My baby is 9 month old and she only like to eat fruits and veggies

United States
December 3, 2007 8:01pm CST
How do I get her interested in eating some meat? I tried to mix it into the food but she still would spit it out. Then I would have to dump it out and give her the fruit or veggie cereal mix. What do you do to get your little bundle of joy to eat some meat?
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@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
4 Dec 07
Like everyone has already stated, she doesn't need meat yet. My daughter is 19 months and has just started to eat tiny pieces of chicken. I think baby food meats are disgusting so I didn't even bother trying to give them to my last three children. I just wait until they are big enough to chew meat on their own. My daughter loves tofu. She only has 6 teeth and they are all in the front. Tofu is easy for her to just mash up in her mouth. Before she was eating chunked fruits, I would mix up some organic vanilla yogurt into the baby food fruits. She liked that quite a bit too.
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• United States
6 Dec 07
Oh yeah just out of curiosity I went and tried a little of the baby food (the chicken flavor one) Yukky fooey it was disgusting. I tried giving her chicken with green beans puree but she didn't like that either...
• United States
4 Dec 07
I think this is a common thing amongst many babies. The little girl that I babysit, about 1 1/2 years old, she doesn't like to eat either. I'm not sure what it is, maybe how tough it is. Are you tried feeding her chicken? I used to make these chicken nuggets for her and she loved them since they were softer than regular chicken. She'll eventually get to the age where she loves meat and hates veggies and fruits!! Good Luck. :)
• United States
6 Dec 07
AHHH, no no no I don't want her to hate veggies and fruits LOL. I want her to love them but I want her to have some meat too. And later I want her to have some fish and other seafood as well. I want her to enjoy food like I do LOL. I just want her to have a balance diet that's all. Thanks for your response...
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
4 Dec 07
She does not need to eat meat yet. My youngest did not eat meat until she was about 4. She is 6'1" and now 26 years old healthy as can be and still eats mostly veggies. As long as she is growing and healthy, she is fine.
• United States
4 Dec 07
She is growing tall. Above the 98% but she is underweight. I want her to eat more and I was hoping that the meat can help her add some weight. She loves her veggies and fruits though. Doctor said she is super healthy. She jumped up when the doctor took her hands. She even said bye bye to her doctor to say she don't want any shot just to go home LOL.
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
4 Dec 07
Are you thin; is your husband thin? Maybe she is supposed to be thin. Try giving her mashed beans and rice. That is the perfect protein combination. More complex carbs will put some weight on her too and add muscle.
• United States
4 Dec 07
No on the contrary, my hubby and I both have a tummy rummy. But both of our kids are very thin. I think they take after us though before I got pregnant with my first kid I was a size 0 and my hubby was thin too. So, I guess what you are saying is true. It is when we were young that we were thin. Thanks for your comment...
@taurus67 (176)
• Philippines
4 Dec 07
that's good 'cos some kids are very hard to eat especially veggies...just don't forced them to eat meat or other foods, slowly but surely... :-)
• United States
6 Dec 07
Yeah, that is what I am hearing from my fellow mylotters here. I won't force the issue with her again. I just let her eat what she likes right now and slowly try to give it to her again later to see if she wants it...
@taurus67 (176)
• Philippines
8 Dec 07
thanx for that very touching comment... :-)
@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
4 Dec 07
That can lead to a low iron count. the doctor may want to out her on a vitamin plus iron chewable. You can't force them to eat something they don't want to, but you can make sure they stay healthy.
• United States
6 Dec 07
The doc never said anything about giving her vitamins or anything. She just told me that my baby is very healthy and that she is a little thin but it could be that she is getting a lot of activities. And she grew a lot too but I just didn't like the fat that she is getting so thin so I was going to try to give her some meat--that was the suggestion the doc gave me too.
@xreesex (117)
• United States
4 Dec 07
Don't force your child to eat anything. She will eat meat when she is ready. It could be the texture she doesn't like, it could be the taste. Either way though, as long as she's eating, don't worry so hard over meat etc. If you try to force her to eat things, it will make her dislike them even more. As long as your dr says she's healthy, it doesn't really matter if she's eating meat or not.
• United States
6 Dec 07
Yeah, I know now. The doctor said she was healthy but she also said she was thin. That is why I want to fatten her up so to speak by trying to give her some meat. She eats well but she gets a lot of activities playing with her sister. She is walking (actually running) with her walker chasing after her sister. She also likes to push it too. She is getting into everything and crawling around so fast I can't even keep up...
