Transition to Baby Food

Tabitha - posted on 08/11/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My six month old refuses to eat any baby food. We have tried infant feeders, bowls all different feeding positions. Any suggestions?

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Devorah - posted on 08/11/2009

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Try real food. To decide what food to give your little one...look at the teeth. If he/she no teeth or front teeth coming in, give her real food that is soft in its natural state—like papaya, mango,banana, peaches, egg...etc. Anything that humans need to grind with their molars (like grains, rice (yep...even baby rice cereal) will bother baby's digestion. Stick w/simple soft natural foods. This advice from a ND helped me when my son was 6 months. I often par-boiled pear and spinach, put it in the blender and wahlahhh....yummie baby food. To store it, I'd pour the food into ice cube trays, freeze it. Each cube is roughly 1 oz. Once they are frozen, pop them out into a zip lock and store in freezer. Another good comb is papaya and banana. Good Luck!

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Two words- real food. I probably used 3 jars of baby food over 4 children. Mine went straight to soft foods that were what everyone else was eating. My oldest wouldn't eat anything she couldn't put in her own mouth (except breast milk) AND had no teeth. She went straight to eating soft chunks of food off her high chair tray. I would give her pea sized chunks of banana, cheese, canned veggies and fruit, cereals broken up, rice cakes, chopped boiled or scrambled eggs, etc. She ate very little if any meat. She got her protein from eggs and cheese and milk. Try your baby out on different foods and see how he/she does. As someone said in another thread, there's nothing magic about baby food. It's really kind of gross! I wouldn't eat it. :-)

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Rhiannon - posted on 08/15/2009

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real food! something mushy enough like baby food. or you can always put whatever your eating in a blender to mix it up enough to feed them.

Lydia - posted on 08/15/2009

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My daughter loved purees but hated anything with texture. Started her on finger food and she got used to chewing (well more like chomping coz she hasnt got teeth) and swallowing bits of food. Now she'll eat pretty much anything. Experiment a bit with her foods - different flavours and textures. Theyll find something they like and start from there :)

Alice - posted on 08/15/2009

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My daughter started having baby rice on her six month bithday, but within a day she was having tiny portions (we're talking a couple of teaspoons here) of mashed vegetables. She absolutely loved sweet potatoes, but also liked carrots, potato and other veggies, plus of course bananas, pears, apple. Mix them together to get more interesting flavours. Within a month she was on 3 meals a day (still tiny portions) to supplement her bottle feeds. I then started her on foods she could hold and suck at, like pitta breads with humous, cheese cut into sticks, strips of pepper, etc. Some people advocate going straight to finger feeding options and cutting out the mashed /puree stage.



My daughter was(and is) a fussy eater and the health visitor suggested that she need food with more flavour, so at about 9 months we started her on very mild versions of veggie curry and veggie chilli, and she was instantly alot better at eating her food, she just didn't like bland! What you were eating when you were pregnant is probably what you baby craves?



PS I never added sugar or salt to any of her food, there is no need if you choose naturally tasty foods.



PPS My health visitor also pointed out that babies won't starve themselves, if they are hungry they will eat, if they are not hungry then they won't be interested. As long as your baby is getting milk, it will be fine for the moment.



PPPS My daughter and I are vegetarian.

Christina - posted on 08/11/2009

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Quoting Cathralynn:



Quoting heba:

Try Juices in her bottle .then use a wider opening for minced fruits and minced vegetables try to change the flavour so that she likes it .Use a very tiny portion of salt or lemon .change the combination so that u find out what she likes.for example use banana with orange juice to create a thin puree.or try potatoes and zuchini together with apinch of salt.






I really wouldn't recommend going this route with these type things from a bottle, especially without talking to your doc first.  Its a really bad habit to start and horrible for their teeth.  If your daughter won't eat from a spoon or hand feed herself, its just too early for her to start solids yet.  Keep trying she will learn.  Right now its just practice and only formula or breastmilk is her nutrition.  My daughter didn't start eating enough solids to replace any milk intake until closer to 8mo.  Your daughter will do it in her own time.





i agree. don't put anything in a bottle other than breastmilk or formula.  and i wouldn't recommend adding salt to any baby food.  it's not a healthy habit to start.  and be careful of citrus at this age.  it can irritate some their stomachs and cause a slight rash around their mouth.

Christina - posted on 08/11/2009

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i made all our food. basically a thick puree of a veggie or fruit we were having. at first it's really about the practice, not so much a need to get a lot of food in them. they will eat what they need to. some things my son would only eat if i added some cereal to it. just be consistent with offering it, but don't worry if they don't end up eating it. eventually they will become interested in it. try a variety of foods. you never know what they will end up liking.

Nicole - posted on 08/11/2009

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When you say baby food are you meaning the canned/packaged fruits and vegetables? Have you tried oatmeal or rice cereal for babies? My daughter wasn't the biggest fan of the rice cereal since it didn't taste like anything but she does like the oatmeal. She is just about 6 months now. Sometimes when I think the baby food will be too strong tasting I mix it with the oatmeal first to get her use to the taste.

Have you tried that? Or does your 6 month old refuse a spoon fed meal altogether?

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I agree with Tammy. Braden did eat some baby food but I did start giving him lots of soft foods, pastas, bananas, any type of soft fruit. Those gerber graduates snacks are good too. He will eat when hes hungry. When you least expect it he'll eat, he may even eat the baby food. Ravioli was a big hit, and bananas were too for Braden, but all babies are different. Hopefully he'll eat for you soon..

Cathralynn - posted on 08/11/2009

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Quoting heba:

Try Juices in her bottle .then use a wider opening for minced fruits and minced vegetables try to change the flavour so that she likes it .Use a very tiny portion of salt or lemon .change the combination so that u find out what she likes.for example use banana with orange juice to create a thin puree.or try potatoes and zuchini together with apinch of salt.



I really wouldn't recommend going this route with these type things from a bottle, especially without talking to your doc first.  Its a really bad habit to start and horrible for their teeth.  If your daughter won't eat from a spoon or hand feed herself, its just too early for her to start solids yet.  Keep trying she will learn.  Right now its just practice and only formula or breastmilk is her nutrition.  My daughter didn't start eating enough solids to replace any milk intake until closer to 8mo.  Your daughter will do it in her own time.

Heba - posted on 08/11/2009

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Try Juices in her bottle .then use a wider opening for minced fruits and minced vegetables try to change the flavour so that she likes it .Use a very tiny portion of salt or lemon .change the combination so that u find out what she likes.for example use banana with orange juice to create a thin puree.or try potatoes and zuchini together with apinch of salt.

Cathralynn - posted on 08/11/2009

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Look into baby led weaning, it worked for my daughter who refused spoon feeding at all. Its very much like Tammy described feeding her children. And there's so many other positives. My daughter never did cry again at another meal and its so stress free for both of us! You raise a child who is willing to try new foods and who controls their own feeding by recognising their own hunger and fullness cues, wonderful really.

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