Need lunch ideas please

Shayla - posted on 05/12/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My 9-1/2 month old son hasn't been feeling well and hasn't been eating well. He is also teething. 2 bottom ones only so far, but others any day now, I'm sure. I'm out of ideas of what to give him after his lunch bottle. I have to feed him more solids, according to the doctor, but he is just so disinterested. He is not good at chewing and tends to choke. I have tried grated cheese, bits of bread/toast with cream cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese, avocado, yogurt cheese, etc. We tend to give meat and vegees at dinner, but even those are hard to get into him lately.

Any great suggestions? I know this will pass (or at least I hope it will), but I'm really pulling my hair out trying to get him to eat. It's so frustrating.

Help is appreciated!

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Monica - posted on 05/19/2010

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I was told by my doctor not to start them on eggs or whole milk til they turned 1 just for the reason of allergies can happen. My daughter has her bottles eats about a half a jar of baby food or yogurt and then finger foods. She only has 4 teeth in her mouth but she does well with most things. And make sure you wash off the fruit before you give it to them sometimes people forget to wash the fruit and all the kids are reacting to is the pestisides they spray on the fruit. That was my case when I was younger once my mom washed the strawberries I was fine and could eat them. The doctor told her to wash then freeze then wash the strawberries off again and everything was good after that. But then sometimes kids have allergies to some foods. Kids will go through their stages where they don't want anything or they just want one type of food. That was my 4 year old he just wanted chicken nuggets all the time. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner all he wanted to eat was Chicken nuggets, I thought he was going to turn into a nugget but the doctor told me that kids will do that and as long as he was eating and I gave him his vitamins and his milk then he will grow out of it and he did. Some do and some don't. Good luck and best of wishes hoped that I helped.

Andrea - posted on 05/19/2010

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My son is getting his top teeth in too. I have given him an ice cube in the teether net to numb his gums or oragel..just a little. He tends to eat more when his mouth isn't hurting. I also gave him frozen blueberries this am and he loved them.

Sally - posted on 05/18/2010

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My daughter is 10 months old and her favourite meal is tuna and corn pasta which is made with a very simple white sauce (butter, flour and milk and nutmeg). She loves rice cooked in milk with mashed fruit through it instead of sugar too. Tricky sometimes though isn't it! They change all the time...my daughter seems to like flavours like basil, garlic, parsley and things like that added to things - just like her mum! hehe

Suzi - posted on 05/18/2010

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My little girl doesn't eat much (variety wise) she likes her yoghurt and fruit, not so keen on veggies. Rice crackers are a hit and mostly water (she'll have a little bit of cows milk or diluted apple juice, just to start introducing the tastes to her) I wish i could get some veggies and stuff into her and I also keep running out of ideas that she will eat. I'm not worried though because her nutrition is still primarily from her milk (BF) and food is just for experience and to get them into a habit of having meal times. feed them anything they like just to help top them up.

Shaza - posted on 05/18/2010

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my baby eats everything... so far she has eaten rice with soup, chicken pieces, cooked veggies, pasta pieces. my daughter has almost 8 teeth so i guess that changes her appetite too

now she wants to grab her food and eat them so i give her finger foods in her plate while i am feeding her from another bowl.



try to cook veggies(carrots potatoes squash) and mash also pureed apples - those were the first solids i gave my baby

Liz - posted on 05/18/2010

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My 10 month old son is eating 3 solid (8 ounce) meals a day. I make all my own meals. He has mashed stewed fruit with muslie or weetabix for breakfast and for lunch and dinner I have a rotating menu of six varieties which I do a bulk cook up every couple of weeks and freeze into meal portions.
I just make sure each meal is balanced with vegetables, protein and carbs.
My menu is: Minced Turkey with mashed potato and zucchini
Beef bolognaise with diced veges and baby pasta
Chicken noodle soup
Minced Lamb with mashed potato, peas and rice
Pureed Tuna with mashed potato and corn
Minced Beef with mashed pumpkin and broccoli
He also has wedges of fruit, cheese fingers, baby rice cakes, toast fingers and yogurt as snacks. I have been told that I am lucky to have a baby who likes his food, but do perservere because he didnt take to everything on the first go.

Shayla - posted on 05/18/2010

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Thanks again everyone. Now I have to be careful with eggs. He has definitely shown an allergy to egg whites. So, it's yolks only for a while. We'll try again in a few months. Oh, and raspberries/strawberries are also making him break out. If anyone has any good pancake recipes that are egg-free, I'd appreciate it. Thanks.

Sandi - posted on 05/18/2010

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my son love hard boiled eggs or eggs over hard. try giving the yolk, since the whites are a little "chewy". frech toast is good, pancakes, waffles. if you just want to get food im him, there is banana custard pudding. good luck

Shayla - posted on 05/13/2010

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Thanks for the suggestions everyone. My doctor actually says his main nutrition is still the bottle, with solids gradually being added more and more to fill him up.
As for feeding him, he mainly won't have that either. Swats my hand away, no matter what I'm feeding. Today was a bit better - actually took baby cereal with pureed fruit this morning, plus some cheerios. Lunch was almost nil, and I tried yolk only french toast. Mildly interested, then not. Dinner was homemade chicken soup with tiny bit of chicken cut up, mashed parsnip and carrot. That he loved. At least it's something. He also loves baby peas. And, he ate about 10 cut up grapes with no skins for dessert. So, maybe the worst is over, but it seems at least one meal every day is really, really bad. Now also, we're starting to see some food allergies emerging. This is my worst nightmare... sigh.

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While he's teething I think it's fine to give pureed food to them. My son just finished teething and all he wanted was for me to feed him pureed food. Also just thought I'd mention that at this age I've been told they should have solids before bottle. Otherwise he will be full up from the bottle and not interested in solids.

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I usually give my little girl a jar of baby food followed by some type of finger foods. She loves cheese, maderian oranges, cut up apple, cut up turkey,cheerioes, veggies puffs from baby isle, yogurt drops, etc. Anything that can be cut up really small.

Janet - posted on 05/12/2010

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you could try french toast, with just the yolks till one year. I even mash yolk with milk and she loves it. I'm going to try a homemade (super easy) pancake recipe and add fruit and minus the sugar and use whole wheat flour! Bits of fresh fruit or blend it up if he's not a great chewer. Today my daughter had Peas, mashed up, sweet potatoe with turkey (jarred baby food) and pieces of really ripe cantalope for lunch!

Bethany - posted on 05/12/2010

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My little girl loves finger foods. Some of her favorites are bananas, roasted sweet potatoes, cooked carrots, green beans, and peas. I haven't honestly found anything she won't eat. I'm having the opposite happen to me where my daughter is not interested in her bottle much.

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