What's your 14 month old eating?

Patricia - posted on 12/03/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My son has baby food along with an 8 oz bottle every other feeding. The in between feeding is just an 8 oz bottle. He likes to try what my husband and I eat, but how can I transition him over to table food? What should his meals be including now? My son also drinks Enfamil powdered soy milk since he is allergic to cow's milk.. when/how can I transition him to liquid adult soy milk and how much?

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Even if your kid is an "unhealthy" or picky eater, there are ways to hide nutritious foods. My daughter is picky with textures - even foods she normally likes she'll spit out if cooked differently sometimes. So I use ground lean turkey or extra lean ground beef and form it into "sausages" or patties and bake them in the oven. But first I load the mix with pureed spinach, peppers, apple, carrot, or whatever else is in my veggie crisper, and instead of breadcrumbs for bulk, I use ground flax seed, wheat germ, or bran. Then, if it's all she eats on her plate, I know she's still gotten veggies, fibre and protein. You can puree cauliflower, creamed corn and pear and hide it in macaroni "cheese" sauce, or beets and blueberries in tomato sauce for pasta. I have also found that a lot of foods can be hidden in a mixture of plain yogurt and baby cereal (rice or multigrain) to mask the tastes. Applesauce or pureed pear compliments turkey and pork well and you can easily hide them in a bowl of it. I give Heidi a taste of everything we eat, unless it's got raw egg in it, caffeine or too much sugar (like Coke or something), and she has never had juice. She has 2 bottles of milk a day (about 6 oz each - she hates it from a sippy cup for some reason), and three meals.

Gisele - posted on 12/09/2010

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My son is 15 months old and he started eating our food several months ago when he started to chew. I give him very healthy meals lunch and dinner. He loves chicken, salmon, potatoes, and rice. Although he doesn't like everything I tried to add some other food on his spoon, for instance I will put a piece of tofu with some rice at the same spoon and then he eats. He eat lots of fruits everyday, after breakfast, after lunch, afternoon snacks and after dinner. I don't give him any juice with sugar only water, and fresh squeezed orange juice or watermelon juice (he loves it!). I sometimes give him some Crystal Light Lemonade mixed 50% water 50% of the ready juice.
Your son should def start to eat adults food! It is much more fun for him... Good luck!

Sabra - posted on 12/03/2010

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My daughter gets 100% real fruit juice mixed with half water half juice, homogenized milk and water to drink. I try to stay away from real acidic juices like apple juice and orange juice though because they upset her stomach. She was getting one bottle of formula a night until about a week ago when she started to sleep through the night (YAY) but now she gets all of her other drinks in either a sippy cup or a cup with a straw. I gave her the cup as soon as i started to give her other things to drink. I figured if she knows that juice always comes in a cup i wont have to wean her of the bottle later.

Karen - posted on 12/03/2010

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my son also eats whatever we eat and has since about 8 months. for milk he has 8ozs in the morning and about 5ozs in the evening. in between he just drinks water (all cups, he's been off the bottle since 11 months) his meals really should be able to include everything except nuts and seafood for a little longer. i started out with cubes of sweet potatoe to introduce gage to real food. he could pick it up and it was soft enough to mush on his own. cut up steamed veggies are also good and really tiny pieces of meat (i found chicken best to start with because it's not too tough to chew). gerber puffs are a great snack for learning to eat "real food" too.

now my friend's baby was on soy milk and her dr told her to switch him as if it was real milk...so at 1 yr she switched him onto the milk from the formula, but like sabra said, you may want to consult your dr on that one to make sure there's no other vitamins that may need to be taken along with it. and as for how much, they say between 14 and 24ozs of milk. more then that can lead to anemia (those are the guidelines my pedi gave me anyways)

Sabra - posted on 12/03/2010

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My daughter is eating what me and my husband eat. If you make your own baby food start making it with lumps and gradually add more lumps until you are just feeding them normal food. if you don't make your own food then try taking some normal food that is kind of mushy and much it up with a fork or blender to make it easier to eat. I don't know how your son is at chewing but if he hasn't yet picked it up try chewing with your mouth open at meal time. I know it sounds gross but it will be the easiest way for him to understand what is going on inside your mouth.

to switch to normal soy milk try just giving him some of it. if he doesn't like it, it could be because its cold so try heating it up a little bit. I don't really know anything about soy formula but I know that soy milk doesn't have the fat content that they need so you might want to talk to your doctor about taking him off the formula.

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Krista - posted on 12/15/2010

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My son was born 9/1/09, he was on sensitive formula until about a month ago, he decided he didnt want it anymore, has been on a sippy cup since about 7 months, since his teeth were coming in so fast the sippy cup end made it easier. My son eats mini waffles, bananas, mac and cheese, carrots, corn, any kind of bread, spaghetti, noodles, he will not eat meat, sucks on a piece and then takes it out of his mouth. He drinks sugar free chocolate milk, gatorade, water, sugar free apple juice. Snacks on chips, animal crackers, banana puffs, veggie crackers and fruit roll ups.

