Are there any tips about how to get a baby to eat food? Every time I try my eight month old always spits it out.

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Tricia - posted on 10/28/2008

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I'm a pediatric speech therapist who works with kids with feeding problems. I see this ALL the time at work! Start with increasing the flavor of what you're offering her. If using baby foods add herbs, spices, garlic, salt, pepper, mustard, tobasco, salsa, lemon juice, orange juice concentrate, etc. The more flavorful the food the more likely she is to be willing to taste it. You could also try offering her what you're eating but again go quite flavorful. Don't worry about the spoon, try your finger or part of a toy and see if you can get that in her mouth. Sounds nuts but it works!

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Helen Herrera - posted on 09/07/2013

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hello there! im a working mom with 2 daughter, my problem is with my younger daughter age 1 yr and 5 mns. old problem in feeding foods. she doesnt eat everytime i fed her, shes always fun of drinking liquids but weak on solids foods, eventhough i tried giving her plenty of flavor for foods but still she doesnt want to eat. what will i do?

Jackie - posted on 10/25/2008

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From the picture I see, maybe the baby is letting you know that "Hey mom- my cheeks are already pretty full, don't ya think?" Cute baby- what's her name? I actually wouldn't sweat it, let her feed herself and give only tiny amounts of food-try different colors. Also, cube up some firm tofu. My 4 kids all loved that. You can soak it in apple juice or soy sauce to give it some flavor although my kids loved it plain. You might have to dro the idea for now and wait for her to beg you for food.

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My son is 9 months and doesn't like to eat. We give him toys or other (safe) household objects to play with and distract him--he opens his mouth while distracted! Also, he seems to prefer to feed himself--oat cereal O's, bits of fish, etc. We also feed him avocado for the high calorie and good fat content. He loves it mixed with banana. Good luck!

Heather - posted on 10/25/2008

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I used my finger to scoop up the food and they sucked it off. Once they figured out they liked it they were happy to accept the spoon but it took a while. GL!

Elisha - posted on 10/25/2008

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It took my son forever to eat food, he still spits it out at times, a lot of it has to do with teething i think. I tried cold foods like Organic, yobaby yogurt and he loves it so i mix it with cereal and other fruits and that got him going.

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I have 3 children, yes they naturally spit out the food to start as they are learning the eating skills, in anything you try use just very small amounts but mix it with milk (whichever milk you give breast or formula), as its a familiar taste. The comment of feeding when ur eating is the greatest of advice, kids mimick what u do and if u are eating they want what u have!!! so put the food on ur plate. hope this helps, it will happen its just messy for a while! Happy parenting!!!

Emily - posted on 10/25/2008

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just keep trying it eventually they will learn that thats what there getting whether they want it or not

Lyn - posted on 10/25/2008

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Have you tried eating it yourself in front of your baby, make a huuuuuuge fuss about how yummy it is, maybe even try and take the bowl away as though pretending you want to eat it all yourself.... my little girl is 3 now, and she still falls for it!!!!

Amanda - posted on 10/25/2008

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They say that they have to try the food at least five time before they will learn to like it. It may be that they don't like the texture. Keep trying it will happen I promise

Lisa - posted on 10/25/2008

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have u tried to give him you're own food, as i have found my four boys prefered my cooking to baby food

Lisa - posted on 10/23/2008

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Have to agree with all that's written my little boy far prefered to feed himself by 8-9months so I think "finger foods" are the way to go. He did go thru a phase too where everything had to be warmed up. Esp breakfast cereal. He doesn't like many fruits - hated banana, pear & apple - all the things you are supposed to try first. Now likes only red seedless grapes! Vegies he loves are baby corns. Tiny bits of carrot & peas. For every meal, we just give him a big spread ie. variety so he could choose - thats how we worked out what he did & didn't like - and he is very very fussy! Because of his low weight for age we got told (by dietian) to put the dry formula in his foods - like custard, yogurt and cereal. That way whatever he did eat was extremely nutrious & high in calories. Also he finally accepted a bottle at 10months so we were able to give him formula at a higher concentration too. Why don't you ask your doctor/health nurse if you can get refered to a dietian if you are concerned about her growth? That was a god-send to us. My poor little boy had to endure all sorts of blood tests trying to work out if anything was wrong with him. But we have put it down to personality & a distinct lack of appetite - he just has other things on his mind... Pretty much wanting to go and play is far more important than eating?!?!

Carolyn - posted on 10/23/2008

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Hi there!

Have you tried just letting your son play with food? Allow him to explore different textures and get messy without putting any pressure on him to eat the food. Looking at, smelling, stroking, poking, squashing food, aswell as mouthing, licking, and biting food are all stages on the way to eating new foods. Have fun and smile - your child will pick up on your anxiousness over his eating. Just playing with food takes the pressure off him to eat and encourages him to enjoy food, and takes the pressure off you to get him to eat beacause the goal is to play and have fun not for you to get food inside him!

