My son is starting to refuse baby food!

Kristin - posted on 01/20/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hi ladies. My son Joseph is 9 months old and just wants nothing to do with baby food anymore. I've been just giving him some things that I eat and he seems to really enjoy the new flavors. Are there things out there that I have to be careful he doesn't eat? Any recommendations as to what I can give him?

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Sarah - posted on 01/22/2009

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I think he's trying to tell you he wants more food like yours! You can give him just mashed up versions of your dinners.

However- do not give honey before a year old. Make sure you limit sugar and salt intake(gravy is high in salt) Do not give finger foods such as bread or dried apricots( these swell when they get wet in the mouth and so can cause choking!) Also egg has to be hard boiled and no peanuts.

Sounds like a lot, but as long as you're sensible - anything goes.

Good luck

Candace - posted on 01/21/2009

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my daughter did the same thing at about 9 months she just wanted what i wanted. Becareful not to give him andything with nuts in it as well as honey until he is a year old. A great finger food would be plain cherrios, as well as fries just make sure to bite the ends off as they are harder then the middle.

Amanda - posted on 01/21/2009

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By 9 months my son was eating most vegies, meat, fruit, cheese, bread, pasta, rice, almost anything!!



Like everyone else has said, just be careful about texture (smooth round things like grapes, and really hard crunchy things like raw carrots can be dangerous.)



Scrambled eggs mixed with tinned (low salt) spaghetti was one of my little boys faves.

Tiffany - posted on 01/21/2009

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My daughter started refusing baby food around 6 months. She wanted the real thing!!! We started giving her mashed potatoes, yogert, oatmeal, scrambled eggs.....anything that was soft and easy to chew with the few teeth she had or was able to mash in between her gums. Alot of people stay to atay away from peanut butter till you child is at least a year old. We started at 9 months and have not had a problem with it, I would talk to your doctor before hand though. We also gave her cheese sandwiches. Gerber also makes puff snacks that disinergrate in saliva. Sweet potato was my daughters favorite. Stay away from honey until hes a year old, hotdogs are okay as long as you take the skin off and cut into tiny pieces, no grapes, or cows milk also until a year old. Make sure you still give him enough formula or breast milk, whichever you are doing, since that is their main vitamin resource till they are a year old. If you notince that you son is filling up on formula or breast milk instead of food, limit his milk intake to 20oz a day and replace his drinks with water or juice to encourage his hunger to want to eat.

Louise - posted on 01/21/2009

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Double check with your pediatrician, but I would say go ahead and give him 'table food' ie what you are eating, assuming that it healthy. By nine months babies can distinguish between foods, and he probably just wants to be like everybody else. Both my children were eating what the rest of the family at by nine month, just chopped up tiny. Also, especially with my boy, he really wanted to be independently eating so let him eat finger food, and experiment with a spoon by himself. Frozen cooked peas are fun for little fingers, small cubes of cheese, meat, tiny pieces of apples.

Jenny - posted on 01/21/2009

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hey my daughter didnt have baby food from day one 3 months i tried giving it she wouldnt take it i would try her with a different one each day and no no way was she having it so i started her straight onto our foods she loves everything iv gave her hot dogs done the way amanda said she loved chips he doesnt like mash and i wont give her pasta yet i see pasta as a hasard its too small for her to eat as she has no teeth yet shes 11 months lol but yeah anything really sauages cut up the same way as hot dogs just be carefulof the skin.iv found kids usual like toast with a bit of jam on it my daughter lovesit i know its sweet but not to much and it wont hurt them or there teeth lol good luck

Annie - posted on 01/21/2009

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My son did the same thing at 9 months....it's not that he didn't want food, it was just that he didn't want the pureed food anymore, he wanted chunky soft pieces that he could feed himself. But he also had 8 teeth then too. Maybe your little guy is the same way?

Amanda - posted on 01/21/2009

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One thing you can do, if he can't handle "chunks" of food is take what you are eating and puree it in  a blender or something. Like other people have said... no nuts, honey, etc.. Also, no homemade apple juice/apple sauce unless  it is boiled then cooled first. Also I let my little ones eat hot dogs, but I take them and cut them long ways, then slice them, and then cut each slice 2-4 times again. It makes alot of work, but it makes it small enough for them to eat.

Jennifer - posted on 01/21/2009

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do not give him honey !!!!! HE can eat almost anything that he will eat just like other moms are saying be careful of hotdogs and grapes b/c iof the choking hazard. But he can eat what you eat now and this is the time that they usually start refusing baby food b/c it is tasteless. I started mashing up greenbeans, carrots and mashed potatoes for my son at 8 1/2 months b/c he started showing some signs that he did not want that no more. So he started eating from the table at 8 1/2 months and had him drinking everything from a cup at 9 1/2 months.



goodluck if i can be of any other help just let me know

Sarah - posted on 01/21/2009

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my little boy is nearly six now but when he was little he would eat anything,
Pieces of pitta bread, naan or chappati which different fillings, espeially dips made from veg or meat, i would give him little moments of what you eat chopped up thinly, dont give him white of the eggs i heard babys under 12 mths can't have them, some kiddies are allgeric to them,

Rachel - posted on 01/20/2009

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one thing my baby really enjoyed is white bread with the crust cut off with a little butter and spread again being careful with peanut butter and choclate spreads then i rolled them up great for little fingers to hold and she loved them

Rachel - posted on 01/20/2009

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one thing my baby really enjoyed is white bread with the crust cut off with a little butter and spread again being careful with peanut butter and choclate spreads then i rolled them up great for little fingers to hold and she loved them

Stephanie - posted on 01/20/2009

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Both my daughters started refusing baby  food at 6 months. so i just started cutting stuff up really small and mashing veggies. just kept an eye on them. no nuts , honey, strawberries.

Amanda - posted on 01/20/2009

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Just be careful with the skin on the grapes and on the hot dogs.  Also be cardeful with things that kids can be allergic to.  Nuts.  My daughter was the same way, would not eat any baby food at all.  I was very cautious with hard food, for a while.  Good luck



 

Trina - posted on 01/20/2009

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be carefull with peanut products since they are a huge allergie concern done give him hotdoggs they are huge chokeing hazard just really be carefull and dont give him sugary stuff like chocolate milk and pop thats not very good for them

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