My 8 month old wont eat baby food

Nadia - posted on 11/06/2008 ( 28 moms have responded )

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My 8 month old daughter wont eat baby food anymore and I am running out of ideas on what to feed her...She watches her 2 year old sister and wants what she has to eat instead of the baby food I give her...Is my 8 month old ready to be a big girl already :(

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Missy - posted on 11/08/2008

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Hi Nadia!

I have an 8 month old little girl who won't eat baby food either. I took that as a sign that she was ready to move on. So she eats what we do and I alter if for her if I need ( if ours is spicy or has an ingredient that she shouldn't haven't) . By 8 months, it's ok to start table food. Just avoid the allergens and things will be fine! She's a real cutie!

Kayla - posted on 04/27/2012

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This is an old question but for new moms with the same one my boy is 8-9 months and at 7 he started eating more than just baby food solid food he is just now fighting the soft cereal in the morning and noticing different texture to become picky.. perseverance and options make babies happy they dont eat the mushy give them some crispys they want some of your food, well then its all the more reason to eat healthier just try one piece at a time start small then make the pieces bigger test what your child can handle by this age they need to be eating crunchy and chewier solids not just baby food mush. keep offering a food for 2 to 3 weeks straight after a rejection, eat it yourself and slowly they may taste it but dont force or they will hate the food much easier!

Alyson - posted on 04/25/2012

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I used to watch a little girl who started eating mushy "grown up" food just after six months. By nine months she was able to chew small pieces. I would start with foods that aren't as likely to cause a choking hazard and move up from there. If she is interested, especially at eight months, she is probably ready.

Amanda - posted on 11/07/2008

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My son had the same problem! He wanted to feed himself. I would cook baby carrots until they were very soft, plain cooked pasta, canned peaches/pears, toast, rice. Just think soft foods that she can hold in her hand, but that she won't choke on. Good luck!

Anna - posted on 04/24/2012

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If your baby can handle it, I'd say go for it with the "big kid" food. Just make sure they are bite size and soft enough for her to chew. At that age, my son was eating applesauce, bits of toast with jelly, macaroni noodles, those Quaker Quakes rice cakes, etc.

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Rachael - posted on 11/10/2008

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My daughter did the same thing, yet she doesn't have a older sibling I think it is just how some kids are, she also wouldn't drink formula after about 10 months. I stuck with bananas, mashed potatoes, rice, macaroni cut into small bites, and yogurt. And of course the Gerber foods that melt in their mouth, I know the puffs were a bit large though and I had to break them in half. She wouldn't go near ANYTHING that had been blended to the consistancy of baby food.

Jacki - posted on 11/10/2008

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my mom had told me that when i was baby she had to grind up what she made for dinner [minus the seasonings and salt and what not] for me to eat because i saw my brother who is three years older eat real people food and i was given baby food ..... i refused to eat the baby food and my mom gave me what she made for dinner.... i was like around your daughter's age so it is okay to make her a bid girl already...... even though you dont want her to be... i understand completely

Storm - posted on 11/10/2008

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HI there,

I also have a 7 month old, let me tell you they start knowing what they want from verrrry little. She only eats the vedgies and fruit we puree' for her. She wont eat the bottled purtity I buy. I have so many books on recipes for all ages... what I will do is photo copy and scan them into my page... feel free to browse...

Variations such as, strawberries and banana; Gem squash and carrots; paw-paw and strawberries... I also always add a very small amount of spices... most dont do much to them... everything in moderation. They just little humans also wanting to enjoy their food... moms just know at the end of the day :)

Ricci - posted on 11/09/2008

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My kids never really had baby food. They all ate what I ate by the time they were 8 months. They weren't even on formula anymore. Trust your instincts on what to feed her. Just make sure its extra musshy and you watch close.

Amanda - posted on 11/08/2008

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I think as long as she can deal with the texture and doesn't choke let her have it. My niece could eat anything at the age of 9 months, because she had 2 older brothers.

Tara - posted on 11/08/2008

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i had the same with my son,you should try Mash and Beans,Carrotts Mash and Gravy,Hole Meal Oats and a little jam or even fresh fruit mix it with her milk, my two loved it

Meghan - posted on 11/08/2008

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My son, didn't like baby food either. I made my own for a while, and it's so much cheeper. Some veggies you can get really soft like carrots and sweet potates. If she has no problem chewing I see no reason that she can't be a "big girl".