Hope this helps x

Ashley - posted on 10/23/2008

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I would just keep trying different things types of baby food. Don't stress to much about it. My pediatrician said baby food isn't even necessary for a baby's diet. Everything they need they get from breast milk.formula. I would talk to your baby's dr.

Darlene - posted on 10/21/2008

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It can take a baby (or child) up to 30 or more tries before they like a foods taste, texture, etc. If you haven't already tried different textures, and food temperatures, I'd try that first. Some babies just don't like the extremely mushy stuff, but prefer to have a coarser texture food they can "chew" and/or feed themselves. Does she like any of the typical baby snack foods, like cheerios? SHe may prefer softly cooked vegetable and fruit cut into small pieces. I'd just keep trying-and not give up on any of the foods she seems not to like. If you keep offering them he may change his mind.

Stephanie - posted on 10/21/2008

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My son is 6 months old now and started eating baby foods at four months. He has always loved them and has no problems taking them off the spoon. My son really enjoys eating at the same time my husband and I eat and he 'studies' us while we put food in our mouths.



Try the Gerber foods. They have stages that go from thinner to thicker as baby gets more used to the taste. My son currently is on second foods.



Always start with vegetables. If you start with the sweet stuff, like fruit, then that's all baby will ever want. My son likes green beans, carrots, sweet potatoes, corn, and squash. He does not care for peas or anything with peas in it.



If you aren't using a high chair, try that too. Just remember to be positive and excited about meal time. And of course, all babies develop at different rates.

Lisa - posted on 10/19/2008

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have you tried to feed him on you're own cooking as i find my four boys loved my cooking and hated the baby food

Lisa - posted on 10/19/2008

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have you tried you're own cooking as i have found that my kids prefer that to baby food

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My son was like a little bird, you couldn't get it into his mouth fast enough! Almost immediately he was eating 3 rather large meals a day and I had family telling me to stop because it was too much too soon and it would stretch his belly. So I'm going from one extreme to the other and I really don't know what to do.

I've gone to a doctor for a check up at 7 mos and she wasn't to concerned yet but she said come 9-10 mos we could be looking into tube feeding.

I've tried different textures- cereal, mushed food (fruits and veggies), whole peas, and baby cookies.

Jenna - posted on 10/19/2008

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hi there, I had this issue with my daughter who is now is 16months old. She would not eat any thing as a baby i was a night mare, it takes time an patience, does she eat any finger food? it might be worth trying, also try swwet things like sweet potato, butter nut squash, bananas, try not using a spoon placing it on ur finger and putting it on her mouth, once u know the things she likes give her those an slowly introduce other things in to it, and slowly she will get there, try giving her some soft finger food to eat so that she can suck on it it just takes patience an persistance but she will get there in the end, hope this helps x

Lisa - posted on 10/19/2008

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Same - my little bloke didn't & doesn't like food much either... skinny little runt that he is. We just keep trying to find different foodto try - they say variety is the spice of life... He is now 13 months & has "hungry" days and non-hungry days where he hardly eats anything. But keep trying. Don't give up. They do keep growing even if it seems they don't eat much.

Kaye - posted on 10/19/2008

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hiya! im jus wondering how you feed your baby? do you feed her? because i have a 10 month old who for a while now (since about 6 months) has refused food that i feed him off a spoon but will eat loads if he is left to eat himself! finger foods i call them, and he enjoys it! He will eat just about anything (in reason) and leaves very little! My nan has told me they will never starve themselves so as long as she is putting the weight on you are doing something right! Also my health visitor recently told me that if you put your babys hand in to a fist that is how big her tummy is! not very big so it does not take alot to fill it! I know the way i do feeding is quite messy sometimes but it does work. hope it helps and sorry if it doesnt! x

Kaye - posted on 10/19/2008

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hiya! just wondering how you feed your baby is it by jars that you feed the baby? because i have a nearly 10 month old and for a long time now he has refused to eat off a spoon from me, but loves to feed himself and will eat anything (with in reason) and always eats loads! None of my kids have liked being fed.. i think its because they no how to put it in their mouths themselves! and remember a baby wont starve itself as i am always told by my nan! Also if you look at your babys hand just the middle not the fingers thats how big your babys tummy is not very big so you will be surprised how little it takes to fill it up! (thats what my health visitor said)! hope it helps and sorry if it dont! good luck! x

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Oh my goodness! Are you sure you haven't got my 8 month old son?!
I have no advice but will be watching to see what everyone says.

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