Recently refuses jarred foods

Christy - posted on 06/23/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Carter will be 10 months on September 1st. He has never disliked eating and usually ate from 1.5 to 2 jars of baby food in one meal. For the last week or so, he has started pushing me away with his arms and hands. He doesn't ever try to grab the spoon from me, he just won't let me get near his mouth. Sometimes he even cries. He WILL eat Cheerios, Baby Mum Mum crackers, veggie puffs and yogurt, but everything else is a struggle. I thought that maybe he was getting molars, but wouldn't it be the opposite? Soft instead of hard? I have given him ground turkey, mashed potatoes, chicken (shredded), cottage cheese (hated it), cut up pasta and whole grain bread. He'll eat a few tiny pieces, but then loses interest or gags with the texture. He still eats 24 oz of formula a day, so he is getting nutrients- I am just at my wits end for feedings. Any ideas???

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Quoting Rebekah:

My son did that at 9 months, I just left out the food and tried again in another hour, if same thing, tried again in another hour. Turned out he just didn't want to eat at his normal time, and ended up eating later. Now that my son is about 2 months (10 months on the 3rd of July) away from 12 months, I've cut down his afternoon bottle. Instead of taking in 6 ounces I only give him 4 ounces and he eats a good lunch and then a little snack in mid-afternoon to hold him over till his dinner time. Then he gets his final bottle just before bedtime. This has helped for transitioning him to food - I'm just having a hard time getting him to eat cut up fruit.



hi. my daughter will eat strawberries cut in half, whole blueberries, halved grapes and melon... but things like apple has to be baked first to soften it.. so i tend to put different types of fruit purees into her hot oats in the morning..  xx

Rebekah - posted on 06/30/2009

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My son did that at 9 months, I just left out the food and tried again in another hour, if same thing, tried again in another hour. Turned out he just didn't want to eat at his normal time, and ended up eating later. Now that my son is about 2 months (10 months on the 3rd of July) away from 12 months, I've cut down his afternoon bottle. Instead of taking in 6 ounces I only give him 4 ounces and he eats a good lunch and then a little snack in mid-afternoon to hold him over till his dinner time. Then he gets his final bottle just before bedtime. This has helped for transitioning him to food - I'm just having a hard time getting him to eat cut up fruit.

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P.S... she has been eating it cut up and pickng it up herself since she was 7 months... i think maybe your starting different stages a bit late!

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have you tasted those jars?? they taste like crap!! i have NEVER given my daughter food that i am not prepeared to eat myself.. and i AM NOT prepeared to eat that crap!! give your child HOME COOKED food.. my daughter has always had FRESH COOKED food just like us.. i used to puree it .. then moved to mash.. now she has it just cut up and picks it up herself and feeds herself! its so easy to prepare as she just eats what we eat and we dont eat junk so its fine.. try giving your baby some REAL food..

Theresa - posted on 06/29/2009

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Try to give him textured foods with flavor...like a real meal that you would eat. Pasta with meat sauce is easy to chew and to make. My son love chicken, cheddar and pasta together. My husband makes a great beef stew and the veggies and beef are so tender and easy to chew.

Jacki - posted on 06/24/2009

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brooklynn did the same thing just a few weeks ago..would eat a few spoonfulls then turn away in disgust, knowing it was her favorite! "They just do that" i was told by a number of people..i let her revert back to sole bottle for like 2 weeks and now she's back to food...

Sara - posted on 06/24/2009

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My daughter is doing the same....I think she just wants real food. So, I have been buying more finger type foods and letting her try more things that I eat. She now is eating the baby food better. But sometimes still refuses it. I just feed her what she wants and if she refuses she has to wait an hour before I put her back in the highchair to eat baby food or she will get a bottle.

Melissa - posted on 06/24/2009

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My son hasn't eaten baby food for a month now. He flat out spit it out of his mouth. I have to feed him our food. He gets cooked peas, cooked carrots, cooked broccoli, cooked green beans, hot dogs, chicken, pears, peaches, banana, blueberries, etc. Everything is cut up very small. He only has two teeth.

Jana - posted on 06/24/2009

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My son Elijah will be 10 months on July 10th & he has recently started doing that as well. For example, he fights me feeding him baby food peas, but if I put cooked peas on his high chair, he will eat every single one. I think since he has learned in the past month how to pick up small food & feed himself, he would rather do it himself. I thought that the "independence stage" wouldn't begin this early, but he hasn't been crazy about baby food for a couple weeks now. Elijah only drinks about 15-19 oz. of formula a day tho. I've just started making him little finger size fruits & veggies to eat in between bites of baby food. He only eats about 3.5-5 oz. of baby food at a meal, but with the finger size foods & formula too, he is getting enough nutrition.

Ashley - posted on 06/23/2009

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My girl has NO teeth, and lately she's stopped liking babyfood. She still likes cheerios...maybe it's teeth? I'm just going to keep trying. :0) It's such a mystery, sometimes, these wonderful babies!

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