A 10 month old who won't eat meat

Lesley - posted on 04/07/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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How do I get my 10 month old to eat meat? I've tried jarred (which he hated). I've also tried giving him what my husband and I are having for dinner (minus seasoning) just cut up into baby bite size pieces (no go), then I tried the pureed version (nope) and even mixed the pureed meat with his favourite veggies...he'll have none of it!! I'm out of ideas and would appreciate any suggestions.

Does anyone else have this taxture problem with their little ones?

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Karen - posted on 04/23/2010

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I"ve never fed my son meat, I just became a vegan this year so I'm giving him beans for protein. He loves black beans and pinto beans. Maybe we aren't supposed to eat meat, at least not that much of it.

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Deborah - posted on 04/26/2010

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Perhaps you could try mashing the veg with a meaty gravy (use the juices from any beef, chicken or lamb you cook and thicken with a bit of flour)

Or maybe a white fish? if you poach it in milk and then flake the fish carefully with your fingers you should be able to get rid of the bones quite easily.

Jamie - posted on 04/25/2010

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My daughter wouldnt eat meat at all so I talked to the doc and she suggested to put more beans in her diet. Its still protien even if it doesnt have as high a content as meat its still better than nothing. She eventually started eating meat,because I would offer it everytime I made it but I wouldnt push it on her. My son Hes 10 months and he eats everything! So I dont have any problems feeding him.

Jessica - posted on 04/24/2010

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I see no point in giving a baby meat, personally. At 10 months, let them be babies. My daughter has baby food (only meat is the apples and chicken) twice a day and a bottle twice a day with gerber snacks in between. She eats off my plate, but not meat. I gave her a tiny bite once and she spit it! She's perfectly healthy without meat. I'm not a big meat eater (only chicken and occasionally pork) either, so it's fine with me!

Brenda - posted on 04/23/2010

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My daughter enjoys sandwich meats. She'll eat slices of chicken or turkey. She loves chicken nuggets too. I have also tried giving her meatballs. She chewed them for a while then spit them out, but at least she tried it! I don't worry about avioding seasoning. As long as it isn't too strong I let her try it. She loved garlic and herb seasoned chicken!

Kate - posted on 04/12/2010

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My daughter was the same way at that age, and now, at age 3, she is still our little rabbit, loving veggies and wanting little to do with meat. When she was a baby I worked on incorporating protein etc in other ways, like through eggs and beans. As she grew I just kept offering a variety of ways of eating meats and eventually she became more adventurous. I wouldn't worry too much about it, yet, and keep a lookout for alternative proteins (even peas have some!). Keep in mind that there are many families out there raising nutritionally sound, healthy vegetarian kids, and if they can offer a balanced diet, it must be possible! :) Good luck.

Chrissy - posted on 04/12/2010

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At 10 months he really doesn't need meat, I asked my daughters doctor about what foods she should be having, and what her feeding schedule should look like to see if I was doing it right :) and she said that the formula/breastmilk (my daughter is on formula) is the main source of nutrition beyond that everything else is just fillers. They should be getting either breastmilk or formula for at least the first year, after that you can start weining him off and substituting milk with formula, but like now my daughter is 10 months and she has beachnut food 3 times a day plus 4 bottles, and like i'll give her mashed potatoes or something off my plate at lunch and diner, but she has never had any meat yet.

Tina - posted on 04/11/2010

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My daughter gags on the meat pieces still so we just avoid them. If your baby is eating fruits and veggie well, I don't think it's a problem but you can always call pediatrician and ask if baby would be missing any major nutritional pieces. Good luck!

Erin - posted on 04/07/2010

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My daughter HATES the jarred meats unless they have the fruit mixed with it (like Ham and Pineapple, or Chicken and Apples, sometimes she'll eat the Sweet Potatoes and Turkey). The sweetness of the fruit overpowers the taste of the meat. If it is the meat with veggies she won't touch it and makes the worst faces. She also eats chicken nuggets. I buy the frozen ones and warm them up and cut them into really tiny pieces. She loves them. I would try those.

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