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please give me some advice. my 6 month old will not eat the 1st foods gerber vegetables. She will eat the fruit no problems but she just shuts her mouth completely when i try and give her the veggies. She gives me the most horrible cringing face when i do manage to get some in her mouth. Im afraid for her health that she is not getting enough nutrition

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Asked by BellaBean23 at 10:42 PM on Mar. 3, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • The only nutrition a baby needs at that age is formula or breastmilk - the jarred foods offer very little nutrition, and are only for practice - they are unnecessary. If you really want to feed her real food, try steaming fresh veggies - cuz frankly, have you ever tasted the stuff in the jars? It's horrid and tastes nothing like the real thing. She should be taking in 32oz of formula or breastmilk a day - she's getting all the nutrition she needs if you're doing that. Don't push the solids.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:49 PM on Mar. 3, 2010

  • She doesn't really need them right now, like anon 10:49 said. But, she will be a much better eater later if you feed her more veggies now. I would stop feeding her the fruits & feed her veggies for a while. She may refuse at first, but keep trying. Also, try making your own. Those jar veggies taste like crap. Just throw your veggies in the blender or get one of those little choppers. She may respond better to something fresh.


    Answer by carlye828 at 11:46 PM on Mar. 3, 2010

  • you might have more success if you make it your self. It is as simple as getting a piece of steamed veg - cauliflower, pumpkin, sweet potato, .... mash it very finely with a fork, then push it through a small sieve- I always used a fine teastrainer.
    That way it will be a puree, add a little formula or cereal to thicken or thin it, you might also find just a little bit mixed with cereal is a milder taste.Do this with your fruits too, mashed banana, pear, apple, steam anything that is hard, so much better for her.
    At this age it is all about new tastes, textures etc. This is the beginning of her personality. If you don't like brussel sprouts would you like to eat them? She doesn't actually need themyet it is just a learning experience. I really think using processed baby food is a huge factor in fussy eating, it doesn't taste anything like what we cook at home, so you are starting all over again to get them to eat real food

    Answer by myheartx4 at 12:09 AM on Mar. 4, 2010

  • Try avocado mashed with a bit of breastmilk or formula.

    Two great books /websites on feeding babies, with differing philosophies, Baby Led Weaning and Super Baby Food You should be able to find them at your local library


    Answer by rkoloms at 7:05 AM on Mar. 4, 2010

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