Eating real food...

Amanda - posted on 04/30/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Hi there- I have a 9 month old son who is all of a sudden refusing to eat baby food, and only wants to eat the veggies and table food that we eat (within limitations, of course). Is anyone else having this issue? I am now steaming squash, potatoes, and many other veggies and he loves chicken but I feel that I am at a standstill when it comes to variety. Does anyone out there have any "recipes" that their kids this age just are loving to eat? Is it too early for him to be feeding himself green beans, pears and other soft things? Whole grain pasta?
Thanks for the advice!

Amanda

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Natalie - posted on 05/03/2009

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I am in the same situation. My baby boy Zen, now 10 months has been eating table foods for a few weeks now. He will eat just about anything, as long as he can mush it in his mouth. he knows what he can handle and he even has no teeth yet. It is perfectly fine if your baby is done with baby food. It is cheaper and easier. He is my 3rd boy and I wish my other boys wanted table foods this early. Do not be afraid(if he is ready)to try a lot of different foods, just as long as he stays away(for now)from food the Doctor advises, like: Peanut butter, honey, egg yolks, Certain fruits(exotic berries etc.) and certain fish etc. Some basic foods I give my baby(and he is perfectly healthy)are: mac and cheese(whole grain is fine), reg. applesauce, reg. bananas, pears are great, spaghetti, any small soft veggies(green beans, peas, corn, squash, carrots, all cooked of course), breads, crackers, cookies, cereals, rice, and other beans. I hope this helps you.? Just remember as long as it's small, soft or can mush and they are not at risk for allergies, have fun introducing new foods to your babies diet.

Amanda - posted on 05/02/2009

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Thanks so much for all of your input! The homemade french fries were a hit and we are going to try some of the other suggestions.

I know that my pediatrician like so many others have said no to eggs until 12 months...anyone out there giving their baby eggs at this stage? My mom-in-law is also seriously pushing mac and cheese which I am a little hesitant about because of the cheese factor. Are any of your babies eating dairy?

Bethany - posted on 05/01/2009

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Quoting Lainie:



Quoting Bethany:

We are sort of in the same boat...he still likes cereal and fruit but won't eat veggies (used to eat them fine) or meat (never really took to them). There are lots of real foods that he eats but I tend to stick to the cereal and fruit because he doesn't seem to eat much of the real food...I do feel guilty that he's hardly had a veggie in (dare I say it?) months...when I try cubed veggies he will eat maybe 6 pieces total...doesn't seem like enough???

We did give him potato scallop the other day and he seemed to really like it...maybe your little one would like that, too? And grilled cheese sandwiches (at the restaurant today they actually coated his grilled cheese in garlic spread and he ate it right up) When I grill them at home I don't butter the bread and it still toasted fine in the pan. He has also eaten whole pears and apples- I just peel a little bit- leaving most of it still covered so he can hold it- it's the cutest thing to watch!

I'm interested to see everyone's ideas...





I would think a little veggie is still better than nothing.






Have you tried just mixing veggies in with foods he likes, like his fruit and cereal? That's what I did when my daughter didn't like certain foods. Now she loves them and eats them on their own.





Yes- I have tried that...I can get about one baby spoonful into a whole cup of applesauce and he won't notice...any more than that and he's on to me!  :~) 



 



I made homemade pizza pockets today and he love them (I just used biscuit dough and filled it with tomato sauce and hamburger and cheese) I let him eat off of mine because I don't handle messes very well :~D

Rachael - posted on 05/01/2009

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I'm not having the same issue, but I feed my daughter more table food than baby food. I just cut everything into bite size pieces and she feeds herself. She eats waffles with no syrup, wheat toast, scrambled eggs, pasta...basically anything. I just don't feed her anything with sugar in it. Also try the gerber graduates pasta pick-ups. They say for toddlers but i just cut them up in quarters and she feeds herself. Gerber also has diced fruits that are really good too.

Hayley - posted on 05/01/2009

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Just a quick reply for now but Grace loves

Cauliflower cheese: steam some cauilflower florets, make a white sauce, add mild cheddar to taste, pour over the cauliflower and bake in an oven until golden.



Also, do you have packets of baby rice? Cook a portion or 2 in baby stock as per the instructions, add some mild cheese (cheddar or similar) and some cooked courgette (zucchini?) and mix all together - baby risotto!!



What about spaghetti bolognaise? chope the spaghetti into small manageable pieces and make a lovely sauce, you can use turkey mince (i don't like beef) and its lovely!



Jacket potatoes, (bake a potato until cooked through and fluffy) scoop out the middle and add some grated cheese and do you have baked beans in tomato sauce? mix all together - this is one of Grace's favourites!!



Do you have fish fingers (cod fillet coated in bread crumbs?) Grace has this cut into very small pieces and she loves feeding them to herself.



