How do I transition him from baby food to real food???!!!

Robin - posted on 02/28/2011 ( 21 moms have responded )

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I hear that I have to keep introducing it, and I have been trying different things. At this point, real food in his diet: french fries, cookies, goldfish, and cereal. The rest, nope. He didn't start getting teeth until about 9 months, now he has 7 ( at 14 months) I just feel like I am failing miserably. Or perhaps, there is an easier way, hence, HE LOVED being out to dinner with my husband and I, at the table with us, then he ate a few pieces of chicken with his french fries! (Instead of his usual high chair, sitting to the side. Please help!

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Cool - posted on 09/08/2012

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French fries? Cookies? Goldfish? Sweet heaven above...You're going to have a diabetic on your hands by age 7. Steam some veggies and slightly mash them, try some potatoes, rice, chicken noodle soup. Think 'natural foods' not processed. Give the poor baby a chance for crying out loud.

Lisa - posted on 03/15/2011

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If he can eat french fries and chew them properly, that is great! Just keep on trying different foods and when he is eating tell him " chew, chew" and show him with your teeth, it seems to work for my 14 month old and she old has 2 teeth! I make my babies food, i am still using the blender for some things, but i make them chunky, not watery like a baby food.

Kate - posted on 03/10/2011

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something that I have found, if you take like the Campbells chunky veggie soup and drain off the broth the veggies in there are very soft and have good flavor, my daughter loves them, also loves mac n cheese, chicken nuggets, cottage cheese, any little finger foods-goldfish etc

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Star - posted on 12/26/2012

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seems like your son wants to be all grown up and do adult like things so honestly theres not much you really can do miss

Shereen Mohsen - posted on 12/22/2012

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dear robbin , let him make his food by himself
for example let him paste the pasta and then he cooks it with shrimps by himself i am sure he will eat it .invite his friends and also let him cooks (rice with grilled chicken) he will a;so eat cause he will try to show you that he is a good little chef.

Robin - posted on 09/17/2012

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Ok cool. Yes, my son has a "chance" Those were a few of his favorite foods. He has always LOVED veggies, shrimp, sushi, yogurt, etc. I just wish he would try other foods sometimes. But, he's healthy, and thats all a mom can really ask for.

Sarah - posted on 03/27/2011

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My son likes the first bite of a banana, before it gets slimy from holding it
He can't really have mac n cheese b/c he's lactose intolerant
He won't touch noodles
I haven't tried meatloaf
and he hated when I tried those meat sticks with him.
He won't touch ANY food unless it's dry. I just found out that he likes peanut butter sandwiches on wheat bread, if there's no peanut butter on the outside to touch. AND DEF can NOT put jelly on it...a little drip got on his finger and he refused to touch it again, even when I made him a new one minus the jelly. I hope he's not always this picky!!

Jennifer - posted on 03/20/2011

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I know once Zoie figured out textured items tasted better she was all about it! She eats almost anything we put in front of her and always has; I'm very fortunate! Some suggestions would be bananas, mac-n-cheese, spaghetti, meatloaf, vienna sausages (like the toddler meat sticks, only much cheaper); vary with different textures and see if he picks up on one better than the other. Also, while it is definitely messier we always let Zoie feed herself and she eats a lot more; she does not like us to feed her any longer :(

Sarah - posted on 03/20/2011

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my son is 15 months and I have the same issues you are having. I have been told his is a texture issue by several people. He won't touch it if it's slimy or mushy, he won't even eat mashed potatoes. He WILL eat, like you said goldfish and french fries and cereal (cherrios, puffs etc.) anything that's prety dry and he can eat by himself. He WILL NOT let me feed him anything anymore, he cries and turns away. The dr tells me just to keep trying and when he's hungry he will eat. YEA french fries or pretzels! My daughter wasn't like this at all!!!

Sarah - posted on 03/20/2011

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my son is 15 months and I have the same issues you are having. I have been told his is a texture issue by several people. He won't touch it if it's slimy or mushy, he won't even eat mashed potatoes. He WILL eat, like you said goldfish and french fries and cereal (cherrios, puffs etc.) anything that's prety dry and he can eat by himself. He WILL NOT let me feed him anything anymore, he cries and turns away. The dr tells me just to keep trying and when he's hungry he will eat. YEA french fries or pretzels! My daughter wasn't like this at all!!!

