what can i make my baby that tastes good we are only giving her water for half a day to see if she will start eating properly!

Mel - posted on 06/08/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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my 14 month old is on pediasure which has nearly double the calories of cows milk yesterday we ran out of formula and after having a feed of cows milk she surprisingly ate her food that night. now her dietitian told us today to just give her water and a rusk for afternoon tea and make her lots of finger food for dinner and see how much she eats when shes actually hungry.



since shes been a terrible eater with solids since she was 3 months we have given up now and dont waste our time making food so can someone give me some good ideas for what to make her for dinner im going to give her some fish fingers but what else tastes good that i can cook her and try her on tonight.

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Mel - posted on 06/09/2009

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oh sorry Rowena she does pick up everything and put it in her mouth yeah everything but food lol. the OT keeps taking everything out her mouth and trying to teach her other things now like stacking, banging toys and putting the toys back into the box etc

Mel - posted on 06/09/2009

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theres been some really good helpful replies here thankyou she did so well tonight (well for her i mean) she hadnt had formula since 11 am and she got her food at 5.45pm to 6.30. and after this she held the whole bottle too which is a first for her! i know its not something we can do again for her because shes already lost weight this past week but it was good to see how much she would eat. we gave her lost of different things like macaroni, slices of cheese, cherkins, crackers, water melon, potato gems, fish fingers, brocolli pattis, some oven baked rolls with butter and a drink of water. i have to say she definately was interested in the food even if she did not swallow heaps.

To Beckie - i couldnt say without seeing him did he ever eat solids? some go thru stages of eating then not eating or stages of refusing to spoon feed. my girl clamps her mouth shut and will not spoon feed since she was 10 months. are you offering lots of different foods and textures including hot and cold finger foods, pureed and normal vegies, yogurts and custards? some thing my OT told me they may work for him is rubbing lemon and his lips or ice and always offer foods before milk otherwise their tummy gets full

Thanks to all the ladies who responded i had planned on making her a proper meal but i got home late from the food shop

Francesca - posted on 06/09/2009

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melissa, my stepson has problems with his eating. when i met his dad he was 1 1/2 because he was being sick all the time after/during feeds(bottle) mother decided to use a medicine spoon as she found that worked. dont get me started on that!!!lol

well he also wouldn't eat any solids but when me and my husband moved in together i said i was NOT going to feed him like that. so we started giving him finger food i.e sandwiches cut into fingers, steamed veg, soft fruit. it worked for a while but his mother wasn't doing the same. he was then 2.

so i would say give her finger food now, dont make it a big deal if she doesn't eat it just keep tryin and tryin, as giving up would give her the idea that your soft and she would be able to get away with not eating and she will get lazy just like my stepson.if ya wanna know more just ask

Beckie - posted on 06/09/2009

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my lilttle boy is 10months 1 week now and will not eat solids, he will only take milk, do you think i need to see a dietitian? x

Jessica - posted on 06/09/2009

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My bub (although only 9 months) LOVES mashed pumpkin, sweet potato, potato and creamed corn. All mixed together with a little vegimight to give it a bit of seasoning. I just add in a little of her formula to make it a bit runnier.

I know is sounds grose but she loves banana and avacardo mixed together

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it will just take time...does she pick toys up and put them in her mouth? Part of the reason I ask this is that babies like textures, so it may not be the food that is not liked but the texture, so try different ways of presenting food. Try and keep away from adding too much, salt, butter and pepper to the foods as they aren't always necessary and we have adjusted our tastes to them where babies have not. When my daughter was just starting on solids, I would often mix 1 or maybe 2 other veges in with mashed potato to work out what she liked. Also, fingers of banana, or stewed apples (not too much sugar) are a great way of trying fruit.

You could also try eating the same type of food (finger) with her watching at a time that is hungry...she may just decide to copy!

Veronica - posted on 06/08/2009

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What a little stinker!! hehe You know i would just keep giving her things and hopefully she will get the idea and eat -- eat with her, and dont even 'pay attention' to her -- meaning watch her from the corner of your eye, while you eat something comment on how so good it is, be really emphasis on it too MMMM this is soooo yummmyy!!! --- dont say anything or directly look at her, shwe will see you liking something and may try it herself.... and id keep offering and offering -- i guess maybe im not that big of help -- but i wish you well, and i think she will catch on, and begin to eat well for you.

Take care,

Veronica

Mel - posted on 06/08/2009

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thats ok Veronica no allergies but since being fed thru her NG tube at 2 months she got lazy and now thinks she can just get everything thru that tube and we're working on getting that tube out and to do that she needs to eat without spitting the food. what she used to do what chew everything and spit it out now she rarely attempts she throws it on the floor

Naomi - posted on 06/08/2009

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Mashed potatoes and Mac n Cheese. Kids always like that as a side. Veggies i.e. squash, green beans, zucchini, anything that is well cooked and seasoned to taste maybe with chicken broth instead of water will get the kids taste buds going.

Carol Anne - posted on 06/08/2009

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just feed her what your eating...vegetables, proteins, carbs. a baby needs to taste things over and over and over again to develop a taste for some foods.

Cassie - posted on 06/08/2009

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everything suggested is a great idea, Heinz also do stir through sauces you can try adding to her veg, or try some fruit. if you still needed some help try going to www.cyh.com this is a site which can give you all sorts of helpful information for fussy toddlers.

Veronica - posted on 06/08/2009

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How do you define her as a "terrible eater since 3 mo." as far as, she couldnt physically eat, she had allergies...??? (just want to understand the background a bit more... if you dont mind)

Katie - posted on 06/08/2009

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My kids at 14 mos. always liked chopped up spaghetti, OH and pasta with garlic & butter! They loved that. We never made special things for our kids--we only fed them what we were eating. If she's just being picky--be persistent--she'll eat your food eventually.

Sarah - posted on 06/08/2009

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Boil some veggies in a pot on the stove until they are soft and season them with salt and pepper. Make sure she gets veggies every day! Thats wat I would do.

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