10 Months & on table food! Will not eat anything out of a baby food jar.

Mary Louise - posted on 10/23/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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What are we to do? What are we to feed our little Hannah? Balance in diet info. requested. IF YOU WERE FACED with this same issue WHAT did you do?

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Evelyn - posted on 10/29/2009

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Good for you with the baby food thing. Just ask yourself...what did parents do before there was Gerber or Beech Nut? My son was a biter - he chose other people - but a biter none the less. I had a special toy that was for just for biting on. He mostly did it when he was cutting teeth but having something that he knew he was allowed to bite that didn't hurt anyone seemed to help. Try getting a few of the same toy for biting so they are accessable in differant situations.

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Brandi - posted 3 days ago

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Our son did the same thing we just made sure he got a well balanced diet of fruit, veggies, meat, and grains, with the occasional sweet. And make sure he's still getting his formula or breast milk, I think at that age our doctor said around 30 fl/oz a day. At that age most babies are eating atleast 3 meals of food a day anyway

Alexandra - posted 3 days ago

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Provide a well balanced diet.

Fruits, veggies, some dairy (preferably yours) ...My son breast fed for 18 months AND at the food I made him starting from 6 months old. To make it easier for him to start eating, I mixed breast milk into the steamed fruit or veggie and blended it to avoid him losing any nutrients or have a deficit.

He loved it, he stayed very healthy, and he is a happy growing boy.

Avoid processed foods please!

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My 1 year old prefers table foods and my health visitor advised us not to worry. As long as they still eat calcium rich food, cheese, butter, milk, yogurt in some form they are fine. They went a year on only milk and they were fine.

Really don't worry too much. Check with your doctor if it is causing concern or if your daughter is losing weight though.

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My son started to eat small amounts of table food at 9 months. We started him out on things like mashed potatoes, green beans, really any veggie thats soft enough to mush after steaming. just give her a teaspoon of them and see what she likes. My son, Egan, liked the sweet potatoes in baby food jars, but not from the table. start out with the soft things first then work towards the "harder" foods

Shynea - posted on 10/29/2009

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My 10 month old is the same way. She eats what we eat and we make sure she gets plenty of fruit and veggies

Mary Louise - posted on 10/26/2009

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We have it down pat now! Hannah is cutting her third tooth which is the first one on her top gum! The other two are bottom center. And, you are thinking, dah, of course they are!



So, basically, she gums her food to death but is eating nicely. Mom is enjoying NOT digging around in baby food jars and playing the choo-choo game. I will miss the jars for the storing of nuts & bolts, and other such small objects.



Now on to 23 month old Destiny who insists on biting herself! Any suggestions there?

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I have done the same as the other mom's. I give my kids whatever we are eating just smaller size. I do not blend anything I just give it to him very small. I do lots of fruits and veggies. I give him meat too just in small bites For example breakfast I give him a half a piece of toast with butter or peanut butter. He is a year now so we started PB. I cut it in small squares. Then I give him a fruit. Bananna’s or grapes. (grapes I cut into 4 or 6 little pieces) They also make this apple cinnamon oatmeal and he still eats that from the jar but it is thicker baby food. You could also make adult oatmeal as long as that is not too thick. Lunch (this is always a hard meal for me) PB and jelly or some lunch meat cut small. Sometimes he will eat a half sandwich or 1/4. Chicken nuggets cut small. He like spaghetti too. (I cut into small pieces with kitchen shears.)

Amber - posted on 10/25/2009

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my daughter is 10 months old also she eats table food like us just make it small and healthy. her doc said its fine because she would not eat baby food... good luck i wouldnt worry about it that much just talk to her doc if your worried

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My second son hated baby food and raced to table food as soon as he could grab. I remember at four months, he kept grabbing my food when I was holding him and by six months he was trying to get on the table to get what we had.



