Baby doesn't want baby food!!

Carrie - posted on 11/15/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My 7 month old fights baby food everyday, she wants what we're eating. She only has 2 teeth but chews very well. We give her bites of about everything we eat and she loves it! We try constantly to offer baby food cause that's what the doctors tell you to feed them but it's a constant battle. She sees us and her 4 older siblings eating other things and that's what she wants. Is it too early to completely start feeding her table food?

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Lucy - posted on 11/22/2009

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Look up baby led weaning or baby led solids. This involves only giving your baby table food from the off with no pureeing or mushing. Amelia only does and only ever has eaten what we eat, she has no teeth but manages just fine. You can give anything apart from nuts and honey so long as it is low salt and sugar.

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Joanne - posted on 03/30/2011

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I don't think so. My only caution in giving her food you eat is that it may have too much salt. Otherwise go for it!

Desiree - posted on 11/23/2009

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My son does the same thing! I've been giving him little bits of what we're eating at dinner and he chews very well. I don't see an issue with it as hes happy and growing. I still try with the baby food but it is a battle!

Amy - posted on 11/23/2009

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I agree with Lucy Wragg's comment.



'Baby food' was only introduced around 1930 / 1940 after victorian doctors advised breastfeeding mothers to feed their babies at 4hrly intervals,

this caused mothers' milk to run out and the doctors then decided babies needed solids earlier.

The only way to get solids into young babies was pureed, thus spoon feeding was born and then commercialised!

Just think, humans have thrived without food blenders for thousands of years!



Also, Baby led weaning works on the basis 'food is fun until one', solids are fine as a supplement to milk until then.

My 7month old doesn't really consume very much at this stage but she has sampled a wide range of foods (not rejecting any).



It is also very rewarding to watch!

Amanda - posted on 11/23/2009

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My daughter is the same way she'll be 8 months old dec 2. We can never eat unless we feed her what were eatting. She takes to bab y food if were not eatting. I wonder te same thing is it to early but i cant starve her so we feed her just about everything...well thats easy for her to chew and swallow...

Melissa - posted on 11/21/2009

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The reason doctors like you to feed them baby cereal is to get the iron that they need. If your baby is getting its Iron then I see no problem with feeding table food. I woudn't go with meats and such yet but cooked and pureed veggies and fruits, or small chopped foods would be ok i think. I have so far given my son peas and very small peices of green beans and some mashed potatoes. He loved it, and I'm planning to give him more soon. Of course he has four teeth two on top and two on bottom but he doesn't really use them yet he mostly still mashes with his gums.

Jules - posted on 11/21/2009

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My little one eats everything! But... I think she much prefers the stuff I make myself. Maybe make your own babyfood and leave it a little chunky. Just like adults, I've read that some babies don't like the texture. That seems especially true since you said she is eating table food. Also, herbs and spices are really good for babies. Try adding cinnamon to the sweet potatoes or mint to the peas! Yummy! And like the other comment, serving it in a non-baby way might help too. Good luck.

Jennifer - posted on 11/21/2009

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My 7 month old will eat baby food but seems to enjoy regular food more. So far she has had small pieces of bananas and avocado, ground up beef, cheerios. shredded cheese, and rice. I was wondering if this was okay also until I read that as long as they can handle it without choking it's fine. It actually helps them not become picky eaters later. So let her enjoy!!

Angela - posted on 11/18/2009

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Have you ever tried that stuff? Bleh. Just because a doctor says that you should do it doesn't necessarily mean that it's gospel...keep that in mind! There are many baby food cookbooks out there, and none of them include "twist open jar" in the instructions. ;-) I've actually read several studies that suggest that feeding jarred food for a prolonged period of time leads to picky eaters later, because the baby doesn't get exposed to many flavors that you eat yourself. Assuming that you have no food allergy history in your family, and that you eat a pretty healthy diet, there is no real reason why you can't start feeding your baby whatever you eat. Munchkin makes a pretty good food grinder, but I've found that if food is cooked well enough, Munchkin's little mesh food bags work WONDERS. Just drop whole pieces of food in the bag, and hand it over. They keep my little guy occupied long enough for us to eat our own dinner, without having to worry about feeding him. In my opinion, they're the greatest invention since sliced bread. Good luck!

Stephanie - posted on 11/16/2009

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Krymson is the same way. She hates her baby food. If she's chewing well, then it's fine to give her some of what you're eating, just nothing with alot of salt or anything like that. With my little one, I just make sure at every meal we're having something she can have to, and I just give her that, the same as what you're doing. Until they are a year old, their diets are still supposed to be mostly breast milk or formula anyway, so I wouldn't worry about it. :)

Charlotte - posted on 11/16/2009

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maybe instead of mashed baby food give her cooked carot sticks. If she can chew and swallow she mighrt not like the mashed baby food. I wish mine would eat carot stickes cooked cause when it's mashed it's so mesy as you would already know. So yeah try her on steamed vegies Babies will eat table food when they are ready for it

Nicola - posted on 11/15/2009

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Start with some mash potato mash pumpkin or mash sweet potato, serve it up with your family meal and a little bowl for your baby as well. She will see you eating this and hopefully eat it as well. My 7 month old will not eat any of the bottled baby food from the supermarket only the fresh food i cook and puree myself. Her fav is cauliflower, broccolli and cheese puree, give it a go!

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