Starting Table Food.. Please Help

Heather - posted on 06/17/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My daughter is now 9 months old and I cant get her to eat any kind of table food. She loves her baby food but only the sweets. She doesnt like anything from greenbeans to stage 3 meats and sauce. I try giving her mashed potatos, mac and cheese, any kind of veggies but she just spits it out or trys to make herself throw up. She does like our peas but hates baby food peas. What do I do? I guess when I first started her on baby food I should of not given her all the sweets at first, I should of gotten her use to the veggies. So how can I get her use to our table food without her making herself throw up? Oh and when her daddy is eating pudding or yogart or ice cream she is all over him wanting it but if its not sweet she doesnt want it.

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If she likes yogurt, try Stoneyfield YoBaby Yogurt. It's made with organic whole milk. The six packs come with pureed fruit mixed in. The singles come with pureed fruit and vegetables mixed in. My daughter has loved this yogurt since she was about 10 months and still likes it at age 2. It's hard to get her to eat any other vegetable, but she likes it mixed in the yogurt.

Nikki - posted on 06/20/2010

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My son started eating table food at 7 months, He is very particular, not with the food, he'll eat anything... as long as I am eating the same thing... I have to test it out first.... also he needs to feed himself he does allow me to feed him one morsel. My son was the opposite he wasnt a fan of sweets, he liked veggies and meat more, so we would mix in the fruit slowly, more and more each time, til we wouldnt have to mix any at all.
I always give him a selection he gets a little bit of each food group, he may not eat each one but at least he eats a few and gets a variety. Just be patient and try a little bit each day, soon she will start getting used to it, also make sure the pieces are small enough.

Heather - posted on 06/20/2010

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Thanks all for helping me..She is dong better. Tonight she had green beans. I am just working with her everyday. But thanks again to everyone.

Danielle - posted on 06/17/2010

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She's only 9 months old, I don't think there's any rush to get her to eat table foods. Keep offering them of course but don't push it. My son is 14 months old in 2 days and he just started eating table foods when he turned a year old. My son had a sweet tooth as well and you can buy Gerber Fruit and Veggie mixes. My son absolutely loved the blend of green beans and apples. Lots of babies like sweet potatoes too and they're so good for you. One of the first table foods I offered my son with GREAT success was spaghetti sauce. I cooked it for a super long time so all the veggies I hid in the sauce were very mushy and well cooked.

Liz - posted on 06/17/2010

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First off, stop with the Mac and Cheese. It's horribly unheathy, even more so for a child her age.



You say she'll eat peas off your plate, but not from a baby food jar. So blend table foods in a blender or food processor and give them to her.

Ashlee - posted on 06/17/2010

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My daughter is 7 months and she wouldn't eat her baby food. But didn't know how to introduce table food being a first time mom. Her dr told me to boil baby carrots, sweet potatoes, I cut them in small so she can pick them up. Now she eat anything that she can feed herself. Good luck.

Sarah - posted on 06/17/2010

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i make my own babyfood, it's really really easy- i promise. i don't blame your baby for not liking jarred baby food, it's gross. really, though making your own is simple and your child may like it better! check out

i use this and it's great- i got mine used on ebay so it wasn't as pricey!

Rachel - posted on 06/17/2010

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My son would eat the baby veggies and fruits but now refuses to eat finger veggies so I've been blending them up and putting them with applesauce and that is the only way he'll eat it. He'll eat bananas, raisin bread, pb&j sandwiches, and cheese sticks...and we're still working with everything else. Keep trying and maybe don't eat pudding/ice cream stuff around her but later when she's sleeping.

Angie - posted on 06/17/2010

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Honestly baby food is gross. I love veggies but I still wouldn't eat it, kwim? I would just keep offering her finger foods that are veggies and she'll take to them eventually. It takes a baby about 10 times of trying something before they develop a taste for it.

Heather - posted on 06/17/2010

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Thanks for helping me. I have tried the creamed corn and she just spits it out. Now she will eat carrots but not all the time. She eats squash sometime too but I want to start her on some of our foods but she just doesnt like it and I think its because it is not sweet. Now when I put teething biscuits in front of her will eat the heck out of it. She likes feeding herself things but if its something she doesnt like she will just make a mess with it. I have not tried cheese so I might have to try that. I also have tried mixing things together but I think she knows what I did. I will mix like pears and greenbeans together and she just spits it out. But I am going to keep trying. Thanks again for helping.
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Amy - posted on 06/17/2010

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Have you tried mixing foods together? Our son loved sweet patatos, to get him to eat banana's we would mix the two together.

Krista - posted on 06/17/2010

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My daughter is also nine months. She definitely shows a preference to the sweeter tasting baby foods but is great with table foods. As for baby food have you tried creamed corn or carrots? They have a sweeter taste than most vegetables. As for the table food I'm all for letting them eat whats on your plate which is always more appealing for Ava. I also provide her with a lot of finger foods to feed herself like cheese, cut up veggies and fruit, turkey, chicken etc. Picky eaters r hard, sometimes it helps to just provide a few healthy options. If they're hungry they're going to eat it eventually. Good luck

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