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kuietgrl (got lost)
01-26-2008, 08:02 PM
My daughter is 8 months old and I can only get her to eat fruit and cheerios. I've tried EVERYTHING to get her to eat veggies or meat and she just spits it out. I tried the baby foods for 8 months with the chunks and she hates them. I figured maybe they were too thick so I watered them down a bit...same result.

She won't even eat baby cereal anymore. Just fruits and cheerios. She loves applesauce, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, plums, raspberries...even prunes. I've tried the "fruit and veggie blend" baby foods and she hates those, too.

Is she just going through a phase? I'm a bit concerned that she isn't getting all the nutrients she needs...I don't know. Short of forcing it down her screaming throat, there isn't much I can do...

01-26-2008, 08:38 PM
my oldest was and is like that. just keep offering it to her. let her get extra hungry. my doctor told me to either just accept it or let her go without and keep offering her healthy stuff. he said kids won't let themselves starve so if she's hungry enough she'll eat it.

kuietgrl (got lost)
01-26-2008, 09:09 PM
Well, fruit is healthy...just sweet. I try to make sure I pick the stuff with no added sugar. I've even tried less sweet fruits lol

01-26-2008, 09:34 PM
is your baby has teeth they may not want that crap chunk food...ive tasted it when ive checked how warm it is ewww lol
maybe try like slices of cheese or balogna.........or hot dogs cut up...your baby may be telling you he / she is ready for somethign else

kuietgrl (got lost)
01-26-2008, 09:40 PM
That's true...I figured the baby food for 8 months + would be chunkier and more of a "big girl" food for her. She does like to feed herself the Cheerios, but she refuses those Graduate star puff thingies, the wagon wheels and the baby cheesies.

First baby for me so I have no idea what I can/should feed her...and what's a no no lol Still getting the hang of these things /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif

01-26-2008, 09:55 PM
A friend of mine had a baby like that. It was an early sign for her that her child was a very picky eater. Does she eat toast, those baby cookies? If you are really concerned about her not getting the nutrients she needs, look into pediasure. Not sure though what age you can give them to her. Also do you supplement with vitamins?

01-26-2008, 10:19 PM
My 14 month old just started to eat the toddler baby food. I went for literally 5 months trying the first textured baby food, with huge gags and pukes to follow. I would go back to the ultra pureed crap, and retry in a couple of days. Eventually he took more textured food. He does not like much table food (mashed potatoes, carrots, etc) but will eat pasta if it is cut up tiny. Since he is my 4th and my others weren't like that, I asked the Dr. The baby only has 2 teeth, well almost 6 now, got his 4 front ones on christmas morning, he said, just offer and retry.
My little one will not eat the gerber puffs, but loves the heinz fruit puffs. Also he eats yogurt (minigos) just not peach. I guess they all start to have preferences. Just try and try again, and good luck!!

kuietgrl (got lost)
01-26-2008, 10:40 PM
Mine won't eat peach anything, either lol She has her two bottom teeth and she's really really good with chewing (or gumming) and not choking. Is 8 months too young to try cut up pasta? I just don't know what would be appropriate for her. I never even thought of more "adult" foods...just didn't think she could have them. I used to give her yogurt and she loved it but she would end up puking later on almost like it didn't agree with her stomach.

What kind of vitamins could I give her? Do they have baby vitamins?

01-26-2008, 10:46 PM
Yes kuiet they have vitamins for babies. When my son was a baby i used to give him trivisol or something like that. Now I buy infantol for my son as it is for children of any age.

Each child is different. At 8 months my son was just starting on adult food like mashed potatoes, mr noodle, hot dogs cut up real small, toast with a bit of margerine. Maybe she just is not into baby food that much. I know my son wasn't other then the fruits.

01-26-2008, 11:33 PM
i think every baby is different.. ive been feeding my son baby food for about a month now. When i first started he would get so excited when he saw me get the jar out of the cupboard that he would pretty much convulse, lol. He would eat it so fast that he would cry it i took to long to get another bite in his mouth. Now, he is totally not interested, turns his head and spits it out, and could care less. He'd much rather eat plain old rice cereal and drink his ba-ba's (barely 3 a day), but as long as he is eating and not starving, thats all that matters.

