My 7 month old daughter won't eat any jar food, but is always hungry....what can I give her (other than breastmilk) to fill her up?

Christina - posted on 01/02/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

87

6

8

I started feeding her jar food at about 4 months and she has never really shown much interest. When it comes to table food though, she can't get enough of it. She is constantly trying to grab stuff out of everyone's hands and put it in her mouth. I have an older daughter that is almost five and she didn't ever really act like this. One time I picked up the 7 month old from my mom's house and she had garlic breath!! She had made twice baked potatoes and let her suck on the skin of one of them and it kept her happy all night. I know a lot of people will say to put some veggies in a food processor, but she just will not let me feed her. She is a very happy little girl except for dinner time. She always acts hungry, I just don't know what is okay to give her that will actually get in her stomach. If anyone has any advice, I would greatly appreciate it!

MOST HELPFUL POSTS

Emily - posted on 01/04/2009

257

10

20

I have this great spoon and fork set with flexible necks so that you can make it into an L shape - makes it much easier for small chubby hands... might be something to try - the company is called Boon (boon benders)

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

16 Comments

View replies by

Emily - posted on 01/04/2009

1,065

17

124

One other thing I just remembered. :) It's actually quite common for breastfed babies not to like jarred baby foods. Hints of flavor pass through breastmilk while infants are nursing, and they get used to a variety of flavors before they ever eat solids... most baby foods are actually way to bland for a breastfed baby. Plus, a lot of kids don't like the texture, they prefer things they can gum and play with.

Jana - posted on 01/03/2009

42

4

4

Avocado is grreat for little fingers and toothless mouths! also really softfruits that you can dice and let her feed herself. as pp have mentioned really well cooked peas, string beans, sweet potato, potato, are all great diced and add variety ! good luck oh and maybe she will like pureed foods ( like cereals etc if she is given teh spoon to ATTEMPT to feed them to herself...we all know where most of that food ends up...but it is fun to watch them learn!

Kelly - posted on 01/03/2009

1

6

0

My daughter was the same way! She wouldn't eat anything that was pureed. I started chopping up table food really fine so that she could handle it. She wanted to feed her self. She went from breast milk only staight to table and finger foods at 9 months. Once she could do it herself and eat the same foods we had, she was happy

Jennifer - posted on 01/03/2009

254

14

29

another thing I do is make her jelly and soy butter on bread (tastes like peanut butter & jelly) cut ito small cubes - she loves to eat that too. good luck.. they certainly have a mind of their own

Christina - posted on 01/03/2009

87

6

8

Thank you all so much for your help! There are a lot of great ideas here that I will be able mix in to what I am already doing. She seems to like anything, as long as she is feeding it to herself. A spunky one she is! Keep the great thoughts coming though, the more the merrier. I am glad to hear other people have this problem. Crazy kids. LoL.

Jennifer - posted on 01/03/2009

29

20

2

Have you tried nursing her before feeding her baby food? I would also suggest making your own baby food. I've made my own baby food for my 8 month old son and he loves everything I introduce to him. Perhaps combining these two things (nursing first, feeding baby food second) would work. Another idea: you could start with some gerber graduate fruit/veggie puffs that she can feed herself and you could sneak some baby food inbetween her independant feeding. That way, she'll get the best of both worlds! It sounds like you have a very independant lady on your hands-she wants to do it by herself! It's great that she's willing to try all these different, foods though. If you still can't get her to eat baby food, maybe cook fruits and veggies until they are really soft and cut them into very small pieces. That way, she's getting fresh fruits and veggies and she's happy becuase she's feeding herself! I have this great baby food book called so easy baby food by Joan Ahlers and Cheryl Tallman. You could always cook the food like they suggest, but cut it up instead of pureeing it. They suggest using the microwave and plastic wrap (so as many nutrients as possible stay in). I freeze mine and I don't see why you could do the same if it works--that way, you don't have to go through the whole ordeal every night.

