My 9-month old wont eat meat. Any way it is given to her. Any tips?

Kristin - posted on 09/21/2009 ( 63 moms have responded )

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She wont eat jarred, or pureed. Any kind of meat she just cries and spits it out. Will this change or is there something I can do.

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Barbara - posted on 09/21/2009

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Give her time. She may not like the feel of it in her mouth. She is only nine months. Most babies do not eat a thing until they are a yr. We are all in a rush to make them grown...enjoy it and let her eat if she wants too. I use to worry because mine did not want to eat anything but Cheese Doodle when she was about 2 and the dr said to look at what was in them, flour, cheese, milk...It will come don't force it!

Lisa - posted on 09/24/2009

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Thats normal I have 4 kids and none of them liked meat til they were older just give them beans and eggs for protien

User - posted on 09/24/2009

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i have this same issue with my now 19 month old. ask your ped about vitamins, and if youre already giving them, my ped told me to pour the juices from the meat onto the rest of his food. he still eats mainly veggies and fruits, and is very selective of the meats that he does eat.

User - posted on 09/24/2009

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I have known many vegetarian and vegan families with kids and their kids are healthy as horses! Just keep offering it and eventually when she's ready she'll eat it. I know it's hard but the more emotions we put into getting them to eat something, the more they refuse it. They can feel the tension, just stayed relaxed and mellow around mealtimes. Good Luck!

Monica - posted on 09/21/2009

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OK NOW A NINE MONTH OLD BABY DOES NOT NEED SPICES, SALT, OR BUTTER THAT IS JUST REDICULOUS. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH NOT EATING MEAT I AM NOT VEGETARIAN OR ANYTHING BUT THERE ARE OTHER WAYS. LET YOUR BABY EAT A LITTLE PEANUT BUTTER IN PLACE OF THE MEAT AND GIVE THE TODDLER SNACKS THAT ARE HIGH IN IRON AND PROTEIN OR JUST ASH THE DOCTOR THEY CAN POINT YOU IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AS WELL.

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Hey Lisa! Have you tried the blended types of food? Like vegetable-beef, etc? It"s been a LONG time (haha), but my kids liked that.

Andrea - posted on 09/24/2009

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Maybe it could be because it's processed. I would say make some homemade spaghetti with the meat finely crumbled...that worked for my kids. If that doesn't work, I don't know. You could try giving some beef jerky for them to chew on, but you may want to watch them. It's how I get my son to eat meat. Or bacon.

Jessica - posted on 09/24/2009

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My daughter was.... is a finicky eater. I would suggest offering other protein pick ups like butter beans, raviolis, and move up to deli meat as she chews better. Have you ever tasted baby food meats. It's nasty stuff. And she can get iron from any green veggi's. It doesn't have to be baby food. At nine months you might find her more amiable towards Chef boy Orde than Gerber.

User - posted on 09/24/2009

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Speaking from food allergy experiences with mine when she was a baby.... don't worry about it right now. Maybe it's a problem for her to digest it. Give her lots of veggies, rice, you know... like a veggie diet along with milk and juices, she'll do fine. She develop a liking for it later or maybe you'll find that she just can't handle it. The old wise tale of...if they are allergic to something they'll break out or swell up.. is not true at all. My daughter had food allergies and would reject certain things all the time and never was able to handle beef. When we figured it out, she was less cranky and so were we. Hope this helps, Brenda

Lisa Marie - posted on 09/24/2009

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av u tried puting abit of gravy on it thats wot i did wiv my son n he ate alot better.

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My daughter 12 still will only eat certain meats. I spoke with her doctor and he told me to offer alternative proteins such as pinto beans, eggs and peanut butter. He also said when I find what she likes...go with that. Good luck.

Karen - posted on 09/24/2009

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My son would only eat Ham mixed with Pineapple... I would just through it in the processor. It works and he ate it!! I think it is mostly the texture and like most people have said. there are tons of other ways to get the Proteins and Irons!!

Victoria - posted on 09/24/2009

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Just keep offering it to her....was the advice I got from my pediatrician when my daughter was a baby. My daughter is now 9 and still won't eat any kind of red meat or pork. She will now eat chicken and some kinds of fish, but she is on a mostly vegetarian diet. There are many other ways to make sure your child is getting what they need. Ask your pediatrician for advice if it continues, in the mean time try to add more beans and eggs into her diet. Some kids just don't like meat!

