What can I feed my son?

Donna - posted on 03/03/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

6

40

0

My son is 11months and 2 weeks old. He was 3 weeks premature. I went on holiday in Feb and he started eating normal food like beans and cheese and bread. however as soon as we came back home he started refusing these things and wanting his food mushed again. All his meals are home-cooked. Does anyone have any ideas what I can feed him? He likes mac and cheese but I need to give him more variety than just that. Please help. I will try any suggestions.

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

14 Comments

View replies by

Lily - posted on 03/10/2009

36

18

7

My son started on people food at about 6 months and didn't get his first tooth till he was about 10 1/2 months old so I would worry that he can't chew food without teeth. My son loves bananas, peaches, I cut one in half and he eats it all to himself. They need to be perfectly ripe of course. He also LOVES anything potatoe, fish, mixed veggies, tuna and egg salad sandwiches, grapes, raisins, rice cookies, cheese, chicken, pears, oranges, crackers, mac n' cheese with hotdog chunks,cabbage rolls, quesadillas, pizza, grilled cheese, chicken fries, any pasta, sandwich meat,any steamed veggies pancakes, yogurt, apple sauce, waffles, toast and the list goes on and on. I have yet to find anything that he won't eat, he is a bit of a little piglet.

Ally - posted on 03/07/2009

385

11

16

oh and she only has 4 teeth 2 top and 2 bottom and hasnt ever choked ...dont underestimate the power those gums have to mash stuff up :)

Ally - posted on 03/07/2009

385

11

16

my daughter basically eats anything we eat...just in smaller pieces obviously! she loves bananas (esp if she gets to bite it right off like we eat it!) blueberry waffles , whole wheat pancakes, grilled cheese, cod fish stickes, bagles and cream cheese, chicken, turkey, gerber puffs any mixed vegetable, she also loves the apple organic cereal bars, homemade pizza, veggie burgers ..she loves it all and we try to introduce her to 1-2 new foods a week :) the on;y things we are not feeding her are things in the strawberry family (raspberries and blackberries), nuts, honey and shellfish, or fish high in mercury

[deleted account]

Quoting Syreeta:

I'm still feeding my son baby food in the jars. I am nervous to feed him "big people" food because he only has 8 teeth 4 on the top and 4 on the bottom in the front. I'm nervous that he won't be able to chew the food properly. The food that I do feed him I grind into mush so that he can eat it. He love beans and rice too! Am I being too protective, should I just start giving him more food?



Yes, he should be eating food w/ texture and finger foods, etc...  He may have some trouble at first (may also refuse it), but keep trying.



As for the original post... my son eats cheese, bananas (his favorite), waffles, toast, pancakes, just about any type of pasta, canned peaches or mandarin oranges, canned beets (cubed), carrots, squash, sweet potatoes.  All kinds of things.  I just break/cut them into bite sized pieces and stick them on his tray.  Oh, one of his new favorites is organic toddler cereal bars.  He loves those.  My son loves food. :)

Tara - posted on 03/06/2009

1,289

24

206

Quoting Syreeta:

I'm still feeding my son baby food in the jars. I am nervous to feed him "big people" food because he only has 8 teeth 4 on the top and 4 on the bottom in the front. I'm nervous that he won't be able to chew the food properly. The food that I do feed him I grind into mush so that he can eat it. He love beans and rice too! Am I being too protective, should I just start giving him more food?


My daughter is turning 1 on the 22nd and still doesn't have any teeth yet, but she will eat anything my husband and I eat. She does go between refusing mushy foods and chunky foods, but as was mentioned in earlier posts, this is more a control thing than anything else. She really loves to feed herself, so we usually just cut things up really small for her, or wait her out on the mushy food, she'll generally eat from a spoon if she's hungry.



