13 September 2012

Picky Eater

We started Natalie on solid foods at six months. We've been buying her Gerber baby mush that comes in the little plastic containers.

She was doing pretty well with those and would eat almost an entire container in one sitting.

Then I decided to start making her food myself last week. I figured I have the time and it's easy enough. It's a lot more pricy to buy things fresh and the prepackaged stuff is definitely more convenient but what the hell? 

The only problem is that she won't eat anything I make. It's not like I've tried any new or weird foods either. I've stuck with the basics and things she already has tried and liked.

I'm not sure if it's just a phase or if she just needs to get used to the fresh stuff. It's really discouraging though and feels like a waste to have to just throw it out after many unsuccessful attempts.

I suppose I really should just start freezing it and retrying later. I can't force it down her throat though and if she doesn't like it she doesn't like it.

The only thing she definitely will eat is rice cereal and oatmeal.  She still loves snacks and anything that she can feed herself, such as small pieces of bread.

She doesn't even want me feeding her anymore. Every time I bring the spoon close to her face, she grabs at it and turns her head away. I eventually give up and just let her "feed" herself which means some food gets in her mouth but most of it get everywhere else.

Let me know if you have any tips on how to get her to eat more.

On a completely unrelated note, we're taking our first family beach trip this Sunday. We'll be gone from the 16th to 19th and I am so excited! Natalie HATES car rides with a passion and it's a four hour trip each way, so we're going to have a really good time driving.

Also let me know if you have any tips on how to keep her from screaming her head off in the car.

Not so sure about the pickle.

15 Thoughts :

Jessica September 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM  

How old is she now? Noah's only been on solids (purees and soft finger foods) and some days he'll eat and some days he won't! I chock it up to them learning... ?

Stephanie September 13, 2012 at 2:03 PM  

It's definitely hard, especially when you take the time to make the food and they still won't eat it. I would freeze it and try again in a few days. Chloe has never been a picky eater, so I'm afraid I don't have much advice there, but the very next post that popped up on my reader was this one...you might get some ideas there:

http://threegeminisandasagittarius.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-little-food-post-that-could.html

Nessa September 13, 2012 at 2:31 PM  

Does she have a few favorite toys you can keep hidden from her in the car to bring out when she starts fussing? Or a sippy cup of water or something? This isn't very safe but I give Chloe rice treats in the car when she starts whining.

For feeding, you could try mixing some of the food you make with her baby food. At least that way it wouldn't go to waste. Chloe's the worst eater that I've ever met so I have lots of experience with mixing just about anything just to see if she'll eat it.

Shannon September 13, 2012 at 4:27 PM  

I'm in the picky eater boat too. Tay will eat carb foods and blueberries (sometimes grapes too!) But no jar foods besides yogurt and no veggies at all. I feel like I've spent so much time on the internet trying to get somewhere, but no luck.

Tay hates car rides too.

Wow - I can't help you at all today. I suck.

Megan September 13, 2012 at 5:16 PM  

Have you thought about just giving her solids? Kinsley wouldn't eat baby food anymore and I put her on regular food. At her 9 month check up her doctor said it was fine. Whatever we eat (for he most part) we can give her.

NICOLE September 13, 2012 at 6:31 PM  

start to mix a little bit of the home made food into the rice or oatmeal cereal!

marie September 13, 2012 at 11:23 PM  

Her eyes are so cool, I've never seen anyone with eyes like that. Entertaining kids is exhausting, I would bring a few dumdums (those little suckers) in case of emergency :) I know it's horrible but you might be glad.

Jilean September 13, 2012 at 11:43 PM  

Why not wean her to table foods if she wants to feed herself? google baby led weaning - it's easier than you think! hang in there mama - you're doing great! And maybe she'll surprise you in the car :)

Sean Marie September 14, 2012 at 9:19 AM  

I've heard this term but haven't really looked into it. Gonna do some research! Thanks Jilean!

Sean Marie September 14, 2012 at 9:20 AM  

We give her real food but I'm always paranoid she's going to choke on something, even if it seems safe enough. I guess we could mush it up a little bit! Thanks!

Sean Marie September 14, 2012 at 9:22 AM  

Good idea! I know it's pure sugar, but four hours is a long time to listen to a crying baby. Thanks Marie for this idea. I think there are some of those suckers at my job, gonna steal some today!

Sean Marie September 14, 2012 at 9:22 AM  

Gonna give it a try right now! Thanks. :)

Sean Marie September 14, 2012 at 9:33 AM  

We're gonna bring a portable DVD player with us. Toys are fun to her for all of three seconds before she gets angry at it and throws it to the side.

I'll try mixing the two together too. Thanks!

Jilean September 14, 2012 at 3:20 PM  

I was worried about this too... google the difference between choking and gagging. this helped a TON while weaning B to table foods - best advise is to stay calm and don't immediately jump to "she's choking" - it's tough to watch them gag for a few seconds, but once they do, they learn REAL quick.

Mrs. Pancakes September 16, 2012 at 9:33 AM  

I agree about mixing the home food and store food.,. Hopefully that will do the trick! In the car I'm sure you've tried this but how about her fav music!!