01-26-2008, 11:37 PM
I have 3 kids
All three of them have eaten normal people food since about 8 months
I cant imagine my 15 month old eating toddler food

01-27-2008, 11:55 AM
My grand daughter is also 8 months old, and boy have things changed since I had kids. Both of my kids went from breast to whole milk at 6 months, now they say no milk for a year.

What I have told my daughter is that this is a learning experience for all of us, its all trial and error.
Whatever we make for lunch and supper we adjust for the baby to eat, she loves soup and crackers for lunch, yogurt for dessert.
My daughter started her on cheerios and she loves them, no teeth yet but boy can she gum them.

Best of luck to all the new moms and new grammas cause like I said boy things have changed.

kuietgrl (got lost)
01-27-2008, 04:03 PM
Well, I'm taking some advice and as we speak, she is sitting here just chowing down on some chopped up rotini, shredded cheese and some green beans and peas from our garden last summer! I don't think I've ever seen her stuff so much into her face so fast! And not very much is missing her mouth /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/lol.gif

I guess she was just ready for more than I wanted to give her /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/blush.gif Why do they have to grow so fast??

01-27-2008, 05:10 PM
Put low fat yogurt on the food, and she will gobble it up.

not heaping amount, just enough to taste.

01-28-2008, 12:20 PM
If she is still drinking her milk, it's no big deal. Be happy she's eating.

My son has been on Homo milk since he was about 3 months (dont care about anyones opinions on the matter, thanks). We've been giving him the Poly D vitamins, you can get them @ any drug store. Or you can go to the health food store and get the Kinder Vit (It's in a big brown bottle). It has a lot of good vitamins in there.

I also give the kids (and have since they were 3 months) fish oil designed for kids. So they get those good fatty acids.

You can also try making your own babyfood, there is a huge difference between the two, or try a different brand.

Pasta @ 8 months isnt too bad as long as she can eat it. Once she starts chewing you can move her up to way more textures/varieties.

kuietgrl (got lost)
01-28-2008, 12:42 PM
She has no problem eating and munching on harder, bigger foods. She's surprisingly good at chewing her food lol She had a cut up banana and Danino yogurt (with the fish oil, DHA thingie) for breakfast and some cheese and crackers for lunch with some blueberries. So far, she seems less crabby...I was probably starving her /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/eek.gif

01-28-2008, 01:13 PM
mine was a gagger i couldnt feed her chuncky food till way later
so i have her the 8+ formula, i think nestle has it
so i wasnt freaking out that she wasnt getting enuff nutrients

has she tried pasta yet?

kuietgrl (got lost)
01-28-2008, 05:51 PM
Yeah she had cut up rotini last night and tonight for supper. She loves it. She ate a whole handful (mine, not hers) of green beans and peas, too. And crackers, cheese and yogurt for lunch. Takes more time to prepare meals now, but she can feed herself so it's harder but easier /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/lol.gif

Any other suggestions as to what I could give her would be great! I've given her pasta, cheese, veggies and rice. And I'm going to try toast and mashed potatoes tomorrow...

01-28-2008, 06:44 PM
Try eggs. At this point she can only have the yolks, but its still very good for her!


01-28-2008, 09:04 PM
try veggie soups with cut up tiny pasta in it
puree the veggies in the blender food proc, or magic bullet
or i bought jessica seinfeld's cookbook, deceptively delicious
it uses pureed veggies or fruit in normal recipes
ie pureed cauliflower in banana bread, i made that and u dont even notice the cauliflower

i even made chocolate chip cookies with chick peas, delish!

