My son gag's everytime I give him veggies, but looooves his fruit! Wut can I do?

Aadin - posted on 01/18/2010 ( 44 moms have responded )

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My son is 6 months old, and is a prefect healthy baby, but everytime I feed him his veggies he gag's.... but loves his fruits....Ideas anyone???

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Linda - posted on 01/28/2010

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hi there, try mashing then into mash potato's and add a bit of gravy.your son won't no the difference. i did it with my sons when they were that age and they thrived. hope it helps

Sarah - posted on 01/24/2010

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It is good to try and get them eating vegies at a young age but don't stress out if you can't. One thing to try is when mashing up vegies add a little bit of pear. This will sweeten up the mix for him. Start with just potato mashed as you would with his normal milk and mash in some fresh pear too, slowly introduce other vegies and reduce the amount of pear. It is purely the sweetness of it all that kids love. My son is now almost three and I went through exactly the same thing you're describing, he now eats all of his vegies in stir-fry's, mild curries anything I give him. Give it time but don't stop trying all together!! He'll come around. Good luck!

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Terra - posted on 01/28/2010

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my doctor always told me to always tried the food at least 10 diferent times before you rule them out and even after that try it again like a month later baby's taste buds are constantly changing

Amanda - posted on 01/28/2010

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I had the same problem and still do with the peas... but if you try to mix them with some cereal (wheat, barley, rice) that worked for me. She won't take them straight but with the cereal she eats them. Also try them mixed in the dinners chicken and vegetables ect.. I was told that for a baby to except a new food sometimes it has to be introduced to them up to 15 times. I know it sounds like alot but try to mix them in for now and see what happens!

Iysha - posted on 01/28/2010

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I had a similar problem. My daughter loves her veggies and hates her fruits. I was like..."you're a wierd baby" lol. I always thought people had your problem, not mine =]

I started mixing the fruit with her cereal and every now and then I'd just give her a spoon full of the fruit by itself. So I guess you could try that but with the veggies. Good luck!

Melissa - posted on 01/28/2010

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Well my son took pablum first, then started his veggies (NO FRUIT) because then they wont want the veggies. So since your baby likes fruit i would mix veggies in then gradually add more veggies. Thats what i did with my son and the pablum, now he eats his veggies like they're nothing. Heck i cant feed him fast enough.

Cameran - posted on 01/28/2010

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Couldnt help to not comment on this one! My daughter who is now 18 didnt like veggies either. Well She might have liked them but she too gaged.some Textures made her puke.bananas, jello, veggies ,pudding etc. The only veggie she would eat was carrots. Are you feeding your son? Like breast feeding him? If not thats ok, but if you are great ! Thats all he needs !!!! food is a filler : ) Try every veggie, if you can find just one that he likes your good. Warm it up !Apple sauce was one of her favorites ! i would add rice cereal and formulato it. Well Good luck. : ) just my opinion, I have three kids Now adulds / pre adults.

Louise - posted on 01/28/2010

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I used to make like smoothies with mixed fruit they liked it like a half vegi half fruit drink and they drank it right up never new the difference.

Evelyn - posted on 01/28/2010

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If he is old enough to try puffed vegetable chips. My daughter used to like to try smoothies like her brothers (I would add fruit, vegetables, and sometimes pureed meat to the smoothie/slushie-- so she would actually get it in her diet once in awhile--done in small quantities, it wasn't noticed ). You can add grated vegetables in soft cookie dough for him to chew.

Deanne - posted on 01/27/2010

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Someone said it already, any baby started on fruit develops a sweet tooth. Vegies first nicely pureed and you just have to keep trying different things. Try to remember what vegies you ate in the last month of pregnancy and you will find your baby will love those,usually! As they taste everything we eat and that is what they will like as they grow up.Just try to relax and don't worry,no one knows their baby better than you. Trust your instincts.Good luck.Dee

Taryn - posted on 01/27/2010

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mix the veggies in with his fav fruit... sounds disgusting.. but apparently they're none the wiser..XO good luck

Angel - posted on 01/27/2010

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I used to mix the veggies with the fruits. my daughter didn't like meats either and had to mix meats with fruit too.

Theresa - posted on 01/27/2010

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I always mix a little rice cereal in her veggies, it fills her up more and lessens the taste of the veggies I think. But she loves sweet potatoes either way!

Melissa - posted on 01/27/2010

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my daughter loved her veggies until I introduced fruits...2 months after veggies...but I got some organic chicken broth & mixed it with her veggies & blend it really smooth & she loved it.

Maureen - posted on 01/27/2010

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My son is 9 months old and still gags quite a bit on everything! He is my little puker. We still do very little texture, but I still try to offer it so he can get some what used to it. It has been a little challenge though seeing other babies his age eat from their parents plates when we still have to puree mostly everything he eats! Just keep revisting the veggies. They say you should introduce foods MANY times before "giving up". Good Luck! :)

Tabitha - posted on 01/27/2010

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Babies taste buds are different each day. I would say try to trick him what i do with my daughter is let her try all tht she is eating usually i give her some veggies some fruit and sometimes some cereal with fruit. She tastes it and figures what she likes and not so when she gives me a hard time I trick her. I give her bite of fruit and go MMM (thats our thing we do to make it like its good) so every bite i say mmm and ater her bite of fruit she is happy and exited willing to open mouth so tht next bite is veggies yes faces are priceless but eventually she will start to like it. it takes babies 10-12 times to figure out if or if not they like it.

Penny - posted on 01/27/2010

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Your son is just trying to get used to the taste and texter of veggies soon he will get used to veggies.

