Is your 16 month old off jarred food?

Alyse - posted on 08/27/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I am hoping to get some information and tips from other moms. My son was born on May 7th 2010. He will be 16 months on September 7th. He is such a picky eater. He will not eat fresh fruit or veggies, just jarred. He will only eat chicken and ground beef and that is rare. The only grains he will eat is toast, other then that he is still on cereal. He eats like 50/50 jarred and fresh food. He has almost a full set of bottom teeth and about half of the top teeth. Any ideas or tips would be greatly appreciated I really want to get him on fresh foods and off the jarred stuff. Thanks for the help!

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Malori - posted on 10/30/2011

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I've found you have to sometimes just put it in front of them and not let them up til they eat. Its probably going to take several tries but you can't give up. For the longest while I would mix pureed vegetables in with vanilla yogurt. I've learned though, especially with two in the mix now, you can't give in. Otherwise you'll be making seperate meals for the rest of you life.

Heather - posted on 10/26/2011

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My son was doing the same thing for the longest time. What I did is I found the few things he reall liked to eat like mashed potatoes and mac n cheese, and mixed in cooked carrots, corn, or peas. You can put meat in it too. Shredded chicken works really nicely in almost anything! Eventually he got used to the texture of these foods and would start eating them on their own. Hope this helps!

Mary Renee - posted on 10/23/2011

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I didn't even want my daughter (born May 5th) totally off jarred stuff because it was so easy to transport, but yeah, when she hit 15-16 months she wouldn't touch it.

The things she LOVES LOVES LOVES (my go-to's if she won't eat anything else) is pasta. The wagon wheel shapes and bowtie shapes are easiest for her to pick up. I started out just boiling pasta plain and puting a bit of olive oil, oregano, and parmesean cheese on it. If your son is picky maybe just try plain pasta. Now she eats it with everything! Tomato Sauce, homemade vegetable sauce, ground beef sauce. She loves her pasta, and it's easy to sneak in some ground beef for protein.

Also she loves chicken and chicken nuggets. It's easy to bread chicken nuggets and make them fresh, or buy frozen.

Give him a lot of opportunities to eat with his fingers and maybe he'll have fun and enjoy it more.

Some other things she eats are:

Cheese (cubed, or string cheese)
Rice Cakes
Pretzels (both soft and hard)
Apples
Grapes
Strawberries (try cutting the fruit into cubes, maybe he'll like picking it up with his fingers)
And all the Gerber Snacks are great! They have dried fruit and puffs and what not.

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My son quit eating jarred food almost as quick as he started. He eats everything I eat and has since he was about 8 or 9 months. Just keep offering it and eventually he will eat it.

Hollyanne - posted on 10/15/2011

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My son was born 5/23/10 at 34 weeks. He ate pureed food until Oct. 1st and we decided it was time to take him off for good. He eats what we eat. He actually enjoys eating big boy food. He will not eat veggies for the life of me though, even if I eat them in front of him, so we will talk to his doctor in Nov. He loves fruit though. Good luck.

Alyse - posted on 09/09/2011

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I have decided to take my son off of baby food except for the fruit. He is eating things like toast, egg, chicken, green beans, beef sometimes, I guess he will eat what he wants when he wants but boy is this hard. I make him nice dinners and it mostly goes on the floor and he wont eat them. I hope he does soon.

Amy - posted on 09/09/2011

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Our girl eats what we eat..... Sandwiches, casseroles, etc. ♥ When he's hungry, he'll eat. ♥

Liz - posted on 09/01/2011

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My daughter (5/8/10) hasn't had anything pureed since 13 months. We do yogurt on a daily basis with oatmeal mixed in but that is it for "baby food" She eats what we eat. You may just start putting your food into a blender or masher and mashing it to get him used to the texture of real food. Slowly make it chunkier and chunkier.

Robyn - posted on 08/29/2011

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My son was born on the 21st and only eats what we eat. He was picky at 1st but then I realized he only wanted what was on my plate and looking similar. I would share my plate in the beginning while he man handled what appealed to him and now he gets anything and everything. Good luck!

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