introducing vegetables, problem??

Aneta - posted on 06/09/2010 ( 39 moms have responded )

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My daughter is turning 6 months in 13 days. She's been eating fruits for about a month already (and she loves them, eating about 100g/day). Now 4 days ago I started with vegetables (white potato), and looks like she hates it :-( with all my smiles, chewing, singing etc she manages to eat not more than 20grams.
I am a little disappointed, coz i didnt experince the same when introducing fruits!
Just read that i should try to mix veggies with fruits....
Would be great to know your experience with vegetables!

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Michele - posted on 06/24/2010

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I asked my Pediatrician about the fruits por veggie first issue and he said that sweet is the only taste babies are born with the others (sour, salty, etc) develop later so it really doesn't matter what order you introduce them in. That said, I started with carrots and butternut squash. I make my own so I am able to control the portion sizes. The yellow veggies tend to be easier to digest. We are venturing into mangos and peaches currently. The Dr. did say to leave the heavy starches (white/red potatoes and corn) for 8 to 9 months so their system has time to develop more and can handle them.

Jayson still gets 5 to 6 6 oz bottles a day. The solids are kept to 1 or 2 tbs two times a day. I plan to start meats soon.

Amber - posted on 06/19/2010

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Okay I keep missing things to put in, stick with the same veggies for 3-4 days even if they do not like it the first time.

Emma - posted on 06/17/2010

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hw bout mixin some of her milk in the mash? carrot and turnip my twins love as its sweet! how bt coliflower cheese, make ya own cheese sauce dead simple milk in a pan, flour, unsalted butter and cheese! wat bt sum of the baby jars?

Tiffanie - posted on 06/10/2010

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My doctor had said that you should start with veggies and then slowly introduce fruit because they can cause your child to get a sweet tooth at a young age. My little girl has tried green beans, peas and carrots. She loves them so far.

Kirsten - posted on 06/10/2010

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Well with veggies they say to start with yellows (squash, sweet potato, carrots) then go to green. I wouldn't give white potatos cause they don't have much nutrition for a baby since its mostly starch. You should try sweet potato since she is used to the sweet stuff. My guy so far doesn't like any of the baby food we tried but he loved fresh avacados. Those are really good for babies so you could try that too. What I did to get him to eat the other stuff was mix it in with the oatmeal cereal cause he likes that so mixing does work.

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Colleen - posted on 06/23/2010

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Try the sweet potates or peas....They are a little sweeter to start with.....Hope this helps

Colleen - posted on 06/23/2010

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My daughter is the complete opposite......she LOVES veggies - and is not a big fan of fruits.....I was advised to start her on veggies first and she seems to be thriving on them. I have also been advised to mix them together - she still doesn;t like them....I hope all goes well with the fruits for you

Sara - posted on 06/21/2010

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it sounds like your daughter has a sweet tooth already lol.. I started with pear first but then I went onto veg as I have heard that starting with fruit can cause problems... maybe try with sweeter veg pumpkin and potatoe is very good my daughter loves it and in fact has this for breakfast with garden veg for diner. Maybe a spoon of veg tipped off with fruit might help for a while. Good luck x

Amanda - posted on 06/20/2010

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they say to start veggies first becuase babies wont like them if you start fruits first. I started sweet potato first with my boy!

Tracie - posted on 06/20/2010

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Sometimes it just depends on the child. My 17yr old daughter was a great eater and had no problem with anything...my 14 yr old son hated veggies as a baby, and still doesn't like them. My 6 month old daughter loves it all, just like her big sister....meats, potatoes, fruits, and veggies....no problem! She isn't that big of a fan of green beans though.... ;-D We tried it a couple of times, but now we just don't give them to her. No big deal.... She has been eating foods since about 3 months now... Back when my older two were babies there wasn't all these concerns and so really, I don't pay much attention to it. Go with the flow.... ;-D Babies know what they like and what they want... ;-D
You can absolutely try mixing them up too. Squash with apples, etc. My baby girl gets it all together...and sometimes that how I sneak in the green beans on her! hehe mix them up with some pear or something.... Good luck!

Christine - posted on 06/19/2010

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sorry that last messgae was for lynne thought i could reply to her post?? still figuring this all out!!

Christine - posted on 06/19/2010

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is that normal yogurt or the baby ones as sydney would not eat the cow and gate or jarred baby ones so i give her the muller little stars which she will eat but i have to take the yogurts out the fridge for a while before i give them to her as they are too cold and she wont eat them!

