Post # 1
I’m in need of some advice momma bees!
LO is 9 months old, and we’ve been given the okay from the doctor to indroduce grown up food and to start weaning off of the jar food. FI and I have tried several different items at different times, different days, and even showing DS that we will eat them too. Some things he’ll try and eat a couple of pieces (like 3-4) and won’t even entertain the idea of trying it again.
Currently, he loves cheerios, animal crackers, and Gerber puffs, but obviously he can’t live on that forever. One day he loved pasta, and tonight he hates it. It seems like this has been an on going battle with him.
I’ll dice up food for him and give him a variety, set him up in his high chair and he’ll maybe touch the food a couple of times, and then won’t try it for the most part; and then he starts to cry. I’ve even tried putting the diced up food on a spoon to see if he would take it that way, and he wants no part of it. As soon as I bring over the baby food and a spoon, he’ll eat the whole thing in a matter of seconds it seems.
Obviously, we don’t need to stop the jar baby food immediately, but I would like to start trying to wean him off of it and start eating what FI and I eat for dinner.
So here’s my question, momma bees, how did you introduce “grown up” food to your LOs?
Post # 3
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I haven’t had my kid yet, but from what I’ve read, I’ve learned to keep trying again and again, maybe week apart, and to adjust the spicing of the food. Maybe a little cinnamon or sugar or salt, etc. will make the world of difference.
Post # 4
just keep trying. eventually he will start to love the “table food” over the jar of food. i dont have much advice for you because both of my girls jumped all over it! my 1.5 y/o hardly even ate baby food.. i started trying at 6 months and by 7.5 months i was already mashing table food and feeding her that because she wouldnt eat the baby food at all.
also maybe try when hes not extremely hungry.. at that point hes probably frustrated that hes hungry and you are introducing something that he is unfamiliar with. try maybe 20-30 minutes prior to him getting to that hunger/frustration part 🙂
Post # 5
My kid was an easy sell, too, so I don’t have a lot of practical advice. What are his favorites in baby food? Maybe try those in “adult” food?
Post # 6
Try mixing diced foods in the same flavor baby foods, gradually adding the amount of real food and reducing the amount of baby food. Also try feeding him off your plate at dinner time, and the only offering baby food after dinner if he hasn’t eaten. Keep with it and eventually he will love real foods.
Post # 7
It takes time, he doesn’t understand the concept of “adult” food yet. Just keep trying. My son is also the same age. We have only tried a few pieces of banana. He will eat it but really only if I put it up to his mouth. He hasn’t figured out that picking up a piece of banana and putting it up in the mouth.
Don’t worry, as PP said mix it up with baby food and slowly reduce the baby food.
Post # 8
I think my daughter was about a year before she would consistently eat adult food. Actually, she’s 2 and we still feed her furit/veggie puree pounchs, so I guess she’s still not weaned all the way. 🙂
I agree with PPs to just keep trying; he’ll probably spend a lot of time exploring/playing with the food before he catches on to the concept of eating it, so just be patient, and eventually he’ll get it.
Post # 9
My kids were also around a year old before they started liking adult food. My son didn’t really like it until closer to 18 months.
I think you’re introducing it correctly, but like others said, it does take time. Babies and kids are creatures of habit and don’t always want to try new things. My kids were more likely to try something if they saw me and DH eating it. I also agree that they liked playing with it more than actually eating it.
Also, adult food has a completely different texture than baby food and some kids don’t take to the change in texture right away. They don’t understand that they have to “chew” (even if it is tiny pieces that they can just swallow) so it is definitely a learning process.
Hang in there! Don’t worry – no kid grows up just on a diet of Cherrios and puffs!
Post # 10
Sorry for being late to respond to everyone, but we’re in the middle of house hell, but that’s another story.
Anyways, he’s been doing better. I think the biggest thing for FI and I is to realize that we cannot get so fustrated with him. I’ve tried some of the Gerber Graduate meals for toddlers, like the pastas, and he likes those. I also found some cooked veggies that he likes that aren’t mashed up. I know it will take a while to wean him off completely, but its so nerve wracking that he isn’t getting the proper nutrition he needs.
Post # 11
My nephew is 22 months and my sister has had SO much trouble with his eating. He snacks on a lot of carbs, bread pasta etc but picks and chooses each day which vegetables he likes, one day he wont next he will! I know it’s very frustrating but you just have to keep calm with him, if you get visibly upset everytime he will become very negative about eating. Has he handled his food a lot? If you let them touch and pick it up and nibble at it they get more intested by the colours and textures etc it ca be very messy but it’s been shown to help engage them more in meals. Out 7mo is just starting solids but still on the breast so it takes out the pressure of whether they’re getting the right nutrients. Good luck!
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