Yanira - posted on 09/24/2009

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Why are you giving a 9 month old meat??? ... She doesnt want it she's not ready... try other things to substitute the protein.....There are other alternatives..., Don't be alarmed.... Ask a doctor or look up other thing like shakes and stuff You just have to do some research....It must be she doesnt like the texture or the taste.. give her some time she will grow out it.... It sounds like she's just not ready... dont force her she could get sick....and you could have other major problems with her....

Alisa - posted on 09/24/2009

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I've worked at a daycare for over twenty years, and never have I seen a baby eat the meat from a jar, ever! So one day I decided to taste it and see what was so bad about it. I can only liken the taste as to mud...yep mud, and i guess that's because I was raised as a tomboy on a farm. Yuk! Seriously, she's at the age to start introducing her to table food, it's a good time to start with the meat, use very small, soft amounts, just make sure the meat is tender. Even if she has no teeth, if it's tender enough, she'll be able to mash it with her gums, those gums are stronger than you think. Good luck!

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I had the same problem at that age. I just had to put it aside for another month or two. The jarred pureed stuff smells and tastes kinda icky so what I did was to get some skinless chicken thighs and marinate them in lemon juice (no salt or spices are necessary) for about an hour and then grill or bake. The dark meat is more flavorful and tender than white meat. At this age, babies need the fat and calories, so it's not bad for them. Just cut it up into really tiny chunks. See if she'll eat that. If not, wait a few weeks and try again. My son is now 13 mo. and he loves that chicken! But now I add garlic and rosemary and he just can't get enuf!

User - posted on 09/24/2009

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Hello.. my lil' princess would not either ... my mom had me buy baby food ..like apples & chicken ( already) mixed ... it taste sweet & now she gets her meat!!!! I hope I could help:)

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I had the same problem with my daughter and I did not force it on her i realised she just didn't like meat she is five years old now and still doesn't eat it . Legumes can be a substitue for meat for it adds protein as well. Have you try Fish. You can observe her as she grows but It's nothing to be alarmed about I really think it is the healthier choice.

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My daughter is 2 now and she was like that just keep trying and she will eventually eat it.. Even now some days my daughter will not eat it, then some days she wants to eat meat all day long...

Brandy - posted on 09/23/2009

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My oldest son did the same thing! I could have sworn he was a self proclaimed vegetarian at 9 mth! They do grow out of it, the meats mixed with veg. they'll take easier. I swore his problem was the texture of meat... He finally really started eating meats around 2. Hope this helps.

Amy - posted on 09/23/2009

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My daughter who's now a year old, refuses to eat baby food in general. She loves people food, but as far as not eating meat, I would go with the advice of mixing it up with something, such as mashed potatoes. Although that may not always work because I tried to get my girl to eat corn kernels, with mashed potatoes and she was disgusted. Chicken, is my best bet--such as chicken nuggets for example. The meat hidden with something else. However, she's only 9 months, and just starting to explore table food, I wouldn't worry so much.

Rebecca - posted on 09/23/2009

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it will change, my kids were like that. sometimes i would add a little formula and cereal with it to thin it out and make it taste different. most kids dont like stuff because of the texture of it. not nessasarily because they dont like the taste. hope this helps.

Sarah - posted on 09/23/2009

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if you are buying jarred baby food, it is actually really bland. Try making your own purees adding some seasoning and spices. Spices are NOT bad for a 9 month old, just stay away from salt of mixed spices including an excessive amount of salt.

Kelly - posted on 09/23/2009

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try blending it down so its very fine and mixing it with mashed potato or mashed vegs with abit of gravy my little boy wouldn't eat meet till he was one some children don't like the texture in their mouths don't worry they soon get used to it!

Lynette - posted on 09/23/2009

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If you noticed in your grocery store ( i go to walmart) and they have mixed the chicken, turkey, and beef with the veggies already. My son who is 2 now, would not eat the meay but now my daughter who is 7 months, loves the mixed meats with the veggies! She would not eat it plain but when it is mixed, she'll eat it.

Angela - posted on 09/23/2009

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i had a tough time giving the jarred puree meats to my kids as well and it seemed to help when i mixed it with their fave vegatable she loved the chicken and applesauce mixed!! good luck and i hope this helps!!

Crystal - posted on 09/23/2009

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Oh wow, I have a 2 yr old boy who wont eat any either...none at all! we make sure he eats peanut butter and eggs often. While your daughter isnt old enough for peanut butter I think that eggs may be a good exploratory food. Remember to do the allergy test first before you give her any significant amount...one or two bites the first day, the next time another bite or two and wait, if there is no reaction (within a1/2hour to an hour) she should be okay.

