My son is still having a hard time eating regular food.

Ingalee - posted on 02/08/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )




I worry alot that he's not getting enough nutrition. The only thing he likes that's not Gerber 3rd foods is macaroni n cheese or mushing up pizza and he does really love yogurt, but he won't eat anything really that has to be chewed. I supplement his diet with toddler drinks that have iron in them. He's still growing and growing, i just don't want him to get an iron deficiency. Any Ideas?


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Heather - posted on 03/26/2010




Babies eat what they need. Unlike us they don't grab some junk food (ex: candy bar, bag of chips...) when they are hungry. They cry to us and we give them something and if that isn't what their body needs they scream for something else. Sometimes my son wants 2 bananas in a row and sometimes he won't touch bananas. They know how to listen to their bodies much better than we do and they crave what their body needs. So, if my son eats two adult size servings of applesauce for dinner one night then won't touch fruit the rest of the week, I'm ok with that. Keep offering the foods they refuse and they will eventually eat them. That's what I've learned with my five.

Amanda - posted on 03/26/2010




My son still likes Jar food, I can't get him on anything else as he has 4 teeth. Mush is the only way. Puree everything to mush and it should work.

Amy - posted on 02/09/2010




I guess my son is worse; he pretty much eats nothing but milk and some crakers; he will eats a bite of rice or two that's about it. He doesn't even eat any fruits or yogart; I am worry about him not getting enough nutrition so I put oatmeal in his milk at least he can get some more iron; he drinks about 24-30ozs per day since he doesn't want to eat any solid. I hope he is just going through the phrase; any suggestion or idea?

Caitlin - posted on 02/09/2010




My daughter spits out almost everything I feed her now. I just assume she's not very hungry. My theory is I wont give in to feeding her what SHE wants now, she gets what I make her, because I dont' want her to control meal times at this young an age. If she had her way, she'd be getting oatmeal every meal!

Remember that they wont starve themselves, they'll eat when they are hungry. My daughter goes through stages where she'll eat everything and anything I put in front of her, and other days, she eats almost nothing. She's pretty healthy, but she still gets 16 oz. of formula every day for the extra fat content due to allergies.

Louise - posted on 02/09/2010




Have you tried fruit? My daughter loves the mandarine orange segments you get in the little plastic pots? She also loves home made vegetable soup which doesn't require much chewing. I am really lucky that she eats anything even though she only has 1 tooth. Try Annabel Karmel online for food receipes - she has great suggestions and I haven't met a kid yet who doesn't like her food!!

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