My son wont eat baby food and he's 7 months old

Angela - posted on 12/21/2008 ( 10 moms have responded )

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He is strictly breastfed and he refuses more than 2 bites of anything but he drinks all the time what do i do?

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I breastfeed also and it took my son some getting used to with eating. he still only eats 1-2 solid meals a day. He loves milk. Try mixing either steamed sweet potatoes or raw bananas with your milk. Make is very soupy. When I did this it opened his mind up to trying new things because it tasted like my milk. once I started this he would try almost anything. We are still mostly eating stage 1 baby foods and he's almost 7 months.

Caroline - posted on 12/26/2008

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my son is 7 1/2 and its a battle to get him to eat his food. Ive noticed that he likes blended to a smooth texture and wont eat it if its lumpy. He loves his fruits so i introduced him to a variety of fruits and mix this with his meats and vegetables works like magic. Ive also started diping his foods into yoghurt to get him to eat also works as he also loves yoghurt

Angela - posted on 12/24/2008

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thanks for all your advice it has helped he just likes to feed himself ... go figure my daughter was very codependent at his age different strokes i suppose

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Rachel, I was part of the iparenting "Born in Dec2003" board. Whenever I posted something about Jacob on there, I copied it into a word document. Unfortunately, I can't say I've kept up with it quite as well with Matthew.

Rachael - posted on 12/23/2008

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Sarah, I think that is so great you have those notes to look back on, what great memories! I will have to start writing those things down because I look back at my son (only 2 1/2) and already I am forgetting the little things. It goes by too fast.

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And this was what I wrote about a week later:



"Well, Jacob is definitely a table food kid. Forget that baby food stuff. Tonight we had chicken & potatoes. Jacob was sitting in his high chair with his Gerber puff things - as soon as he finished them (he's getting so much better at getting them all in his mouth now) he looked at me as if to say, "ok, now I'd like to try some of that." I gave him some small chunks of potato - he loved it. Then we moved on to tiny bits of chicken - same reaction."



Matthew on the other hand, still likes the mashed/pureed stuff.

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My 2 boys are so different. Matthew will eat anything, but Jacob sounds more like your son. I just looked at my notes from Jacob at 7 months and here's what I had written:



"So I'm starting to think that Jacob is going to be one of those kids who just skips baby food. The only thing I can count on him to eat is avocado. Anything else (even the veggies I thought he liked) it depends on his mood. Cereal isn't getting any better. But he loves his Gerber fruit puff things, Farley's biscuits (as long as I don't mush them with milk and just let him eat it like a cookie), and Zweibeck toast. Basically if he can eat it with his fingers then he will (or if it comes off my plate)."



That was when he was about 7.5 months.

Rachael - posted on 12/22/2008

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Baby puffs (sell them in the baby food isle) are fun for a snack too. They don't have much nutritional value but help them to get use to having different consistancy in their mouth and practice with something other than milk. Breast milk is hard to compete with though..he is probably thinking why change when this is working, ha ha. Best of luck again.

Rachael - posted on 12/22/2008

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It may be a texture issue. My daughter prefers self feeding (7 months old also) and doesn't like baby food consistancy or texture. I started steaming veggies and giving them to her and she loves them. Carrot sticks and green beans work the best. Any fruit or veggie diced small (carrots have to be steamed or boiled so they are soft enough to get down) is great though. We dice peaches small and put them on her high chair tray and she loves going after them they are soft enough and small enough for her to swallow. She does not have any teeth either. Your son may like eating his food this way too. He may skip the baby food and go straight to table food which is fine as long as it is small and soft so he doesn't choke. Good luck you will have to let us know how it goes.

Jessica - posted on 12/21/2008

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I am having the same problem... he wont take from the spoon unless I jump/dance/beg/ and then eventually trick him into opening his mouth and I shove the spoon in. But if I put the food into a cup he will 'drink' it!!!

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