Lena - posted on 09/23/2009

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mix the meat with a fruit baby food and put in blender and mix it up good and see if that works it did for me when mine was little

Imelda - posted on 09/22/2009

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All children have their own taste, my 7 year old niece is going through the same issue, in her case she learned in school that the chicken nuggets actually came from a chicken so now she questions the origin of every meat portion on her plate and more times than not does not eat it. What to do? Supplement with other items that will provided the needed proteins for your child. Peanut butter, different types of grains, beans, tofu. Check with a nutritionist or your pediatrician on the proper portions for your baby and don't worry to much maybe this is a great time to introduce all kinds of interesting legumes and veggies, always great choices. More times than not this is temporary. Wishing you the best.

Morgan - posted on 09/22/2009

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My son is 5 now and he never would eat the meat baby food. And still does not eat it now. The rest of the family will, But we just give him seafood,Beans,Peanuts/peanut butter,eggs.. And its actually alot better for him he has never been sick NOT ONCE!! so i would not recommend forcing it. We humans were not meant to process Animal carcass that is why all of our teeth are flat like a carnivore dinosaur! HAHA!! I am a butcher and have been for 9 yrs. You would hate to know what your meat goes through.

Elizabeth - posted on 09/22/2009

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my kid,who is almost 4 still won't eat meat, unless it's chicken nuggets or once in a while grandma's meatballs,she's a healthy kid, hopefully one day she'll want to cook out steaks with us

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She will get better. My daughter wouldnt eat anything from a jar. I had to make all her meals and she wouldnt eat sandwiches untill she was three. Try again in a few weeks she still is only little. Good luck

Kadie - posted on 09/22/2009

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i have a 19 month old that still wont eat meat his dr. told me to no be worried just substitute with other foods high in proteins and iron to keep her diet balanced out

User - posted on 09/22/2009

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Sorry, may not change. My daughter is almost 23 years old and still won't eat meat. This started the same way wouldn't eat any in any form, and still doesn't even touch it. She will eat chicken if cleaned and cooked boneless.

Michelle - posted on 09/22/2009

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Well she is big enough to be eating all our food... my little girl is just about 9 months and i have been giving her steak, beef roast, shrimp for a couple months, just give her little tiny pieces, or mix it with mashed potatoes

User - posted on 09/22/2009

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don't worry about it ,,, my son didn't eat meat for a long time and grew up big and strong and now plays college baseball. for serious

Heather - posted on 09/22/2009

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If she doesn't like it I wouldn't force it. As she grows just keep offering all varieties of meat, even stuff you don't like. But if you force it the battle of the wills will drive you crazy. My kids will now try just about anything, but I don't force them. They are expected to take a bite of new things, and even some old things they haven't liked before, but I figure there are things I just don't like maybe the same is true for them. My 5 yr old son doesn't really love meat, he would much rather get his protein in the form of beans or anything other than meat ("it is too chewy"). I hope this helps.

Tamara - posted on 09/22/2009

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First - don't stress over it. A child of any age can pick up on how you're feeling and turn it to their own advantage. Don't worry about the baby food meats, but maybe offer some SOFT meats now & then from your meals...have you tried fish? I used to cook a very small amount seperate (less seasonings, etc) and didn't give my youngest 2 'baby foods' at all, just real food prepared softer. Keep offering...one day she'll surprise you. Maybe she'd be more interested if it was in finger-food form. You can also offer soft beans as finger foods. ALSO - try offering at the beginning of the meal when she's most hungry. That worked with my son when he didn't like something. Hunger overruled the bad taste. I would NOT try peanut butter earlier than a year - pb allergy has risen a lot recently and waiting to offer it reduces the chance of that happening to her.

Kelly - posted on 09/22/2009

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This should change. My son is 5 and just started eating good. When they are ready and they body says it needs more of something, she will eat it. Don't worry. If she is eating then she'll be fine.

Cathi - posted on 09/22/2009

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She may be getting new teeth. Try it cold, so it soothes. I was having trouble with my guy, and this worked for me. A baby will not starve itself. They will eat when hungry and stop when full. Also, don't give the breast/bottle first, if you do. Make sure she is good and hungry before feeding.

Krista - posted on 09/22/2009

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If you make your own baby food you can puree your own meat and mix it with fruit. For example, pork chops go well with apple sauce. Chicken goes well with carrots. Beef goes well with......well, just about anything. She probably won't even know she's eating meat.