Robin - posted on 12/15/2010

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My son never would eat purreed food. Only the more solid stuff. He eats anything and everything. The kid has a hollow leg. Thank god he loves his peas, and green beans, actually anything green, and best of all, pasta:)

Rochelle - posted on 12/15/2010

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My DD (6 Sep 2009) has never had baby mush of any kind... We do Baby Led Weaning http://babyledweaning.com/



She eats some of whatever I am eating. Sometimes she likes things in bite size pieces she can pop straight in & other times she wants it whole to bite off. She loves to munch into a whole cucumber/tomato/pear/apple/etc. Avocado is also a big fav & lunch is often Avo on bread with other bits on the side (sticks cucumber, cherry tomatoes, handfull sultanas/gogi berries/blueberries, etc).

We're Vegan & high RAW & I try to avoid processed "foods".

Coconut milk from fresh young coconuts is a great milk substitute! & they are pretty easy to get into... I cut into them with a knife to get to the shell & then knock the shell with a small hammer a few times until the shell cracks... yummmm :)



She also breastfeeds on demand... usually 2-3 big feeds & a bunch of snacks or comfort feeds.

Tessa - posted on 12/15/2010

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My son has been eating what my husband and I eat since about 8 months. We did the nasty, bland baby cereal for about a week. He did not like it! LOL! Our doctor said to give it to him for about a month or so but I didn't. So the first food I ever made him was purred sweet potatoes mixed with breast milk when he was around 6.5 months. I have never bought baby food because I always thought it was important to expand their pallets from an early age. Babies remember those flavors! My son now eats EVERYTHING! He loves, lunch meat (I buy organic without nitrates or any other of that nasty stuff), berries of any kind, eggs, garlic bread, pasta, pretty much any veggie...the list goes on. The only thing he doesn't really like is milk. So I give him water throughout the day, never juice. I still nurse him a couple times a day too. FYI, he is 15 months.

I thought it would be much harder then it was to switch him from baby food to table food but actually it was pretty easy. I would suggest doing it as soon as possible, though. You don't want him to be eating baby food for much longer. I think the longer you wait the harder it will be to transition him. If he acts like he wants the food you and your husband eat just give him some. Good luck!

On the nights I don't cook or if I think he'll have a hard time eating what we eat I always make him a scrambled egg. He loves them! I give him some kind of fruit or veggie with it too.

Lacey - posted on 12/14/2010

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My son eats everything. He has a slight intolerance to dairy so he mainly gets fruit and steamed vegetables. Also I find that coconut milk is a great alternative to dairy. He drinks it up! Hes been drinking out a sippy cup for about 5 months. He always wants whatever were having and he transitioned to table food immediately because he didn't like baby food very much. He loves blueberries and any other kind of fruit. He also is really enjoying broccoli right now and most other vegetables. I find that if i put a few different options infront of him he'll pick which ever one his little body is in need of. I started with bananas and little pieces of cantaloupe mixed into his rice cereal and from there gradually just started putting small chunks of fruit and veggies on his plate. He's not big on meats yet but he loves spaghetti. He always wants to try everything that he can but can definately eat his weight in fruit.

Caren - posted on 12/13/2010

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my 14 month old eats what ever we eat, and if he doesn't like it or has a hard time with it we always use the good old trusty yogurt to top him off. He's been off formula since 10months old and drinks regular homo milk once or twice a day.

Susan - posted on 12/13/2010

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My daughter (9/25/09) loves her sippy cups! We took her off bottles starting at 11 months and was on sippies by her birthday (except her daddy kept "forgetting" and would give her bottles at night; whatever). Her fave sippies are the disposable ones with characters on them. She's 90% in height and weight and has never taken Rx meds. We have her on Enfagrow 2 or Good Start 2 (these come in soy also) along with supplimental liquid vitamins that we mix into her 1st 6 oz morning milk cup (16-20 ozs milk daily). She gets 2 sippy cups of "juice water" daily (1 part juice to 4 parts water = 4 ozs juice & 16 ozs water daily). This cuts the sweetness and calories. Also, we still use flouridated baby water. She currently has 8 teeth through and is cutting 2 molars. We still give her stage 3 baby food at times to make sure she's getting her veggies and protein if we can't succeed any other way. We still make sure all foods are easy to chew with just her front teeth and tongue. Sometimes that means cooking a little longer or mashing up more. Like many of you we give her table food, but we make sure to give her gas drops especially on new foods or foods that cause gas. Recently, she's become quite independent about her eating and insists upon feeding herself. So we started making small biscuit pouches with pureed foods; they're working very well right now. Also you can flatten breads or use whole wheat lasagna noodles to TIGHTLY roll up mashed foods and then cut the rolls in small circles (Hint: Once you've cut the roll, you can make the cirlces into other shapes as well. If you can, bake or flash sear the circles after you cut them to keep them together better.)



Have you tried goats milk? It's partially digested already (like formula) and can be a bridge to help desensitize your baby to cows milk. Hope this helps. Merry Christmas to all you mommies!!!

