How do i get my 1 yr old to eat real food?

Jennifer - posted on 06/09/2009 ( 26 moms have responded )

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He only takes a bottle & sweet stuff like junk...

He didnt ever eat baby food..

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Tiffany - posted on 06/09/2009

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Stop offering anything that isn't what you want him to eat. Only offer healthy options and he will come around. It may take a little time, but don't give up. Also, avoid offering juice to drink - offer milk or water. It will be a challenge, but if you give in then you will have to start all over because he will start snubbing the healthy food and only want to eat the "junk" you mentioned. If it's any consolation, I have four children that are 6 mo., 20 mo., 3.5, and 6.5 and if any of them do not want what I serve for any given meal then they go without and none of them have yet to starve. Although, it's all in what you are comfortable with. Just remember that more work you put into it now, the easier and better it will be for your son overall. Best wishes to you!

Amber-Marie - posted on 06/09/2009

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start off with fruit and a rice cereal, he isnt goign to like it at first but you are the mom which means that you always win... if he wants sweet stuff give him apple sauce or banana's stuff like that (fruit is always very sweet) and when it comes to veggies make it carrots or peas, if your worried about his health you can start him on the todler formula (its meant for 12 months and up) that will have most of his vitamins and nutrience in it that he will need to just get by, other then that though its mostly trial and error. you need to give him a variety of options without the junk and it also really helps out if you eat the same time that he does (and you make healthy choices yourself) that way if he sees mommy eating carrots well then maybe he just might want to try one... good luck!

User - posted on 06/09/2009

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Now I am probably one of the oldest moms here, I am a grandma who daycared for 32 years. Most kids have an interest in what you are eating. Offer him some of the foods that you are eating. Like mashed potatoes, and food that the child can pick up in his hand and try. Don't make a point of insistance, just let his own curiousity take over. I have never seen a grown up with a bottle, he will come around, he just likes what is familiar to him.

Stephani - posted on 06/09/2009

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well as far as the sippy cup goes start by putting the handles on the bottle so they get use to that then you can find a sippy cup top to fit on the bottle so they get use to that and then just switch out all together. with my daughter we started her trying out a sippy cup at 9 months she would take it with her snacks, then at a year we just locked up all her bottles and just gave her the sippy cup. as far as the food goes try giving him foods that he can feed himself, i know my daughter doesn't like to be hand feed anymore, so we make food that she can feed her self. Gerber has these things called pasta pick-ups she loves those. i agree with the other moms that you need to keep the sweets away or he will never want anything else. my daughter only gets water and milk and whenever we giver her juice it's 25% juice and 75% water, and her "sweets" our pretty much animal crackers or gram crackers.

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Stephenie - posted on 06/12/2009

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my son was the same way-he is almost 2 and cannot harder foods like pretzels and stuff like that he also just gave up his bottle. offer him food from your plate, dont give in after a little while of him not eating, he will eat when he is hungry. Dont offer bottle until nap times or bed times, also if he has eaten some food and seems full offer a bottle after to satisfy him. If he doesnt eat breakfast then wait till lunch to offer food again. dont worry about waiting-it wont malnutrish him or anything it will just teach him when meals are and eventually he will eat what is offered, until he does this no snacks. try offering a sippie during meal times. that how my son converted to sippie cups. oh yeah one more thing if he is still on formula(he may not like the taste of whole milk) there is formula designed for 9-24 months.it called go and grow. put that in a sippie not a bottle and see if he will take it that way. good luck.

Cindy - posted on 06/12/2009

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Magic Bullet - Hand held - compact personal - food processor/blender. Sold on TV and in some major departement stores. You might even find one on E-bay.

Mel - posted on 06/11/2009

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Quoting Lorice:

stop giving him/ her junk food. Kids do not know what is best for them, it certainly is not junk food. Star out with healthy habits that will last a lifetime. How does your child know to like junk food? You are the parent, he has got that taste in his mouth of nasty empty calorie junk food, whole food is the best for developmental growth


 



when a baby doesnt eat you need to give them anything they will eat which unfortunately includes junk. my little girl would only eat yogurt and custard all day then after that she wouldnt even eat those, now at 14 months shes only been eating hot chips, cheese burgers, sausages, and chocolate bars since she was around 10 months but if it puts the weigtht onto her i dont care and neither do her dietitians. junk food is not "empty calorie", thats why i give mine the bad stuff because its full of fat

User - posted on 06/11/2009

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stop giving him/ her junk food. Kids do not know what is best for them, it certainly is not junk food. Star out with healthy habits that will last a lifetime. How does your child know to like junk food? You are the parent, he has got that taste in his mouth of nasty empty calorie junk food, whole food is the best for developmental growth