I would try some of the things you fed him while on holiday, but cut up small so he can try feeding himself, that might work :D

Cathy - posted on 03/06/2009

106

3

6

Quoting Syreeta:

I'm still feeding my son baby food in the jars. I am nervous to feed him "big people" food because he only has 8 teeth 4 on the top and 4 on the bottom in the front. I'm nervous that he won't be able to chew the food properly. The food that I do feed him I grind into mush so that he can eat it. He love beans and rice too! Am I being too protective, should I just start giving him more food?



definiately give him more food. tho he'll probably choke a bit while learning how to eat them. my baby only has 4 teeth and he eats cheese, bread, chicken, fruit, pasta etc. i think babies don't even get molars till they're like 2 or something. they just chew with their gums.



try gerber fruit puffs first. they melt in their mouths so u don't have to worry too much. ripe banans are good too.

Jennifer - posted on 03/05/2009

103

10

7

Quoting Julie:



My daughter has gone through phases of refusing the mushy food and only wanting chunks and vice versa.  Ultimately, the issue wasn't the food as much as the control - she wanted to self-feed.  Not sure if this is the prob, but you might want to give it a shot.  As far as what she eats, somewhere in the transition I started looking at the back of the baby food jars and recreating it homemade and healthy.  I'd start with his favorites and make them yourself but with a little more texture than the jars and work your way up to nice spoon or self-feedable chunks.  Sweet Potatoes mixed with fruit and little bits of poultry were a huge first time hit.  Fruit and yogurt smoothies are as well.






I think your right Julie about the whole "control" thing. My twins who will be one on the 13th test me everyday. They mostly want food that they can touch and pick up, but I'm not the best cook and I'm running out of ideas of what to feed them so when I'm lost for an idea of what to feed them I will resort to the toodler jar food. The only way I can get them to eat it though is if I put some cherrios or puff wheat on thier tray and give them each a spoon of thier own. I think they think they are feeding themselves. My babies do have thier favorite things however such as meat and cheese, but I don't think they can eat only that all of the time.

Syreeta - posted on 03/05/2009

20

3

1

I'm still feeding my son baby food in the jars. I am nervous to feed him "big people" food because he only has 8 teeth 4 on the top and 4 on the bottom in the front. I'm nervous that he won't be able to chew the food properly. The food that I do feed him I grind into mush so that he can eat it. He love beans and rice too! Am I being too protective, should I just start giving him more food?

Antonia - posted on 03/05/2009

235

7

59

cook up veges for him and grated cheese over it. at the moment my almost one yr old loooves anything with melted cheese over it :) or do cheese sauce with his meals, since he likes mac n cheese

Julie - posted on 03/05/2009

3

3

0

My daughter has gone through phases of refusing the mushy food and only wanting chunks and vice versa.  Ultimately, the issue wasn't the food as much as the control - she wanted to self-feed.  Not sure if this is the prob, but you might want to give it a shot.  As far as what she eats, somewhere in the transition I started looking at the back of the baby food jars and recreating it homemade and healthy.  I'd start with his favorites and make them yourself but with a little more texture than the jars and work your way up to nice spoon or self-feedable chunks.  Sweet Potatoes mixed with fruit and little bits of poultry were a huge first time hit.  Fruit and yogurt smoothies are as well.

Julie - posted on 03/05/2009

3

3

0

My daughter has gone through phases of refusing the mushy food and only wanting chunks and vice versa.  Ultimately, the issue wasn't the food as much as the control - she wanted to self-feed.  Not sure if this is the prob, but you might want to give it a shot.  As far as what she eats, somewhere in the transition I started looking at the back of the baby food jars and recreating it homemade and healthy.  I'd start with his favorites and make them yourself but with a little more texture than the jars and work your way up to nice spoon or self-feedable chunks.  Sweet Potatoes mixed with fruit and little bits of poultry were a huge first time hit.  Fruit and yogurt smoothies are as well.

Cindy - posted on 03/04/2009

11

3

1

my daughter loves rise and tuna....they are mushy kinda....the smalll raviolis...she loves them too....and spagheti and meatballs....chef boyardee stuff. sounds crazy but they are bite size and mushy...try those...i hope this helps!

Jackie - posted on 03/03/2009

14

17

3

My twins are about the same age. They like casseroles with noodles, hamburger helper, crackers with peanut butter, peas, carrots, diced fruit from a can, scrambled eggs, string cheese (cut into little bits) - just about anything soft or figure foods

If you see this, leave this form field blank.
Powered by RESPECT not THUMPS

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms