my baby is 13 months old, but still refuses most foods!

Angeleque - posted on 02/12/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )

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he will only eat yogurt and baby cereal most days> I wanted to switch to whole milk, but decided against doing so because I fear he wont get the nutrition he needs! Any tips to get him to eat a variety?

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Try mixing foods in with his yogurt and cereal gradually. Hopefully it will get him used to the new tastes. Also, most kids need to try a food up to ten times before they will accept it. If you are worried about his nutrition, ask the doctor about vitamin drops.

Lori - posted on 02/12/2010

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Many young children have a difficult time adjusting to new textures. If they are graduating from cereals and baby foods those are very smooth. Chewing is a learned action introduce soft finger foods such as cheerios, puffs, and yogurt bites these are foods that can be chewed and desolve to a certain extent. Good luck.

Gwen - posted on 02/12/2010

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have you tried fruit... Pears, peaches, bananas, applesauce. Basically anything soft that you can mash or cut into small pieces. Spaghetti, noodles, cottage cheese, avacado, sweet potato, cooked veggies (carrots, green beans, etc.)

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I agree w/ Kelsie. Toddlers (from my experience) always like mom or dad's food better than theirs. ;) Keep offering a variety of foods. He will eat when he's ready.

Kelsie - posted on 02/12/2010

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My son always likes the food I am eating better. It can be the exact same food but it tastes better when it is mine. lol. When introducing new food, try intoducing it from your plate. If he likes it then give him a little FROM YOUR PLATE as his own serving. It worked for me and now my son is very open to new foods. I really only had to do it a few times before he realized that food is yummy. :D I also would suggest letting him eat at the table...in a booster chair of course, instead of a high chair. I don't know what he eats in now but my son eats better when he eats WITH people. He always eats more when he is at the table then when he is in a high chair. Make eating fun. Get chicken nuggets that come in shapes and make the shapes talk about how good they are. It is weird but it might help him be more comfortable with new foods. I hope this helps a little....and good luck.

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