01-28-2008, 11:46 PM
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kuietgrl (got lost)
01-29-2008, 09:35 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: kitty&mimi</div><div class="ubbcode-body">try veggie soups with cut up tiny pasta in it
puree the veggies in the blender food proc, or magic bullet
or i bought jessica seinfeld's cookbook, deceptively delicious
it uses pureed veggies or fruit in normal recipes
ie pureed cauliflower in banana bread, i made that and u dont even notice the cauliflower

i even made chocolate chip cookies with chick peas, delish! </div></div>

I watched her on The View. Pretty neat what she does lol

Sweet Little Sister
01-29-2008, 11:43 AM
a chic pea has no business being in a choc chip cookie!!

i used to buy orzo pasta for my babaies. (small..looks like a grain of rice) i would cook it and freeze it in small cups with different sauces..a quick meal to grab on the run..

mine also LOVED cubes of cream cheese, cottage cheese and yogurt.
my oldest really liked sweet potato too.

kuietgrl (got lost)
01-31-2008, 04:50 PM
Ok. So I've tried shredded chicken, pasta, cheese cubes (shredded was too hard for her to eat), green beans, peas, rice, cottage cheese/strawberry (she literally spit it in my face lol), any kind of yogurt and a "must" is cut up bananas for breakfast with her highchair plopped in front of the TV watching CBC Kids /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/lol.gif

I bought fresh plums, strawberries, nectarines and grapes...which will be peeled and cut up. And a mango. We'll see if I can get her off her morning bananas lol I was going to get some kiwi but I didn't know if that would be good yet?

Giggle Squirt
01-31-2008, 05:19 PM
Wow it sounds like your daughter has a persoal buffet!!! My son would not touch textured foods until he was 10 months old!!! Until then it was baby food, yogurt ( had to be plain ) and toast. Now he is 4 and half years old and NEVER STOPS EATING. When a day goes buy where he is not hungry.... i know their is something wrong or he is getting sick!!! He never liked meat when he was younger and still does not like meat. The only type of meat he will eat is my dads meat balls.

01-31-2008, 05:22 PM
listen people u dont even notice the chick peas in those cookies! i swear!!!! taste or sight, its like they're not there!!

kuietgrl (got lost)
01-31-2008, 05:45 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: kitty&mimi</div><div class="ubbcode-body">listen people u dont even notice the chick peas in those cookies! i swear!!!! taste or sight, its like they're not there!! </div></div>

If they're mushed up, I don't think you'd notice them. They don't have much flavor, do they? lol And smushed into the dough...you'd have no idea!

And yeah. My baby girl has a WIDE variety of food every day now /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/laugh.gif And other than the cottage cheese and chicken...she seems to like it all. She will eat the chicken, but it's definitely not a favorite lol

I bought 100% whole wheat bread for her in the morning, too. Going to try some toast and some fruit other than her beloved bananas /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/lol.gif

01-31-2008, 07:53 PM
kitty&mimi where did you buy the book? The dietician recommended it for my son

01-31-2008, 08:19 PM
LOL Watch that you're not giving her too much fruit though. It causes diarrhea which we all know is yucky and can lead to dehydration. Our son is the fruit KING! You give it, he'll eat it no matter what kind it is. But.. we have to "limit" it because, like I said... BLAH! Who wants to have that all day? LOL

What about what you're eating? Will she share food with you when you're eating dinner or anything? That's how we introduced more food into our kids' diets. If we were eating it, they wanted some and more often than not they liked it. /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

Oh ya.. I want that book too. Does Coles have it or do I have to get it off of the internet?

kuietgrl (got lost)
01-31-2008, 08:50 PM
Well, she only gets fruit in the mornings now for breakfast. Other than that, it's noodles, cheese, crackers, veggies, etc.

Last night, we had chicken and rice. So I did take a bit of chicken and cooked it plain for her. Other than when we do that, I don't think she'd like to eat what we do lol Tonight it's a sausage stir-fry thing with soya sauce. Hubby's making a mushroom shrimp thingy with TONS of garlic.

I think she'd puke if she ate what we do lol

01-31-2008, 09:12 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: blueeyedgirl</div><div class="ubbcode-body">kitty&mimi where did you buy the book? The dietician recommended it for my son

coles, (both stores have it) i got it when they had their after christmas sale, i think 40% off, check for the sales...

by the way mine will only eat chicken if it has ranch dressing on it /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

01-31-2008, 09:14 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: kitty&mimi</div><div class="ubbcode-body">listen people u dont even notice the chick peas in those cookies! i swear!!!! taste or sight, its like they're not there!! </div></div>

This coming from the woman who has a recipe for apple seed pie!!!