• United States
4 Dec 07
just let her eat on her own time...it may was ment for her to be a vegiterian..lol she might not like meat at all.. atleast she is eating what is good for her now so it wont hurt her
• United States
6 Dec 07
LOL, I surely hope not then I have to cook separately just for her. I don't want the extra work involved in the cooking process. One of my sister hates seafood and every time we want to eat seafood she would have to leave the room or house sometimes depends if she can smell it or not. Then all the stuff we use to cook, clean and touched the seafood with had to be cleaned before she touches it. All the prep had to be done separately and cooked separately.
4 Dec 07
I had a lot of trouble getting my son to eat a variety of foods and found the best way was to use the blender to puree meat and add it to vegetables. He soon got the taste for it and after that he would eat most foods
• United States
6 Dec 07
Yeah I did that too dear, but she is a smart little devil. She spitted it out, I think she must of tasted a hint of meat in it or something. I puree the meat and then mix it in some veggies and also those veggie cereals to give it some texture but nope she won't eat that either...
• United States
4 Dec 07
She really doesn't need a whole lot of meat right now anyway.. so she should be fine.. forcing her to eat something isn't really the right idea, because it is only going to make her want to repell it more. You didn't specificy which cuts of meat you have tried, alot of kids prefer something like hotdogs or lunch meat better than a hambugar or pieces of a steak, its too tough. I suggest cutting up some ham strips and see how she likes those!
• United States
6 Dec 07
Thank you for your comment. I won't force her anymore. I don't want to push the issue because I am afraid she might repel from meat later on. I tried giving her steak but I used the blender and made it like a smootie. I tried hamburger meat patty, turkey patty, ground beef, ham, meat balls, lunch meat, hotdogs, Chinese sausages, pork chops, sirlions, you name it I tried it even spam...
@kwenge (2493)
• Kenya
4 Dec 07
If you really realy want her to eat meat then I think you try blending them meat with the veggies, starting with liver or put meat soup in the vegie so that she can used to the smell of meat first. Also try introducing some dairies to her meals like margarine, butter, ghee and others.
• United States
6 Dec 07
Oh I hate liver, that is a taste I have never found a liking to. Meat soup is what my mom started giving her today. She only took like two teaspoons. But it's a start. Thank you for you response...
• United States
4 Dec 07
I had this same type of problem with my first daughter. She is still a very picky eater, but has gotten much better. The doctors told me that when she was very young (under 1 year) that it wasn't necessary for her to have the meat. In my case, I had to just wait it out, but of course I always offered her the meat it just took her a couple years to actually start eating it. She is now almost 5 and she eats chicken, turkey, pepperoni, and hot dogs. She will not go near any hamburger meat! You will get through it, just keep offering the meats and eventually she will eat some of it.
• United States
4 Dec 07
Thank you, I feel so much better now that I know someone has been through this and is healthy and fine. My first child was very chubby then she became thin by the age of 4 now 5 years old. But just scares me that the pedi doc told me that my child needs to eat more because she fell beneath the weight level. She is thin and very picky with her food. Thank you for your comment...
• United States
4 Dec 07
Chocolate is a vegetable, believe it or not. It has lots of protein, too, just like meat.
• United States
4 Dec 07
LOL. Yeah okay I will give my 9 month old some chocolate NOT... your too much silly goose...Thanks for your comment...
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
4 Dec 07
Really your baby can get all her vitamins and minerals that she needs fromm her vegetables and fruits. When she is ready for meat she will eat it. Babies are smarter than we think they are. Here is a web site that give a very good breakdown of healthy foods so that you can be sure that you are giving your baby what she needs. http://whfoods.org/ It tells you how each food is healthy and how it can fight diseases as well as recipes.
• United States
4 Dec 07
Oh thank you sweetie. It's a great site. That is very good to hear because she is a eater but just for veggies and fruits. Again thank you for the informative response....
@aseretdd (13709)
• Philippines
4 Dec 07
You are very lucky that your daughter loves to eat fruits and veggies... most babies hate to eat veggies... mine would only eat carrots and rice with soup... What i do to make my baby eat a little meat is... i blend the meat then mix it with her regular food... that way she doesn't notice it and there is no need for her to chew... but at that age, she doesn't need to take in a lot of meat... giving it to her twice or three times a week will do...
• United States
4 Dec 07
Thank you for your response and I will try that. I just wish she gains a little more weight. I feel like a bad mother when the doctor told me that she was under weight. A mother outside said that she is very cute and petite, I was like oh no. Thanks again...