Jennifer Ann Saunders - posted on 12/13/2010

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H eats what we eat for the most part. He gets milk and water throughout the day, but we always have a sippy cup of milk when he is eating.

He eats a banana and some bread (loves raisin bread) for breakfast.
He gets a veggie, a starch, a meat, and a fruit for lunch and dinner.

They don't need juice. Fresh fruit is much better. It takes a ton of apples to make one cup of juice, and you wouldn't want them to eat a ton of apples! LOL.

For the veggie - I do a lot of steamed frozen or fresh veggies. For the starch - pasta or potatoes. For the meat - a lot of chicken and pork. We used to make all of his baby food (pureed food) and now he just eats it all whole. Loves to feed himself.

Good luck! For all of you mom's having trouble with veggies, Yo Baby makes a 3 in 1 yogurt that has a serving of fruit, a serving of vegetable, and a serving of dairy. My son loves them!

Good luck!!!

User - posted on 12/11/2010

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My 14 month old has been eating solid food (table food) since before she was a year old. Just try small portions at first but enough to fill him up. As for the milk all my kids were a year old when the went straight from formula to milk. I don't know how sever your son's allergy to milk is but my oldest was on soy milk when on formula, but was fine with cows milk after a yr. But you should be able to just go straight from one to the other.

Jahna - posted on 12/11/2010

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My daughter eats everything that we eat, I started doing this as soon as she had her four front teeth, she is even feeding herself all of her dinner now. She has veges or pasta everynight with either steak, lamb or chicken. She LOVES her food :)

Aimee - posted on 12/10/2010

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My daughter was born 09/9/09 and she eats what we eat. Usually at breakfast she has fruit or cereal aith a glass of milk, lunch she has a banana and yoghurt and a sandwich of some sort with water and at tea she has whatever we have an has some more milk, sometimes out of a sippy cup and sometimes out of a normal cup. She eats raisins, cheese, fruit and rice crackers etc during the day as snacks. I don't give her juice she only has water and milk, she drinks loads of water and I have always been worried she will only want juice instead of water if I give it to her. She has not long been off formula because she took awhile to get used to cows milk but now she loves it.

Kellie - posted on 12/09/2010

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Well it looks like I've got the typical unhealthy eater. It's like he know exactly what's healthy and not. My son has barely ever eaten a vegetable in his whole life...spits them out or cries as soon as I force them in. I tried just putting them on his tray but that doesn't work either. So my son's diet consists of...

-for breakfast either cereal with milk, waffle with peanut butter, bagel with cream cheese, english muffin. he has milk mixed with ovaltine for breakfast. he won't drink plain milk.

-he snacks on some cereal bars and fruit in the early afternoon

-for lunch he'll have either a grilled cheese, pb and j, macaroni and cheese, pizza (pretty much a carb fest because he'll starve otherwise) he drinks an extremely watered down apple juice with his snack and lunch

-when he wakes up from his nap he'll have some yo baby yogurt with puffs. he'll only eat yogurt if the puff is on top...funny guy.

-he'll snack on goldfish, teddy grahams, pirate booty during the late afternoon hours

-for dinner he'll have anything from this list, mashed potatoes, pasta, pizza, etc. he has chocolate milk with dinner as well.



My son will not eat meat. I don't know if he's too lazy to chew it but as soon as you give it to him he bursts into tears. He still only has 4 teeth...I don't know if that's the problem either. So I pretty much have the picky, unhealthy child on my hands. Wish there was something I could do but unfortunately that's the way he is for now. I'm going to talk to my pedi next week about vitamins or maybe some pedia sure. He needs more nutrition in his diet.

As far as the bottles go, I just took them away one a week and that was when he was 11 months.

Noreen - posted on 12/09/2010

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My daughter's eating routine looks a lot like this:

6am- Nurse for 30mins or so, back to sleep
8am- Bowl of oatmeal
10am- sometimes a nursing session
12ishpm- 4oz of veggies (I make her own food so it can be anywhere from pumpkin banana mix to sweet potato's)
around 2ish- Nurse then nap
4ish- Nurse then half a banana or some cheerio's with crasin's depends on what we have and what mood she's in
6ish- Dinner tonight she had a bean burrito and some green beans.
730/8ish- Nurse then bed
2isham- Nurse

She is also severely allergic to any diary and eggs, so she is on a strict no diary or eggs diet. It makes it a little difficult to feed her when most things have diary in them. I make her "baby" food so it can be as chunky as we'd like. She LOVES spaghetti squash (It looks like spaghetti) along with other foods. Right now she is in a pumpkin/banana mix phase along with black beans.

If you don't mind me asking, what happens when he has milk?? Abby immediately throws up with in minutes of having milk or diary products and breaks out in a bad rash. If she has something that has small traces of milk in it, she breaks out in a rash all over. Eggs give her hives!

Patricia - posted on 12/03/2010

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Well thank you both for all the help! I'm gonna have to share with my husband and make this happen... Thank you thank you!

Patricia - posted on 12/03/2010

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Your reply was very helpful! He can chew, with no problem. What do you give your daughter to drink with you while she eats? Does she have any bottles?

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