01-31-2008, 09:54 PM
apple seed muffins /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif its more concentrate

kuietgrl (got lost)
02-01-2008, 01:33 PM
So remember how I said my baby didn't like the cottage cheese and strawberry things I gave her? Well, I just tried to eat one and it had the taste and texture of vomit. My poor baby /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/lol.gif I usually try everything I give her first, to make sure it's ok but this I didn't. And I'm sorry I did.

I'm going to go throw up now. I can't believe people actually eat that crap! /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/sick.gif

02-01-2008, 01:38 PM
have u tried oatmeal?

kuietgrl (got lost)
02-01-2008, 01:41 PM
Not yet. I have some, though. Her morning bananas are a must or she's crabby all day. I learned that yesterday /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/lol.gif Maybe I'll give her banana oatmeal lol

02-02-2008, 11:08 PM
My little guy also eats oatmeal, the instant stuff. That is one thing that he eats faithfully every morning for breakfast.

02-03-2008, 12:12 PM
She could also have cut up pancakes with fruit in it. My kids all loved pancakes.

kuietgrl (got lost)
02-03-2008, 12:13 PM
Can anyone tell me why they say not to give babies under a year old cow milk?

My daughter is 8 1/2 months old and doesn't seem interested in nursing except at night and doesn't really like drinking water. I don't want to give her juice (even watered down) because of the sugar content. But I gave her a little bit of cow's milk and she really enjoyed it.

Will it hurt her if I give her cow's milk now?

kuietgrl (got lost)
02-03-2008, 12:15 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: goodasgold</div><div class="ubbcode-body">She could also have cut up pancakes with fruit in it. My kids all loved pancakes. </div></div>

Yeah I thought about pancakes lol I'll have to make some tomorrow and try it. All I have is those frozen ones you put in the toaster lol I think they taste like crap but her daddy likes 'em /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/sick.gif

02-03-2008, 12:17 PM
My kids had cow milk around 9 months old. By that age they weren't interested in formula any more. My doctor said it was fine. One year old is just a recommended age. I put them on whole milk till they were around 2 then just regular 2%.

Jackie B
02-03-2008, 01:35 PM
My kids' pediatrician said when a child is consuming 12 TBS of food in one sitting, they can handle cow's milk. Also, if your baby is only nursing at night, and you start giving her cow's milk, it will probably be within a month that she will refuse to nurse from you anymore. It happened with three of my four children.

02-03-2008, 02:12 PM
I had mine on cows milk at 10 months. He was eating great at that point and not very interested in the formula anymore. It was recommended from his dr to put him on Homo milk then at the age of 2 to switch him to 2%. I think it had something to do with the fat content of the milk why the homo was recommended.

02-04-2008, 10:27 AM
I put my kids on homo milk when they were 8-9 months old, all 4 of them. The reason Dr's tell you to keep them on homo milk until they are over 2 is because of the higher fat content, which has more vitamins (the fat soluable ones, a,d) and is better for their rapidly developing brains. I never even switched them after 2 onto 2%, they don't drink alot of milk now, kinda like me so I figure when they do want to drink it, it's better that they drink that. I personally prefer it too, so everyone in the house is just used to it.

kuietgrl (got lost)
02-04-2008, 12:22 PM
I'll have to buy some homo milk next time I'm shopping. I only have 1% and I gave her about an ounce of it and she drank it down fast lol

kuietgrl (got lost)
02-10-2008, 06:20 PM
I figured I'd bring this up instead of starting another one...but I can't get her to eat anything now lol She just screams and pushes it all away /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/frown.gif I'm at my wits end, so she's playing/eating orange jello with orange slices in it...

Would she just be going through a "no eating" phase? /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/confused.gif All she seems to eat is soda crackers. And she's started wanting to nurse more than usual.

02-10-2008, 08:51 PM
Might be cutting teeth. Both of mine refused to eat solid foods while they were teething.

kuietgrl (got lost)
02-11-2008, 10:29 AM
Maybe...I sure hope so. She has slimey, thick drool hanging out of her mouth almost constantly...I was thinking teeth, but maybe from her cold?

(sorry for the visual) /ubbthreads/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/lol.gif

02-11-2008, 06:06 PM
My 2 year old still has fussy periods where she won't eat food I know she loves. But she's starting to understand that if you don't eat it, you don't get anything else.