Actually, it can be more convenient in the long run and Hannah may wind up a less picky eater than her peers if you handle it well. I suggest that you just feed Hannah what you eat and use a food grinder - they're very inexpensive and easy to use. Once she has teeth, you can cut everything in small pieces. You may need to adjust your spices a little if you like spicy food. Easy foods for babies are noodles (with a little parmesan and oil or a sauce), tortellini (may need to be cut up), cooked broccoli, peas, cooked carrots, bananas, pinto beans, applesauce, cooked or fresh pears, tomatoes, cheese slices, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, grapes (make sure to cut up). Basically, anything that you can smoosh up or grind up will work fine. My son is nearly vegetarian (by choice) and eats tons of fruits, veggies and beans, and just occassionally meat.

Vee - posted on 10/24/2009

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We have a 15mth old girl and shes been the same since pretty much 10mths also..... we just use the stick blender now and mash up whatever we are having for tea and give her some also. She usually wants a bigger spoon and fork like her 5yrold brother and we find shes happy to eat whatever isnt coming out of her own bowl, but instead whats on our plates..

Gini - posted on 10/24/2009

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been there. fed her lots of friut and veggies. strawberries, bananas, peaches(canned), watermelon, mashed potatoe, mashed sweet potatoe,green beans(canned), carrots(canned), squash/eggplant (cooked well done)

diced very small, cooked thoroughly....it can be done. and it;s vey healthy. you just need to rotate the foods often so the little one gets what nutrients they need. also supplement with liquid vitamins Enfamil Poly Vi Sol (@ walmart)

Chris - posted on 10/23/2009

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i think its a good thing that ur lil girl is eating what u r eating, baby food is bland and tasteless. if u r eating a well balanced diet then u shouldnt have too much of a problem. do u have plenty of fruit and veg every day, protien,calcuim ect?? just cut out adding salt and try and make meals from scratch, though the occasional jar of sauce wont hurt. get plenty of little pots ready (u can use empty youghurt pots) and use them to freeze meals, so when u r having something that ur daughter cant have, then there is something ready made.

Adrienne - posted on 10/23/2009

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My oldest is 2 and he wanted table food when he was around 10 months and we slowly let him try things. My youngest is 1 and he started eating table at 10 months he would refuse any kind of baby food. I think my youngest did that because of his older brother. As long as it was cut up good and a well balance diet we gave it to him. I kinda wish we did it with my oldest because my youngest will eat everything and anything except for some meats. My oldest is a very picky eater. Good Luck!

Deborah - posted on 10/23/2009

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Relax, It is perfectly normal for her to want to eat what everyone else is eating. Baby-Led Weaning is the best...I like another poster did baby food for a few months, then found out that my son(now 2 1/2) enjoyed food a lot more when he was able to feed it to himself. I was able to control how much salt and other spices were in his foods unlike with baby foods. It is just a convenience that I do not need as a stay at home mom. I also found out that if he had what we were eating we could all sit down and eat a warm meal together as a family without having to spoon food into his mouth. Under the age of one food is just practice anyways. So don't fret if she isn't eating all of what you give her. Don't push her to finish her food either that makes meal times unhappy.

Gena - posted on 10/23/2009

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My son ate baby food for a few months, but at about 9mos wouldn't eat it anymore. I did the same as the girls above..whatever we ate, he ate too!!! If we were having something that he couldn't eat, I made him mac and cheese or something else. He is now 2 1/2 and still eats whatever we have...I never make him anything special and he is a great eater!!! I think by teaching them when they are young to eat what you are all having it creates great eating habits for the future!! Oh, and he didnt have any teeth until he was 12 mos...so he ate meat and everything (in little tiny bits)!!!! Good luck!

Haqiyfah - posted on 10/23/2009

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Hi Mary Lou,



I had the the same experience as Jamie. We just gave them the food that we ate. I would have to think that it is probably better for them anyway. We don't know what they put in the jars.

Jamie - posted on 10/23/2009

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My kids never ate things from a jar, they just refused. I even tried to make my own and they wouldn't. We went straight to table foods. I pretty much gave them what we were eating, cut up very very small (like pea size or even smaller).

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