Brittany - posted on 06/19/2010

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With my first child I also started with fruits first & had THE hardest time getting him to eat any veggies after that....still to this day he has a hard time & he's 22 months. My daughter is 6 months & we just started her on carrots, green beans, & squash no problem. I don't know if it has anything to do with them developing a sweet tooth or not....but I like to think that may be the culprit.

With that said, there was one veggie we were able to get our son to eat no problem....sweet potatoes. :) Maybe give it a try, it's sweeter than most of the other veggies.

Amber - posted on 06/19/2010

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Also my doctor said DO NOT add anything to the veggies like salt, sugar, and spices as they do not need the extra calories from it. But one them he said to do is if he likes rice cereal and or oatmeal add some of that to it then take it out after they get use to the taste not the texture.

Amber - posted on 06/19/2010

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I started veggies before fruits (green beans) and he did not like them so then I did sweet potatoes because they are more like fruit. then squash, carrots, peas, then green beans again. He loves them all now. She may not like the veggies because they are not sweet and it can take up to ten times with a food before they like it. Also I would not do potatoes yet. Good luck.

Kim - posted on 06/18/2010

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I am having this problem with my 6 month old too. He loves sweet potatoes. I add a hint of cinnamin to it and he loves them! Also try avacados, it is suppose to be a favorite. Veggies are bland compared to fruit so anything you can add a little spice to, just not sugar.

Joyce - posted on 06/18/2010

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Dear Aneta, babies are like that. They like some and they need more time and tries to like others. You can introduce other vegetables (boiled and blended) cauliflower, broccoli, sweet poatoes, carrots. My LO tasted caulifower for the first time today and he loved it. cauliflower, carrots and broccoli make a good puree. All the best.

Bantsi - posted on 06/18/2010

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Sweet potatoes, butternut, brocoli mixed with cauliflower seems to be my daughters favourites. she is only 6 months and 1 week.

Lynne - posted on 06/18/2010

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potatoes is the worst to give them there really stodgy and stringy. you should give sweet pot and swede, carrot and swede or butternut squash and swede. my daughter loves them. hope this helps. am having trouble with her liking yoghurt. x

Christine - posted on 06/18/2010

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my daughter is the opposite loves veggies but could not get her to eat fruit, i have to mix it in with things to get her to eat so this may work with the veggies-good luck!!

Aneta - posted on 06/17/2010

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So...as of today we've a kinda got through with potato and pumpkin...yesterday there was a battle for carrots...a big battle! everything within the range of 1 meter (including myself) was covered with carrot!! :))) I use "rotation" so for dinner she had pumpkin with potato and she ate very well...and today she ate apple with pumpkin - again without fuss...Maybe they really need time to get used to the veggie taste (especially without salt!! it tastes weird to me!!! ). One very important thing I discovered to myself (which initially would confuse me): do not try to impose more quantity to the baby and do not be in a hurry to exclude the milk feeding. Babies till 8 months need to eat only 4-6 tablespoons of veggies and the same with fruits. If you try to impose more, their milk intake will discrease, which is riscky at this age since they dont get all necessary nutrition from fruits & veggies!! That was actually my discovery, and I go against my pediatritian who strongly advised me to replace 1 milk feed....

Jualie - posted on 06/17/2010

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I guess I've been blessed. I started my son on fruits at 4 months. He did very well with them but just wasn't getting full. So I started on veggies and he LOVES them. He is almost 6 months now and eats more veggies then anything else. I even use table food (mashed of course) and he loves it. He's even eaten turnip greens off the table and loves them! I've not had any problems with anything he's eaten. No upset tummy or anything. But not all babies are the same. I would suggest mashing your veggies from the table or putting them in a blender and see if your baby likes that better. But that is strictly up to you. :)

Michelle - posted on 06/17/2010

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My son will be making 6 months on June 23. Having a little trouble spoonfeeding him but he has started on carrots. I bottle feed him the carrots and he drinks it like juice. Lol. Still working on getting him to handle that spoon. .Will try green beans and apple sauce next.

Janie - posted on 06/17/2010

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My twins have been eating both fruits and veggies for over a month now. And for the most part are enjoying it. There are some flavors that they don't care for and others they eat up without any problems. Just keep trying and take note of what your baby likes.