Mel - posted on 06/09/2009

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if hes one he can have pretty much anything and really wont want to eat baby food, that stuff tastes pretty grose, my daughter is a junk food addict too shes 14 months and when we give her a rusk she will throw it but if we give her hot chips or a chocolate bar she will eat it. doesnt matter to us cause we are happy to give her anything to get the weight on her since shes such a picky eater but we find thats shes always happy to try new things or old things mixed with new.

have you tried water melon cut in long slices she he can hold it and eat it? slices of apple, pear, banana, boiled vegies, icy poles made with normal or baby juice, fruit bars, fish fingers, crackers or toast with spreads, slices of cheese, things like that? or make up some spaghetti and mince and put it in a bowl in front of him see how he goes with it add some cheese

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You eat healthy foods and let the baby sample stuff from your plate. Babies don't necessarily needs "baby" food, they need safe food - small soft pieces, nothing too spicy to start. 13th month old grandbaby went to a wedding on sunday with me and had chicken, rigatoni, wedding soup, pasta salad, tiny bits of cheese, fruit salad, and tried a pizelle.

Sonya - posted on 06/09/2009

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Make sure he watches his brother eating, babies love to copy! Also try giving him an assortment of food that is colorful. Does he know how to chew, like did he ever eat rice cereal? If not, you should start with 1st foods, as if he is a 6 month old because his body has to get used to something other than a liquid diet.

Misti - posted on 06/09/2009

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the best way to get ur one year old to eat real food is to get a magic bullet an make it in to baby food but with out all that stuff they put it in it gives them the tast of the reall food which make them want more an graduly make chunkyer then after an few weeks or a month or two they will it it all sold like we do

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my youngest hated most foods when she was learning about foods. So I would mix it in something she did like. Gradually adding more and more to it until she was eatting it by its self.

Cidalia - posted on 06/09/2009

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Let him feed himself... sure, it's messy, but it might help get him started.

Amy - posted on 06/09/2009

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I agree with Tejal, baby is getting some food. Some babies eat like birds(don' t we all wish we could be so disciplined) is he malnourished. My youngest waited a very long time to start solids(food allergies). I promise eventually he will begin to eat. Also they know what they like, still to this day my daughter doesn't like potatoes... go outside the box , maybe avocado, or sliced canned pears,

Tejal - posted on 06/09/2009

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start with milk based semi solids(mashed banana with milk ,rice ,potatoes ) then graduate to soft foods . try to be strict about the bottle ,its difficult, he wont like it at all in thye beginning, but if u time it just when baby is really hungry , he will start eating

gud luck!

Cindy - posted on 06/09/2009

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That's odd. He never tried to grab food from your plates? Weird. Both my kids are avid people food eaters. 3 year old loved his broccoli, and raw carrots. IF we eat it, they want it.

Baby food is gross. Did you taste it? yucky.



Sweet stuff? Like what?



We don't have sweets in our home at all. We keep them in the garage or we buy what we need for that moment.

My kids know what chocolate is...dessert. They don't get it until dinner is done.

The baby knows if he eats all his pablum he gets a few Tablespoons of fruit.

If I'm running late prepping dinner the boys get fingerfoods (like fruitloops, cheerios, or gerber puffs)

But I'm lucky that way.

You can try not giving him a bottle until your dinner choice is mangled and maybe chewed, possibly swallowed.



***You might also want to get his teeth checked. IF he has cavities it might hurt to chew.



Don't feel bad about 1yr old not having a sippy cup yet. My three year old was a tough convert. I had to taint his bottles with vanilla to get him to reject a bottle and use a sippy cup. That was just this christmas, and he turned 3 in April. You are not alone.



Your going to have to start with "baby steps" (a teaspoon) and work your way up to 1/2 cup of your dinner. Good luck.

Becky - posted on 06/09/2009

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Mine used a sippy cup for about a week and could care less for it. We tried both the soft and firm sippy cup spout, he just didn't like it.

He preferred a straw and drinking from the mouth of the cup. How about trying that?

Jennifer - posted on 06/09/2009

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So, find a sippy cup w/ handles that fits the bottles i use.. Im gonna try this. Im up for any new things to try.. Thangs so much

Jennifer - posted on 06/09/2009

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He never has liked baby food. Ive gave him it and real food He will take first bite then push it back out mouth & wont open his mouth for another bite.. He also dont drink from a sippy cup yet.. Nor his brother There twins . Kyle will eat anything i give him. Ive been told by the Doc that if it was something i was doing wroung both would be doing it.

Lisa - posted on 06/09/2009

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don't offer any more sweets...it's really bad for their new teeth...

try him on new foods gradually...don't force it...if you see that he likes something offer that more often...but keep trying! :D

Stephani - posted on 06/09/2009

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he is a year old and has never had any kind of solid food...only a bottle? if he has never been on "baby" food you might need to start him off on that so he learns to chew before you try him on solids. why has he never been on baby food?

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