Transitiong my almost 14-month old to table food

Sarah - posted on 03/25/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My Beautiful daughter is almost 14 months old and we are having a tough time getting her to eat fruits, vegetables and meat that isn't in purred in a baby food jar. She is incredibly stubborn and will not eat any fruits or veggies other than cut up bananas. We have given her peas and carrots for two months and all she does is squish them in her fingers and then throw them on the ground. She will eat anything that is not mushy - Cheerio's, grilled cheese pieces, toast, yogurt puffs, cereal bars - or anything smooth - applesauce, yogurt, jarred baby food. But if she can smush in her fingers she has no interest in it. Short of holding her down and shoving it in her mouth, my husband and I are at a loss of what to do. I am so afraid she is not getting the nutrients that she needs. Any suggestions? Anyone been there?

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Sarah - posted on 03/26/2014

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We've tried that too without much luck (givine her food off our plates). When she does try something new we clap and say "good girl" and she knows what that means and sometimes that is enough to get her to take a few more bites. But when she decides she doesn't want somethng there is virtually not getting her to try it. And I forgot to mention that she can't talk yet so she can't even say "no" to anything, which I thinks makes her more frustrated and that makes her not want to sit in her chair and eat. And if she won't eat what put in front of her, do we remove her from her from the table and not give her anything so that she will know that what we give her is what she gets? I feel like she is too young to be doing that and I worry that she will develop bad food associations.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/26/2014

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The thing is, if you give in and give her something different, she'll get into that habit. She needs to be gently corrected: "we don't throw food on the floor", and patiently told (over & over...yes, you'll feel like a recording) "You need to eat what mommy & daddy are eating". When she does, reward her with a dessert type treat.

Its a new experience. Textures are confusing for little ones, and different 'looking' foods are too. But, this is part of growing, and they all get through it!

One suggestion...would she eat it if she sees it's from the same plate as you or dad? Something such as: you take a bite, and then give her a small bite from your plate of the same thing?

Sarah - posted on 03/26/2014

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We do try that. We eat dinner together very night and try to give her what we eat but she either throws it on the floor or puts her arms over her face (or both). Last night we were having turkey meatloaf and I put a bite size piece on her tray and she picked it right up and ate it but when we tried to give her more she threw every single one on the floor and started to cry. It's a struggle even getting her to try new things and we are just at a loss.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 03/25/2014

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Feed her what you eat (in size appropriate bites, etc, for her) Feed her at the table at the same time you and dad have meals.

Works great. Kids imitate their parents.

But, I do have to say, I can't blame her for mushing the peas & carrots...LOL...I don't like peas (or cooked carrots) either!

Good luck!

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