12 Month old will not eat Baby food, Hasnt since 7 Months

Tiffany - posted on 12/10/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My son who just turned 1 year on the 9th of december has been refusing to eat baby food since he turned 7 months, Now i have a hard time even getting him to eat food at all theres very few things he will eat. I really need some advice!! anyon else have this problem?

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MamaSarah - posted on 01/21/2013

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Neither of my kids have been fans of baby food (all homemade). My son ate it for a few months, but my daughter has never had a "full meal" of baby food. Just flat out refused. Because of that, she's been having table food since she was 6.5 months old. Obviously small and soft at first, but now she's 15 months and definitely the better eater of the two!

Won't eat baby food, you say?! Hooray! I respond! Just let them eat what you eat.

Rosie - posted on 12/14/2009

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all 3 of my sons have a condition called diabetes insipidus. it causes them to pee everything they consume out and therefore they need to drink ALOT to replace what they lost. they all would not eat baby food for the longest time and they would vomit quite often. eventually with occupational therapy, we got them to slowly start to eat. my boys are all failure to thrive (less than the 5th perdentile). even if none of this sounds familiar to you, the occupational therapy could help him-he might have a thing with the texture of food, or just things in his mouth in general.

Jojo - posted on 12/14/2009

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i cooked everything throughh annebel karmel cook book, look on her website. We as a family eat some of hers baby foods noe like her spag bol etc they are tastl wholesome foods that many of my baby mum friends used. I now have mummy and me cook books for her she is now 2.5 yrs and eats everything bar mushrooms. I think baby bought mulch is taste less.

Mary - posted on 12/12/2009

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I would really puree or mash my own, an see if he likes it better.. to me baby food is a start to taste and easy digestion, which we all know. But we all know our baby better than anyone else! My experience, well shes 25 now, but I didnt buy a whole lot of baby food.. Just a start.. She was nawing on porkchop bones at 7 mos. with supervision. My opinion? they want more flavor, tasty food as you eat. just try it... then let us know what happens!

Gayle - posted on 12/12/2009

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So what exactly do you feed him? Have you discussed this with his pediatrician? When you say refuse....do you mean screaming at you...or just won't eat? Please provide some more info so I can advise you more specifically. Generalities will not help you....

Susan - posted on 12/12/2009

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A 12 month old should only be drinking 3 bottles of milk by day and none by night. He won't eat any food if he is not hungry. He is also old enough to feed himself some safe finger foods.

Tiffany - posted on 12/11/2009

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Ive been told i shouldnt worry too much because he was a big baby and he is above average weight and height of toddlers his age. Thak you everyone for responding, very helpful!

Tiffany - posted on 12/11/2009

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He ate baby food till he was about 7 months then stopped liking it so i stared givinghim soup and toast and after asbout 2 weeks of that he stopped eating that as well. now a days i can hardly get him to take 1 bite of something unless its ham.

Cynthia - posted on 12/10/2009

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I'm child care provider for my grandson. He likes frozen peas! He even asks for them! The cold feels good on sore teething gums I think. I tried them myself and they do taste good. He never had baby food from the jar and the few times I bought a jar to use when we were out, he would not eat it. We made our own...and we started to eat better ourselves so we could have food to prepare for him. He started to feed himself when he was about your child's age. My daughter said the doctor told her not to make eating an issue. Just offer a variety ona regular basis. Unless he starts losing weight it really is not an issue. Lots of other things to be concerned about!

Stacey - posted on 12/10/2009

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my son was afraid of textures for the longest time. He wasn't off formula until about 14 months because I couldn't get him to eat food. I started him on yogurt and other fine textures and eventually he just started to like more things. He might need to hang out with other kids his age and see them eat, he may want to do what they do. Don't give up! they grow out of their little phases then it's on to another one...just wait for potty training!

Melissa - posted on 12/10/2009

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You should try to give him something he can feed his self. Makes it seem like he is in charge. Cereal,pieces of fruits etc....

Erin - posted on 12/10/2009

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I would have to say he is ready or has already gotten a taste for table food not baby food ..Time to switch him over.

Justine - posted on 12/10/2009

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try starting with things like bananas that are easy to eat and yummy. also, i dont just stick to baby jar foods. i give him whatever i am eating. he eats salmon, asperagus, chinese food, pickels, olives, anything. just keep offering a variety of things, and make sure he gets a taste of it. sometimes he takes a stubborn on and wont eat supper until he gets a taste of it on his lips and then he decides hes going to eat.

Pamela - posted on 12/10/2009

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What kind of food are you giving him? Infants and toddlers don't like to be treated differently. He may just want what your having. The best you can do is be a good role model and offer as many possibilities as you can. Experiments have shown that the more colorful a toddlers plate is the more likely they are to try everything and sometime a child needs to see a food 7-10 times before they'll try it.

I wouldn't worry too much about your child's nutrition unless your doctor tells you something. Children will eat when their hungry, they need to learn to listen to their bodies.

But don't make the mistake of just giving them whatever they want or the one thing they will eat at every meal. You want them to eat what you have cooked, not get used to you cooking them a separate meal.

Good Luck

DAWN - posted on 12/10/2009

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I think someone has been giving him table food Tiffany.Usually when a child receive table food they tend to reject the baby food and eat what you are having for dinner.Try giving him yogurt,jello,string cheese,fruits,mac and cheese with franks you have to to try everything and anything.At this point in time they tend to want a lot of juice but try to avoid that because if they drink to much fluid they're going to refuse to eat.Well good luck

Elizabeth - posted on 12/10/2009

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my older stopped eating jar food about 1 yr... my youngest never ate jar food. maybe he see what you eat and thinks its yummier? If he has teeth and is a good chewer he might like soft whole foods.

Jennifer - posted on 12/10/2009

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What do you mean by baby food? Are you still just giving purees? My 10 month old loves mac and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches with finely chopped chicken under the cheese, potato soup, waffles and just about everything else that my husband and I eat. Maybe your kiddo is just ready to jump into table foods!

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