I can't get my 1 year old to eat.......

Mandy - posted on 02/25/2010 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My daughter is about to 1 on March 11th and no matter how hard I try I can't get her to eat anything but stage 2 baby food. She won't eat any of the gerber beginners finger food and won't eat stage 3 because of the texture. I keep buying different kinds and flavors hoping that she will like "this one" but she doesn't. I have tried to feed her regular table food like corn, carrots, peas, mashed potatoes, mac - n -cheese but she gags and/or throws up. The only thing that she does like in chocolate and I know that because she managed to get a hold of my hershey kisses the other day. Does anyone else have this problem? I don't want my daughter to be 18 and still eating baby food! LOL!

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User - posted on 03/19/2012

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i have the same problem with my one year old son, he wont eat anything but yogurt and he only wants his bottle, he is teething and he got his one year shots la st wenseday

Jane - posted on 02/25/2010

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Dont pay any attention to Ms Hitler Daycare.
There is nothing wrong with your daughter!!!!
Like I said before, SHE ISN'T EVEN 1 YET!!!!
My daughter is 2 and I still spoon feed. She wants to try every now and then by herself and falk food she does herself, but these are still BABIES we are talking about....
She is not behind, she isn't slow of learning she is who she is which is a positive thing, she will do it when she wants to....
Please try not to worry :-) In a couple of years she wont need your help with anything!!!
Enjoy it while it last's.......
Find a day care where babies can be babies and not little robots!!!!

Big hugs....

Dana - posted on 02/25/2010

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She just isn't ready. I run an in-home daycare and am currently watching 2 18 month olds. One started eatting "real" food right before his first birthday but the other one tooka little longer. Have you tried feeeding her "real" food. Not just putting it in front of her but actually spoon feeding her? or having a #2 food and a #3 food almost confuse her a little, that is how I got my kids and my daycare kids to eat veggies and things they didn't like. but the real thing is just keep trying. I was told in a class it takes giving a child somethng 14 times before they realy know if they like or don't like it. So just keep trying.

Jane - posted on 02/25/2010

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Hi Mandy :)



It is said that a young baby need's to try something at least 5 times before they take an interest.

Have you tried someting simple like a jelly sandwich or cheese spread sandwich cut up into small cubes?

Porridge (oatmeal), mushed up banana, yoghurt, rolled up piece of ham or chicken, strawberries, hash browns, french fries, sausage, pancakes, scrambled egg....

Just a couple of ideas...



Don't push your daughter, if she is fine eating what she eats now, fine let her.

When she is ready she will decide to try someting new.

My daughter was the same way. Now my daughter is 2 and she will eat anything!!!

No one's plate is safe anymore, she wants to try everything!!!

The trick I used was to just to put a plate of something in front of her and let her have at it. just ignore her. Let her get as dirty and as coverd in food as she wanted.

Make food fun!!



It will come, just be patient, she isn't even 1 yet.

Good luck..

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Mandy - posted on 02/25/2010

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Thanks everyone for the advice and suggestions!! I guess I will keep putting stuff on her tray and one day she will maybe eat it. LOL! I was never worried about it until I was looking at a daycare and the ladies at one told me, "She was way behind. The 1 year old's in here (meaning her class) are already spoon feeding themselves and eating "real" food. And they would have to start her in an infant class until she could catch up." It really upset me! Thanks again everyone!!

Maria - posted on 02/25/2010

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Are you kidding me- chocolate? Dont feed her that.. Personally I never feed my daughter those gerber foods- I use to them my self. its easy. boil some chicken or lean meet with vegetables- put some cube goya or season light - a little of salt. Put some spagettis or potatoes and stuff and then put it all in the blender and mix it w/ the juice of the soup...

Kim - posted on 02/25/2010

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My daughter only ate yogurt at that age. She is still a picky eater but it is getting better. She totally skipped baby food and didn't like it. But it sounds like your daughter could have a sensory issue with the food or it could be a swallowing problem. I've known a few ladies whose son's have had problems like that. I'd mention it to the Dr. It could just be she is picky too but better to make sure. Good luck.