Natasia - posted on 06/17/2010

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try a different veggie. and give it a few days it might just be she is unfamiliar. but definatly switch to a different veggie she might not like the tase or the texture but either way it doesnt matter she needs something better for her than potatoes which are high in starch and low in nutrients

Marina - posted on 06/17/2010

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i started my daughter with vegetables, then moved on to fruits. she actually prefers the vegetables. her 3 favorites are carrots, green beans, and sweet peas.

Sandra - posted on 06/16/2010

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My son will be 6 months on june 22. he eats potatoes, bread, loved watermelon, even pickles (To suck on). I would take whatever babyfood flavors he likes and introduce ur baby to the real food version too.

Lizl - posted on 06/16/2010

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I mix all my veg with a apple (or pear) and my son loves it. (he is 6 months old) His fave at the moment is carrot, butternut and apple mix. The more times he eats it the less apple i put in so that eventually there will be no apple to sweeten. You can also mix in apple with sweet potato....even i love it!! Instead if potato try brown rice rather, as it is much more nutritious and goes with anything.

Kristal - posted on 06/16/2010

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I started with applesauce mixed with cereal, but went to sweet potatoes, peas and squash. She loved every bit of it. I make all of my daughter's food fresh. She has a large variety of foods that she's eating now. The only things she doesn't like yet are bananas, which I don't get as they're sweet. But, when she's skeptical about a taste, I add a little applesauce to get her started, and then she's fine. :-)

M - posted on 06/16/2010

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We started with veggies first with both of our kids. We read to introduct veggies first because kids will like the sweetness of fruits better. Maybe try sweet potatoes first and then the other veggies.

Katja - posted on 06/16/2010

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Hi! Here in Finland, children start eating potatoes in 4 months. Here's a tip; try carrot with potatoes, it's sweetier (is it a word :) ?) Good luck ;)

Santi - posted on 06/16/2010

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Yes my doctor said the same thing, my babys been eating gerber since he was 5mths. And i started him with veggis first. Then the next week i would add fruit. And now i give him both in the morning i give him bannana or apple and in the afternoon i give him his veggies and he does grea and eat them well and i give him juice to wash it down.

Sonia - posted on 06/14/2010

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My 6 month old son, loves fruits and when I started him on vegies the only 1 that he really loved was pumpkin. So what I do now, is when introducing a new vegie, I mix it with half pumpkin, then gradually decrease the pumpkin and it seems to be working. Just keep trying until you find something that she likes and try doing it that way

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just an additional thought... try fresh vegetables if you can... my little guy is not keen on anything out of a jar.

Mandy - posted on 06/14/2010

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I started feeding my 6 month old in 3 days, veggies from the beginning it took almost a week for her to like them except for sweet potatoes that she does not like. the only taste of fruit my daughter has had is apple sauce mixed in with her cereal. Just keep giving her little amounts each day and eventually she will eat them all. They also say try peas first they are the best. my girl is eating almost a half of a jar of carrots now and it's been two weeks of a couple of bites.

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Hi Aneta,
I started with fruit also... apples, pears... but was advised that when introducing vegies to start with the sweeter ones (eg: pumpkin, carrot). If your little one likes her fruit perhaps this would make sense as her fruit is sweet too. My little guy loves pear and carrot... so I find that if he is not so keen on a particular fruit or veg I mix in one of his favourites and he just gobbles it all up!
Good luck!

Aneta - posted on 06/10/2010

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Many thanks for your feedbacks! Today is the 6th day and looks like its improving...I mixed some applesause with potato and she ate 120grams!! Afterwards she ate only 70ml of formula, which means she got almost full with the veggie!! :-)) I think I will "extend" the potato for 2 more days and will then transit to squash...i keep my fingers crossed :))

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I started on veggies first. Carrot followed by sweet potato then butternut pumpkin. Then onto pears and apples cooked and pureed. These veggies are really sweet naturally but if you find your daughter not liking it try adding a little pureed apple. My son cannot get enough of his veggies but when he gets the apple treat he tries to grab the spoon!! I don't always add the apple but it makes a nice change. Moving onto Broccoli today. I've also heard white potatoes don't have enough nutrition so leave them until after all the other veg.

Good luck with the veg!

Keren - posted on 06/10/2010

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you may start with carrots, squash, sweet potato. i even gave my son broccoli and he loved it. then you can mix few veg 2gether and introduce some meat with it...

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