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moving on to "big people" food?

Ashley - posted on 03/02/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Any tips on moving on to "big people" food? My ten-month-old won't have anything to do with food that doesn't come from a Gerber jar! I've tried the Graduate puffs and yogurt melts... he will pick them up, put them in his mouth, and spit them right back out. He can't eat baby food forever? Any tips?

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Sammie - posted on 03/06/2009

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Oh yeah  and sit at  the  table  as a  familyand eat  too. They like the soical  interaction

Sammie - posted on 03/06/2009

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Hi I have a nurse that visits me once a month.  An we just  covered  this topic.   If  your eating a sandwich eg jam/smooth peanut  butter,  Give  bub some.    Give them some of what you are eating...this way   they know  its  good.  My daughter has 2 teeth and   absolutly destroyed her dinner tonight.  Steak and Veg...she is 10 and a half months old.  Remember when  serving  t hem  boiled  or  steamed vegies put some gravy  on  it.  For them it is bland.



Oh and  let them feed them selves.   I know it is messy, but they will love it  and  will stop  eating when they are full.

Kimberlee - posted on 03/05/2009

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I'm in the same boat as you, i haven't really "started" to try to feed him big people food but i give him little pcs of what i'm eating...like, roasted potatoes and fruits and sometimes pasta, i just cut up little pieces and then i tell him to chew like me and he does! I think he thinks it's more normal because Mommy and Daddy are doing it too...try eating with him, see if that works.

Jessica - posted on 03/05/2009

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My middle child was on baby food for what seemed like forever! He would gag when I gave him anything solid, including Gerber 3rd foods. I can't remember exactly how old he was when he finally started eating well, but I'm thinking it was in the 16-18 month range. Hang in there, he will get it eventually!

Jennifer - posted on 03/05/2009

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We just started giving our daughter bananas, cucumbers, bunches of brocolli , cauliflower, we just started giving her anything and everything to see what she likes. (stay away from the usual eggs, strawberries) but we give her almost anything and everything now. She only have 4 teeth but she spits out anything she can't chew. Our 3 year old is still not good with non-pureed food so don't wait to long just give him anything you eat (that is reasonable) and see what he does. Hope that helps.

Shannon - posted on 03/05/2009

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Something I have been trying lately is showing my little guy the whole food first. For example, he was kinda ok with avocado, but recently I have been bringing out the entire vegetable and giving it to him to hold and touch. He gets this curious grin on his face while he examines it, and then I show him the whole process of cutting it in half and then 'oh!' look inside...etc...with lots of expression, then we both try it together. Now, he loves avocado! I also did the same with potatoes. He really wasn't into potatoes, until I showed him the whole tray of roasted potatoes, smelled them with him, ooh, ahhh, etc...and then of course, he wanted to try them. Now, he loves them too.

Liz - posted on 03/05/2009

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Both of my girls LOVE chunks of fresh avacado. It's creamy and can be smushed easily by new or no teeth. It might be a texture thing and he's not into crunchy. Frozen chunks of banana are yummy too.

Megs - posted on 03/04/2009

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Try toast(cut into small pieces),  you could use cream cheese spread on it too. Or plain rice cakes crumbled up, Bagel pieces...  Bananas, carrots(cooked well and sliced/diced),  any veg cooked and cut up you could try.  Avocodo pieces are a fav as well.  My little guy is all about feeding himself nowadays, no more purees for us. 

Megs - posted on 03/04/2009

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Try toast(cut into small pieces),  you could use cream cheese spread on it too. Or plain rice cakes crumbled up, Bagel pieces...  Bananas, carrots(cooked well and sliced/diced),  any veg cooked and cut up you could try.  Avocodo pieces are a fav as well.  My little guy is all about feeding himself nowadays, no more purees for us. 

Amanda - posted on 03/04/2009

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All the other ideas (which were great!) and if they don't work, give him more time, and just keep feeding him foods over again. My daughter hated cucumbers at 15 months,and  LOVES them at 3 years. Would nevere have known if I stopped trying...



Maybe get excited about the food you are going to eat (or feed him), treat every morsel like it's ice cream or chocolate or a fair ride:) ......good luck finding something that works :)

Sondra - posted on 03/03/2009

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Quoting Becky:

I started giving my son Stage 3's from Gerber. He doesn't like many of the Stage 3's from Beechnut. I have found that many of the Beechnut ones contain whole pieces of veggies...whole peas, etc. My son gagged on them so badly that he threw them right back up. So now it is only Gerber for us. Not as many varieties but it's better than cleaning up vomit I guess. As for big people food...give him small pieces to try him out. My son loves it when I have fish...he is always mooching some from me when we have that. He likes eggs and potatoes as well.



When I first opened a Beechnut Stage 3 and saw the whole veggies, I thought there was no way my daughter was going to eat that. She screamed when I tried to feed her the chicken noodle with the whole peas. She will eat it if they are mashed, but then that defeats the purpose.



I found that she will eat Gerber Stage 3's, but I still give her some of the Stage 2 fruit combos. She loves the puffs (at first she would only eat them if I fed them to her) and the arrowroot cookies, and I think now that she finally has some top teeth, she will enjoy the foods with the bigger pieces. One thing she loves is when I mash up fresh banana. Also, have you tried the baby yogurts like Yobaby? They come in packs of six (three each of two flavors) and there is one that has cereal mixed in.

Becky - posted on 03/03/2009

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I started giving my son Stage 3's from Gerber. He doesn't like many of the Stage 3's from Beechnut. I have found that many of the Beechnut ones contain whole pieces of veggies...whole peas, etc. My son gagged on them so badly that he threw them right back up. So now it is only Gerber for us. Not as many varieties but it's better than cleaning up vomit I guess. As for big people food...give him small pieces to try him out. My son loves it when I have fish...he is always mooching some from me when we have that. He likes eggs and potatoes as well.

Sasha - posted on 03/03/2009

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I agree I would try stage 3 graduate food. Cheerios and kix are a good start. Just start cutting up fresh fruits and see if he will take them. But, I would try seeing what he likes and doesn't by using the stage 3 gerber  then buyi the "real" thing. But, be patient. Kayla hated the sippy cup, she's starting to use it more and more.

Dawn - posted on 03/02/2009

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Try veggie straws (Costco and World Market). My friend mentioned to me today that she gave her kids kix cereal. Cheaper than those graduate puff foods. I don't know if yours is ready for cheerios. Have you tried making your own baby food? Mashed potatoes, then adding carrots, broccoli, etc. to it. Jar food is always running, with the chunk of pasta. Real food can be thicker, and maybe that will help. The biggest thing, he has texture issues. Just keep trying to give him stuff. It's all new to him, and he will get it. My girls love those veggie straws! Oh, does he have teeth, and how many? Sometimes with the puff foods, they want to be able to bite it.

Lara - posted on 03/02/2009

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My 10 month old has 8 teeth but was refusing "people food" as well.  I stopped offering it for about  2 weeks to give him a break and then started again with really mild, soft stuff like avocado and cheese.  He loves it now and will take just about anything I offer him!  I just cut everything into really small pieces and give it to him with my fingers (he just throws it off the high chair otherwise).  Also, have you tried the Gerber stage 3 foods yet?  Those have chunks in them and helped my son learn how to chew, but since it was still baby food, he thought he was winning the battle!

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