Gemma - posted on 02/25/2010

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First no doctor is needed in this situation by passed experiences. bless ya! It's hard i know. I have 3 chidren, my middle one She took quite along time going onto lumpy food, like ya say the next stage, she hated the lumps an gagged everytime i tried, but what worked for me is to leave a couple of things on her highchair for her to pick up herself, First she looked an looked at cause it was new, then the touching came, then picking it right up to her mouth, then taking it away, it was a fun game for her and new at the same time. I'm guessing you want to know what it was, you know at the bottom of trifles you have the sponge fingers, its solid to start with but it stays whole for ages an ages, they just suck away an it just disolves an gets soggier an soggier, so messy, but when you see it you'll be so happy, then few weeks later she was on bread sticks, same again just sucked an sucked, then i just started to mash our food up an thats it, now she eats anything, goodluck hun! like i say, just leave it for to poke with, try not to make anything of it why its there for her, like all babies, they put things to there mouth whatever it maybe! Have fun, let me know if it works.ps. you can buy them in tesco's an places normally with the cake section or with ready made trifle packs an pastry bases an stuff, more often than not, they are above ice-cream

~♥Little Miss - posted on 02/25/2010

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Don't beat yourself up...she is eating something! Heck...these littles ones eat when they want...what they want...learn to talk when they want...walk when they want....and potty train when they want,,,....just go with the flow and let her lead the way...she will anyway! Good luck!

Meghan - posted on 02/25/2010

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omg, this was my son!! I was in tears of frustration because nurses and my friends said that at one he should be eating what I eat. I was forcing everything I could into him and he would gag, throw up, cry-fight me on it all. I decided to ease up and just keep feeding him the stage 2 baby foods, and try to give him pieces of whatever I was eating. He is now almost 17 months and will eat 12 year baby food (which is how I get meat into him). He is starting to eat by himself, he ate salmon the other nite, he finally ate cheese yesterday. He will wake up in the morning and ask for brocolli or apple slices...guess what I am trying to say is DON'T WORRY!!! I know it is stressful but the more you push the longer it will take. If your kid is eating baby food let them do it. Keep trying new things, if they don't want it just ok, let me know if you change your mind. Oh and the thing that I really think helped is when he got his 1st year molars. I bet when those start to come in you will notice a huge change!!

Cassy Ann - posted on 02/25/2010

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I do daycare out of my home and I am on the state food program for daycares and one of the things that they train us is the more you push a child to eat something the less they want to eat it. Instead just ask her are you ready to try this yet. If she says no just try again the next day. One of these days she will want it. It really helps if you eat it first and ask do you want to try a bite? Hope this helps! Good luck! At least baby food has lots of good stuff in it!

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My second son hated chunky baby food, refused to eat it. So he stayed on pureed until he was about 1 year and then started eating the family meals cut up so he could use his fingers. Just keep trying finger foods she can feed herself and eventually her tastes should increase. She's more likely to eat it if she see's you eating it too. Some children start off by trying foods off their parents plates. You could try sitting her on your lap at meal times and seeing if she grabs for stuff to try off your plate. Good luck.

Sarah - posted on 02/25/2010

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I have been there twice before and have found with the benefit of hindsight, that the worst thing to do is get to worked up about it. I used to get so anxious that they weren't eating enough or much variety but I think it was just making things worse. As long as she is getting enough nutrients etc I would just try to have fun with mealtimes, keep it relaxed, mine have improved so much since I chilled out and stopped expecting from them. Keep introducing new things and let her see you enjoying them and try the same foods over and over even after it has been rejected. It is hard I know but see how it goes,and if you are worried ask a health visitor for advice. Good luck!

Lotus - posted on 02/25/2010

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have you tried blending foods???? that may be agood idea as you can slowly get her to eat morefoods and increase the texture of the foods, also youcan mix some stage two foods with a stage three to wean her onto a thicker mixture

Aliska - posted on 02/25/2010

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Let her feed herself with finger food, some babies hate being spoon-fed by others and eat more if they have control. A lot of babies also hate the blandness of taste and texture of shop bought baby food. Modify what you're having into suitable finger food and give her small amounts. Sometimes too much is daunting. Steam veges and cut into finger shapes, grate cheese and let her pick it up (good for fine motor skills as well) and make toast cut into fingers. I have never found a baby that doesn't like avocado mashed and spread on toast fingers. Don't fuss about the mess, just leave her be to explore the food and discover what she likes. No normal child will starve themselves to death in the presence of food!

User - posted on 02/25/2010

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I agree with Jane, as long as your daughter is eating is what really matters. She will move on when she is ready for the next step. It's obvious she likes sweets so try the jelly spread on bread.

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