how do i help my little one eat more mashed food?

Cherise - posted on 08/15/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )




hello, my daughter is 7 months old and i'm trying to introduce mashed and finger food, she's ok with some finger foods so far (although she plays with it more than actually eating it) but she gets soooo frustrated with the mashed and lumpy foods! Have decided to just give one of her meals mashed and the others still smooth as she refuses to eat after a few mouth fulls and I dont want to go backwards with the weaning! help!


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It sounds like she is doing great! You are doing the best thing because you are introducing foods to her in different ways. I would keep doing what you're doing. She'll let you know what she needs. She will still need smooth. Don't worry, you are both on the right track. She'll eat as much as she needs. Remember, their little bellies are only as big as their fists. So a few mouthfuls may be all she handle.

Krystal - posted on 08/16/2010




My son is 8 months with no teeth at all lol he likes to chew though so baby food just isn't cutting it any more. What I had to do was get the baby oatmeal (beechnut brand NOT GERBER) and mix it in with his baby food. It makes it chunky and has no taste. It also fills them up and sticks with them longer!

Pam - posted on 08/16/2010




I think continuing with some smooth for a little while is probably ok. Maybe she just needs a little more time to get used to the consistency. It sounds like you're doing the right thing. Give her half her meal smooth and mix in mouths full of mashed in between to help her get acclimated. They say it takes 7-10 tries of a food (or maybe in your daughter's case, the consistency) to accept it. It's all a process, and every kid adjusts differently. Who knows...maybe she'll skip mashed all together and go right to straight up finger foods. My daughter started eating only finger foods at about 8-9 months and wanted nothing of being fed. Now she's a year old and completely feeds herself whole foods only. Be patient and roll with her, I say!!!

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