LaRae - posted on 11/08/2008

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I ran into this too. We give her what we are eating if feasable--Spaghetti cut up really small or such like that. If not I feed her baby food before we start fixing our supper. Or I put baby food in a differenet dish on "pull" it out of the micro so she thinks it's real food. The best has been to move the family meal back about 15 minutes and feed her a few minutes earlier and she'll eat baby food and I know how much she's getting and then she can eat some more veggies or whatever with the family. God luck!!

User - posted on 11/07/2008

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UGH! Same thing is happening to me with my ALMOST 7 month old and ALMOST 2 year old!

Nadia - posted on 11/07/2008

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Thank you all so much for the advice and guidance, you would think with having one kid already I would know exactly what to do, but my daughters are so differant it amazes me that they both came from me! I think I was rebelling against the big girl food because I know this is my last baby and I want her to stay that way forever ( dont we all) So i think I will go along with the recoomendations you have all posted on my wall and let her go at her own pace and just try to keep up with her :)

Thank you all for your help! It really has put my mind at ease about all this :)

Christa - posted on 11/07/2008

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My little man is 1 1/2 now and he did the same thing....I listed a few food ideas...

~ Lightly toasted bread pieces with jelly "just tiny"

~ Bits of a banana "this may take a while to feed her, but she will love it!"

~ Tiny soft pastas

~ Go to www.onestepahead.com and search for baby safe feeder kit. They are great! They are just mesh bags attached to a handle that you can put all kinds of fruit or food in. You don't have to worry about them choking, and they can just knaw away! We used to put frozen fruit in them, or even Gerber Biter Biscuits. She will love it! Great teether too! I hope this helps!

Heidi - posted on 11/07/2008

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my son is 7 months and he is always wanting to try what we are eating. i let him eat anything that is unseasoned and squishable. easy for them to eat. bananas are his favorite. just make sure if he hasn't eaten it before to give him different ones a couple days apart, to test for allergies. but if she is ready to eat big girl foods then let her.

Gina - posted on 11/06/2008

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I would say go for it!! My little bouy ate a TON so big girl food will be exciting for you and her!! Make sure you introduce only 1 new food at a time and only 1 new food every 4-5 days. This will help you determine food allergies. Bananas, green peas, applesauce, graduate puffs, cheerios, very cooked carrots mashed up all of these are great foods to start her on!!

Makesha - posted on 11/06/2008

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I think that they will let you know when they are ready. I had the same issue with my second child, and all I have done with her is just make sure that I give her much smaller pieces. She has done great.

Kristen - posted on 11/06/2008

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have you ever tried baby food??? It is so bland. When my little man was around 8 months (he's 11 months now) I just fed him whatever I ate. I did my research most spices are actually ok. The only things I don't feed him are honey, straight milk (it is ok in foods), chocolate. Basically I just break up food into little pieces (he loves to feed himself) he also loves apple sauce, mashed potatoes, asparagas, pizza, green beans, if in doubt grind it up.

Lisa - posted on 11/06/2008

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there are a lot of easy foods you can try (canned veggies and fruits, sliced cheese, mac & cheese, french fries). My daughter was so small that her doctor said let her eat whatever she would eat to get the calories into her (fruits and veggies early on just help build good habits). Good luck!

Trudy - posted on 11/06/2008

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your daughter will tell you when she is ready there is ony 10 months between my girls ellie is 20 months and rachel is 10 months and my youngest wants to do everything her big sister can do shes walking already she was eating solids by her self as soon as she could she just so quick and having a older brother or sister to watch does help them develop quicker and if i remember right it was the same with ellie watching her older brothers and before that ryan watching my eldest liam and there is a gap of 4 years from my youngest son to my eldest daughter and 2 years between my boys

Heather - posted on 11/06/2008

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Well that is the age that mine started to eat some solids...try the Graduate puffs and just break them up a lil bit...something else is some of the softer dry ceral it works just as good and its a lil cheaper.

Crystal - posted on 11/06/2008

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From my experience with all my kids as soon as there a ble to chew regular food give it to them its never to early they'll let u know when there ready and eight months sounds about right.

Christine - posted on 11/06/2008

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Hey Nadia, I also have an eight month old son. He pretty much eats what we do or I make him special meals that are his. I make all my own baby food and have found for the last month and a half he wants our dinner so I am careful not to season it until I have taken out his portion. I then throw it into the food processor, mash it etc till its good for him. He only has the two bottom teeth but loves the small lumps of stuff in his food. Hope that helps

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