1 year old wont eat food. Help!

Amy - posted on 08/13/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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He just turned 1 a couple weeks ago. He's still on the bottle and wont eat baby food; never would. He'll only eat crackers, pretzels and animal crackers. What do I do???

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Janet - posted on 08/13/2010

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Give him what you're eating, when you're eating. I find my 13 mo. daughter really doesn't like to eat "alone" so I try to eat the same thing that she is to keep her company. I constantly try new foods with her and have discovered the more spice/flavor the more interested in it she is. Ex. lunch can be steamed broccoli florets, some boneless skinless chicken with bbq sauce and pieces of a whole wheat wrap then some fruit for dessert. good luck and with lots of encouragement and trial and error he will eat. My daughter still gets 3 bottles a day too, she'll use a sippy, but won't get enough out of it to drop her bottles altogether and we're fine with that. I'm sure we'll eliminate the mid-afternoon bottle soon though.

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User - posted on 09/14/2010

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my one yr old is offered only what we eat. He puts it in his mouth, mixes it around then spit it out. We give him baby food at the end of the meal to make sure he's getting something in his tummy. He's not really choking, he just swallowed the food and realized that he doesn't swallow, so he tries to regurgitate it. The only thing he'll eat (solids) are goldfish, cereal, and animal crackers. His older bro was opposite. Couldn't shovel food in his mouth fast enough.so we are just continuing to try and eventually he'll get it.

Allison - posted on 08/23/2010

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My girls were like that, really fussy. My now 3 year old Daughter would only eat organic baby food when she was a baby and she is still fussy with anything she eats. My eldest daughter now eats pretty much everything and she's 7. My 1 year old son eats everything, for now, I'm waiting for his fussy stage to kick in, haha.

A few tricks I picked up with the girls was to add tomato sauce or apple sauce to their food because baby food can be so bland and horrible. Food Dye is another thing I used in mashed potato, the colours are fantastic. Making vegetable muffins is another favourite of mine to get them to eat their vegies.

I hope this helps and Good Luck with your little man :)

Rashida - posted on 08/18/2010

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my daughter RIGHT after her first Bday (7/2) all of a sudden stopped eating. She was already off the bottle and formula so I was really worried and went out and got toddler formula. Two weeks later she decided to eat again and has not stopped since! lol Might just be a phase

Anuradha - posted on 08/17/2010

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I really loved all the suggestions put up here. I am a working mom and have help at home. I try doing everything i can for my son who turned 1 on 15th july. Right after his bday he fell sick (fever, cough and cold) ever since then he has stopped eating and would keep the morsel in his mouth no matter what i do he wouldn't gulp. Sometimes i have to put my fingers down his throat for him to gulp. our staple food is rice and he used to eat rice/veggies, fish curry and chicken too but eveyrthing seems to be a waste of time.

He loves eating crackers & cookies, loves the gerber puffs but thats not very healthy everytime. Thankfully he has his formula well, but i also give him one feed of toned milk as my paed asked me to do so. btw is it better i continue formula or toned milk. He has reached his ideal weight for 1 year.

Any tips on baby receipes i can try for my son?

Shandi - posted on 08/15/2010

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Same here except mine wont eat anything but formula! My doc says i need to switch him to milk instead of formula and im scared to do that because he's not getting the nutrition in whole milk thats in his formula. I have tried everything and I dont know what to do!

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only offer him what you want him to eat don't give crackers as an option. if he is hungry he will eat. try weaning him off the bottle too he may be filling up on that. this is an example of what my son eats in a day... 1 scrambled egg, 6oz of whole milk in a sippy and half of a sliced banana for breakfast.... a grilled cheese and 5-6oz milk for lunch....for dinner he eats whatever we are having just cut up and gets another sippy of milk. he has a snack between each meal usually a handful of cooked green beans and 4oz juice or water or maybe a handful of goldfish and a sippy. some days he eats less others he eats more just keep trying and he will get more interested.



I dunno if you let him feed himself mostly but my son won't eat if you feed him (grandma tries to do that) but will finish everything if you let him do it himself :)

Lissy - posted on 08/14/2010

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My son turned 1 on the 24th. He was eating baby food like a champ and we began to feed him what we would eat and he loved it. Now, he only likes snack stuff and not the good stuff. I can get him to eat broccoli and chicken but no fruit or any other veggie. The only thing that he has eaten consistently has been Gerber yogurt. He has been drinking from a sippy cup with a soft top since he was 6 months old. I have weened him from breastfeeding during the day. The only time he wants to breastfeed is at night and that I believe is a comfort thing. He has no problem with whole milk thankfully.

Jodie - posted on 08/14/2010

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My daughter won't eat anything either! She is so picky and has been since we started feeding her food. She will eat yogurt and fruits but no veggies or meats. She just screams at meal times! So I start with fruits or veggies, then end with yogurt. She has figured out that if she eats a little of the "BAD" stuff, she will get what she likes. The pediatrician has agreed with my way of getting her to eat as my daughter is underweight and has been since trying to feed her. She is also on older child formula still as it has more calories than milk. She gets every other bottle of milk then formula. This way has kept her up in the 4th percentile for her age/height. Hope this helps!

Nicky - posted on 08/14/2010

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Just a thought, but my 12 month old won't use a sippy cup but he will use a straw, you can but toddler beakers with a rubbish straw, may be worth a try.
also, you can can different baby sauces to add to pasta, they do a chicken curry one and sweet and sour one that my son loves, i've just found he loves melon, raspberrys, and strawberries, maybe worth putting a selection of fruit on his his high chair tray for him to sample. I feel alot of my problem with my first son being so fussy was that i never let him feed himself and left it late to give him sandwiches, this time though my new baby had sandwiches from about 8 months and he loves them and loves feeding himself, i even gave him a fork last night with a carrot on it and he put it straight to his mouth, he did the same with roast potatoes, and sausage to, he loved being able to use the fork himself, i just had to put the food on it, maybe worth trying something like that as it's different for them. i've probably really woffled on there but i'm just trying to thinkl opf things i've done different with my second that seemed to work better for me xx

Amber - posted on 08/13/2010

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Keep introducing new things to him. There were several things that we had to give our daughter up to 10 different times before she finally decided they were worth trying. I've always been very concerned about whether she was eating enough, but at each check up the doctor tells me the same thing...children won't starve themselves, so don't worry so much. Also, if he refuses to eat something you make, try not giving him anything else. I know that sounds awful, but you can't be a short order cook for the better part of his childhood just because he doesn't want to eat what you make. As far as the bottle goes, my little one is going to be 13 months the 21st and we still don't have her off the bottle either. She will drink her whole milk out of a bottle but not out of a cup, so I've still been giving her a bottle. So you aren't alone there. I think taking the bottle away is the hardest transition...even though my daughter doesn't use it as a comfort item, I just want her to get enough milk each day. I would start by taking one bottle a day away until he does ok with a sippy, then gradually take it away more and more as the days pass. I don't know how it will work, I haven't tried either, but it's what everyone has been telling me to do.

Nicky - posted on 08/13/2010

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my first son was a nightmare with eating too, luckily at 4 years old his now really good. at a year old he'd eat things limke fish fingers ans smiley faces, not brilliant foods a know but it was something. he also ate loads of yogurts so that might be worth a try or just give bits of your plate every night till you find something he likes xx

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