For snacks she loves toast, fruit and rice cakes.



hope this helps and when i have more time i'll jot some more down :)

Ldoo - posted on 05/01/2009

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Quoting Bethany:

We are sort of in the same boat...he still likes cereal and fruit but won't eat veggies (used to eat them fine) or meat (never really took to them). There are lots of real foods that he eats but I tend to stick to the cereal and fruit because he doesn't seem to eat much of the real food...I do feel guilty that he's hardly had a veggie in (dare I say it?) months...when I try cubed veggies he will eat maybe 6 pieces total...doesn't seem like enough???

We did give him potato scallop the other day and he seemed to really like it...maybe your little one would like that, too? And grilled cheese sandwiches (at the restaurant today they actually coated his grilled cheese in garlic spread and he ate it right up) When I grill them at home I don't butter the bread and it still toasted fine in the pan. He has also eaten whole pears and apples- I just peel a little bit- leaving most of it still covered so he can hold it- it's the cutest thing to watch!

I'm interested to see everyone's ideas...


I would think a little veggie is still better than nothing.



Have you tried just mixing veggies in with foods he likes, like his fruit and cereal? That's what I did when my daughter didn't like certain foods. Now she loves them and eats them on their own.

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My little one is 9months and has been eating the same food as us since about 7months, we just put a little bowl of what we have for dinner aside and mash it with a fork, he loves it.. especially cod, mash (with carrot and sweed) and peas. He also loves scrambled egg with beans (sometimes beans and sausages). Wholegrain Pasta with Cheese sauce (maybe a bit of tuna). Breakfasts he has wheet-a-bix or porridge. but finger foods I'd suggest fresh carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, apple sticks, banana. We give him simple things but more of it, because then he'll learn not to expect everything with flavour.

I was recently looking at the ingredients of the jars in the baby department and I looked at the ingredients in the Tuna and Sweetcorn sandwich filler (which had mayo in) and the Tuna and Sweetcorn was much better for anyone including a baby, They add all sorts into them jars. So ever since then I've been more determined to make more food that we eat as it's more healthier, I'll only give him biscuits at the moment to have as finger food, as he still is in the habit of waving his arms around and gets thrown on the floor even if he doesn't want it.

Hope this helps.. sorry for the essay

Bethany - posted on 04/30/2009

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We are sort of in the same boat...he still likes cereal and fruit but won't eat veggies (used to eat them fine) or meat (never really took to them). There are lots of real foods that he eats but I tend to stick to the cereal and fruit because he doesn't seem to eat much of the real food...I do feel guilty that he's hardly had a veggie in (dare I say it?) months...when I try cubed veggies he will eat maybe 6 pieces total...doesn't seem like enough???

We did give him potato scallop the other day and he seemed to really like it...maybe your little one would like that, too? And grilled cheese sandwiches (at the restaurant today they actually coated his grilled cheese in garlic spread and he ate it right up) When I grill them at home I don't butter the bread and it still toasted fine in the pan. He has also eaten whole pears and apples- I just peel a little bit- leaving most of it still covered so he can hold it- it's the cutest thing to watch!

I'm interested to see everyone's ideas...

Alycia - posted on 04/30/2009

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Luckily I enjoy bland meats so I can cook something for my son and myself in one dish. I make him turkey and chicken and recently ground beef. I make everything including veggies into small soft chunks and let him feed himself with fingers or attempt to use a utensil until he seems to want me to feed him. He loves to eat grated cheese or pieces of banana or soft boiled apple pieces. I also make him mini shell pasta and they are the perfect size to chew or swallow safely and he loves those too soemtimes I grate the cheese into the dish of pasta and again he eats that on his own too. I felt like there was not a lot of stuff I could give him to eat but they can eat lots of stuff within reason! Good Luck and have fun :D

Ldoo - posted on 04/30/2009

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Definitely not too early for him to feed himself. My 9-month-old loves that! And I've been putting seasonings in her food, although she'll eat bland stuff, too.

Kayla - posted on 04/30/2009

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Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

Cut potato into wedges. Coat (a thin coat)potatoes with olive oil and place on a baking sheet.

Bake for 45 minutes in preheated oven.



this is his favorite....... you can add spices if you want.... i got this from the internet.

Amanda - posted on 04/30/2009

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Homemade french fries? That sounds yummy....how do you fix them?
Thanks for the input!

Kayla - posted on 04/30/2009

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im having the same issue here. if it taste plain, he wont eat it. so i have been sharing everything that I eat. Its a much happier household this way- I dont feel like fighting and the last thing I want is for him to hate eating. He has no teeth yet- but that doesn't stop him from chewing up the food. he will only eat it if its in chunks now. no mashed food. This week he is starting to get really picky with finger foods. He likes all fruit like bananas and anything else he can pick up in his tiny fingers. His favorite right now is homemade french fries and carrots cooked really soft.

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