All moms who make their baby's foods! Introducing meats

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It seems I've had a lot of questions lately...

My daughter will be 9 months tomorrow! Has anyone had success with introducing meats to your baby's diet? When she turned 7 months I tried lamb and turkey, and she shuddered, cringed, whined, cried and spit it out! I make all of her food, so I was concerned that she was already not liking my cooking (lol!) so I bought a jar of baby food, turkey dinner. To me it smelled like cat food, and she hated it more than my food! Thank goodness! But I would like to boost the protein in her diet.

Anyone got any tips?

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Claire - posted on 07/20/2010

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my son is 8 1/2 months and enjoys a chicken dinner, chicken is great because you can blend it in to a meal and they wont really taste it but still get the goodness from it, my son also enjoys spaghetti blognese which has minced beef in it, all children are trial and error keep trying she'll get there :) xx

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I make my food for my daughter too. Although i have found she doesnt particulaly like the texture of minced meats is all. She prefers chicken over other meats. Try using mushrooms, chickpeas & lentils in her diet these are all packed full of nutrition too.

Mandy - posted on 07/18/2010

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I also have a 9 month old and have been making all of his baby food at home. I have introduced chicken and turkey breast to my son and he ate it, but wasn't as crazy about it as he is most other fruits and veggies. I slow cook the meat in the crock pot for 4-5 hours to make it really tender and then puree it with veggies...try something sweet (like sweet potatoes or butternut squash). I also give him pureed chickpeas, split peas, and tofu. Now that he's bigger I give him finger food size pieces of egg white and tofu (these foods are really high in Protein). I also write a blog about homemade baby food. It may give you some more ideas. Check it out at www.mushbabyfood.blogspot.com

Hope this helps.

Donielle - posted on 07/18/2010

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I give Keira egg yolks boiled and mashed or scrambled for some protein. I haven't tried any meats yet, but plan to introduce beef and chicken here soon. Like the other ladies said, I'd just wait a bit and try, try again. I'm sure she'll eventually like some meats.

Fiona - posted on 07/18/2010

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I mix meats with vegetables and do a quick puree so it's mushy but not smooth. I haven't tried meats on their own really. She has been having meats in her food from 6 months, I give it to her in her lunch meals. :)

Coley - posted on 07/17/2010

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Make sure the chicken is really soft, and cut it against the grain so when they gum/chew it falls apart more easily. To test it before giving it to my 9 month old, I squish/roll one of the cut up pieces between my finger and thumb to see if it falls apart quickly. I put chicken into my son's other foods, either as a dish (like chopped up casserole) or mix finely chopped baked chicken breast into oatmeal with fruit. I haven't met any babies who like plain unseasoned dry meat, so its not something to worry about, just slip it into other foods a little at a time.

Joanna - posted on 07/17/2010

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I mix shredded chicken with sweet potatoes. Sometimes I have to add apple or white grape juice instead of water to get him to eat it. We had peas and chicken with white grape juice the other day. Just a tip. Try the juice instead of water.

Laura - posted on 07/17/2010

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If she doesn't like it, give it some time and try again. She is getting the nutrients she needs from formula. It takes at least 10 tries for a child to learn to like something.

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We're still nursing. I haven't tried "finger food" meats, she still has NO TEETH!!! I just braised the ground turkey and pureed it. Do you think she can handle gumming chicken?

Melissa - posted on 07/16/2010

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Good for you for making all of her food! I do the same with my little girl. How did you prepare the meats? Mine loves baked chicken pieces that she can pick up and eat as finger foods. Also, is she breast or bottle fed?

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