baby refuses spoon fed baby food. what to do?

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

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My son is 9 months old and for a few weeks now has refused to eat his solid foods. He loves his rice cereal at night but through-out the day he refuses to eat his fruits or veggies. He loves the Gerbers puffs and lately teddy grahams but that's it. HELP!!

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Kylie - posted on 11/11/2009

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i find with my first son lachie that he wouldnt eat any fruit or veges that i would make up for him.he would eat the tin or bottle jars of baby food.Have you tried putting veges or fruit in his rice cereal.

Shaina - posted on 11/11/2009

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Does he eat his cereal from a spoon or bottle? What I did was mix the fruits or veggies with his cereal at first (mostly cereal) and have a little on the side of just the fruit or veggie and every third bit or so I'd give the fruit by itself. That way it was more gradual transition to the new taste and texture. Good luck!

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Cassandra - posted on 11/11/2009

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try making the fruit and veggies yourself. cook everything really well so it's super soft and let him feed himself. i found that my daughter loved flavorful things so i would add garlic and seasonings to her veggies and cinnimon and other spices to her fruit. have you ever tasted baby food? a lot of it taste horrible! good luck!

Chloe - posted on 11/11/2009

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hey my son went about 5 weeks not eating then he strated again and only eat one thing a day but now he eats everything he can get

Caryn - posted on 11/11/2009

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I would go back to mixing it with his cereal. Babies and toddlers are very fickle when it comes to food. One day green beans might be the only thing they want to eat then the next the won't so much as look at them. I agree with what someone else said about not offering the puffs. Those are a snack and should only be fed as a snack, not as a meal.
9months is the age where kids want to start self-feeding so if shes got any teeth you may want to try to give her actual green beans, place a few on her tray and let her pick them up to eat them. Just becareful what you give her, make sure its fully cooked, unseasoned and VERY soft (just cause she has a few teeth doesn't mean she can chew things yet!!!!). I don't agree with having to force-feed your child so Iwouldn't recommend that. To me that just teaches your child bad eating habits..

Carolee - posted on 11/11/2009

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Don't let him have any of the puffs or teddy grahams until he takes at least two bites of his veggies and/or fruits. You can also mix them in with a little bit of cereal, that way, it has a hint of the taste of what he likes. Good luck, and be patient.

Sahar - posted on 11/11/2009

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My daughter is also 9 months and she's doing the same thing. I cook her food usually and she won't eat it, then I tried the jars which was a little better but still very difficult.
The way I'm doing it is: she always opens her mouth for the water bottle, so I bring the bottle close and when she opens her mouth, I stick a spoon of the food. Terrible I know, but I had to do SOMETHING....

Jane - posted on 11/11/2009

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our 9 mos old doesn't like jarred food right now. she's teething and she's gotten a bigger appetiite. i can get her to eat from the spoon once a day. other than that, i put table food on her tray and she's much happier feeding herself and gumming harder foods. also, i put an ice cube in the food netting and it makes her gums feel better.

Malori - posted on 11/11/2009

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he's been eating rice cereal since about 2 months old and had fruits and veggies mixed in by 5 and then eating cans/jars of fruits/veggies by themselves at 6 with the rice cereal at night (from a bowl with a spoon). just recently he doesn't want anything to do with the cans of baby food. rice cereal's still a go but other than that he just wants puffs or teddy grahams. i'm afraid he won't get enjoy nutrition!!

Tammy - posted on 11/11/2009

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you have to keep trying. He sounds pretty independent if he eats his puffs and teddy grahams, but he will need to eat with a spoon. Just try a little every day.

Tracy - posted on 11/11/2009

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We had to force feed our daughter at that age. It lasted awhile till her tummy could handle more of the regular foods. Basically, we sat on the floor, covered with a towel and held her head with one hand while we fed with the other. It was as awful for us as it sounds, but it was the only way to get her to eat something. She was totally content with her milk, but the doctor said she had to start on solids.

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