Ashleigh - posted on 01/03/2009

385

7

46

haha my son is the same! He hates baby food, unless it's homemade, and even then he doesn't really like it. I just give him food he can pick up! Frozen peas works amazing, especially when they are teething :)

Shannon - posted on 01/03/2009

388

18

31

My daughter was the same way!! At 6 months she was on stage 3 foods because I wanted to get her used to the chucnks since all she wanted was what we were eating.. but had only had like 6 teeth. At 7 months, and two more teeth... I gave up baby foods and went to graduates. She ate those till she was about 2, and the whole time we intergrated all sorts of "adult" food. Now at almost 6, she eats lots of foods that a lot of kids her age will not eat.

Jessica - posted on 01/03/2009

2

30

0

My daughter is 10 months old and just started really eating "food" she to preferes anything NOT BOTTLED Pre Baby food. I cut stuff up for her to "finger feed" herself and she is MUCH happier.. TINY bannana pieces, Peas... anything she can feed herself and she is HAPPY! Sounds also like you might be having a "growth" spurt and your working on increasing your milk supply.. Or maybe teething? YOUR the Mommy You know best listen to your gut!

Rachael - posted on 01/02/2009

250

8

47

I agree with Emily... we do the same for our second she is 8 months old now and didn't like jarred baby food and also didn't like us to feed her. She would take the spoon and do it herself everytime. She self feeds and she eats what we do only cut up small. Her favorites are green beans, peaches, rice, spahgetti, and carrots.

Emily - posted on 01/02/2009

1,065

17

124

I didn't do jarred food either. My kids just get straight table food from 6-8 months on. We start with veggies & fruits, then dairy, meats & grains. I also don't spoon-feed my kids, they much prefer to pick things up and eat them on their own.

As long as she's being breastfed, I wouldn't worry about the nutritional aspect. Breastfed babies don't really NEED extra food for nutrition until after a year. She probably won't digest much of what she eats (Olives tend to come out whole :) ), but she'll be getting good practice.

Also, I don't make any special food for my kids... they eat whatever the rest of us are eating.

Amy - posted on 01/02/2009

2

19

0

Regular food, in small pieces is great for her. In fact small finger foods are really good for her motor skills. There is no reason she needs to eat mushy food. peas, small carrots, cut up pieces of meat or tofu, are all just fine. Check out Super Baby Food from the Library, it has a lot of great suggestions and recipes.

Amy (Seattle, WA)

Jennifer - posted on 01/02/2009

254

14

29

Hi, my son loved baby food and would still eat it today at age 2 1/2 - my daughter on the other hand is a different animal all together.. will not eat baby food at all.. she is now 11 months - but never ate it.. she loves to eat indepently with fingers.. so give her anything that you can squeeze between two fingers.. nothing hard or rough textures.. some ideas: firm tofu in pan just to warm with a pinch of soysauce to just to taste..(tiny tiny bit), make into very small cubes..i buy nature's promise hotdogs (no fillers, no nitrates etc) peel skin - heat tiny bit and cut in cubes, ham steak (cut off edges) cut into tiny cubes.. cook frozen peas and slightly mush between fingers and give to her.. any veggie is good if cooked well like potato, sweet potato, broccoli florets...to very soft, cut into tiny cubes.. i know all would be so much easier if she took the stupid baby food.. i am in the same boat.. I also give her hamburger & turkey chop meat in tiny pieces.. lentil soup, she eats yogurt now so that is helpful (9 months) scrambled egges are good too but not until you know there is no allergy such when she gets flu shot. usually 9mo - 1 year.. frozen perogies work too. cooked and cut up small. she will eat applesauce, manderin oranges cut small (no pulp), canned peaches, olives and tomatoes cut up small, hope this helps - if i think of anything else i will let you know.

Rebekah - posted on 01/02/2009

11

6

3

If she is willing to eat it from your plate and is grabbing for it ....give it to her. There is nothing that says that you have to feed from a bottle. The only ones benefiting from a bottle of baby food is the company that made it. If you are eating healthy food and your baby wants it let her eat it. My baby and my now 11 yr old didn't do bottled food. I would do small amounts of what was on my plate. Meat obviously got "pre-chewed" but everything else was "smoosh-able" in thier mouths.
I wouldn't suggest forcing her to eat but if she is showing by grabbing it from your plate or making motions to I would say she is ready to try it.
Food fights suck. Have fun with her, she sounds like a great and spirited young lady.

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms