eating "real" food

Norma - posted on 07/25/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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i can't for the life of me get my 18 month old to eat a fruit or a veggie if its not pureed!! i know she can chew because she eats toast, pancakes, crackers, chicken, steak, spare ribs, fish- but a fruit or a veggie- forget it!

she also doesn't like pasta or pizza or potatos (french fries)- the pizza and the fries i don't care about so much- but the pasta is since we eat a lot of it!

any suggestions would be great (and i've tried to keep offering and she'll just eat the meat on the plate but not the veggies- sometimes the veggies end up on the floor)- i feel like i'm wasting food! eventually she has to eat right??

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Melissa - posted on 08/03/2010

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my dr just told me to completely take away all pureed food and just give him the "normal" people food. i have a hard time getting my son to eat normal food. he doesnt like most vegetables or even pieces of fruit. so good luck. i need some as well.

Marissa - posted on 07/27/2010

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I have heard that if you keep increasing the texture of baby's foods that they will eventually get used to the chunks. Say, for instance, take carrots and puree them real fine on day one, then less smooth, then more chunks, and so on. Babies at this age can be very finicky about textures. Good luck!

Colleen - posted on 07/26/2010

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My 18 month old has trouble with some veggies like Kale and spinach so I sneak it into a smoothie mixed with banana and blueberries. Another trick is to make Popsicle's made with fruit and sneak in Kale or spinach or even avocado. As for other veggies like broccoli, cauliflower. avocado and I have no problem, she eats it everyday. I try to give her veggies everyday eventually she eats them. Today after months of protest she ate her first green bean=) I bet the next time she'll throw them at me, that's how it usually goes. Good Luck

Bronwyn - posted on 07/26/2010

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I wish that I could help you, but I am actually in the same boat with my son. The difference is that he will eat whole peas, pieces of carrot etc if it is mixed in with things like rice, or mashed potatoe. He will not eat the vegetables if I give it to him on its own. I think the best we can do is to be persistant - a friend of mines son only starting eating unpureed vegetables at age 5. Each time I struggle I just remind myself that he is still young, and will probably come around in time. Hope this helps.

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