Alandra - posted on 03/12/2011

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I started introducing Kyle to real food at 11 months what i did that really seem to help was i always gave him a bit of something i knew he liked like cheerios or little puffs then i also put a few other things on his tray like grated cheese and cut up bananas....another thing i found was for a while he liked french fries too so i cut up his food in the shape of french fries (but smaller).` Sometimes he wouldnt like a certain food one day..and the next day he would ..so keep trying and dont give up...Kyle eats really well he loves tomatoes and all fruit and different veggies ..even if i dont like something we try it cause you never know , your baby might like it ....tonight we are trying avacodos lol :)

Elfrieda - posted on 03/06/2011

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Yes, Allycia, I think it makes a huge difference when the whole family sits together at the table. My husband and I want to be the kind of family who eats together, so we really made the effort when our son was about 5 months old. Even if it wasn't time for the baby's meal, we'd just sit him in his highchair with his toys while we ate. It was really nice, and now at 14 months, he loves to eat with us. We've never had food rejection issues or anything like that. Maybe it's related, maybe not.

Allycia - posted on 03/06/2011

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my daughter started with mashed potatoes pretty early since she loved them so much, when she had more teeth we started with mac-n-cheese or sweet potatoes. the more we sat at the table for supper the more she would eat table food.

Elfrieda - posted on 03/03/2011

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Try taking what's on your plate (make sure it's healthy) and bite off a tiny piece and give that to the baby. Then it's "oooh, it's from Mommy's plate, it must be delicious!" At least, that's how my son thinks.

Kimberly - posted on 03/01/2011

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i started giving my son the gerber graduates meat sticks and those little puffs and what not. them i introduced the graduates ravioli. he loves them, they are a little pricey but its worth it to get them to eat

Kim - posted on 03/01/2011

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I think I took my boys off of baby food around 8-9 months. I gave them easy food they could chew/gum and swallow. Mashed potatoes/sweet potatoes. No salt added canned green beans/peas and carrots. I gave them meatballs as their first solid meat and they loved it. Now they eat anything i give them. I would start with soft veggies first. I mash up sweet potatoes and just let them dig in on their own. It may be messy but they are great eaters!

Candice - posted on 03/01/2011

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I started taking my son off baby food around 8 months and gave him finger foods. I just went by his cue's and sign's and he was eating bread, biscuits, meat, bones. Doesn't matter how many teeth they have. I have friends with kids that had no teeth and they tried the same thing maybe a month or two later. So many people seem scared to feed their kids harder foods, but its not as scary as it seems! Pear is great - nice and soft, banana to hold on to, spaghetti on the highchair table (messy but hey they eat it), spaghetti bolognaise..etc etc..just try what you think he may like...all trial and error and goodluck!

Robin - posted on 02/28/2011

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Thank you. Its amazing how much I can think of solutions, and try to be quick witted in the work field, I am stumped when it comes to my son. Awesome advice, will definitely try both recommendations =)

Shelby - posted on 02/28/2011

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My daughter stopped eating baby food at 8-9 months. She was very independent and wanted to do things herself :D

I would begin with taking what is normally baby food, i.e. green beans or squash, and buy your own. Cook it and mash it to "almost puree". Add a little extra texture every week until you have moved to "real green beans and squash".

Try lots of different foods. Don't just stick to the boring veggies. Try some passion fruit, or pizza, or cucumbers, strawberries or avocado.

Same with the cereal. I mean come on, who really likes plain cheerios. :D Try some Annies fruit bunnies. Just try lots of different things. Perhaps he would enjoy sitting on your lap for a dinner or two, and eating off of your plate. That has helped us introduce new foods. Good luck and God bless.

Jennifer - posted on 02/28/2011

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My daughter is 14 months and as soon as she turned 1 she was taken off of baby food. Her first table food was mashed potatoes and thats cuz they are soft. She eats everything we eat. But she loves mac and cheese. The only thing I can suggest is start with soft foods (mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, even hot dogs). If that works for him then maybe you can try all types of other foods.

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