how do i get my 12 month old to eat solids???
Vicki - posted on 01/11/2010
My son doesn't like to be spoon-fed either. He prefers foods that he can feed himself. He only recently has been eating more than a bite or two, but it is certainly not enough to sustain him without breastfeeding. Offer your son finger foods. He'll be pleased to do it himself. My boy has been using his own spoon lately, and I'm guessing since he can't get much of a spoonful himself, he's more willing to let Mom help, a little. Oh, and he is a BIG fan of the gerber toddler puffs. The veggie dip ones especially. He tries to get them all in his mouth at once, LOL... Too funny.
Betsy - posted on 01/11/2010
Sorry when I replied the 1st time I should have mad a few suggestions on how to get your baby to eat solid foods. Here is what we did. #3 foods puree just a little more than it is so there are "tiny" chunks. one day try the regular #3 foods. Then try banannas cut into little pieces and let them feed themselves. Also cheese was excellent our daughter really went for cheese it seems like my friends kids also loved cheese as a first food. Oh and something that was really fantastic was the Gerber Graduates Puffs. They are so handy and they almost melt instantly in your mouth. They are nice to keep in the diaper bag as a little snack to keep your baby from getting fussy if your out shopping and it's also great to put in front of them on the high chair to keep them occupied before the real food comes. Oh... and they are tasty for Mom too. Hope that helps.
Kristy - posted on 01/11/2010
oh you still breast feding wow go you um i dnt no thats a hard 1 cus my son was botle feed from 6 months
yeah, i want to stop but think he wont be getting enough from the little food he eats. its like he waits for boobies. lol he eats better for his gran if im not there so weird....... we just keep trying, just dont want to breastfeed forever lol......
Betsy - posted on 01/11/2010
My daughter only eats solid foods. she is almost 13 months and has been almost all solid food for about 2 months. No more baby food which is nice and hard to think "on the fly" of what to feed her. I usually have chicken in the ref. and cheese around, I have been buying those little cuties oranges and she loves those for a snack. I buy canned green beans too which is handy for a veggie to go with her chicken. She will eat anything we put in front of her from chicken parm. Spagetti and meatballs. She must have a high metabolizm because she is in the 5-10% on weight. It's funny how some babies just won't eat solids yet but they weight a few more pounds than she does. She is as happy as can be and smiles when she really likes something to eat. I agree the Gerber pick up pastas are nice to have for a back up in case I get lazy and want to give her something substantial. I'm working on her feeding herself with a spoon now. We are expecting a baby boy in 2 months so I need her to be independent at feedings. Were still having a hard time with all sippy. Juice is no prob but she's not a fan of whole milk in a sippy.
Sherry - posted on 01/11/2010
My son is the same way. He won't eat baby food with lumps in it - he will spit the lumps out! I had to go back to the purees for younger babies to make sure he gets enough veg and meat in his diet. It's funny because he will eat peices of pasta, pieces of fruit, baby crackers and snacks, etc. But he will NOT eat meat or veg in pieces, it has to be the puree. I think he might just not like the texture yet. I am also still breastfeeding him because he refuses to drink either formula or whole milk. I have tried making smoothies and mixing it with other things, but he still seems to know and will push it away or spit it out. He does eat yogurt and peices of cheese though. I will be asking my doctor if that gives him enough dairy, because I do want to stop breastfeeding sometime!
Anyway, the moral of the story - I have read that babies of this age can be picky eaters (extremely picky!). I "try" not to worry too much as long as he's getting what he needs. I figure (and hope!) it will just be a matter of time before he gets used to the texture of the meat and veg and I can stop giving him puree.
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