Cherie - posted on 01/26/2010

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if there are no established allergies, I'd mix the veggies with (purried) fruits that he does like. that's what I did with both of my boys and it worked wonders. also, I'd mix them into plain yogurt. good luck!

Annmarie - posted on 01/24/2010

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try covering the veggie with fruit- that is how I got my daughter to eat greenbeans

Weslie - posted on 01/23/2010

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At 6 months, they are still adjusting to new textures and tastes. Sometimes they gag simply because they are not accustomed to the smell or texture of a certain veg or fruit.It will pass. If you mix a little rice ceral with the said fruit or veg, it will help them get used to the new texture or flavor. :())

Carol - posted on 01/21/2010

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Post a reply!Mix the fruit with the veggies. the texture is quite different and thick so see if that works

JEAN - posted on 01/21/2010

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I USED TO PUT THE VEGGIES ON THE SPOON FIRST AND THEN DIP THE SPOON IN THE FRUIT. HAD NO TROUBLE AFTER THAT.

Carol - posted on 01/21/2010

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Try mixing a small amount of veggies with a slightly larger amount of fruit. Another thing you can try is using your own fresh steamed veggies in a baby food mill. I raised my 2 children that way and they love veggies.( now 31 & 33 )

Debbie - posted on 01/20/2010

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Give him fruit then! My son ate 5 items for the first 3 years of his life.....picky picky picky........he grew up, he's healthy and 25 years old and eats everything now. This too shall pass...don't worry.

Samantha - posted on 01/19/2010

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if you started with fruits first that is where the problem started. Try mixing 1/2 fruit 1/2 veggi and slowly remove the fruit until the baby is eating only the veggi.

Maggie - posted on 01/19/2010

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try mixing some veggie and fruit together or alternating bites of fruit and veg. A lot of babies don't like the saltier taste of veggies so mixing just a bit of something sweet will help them eat it. Alternating bites works the same way - alternate the sweet so he's getting what he likes but sneak some veg in there, too.
You could also try the sweeter veggies - carrots, squash, sweet potato - to get him accustomed to the flavor of veggies then introduce the greens later.
People are right, he doesn't NEED the nutrition from the veggies now but later on he will so it's best to get him used to the flavors now. Keep trying!

Leanna - posted on 01/19/2010

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i used to have the same problem with my son.he is now 7 and loves veg,what i would suggest is try and make it as fun as possible like my the veg in to funny faces.also try and make sure the veg has no lumps in sometimes this buts chilldren off try not to give to much little portians at a time and each time adding a little more

Mollie - posted on 01/19/2010

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If he likes yogurt you can feed him the YoBaby 3-in-1 meals. They're like the fruit on the bottom yogurts, but they have a pureed fruit and a veggie on the bottom in each one.

Melanie - posted on 01/19/2010

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Cook your veges until they're good enough to mash. They need to be soft to stop the gagging. I agree with mixing with breast-milk or formula. My son is able to eat veges with a bit of gravy too! It's all about the flavour. Fruit has its own natural sugars. Veges can be bland, so think about a small thing you can add that he will like.

Peita - posted on 01/19/2010

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A lot of vegies actually taste good if you mix them with pureed apples! Don't mix too many flavours though, i used to look after a little boy who loved peas, brocoli and apple puree and carrot, sweet potato and apple puree! Also, try mixing some breastmilk or formula into your mix of vegies, this sometimes helps! Good Luck!

Jessica - posted on 01/19/2010

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my little girl was doing that and I just fixed her up with one fruit and one veggie and would alternate them one bite of fruit and one bite of veggie slowly I am weening out the fruit some so she is getting more veggies but usually (according to my mom anyway lol

) babies will gag and not like veggies as much if you start with fruits cause they get used to the sweetness of the fruits and the veggies don't have that hope that helps some :)

Arleigh - posted on 01/19/2010

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My daughter, who's now 2, did the same thing when she was a baby except she would spit out fruit but loved veggies! I would mix them together! I know it sounds gross, but just keep trying...eventually he will develop a taste for them.

Danielle - posted on 01/19/2010

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My best advice is to mix in fruits with the veggies! Bananas are great as well as Sweet Potatoes! I know thats a veggie, but my son will eat anything if it involves Sweet potatoes! Best of Luck!

Jennifer - posted on 01/18/2010

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i would keep trying but not push it. some people just dont like osme things. i know my husband and my oldest daughter ( 3 ) neither of them eat veggies. ( well, hubby will eat corn and salad) . But the babay ( 11 months ) will gobble up just about anything besides green beans.

Tammy - posted on 01/18/2010

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I would just make sure to try a wide variety and try mixing them with a little fruit. If that doesn't work, I would stress too much. My younger sister NEVER ate veggies and to this day potatoes are the only member of the veggie group she will touch. She's a perfectly healthy 25 year old. Odds are, his taste will change in no time and you'll find something he likes.

Candice - posted on 01/18/2010

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just keep trying different things...baby's tastes change alot over time. at 6 months he doesn't NEED the veggies if he's getting formula or breastmilk...so just keep trying new tastes and if he hates one, wait a few weeks and try it again.

Kathleen - posted on 01/18/2010

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Try mixing the fruits with the veggies. This worked for me with all but green beans. Good luck!

Megan - posted on 01/18/2010

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Just keep trying....I always give veggies first before introducing any fruits and then gradually add fruits. If you keep trying he will get use to them and have his favorites!

Laura - posted on 01/18/2010

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are they fresh veggies?, and are they soft enough, my son used to gag if i left a hard lump, unless they were really soft carrot sticks, he also was a bit sickly if we tried him with tinned, because of the salt in them, if he is eating fruit he will b fine, he's only 6 months, hope this helps xx

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