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My daughter eats whatever we are eating just cut into smaller sizes, she loves finger foods like fresh fruit cheese pieces of meat that sort of thing...we give her whatever cereal or breakfast choice the older kids are having be it eggs, eggos or cereal and we have moved onto the Gerber graduate toddler meals which she loves except for the shells and cheese she likes KD better

Sarah - posted on 03/12/2010

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I have never used jar food. I have a food mill and mill up food, usually whatever we are having for dinner, for my twins. As they've gotten older I give them more finger foods. I did the same thing with my older son and he eats everything.

ALEXIA - posted on 03/12/2010

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hi! my son eats dried cereal, oatmeal, bagel, waffle, pancakes, bread, spaghetti, rice, chicken, cheese, pizza, quesidilla, all veggies, all fruit, eggs, tuna, burritos,tofu and a bunch of other things..we hve a chef who makes delicious and nutrious foods and add purees in to hide in veggies!! goodluck!

Lynn - posted on 03/12/2010

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I stopped giving Jamie baby food about 3-4 weeks ago. She has been wanting to eat real food for awhile now. She absolutely loves everything basically that I give her. Whatever her sister has for breakfast, lunch, or what we have for dinner.

Richann - posted on 03/12/2010

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khloe refused to eat baby food after 6 and half seven months old and refused formula at 8 half nine months old she did it on her own i tried to give her both things and she just wouldnt do it i know that doesnt help but try mashed pataos reg sweet pataoto you can give them eggs and the little pagages oatmeal there alot of things just give them what ever you think they can handle its really your choice noone can give you a right or wrong . if they eat it and like it no matter what it is then your fine

Ulandi - posted on 02/06/2010

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Lori don't worry about the teeth my girl "gummed" her way through toast at 7 months... LOL
For really good recipe ideas try www.anabelkarmel.com
I make the oats with apples and pears for breakfast and freeze a few portions. The salmon and broccoli is also really good and you add some pasta stars to bulk it up.
The only smooth thing she still eats is yoghurt, everything else has texture. It's really important for speech developement that they chew!

Lori - posted on 02/06/2010

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What if my baby only has 2 teeth at 10 months? Do all of your kids have teeth already? I'm just nervous they won't be able to chew the food enough and they'll choke. Thoughts???

Nicole - posted on 02/05/2010

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My baby girl came off of baby food a few weeks ago...she just refused to eat it after I introduced table food. She eats EVERYTHING that everyone else eats (chili, bbq chicken, pork chops, yogurt, apple slices, carrots etc.) I would recommend introducing: yogurt, applesauce, chicken, string beans, peas and corn.

Sarah - posted on 02/05/2010

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All i have done is blend up what we eat ie tuna pasta bake, spag bol, roast etc etc, you can adjust lump size to babies needs, might little girl has weetabix for breakfast sandwich and wotsits for lunch, a main dinner as stated above, ready brek in the evening and a bottle before she goes to bed every meal she has i give her a yoghurt after

LauraBeth - posted on 02/05/2010

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Thank you for asking the question!!! and thank you to everyone that gave such great answers, My son as completely refused to eat jar food anymore this has really help. when our next child (due in sept) is ready to start solids I am going to do the baby led Thank you Jennifer for the info!!

Melissa - posted on 02/04/2010

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my daughter is 10 months and now eats what we are eating most nights. i mainly make her rices and pasta dishes. heinz abc pasta is a life saver she loves it. i make her spaghetti bol and carbonara with chicken she even eats roast now and loved roast carrots and potatoes. i still give her jar deserts only because i dont have enough time to make desert aslso. her fav snack is grilled cheese and macaroni and cheese with peas lol weird combo but it works. good luck xx

Stephanie - posted on 02/02/2010

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I have also never used jarred baby food. Our son also eats pretty well everything we eat. He loves roast beef, roast pork, chicken, turkey, sweet potatoes, squash, white potatoes, carrots, peas, broccoli, cauliflower, bolognese sauce, enriched pasta, soups, corn, cottage cheese, yogurt, chedder cheese, ghouda cheese, bananas, apricots, apples, pears, peaches, mangos, pineapple, honey dew melon, canteloupe, watermelon and I'm sure there are more foods that I'm forgetting! He does NOT like avocado at all or brussel sprouts. He really likes to feed himself and as Jennifer said, it gets really messy!!!! Cover the floor and get a really good waterproof bib (some of them come with sleeves). I started out pureeing food, now I mash things and leave lumps, or if the food is soft enough, we leave it whole. Good luck and hope the info helps!

Emily - posted on 02/02/2010

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I never used jars..i pureed vegetables and fruit..gave him organic yoghurts, potatoes & mince etc..he eats so much! mashing veg down with a fork and leaving lumps are good for chewing and that helps speech development also

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