Amanda - posted on 09/22/2009

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ohhh .... i had these fights with my son over this topic , one's that would end in us both being in tears, him trowing his food at me and me crying cause " he needed it to grow " well all those tears and long nights all in vain , he is now 9 yrs old and still will not eat meat , at age 5 , after speaking to doctors and being refered to nutritionists etc, i gave up trying to make him eat it , the doctors and nutritionist pointed out to me that some vegies ( broccoli , which thankfully he loves) , leguimes and nuts can all replace the nutrition that one would get from meats. dont stress over this like i did , just make sure iron and other essential nutrients are made available with other foods .obviously nutts are not to be given to younge children and babies incase of allergies but vegies and legimes are easy enough to blend up for baby food.

Brenis - posted on 09/22/2009

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My daughter was the same way. When she got older we started fixing her veg. and telling her it was steak. We would act like we were calling McDonald's and telling them to fix her a steak. After awhile she gradully starting eating meat. Took some time but ended working out for the best.

Rachel - posted on 09/22/2009

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I never fed the jar meat to my babies. For one it looks gross and I wouldn't want to eat it! I talked to the dr about it and she said its not important for them to eat it. They are getting what they need from formula or breast milk. They really don't need to eat jar food. That is just to get them started on regular foods.

Jessica - posted on 09/22/2009

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My son wouldn't eat meat unless it was mixed in with something at that age. Just make sure he's getting the protein from somewhere else like scrambled eggs. My son will eat just about any kind of meat now b/c we just kept trying it with him. My son will eat chicken and pork better than red meat

Donna - posted on 09/22/2009

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My 10 yr old is still not a big meat eater he started to eat b-que chicken two yrs ago and last yr hamburger. and another friend mine she is still trying to get her son to eat it. i told her just keep trying different ways small portions thats what i did but i still can NOT get him to eat potatoes of any kind. some kids its all about the texture in there mouth at least thats what doc said.

Amii - posted on 09/22/2009

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my little boy is older than your bub but dosent like a lot of meat so I try to make things like soups and stews that the meat is cooked in, the vitamins and minerals leach into the rest of the soup during the cooking process. Then you just need to puree or sieve the vegies to the right consistancy. I wouldn't introduce peanut butter as earlier suggested as not only is it a real allergy risk it is high in fat, sugar and salt and I didn't want to start bad habbits so young I think it is just a lazy alternative to finding a real solution.

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have you tried chicken nuggets. my daughter wont eat any meat except chicken nuggets. but she has a mouth full of teeth and has since she was 9-months old.

April - posted on 09/21/2009

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Have you tried the dinners? You know the Turkey Dinner, Chicken and Rice, etc? If the meat is blended with other foods she may find it more appealing. Have you started her on table food @ all? When that time comes, it may sould a bit harsh but it works, give her only meat. Whatever you choose, hotdogs, chicken, etc. She may not want it at first but when she gets hungry enough she will eat it.

Samantha - posted on 09/21/2009

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Some kids take to meat later, nine months is a little early to worrying about meat, just make sure iron and protein are in diet which can be with spinach and other greens, peanut butter might be too thick, be careful, cheese cubes was trusty tool with mine as they could fist it to their mouths themselves. Just keep trying different combinations that meet the nutrition that your pediatrician recommends.

Taami - posted on 09/21/2009

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U can try this....i made my daughters food i never used gerber or any of the others...for my daughter i took an apple peeled it....in an aluminum foil type packet i put a few slices of apple down , a piece small piece of chicken(boneless skinless) on top of the apples then a few more slices of peeled pears and poured a lil bit of water and about 1/8 cup of pear juice on top made a packet and cooked it in oven for about 20 minute on 350 degrees...when it cooled i put it ALL in processor....you got the fruit, fruit juice and chicken all in one and my daughter LOVED IT!!! It comes out non bland but not overly sweet..if you over cook chicken try adding a bit more applesauce and good luck...it is delish!!! mY older son wanted to eat it and as hubby fed her he snuck a few bites...i didnt puree it liek water but it came out kinda stringy

Judy - posted on 09/21/2009

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it ts to hard to chew . try some veina sauchies soft and they hold them all by themself . makes them feel so indepentent

Angel - posted on 09/21/2009

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depending on whether she can have it or not, my son was...well is.. the same way..I usually mix it with some mashed potatoes, or in something that I know that he likes alot...that usually takes care of it :)

Tara - posted on 09/21/2009

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My daughter didn't like the jarred baby food meat either (and I can see why not, they are pretty gross). What she did like was if I cut a big chunk (something she couldn't bite pieces off or swallow) off of whatever we were having (pork chops, chicken, etc) and let her just gum it to death - got her used to the flavor and the idea that meat can be food. She's 18 months old now and will eat whatever meat we have, although she still dislikes certain textures (like ground beef) sometimes.

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