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Help getting bub to eat dinner


Posted by mom422687, 10th January 2020


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  • My daughter eats better if she can fo it herself. At dinner time its hard to be feeding her with a spoon if I’m trying to eat as well so making sure she has things she can pick up makes her happy. Pasta and veggies seem to be winners.


  • Such a struggle! I had two great eaters, third only eats potatoes or Korean food!! I just try to provide a wide range of foods, offering different textures & flavours – distraction can work well, But in the end I generally just throw food in his direction and hope he scavengers some (seriously though, keep offering finger foods & don’t stress too much!)


  • My little lady is 9 months old and we follow baby led weaning- essentially its all about letting baby fed themselves. She is in control of how much he eats and in what order. Amelia eats mostly what we are eating, sometimes its a variation or I keep all the elements of the dish separate for her.
    We made meal time family time, so we sit at the table and chat about our day and enjoy a meal together, money see, monkey do.
    In the case of us eating something she can’t (spicy curry) I have some chicken strips in the freezer and put broccoli, cucumber otr sweet potato with it.

    Be prepared for gagging, but remember this isn’t the same as choking. Gagging is very important for baby to gain oral development.


  • Eat with them. Seeing you eat food is a great influence. Let them have a go themselves… even if it gets messy! They don’t need to eat heaps each meal. We did finger food from early on and a few things on the plate. Playing with food isn’t a bad thing as they’re learning the textures, learning to pick up food and move it to their mouth. Broccoli is a great one as they suck or chew it and hardly ever choke as the pieces are small! Give them a dip (hummus? Yoghurt?) in a small bowls or cake patty with cut up veggies


  • I used to have to blend everything that we were eating for dinner for quite a while, even though he had teeth- he seemed to prefer it this way.


  • Definitely stick to a routine and have them sit down at the table when you are eating as a family. Dont make a big deal if they won’t eat, they will get traumatised. Hope that helps!


  • We use to feed the kids at the table and then how tea our selves when they were done but we would give them something else, finger food style, that they could eat while we were


  • I find if you cut up food into finger type and put it in front of them so they can choose they will often eat it.


  • Lots of exposure to different textures, heat and colours and see what they prefer. Then slowly build by changing Small things to what they like.
    For example
    Yogurt, to banana


  • Your baby may not be able to digest some foods too early.
    Even some vegetables can cause issues.
    I wouldn’t start with egg because it is risky if your child has an egg allergy which some do. I know of 2 children (not known to each other) who have egg allergy.
    Both projectile vomit.


  • We’ve always eaten our meals with our daughter. If she was ready, she had some small animals inside a box that she could play with, while we finished our meal. Staying together and relaxing helped a lot.


  • My main tip is to always have your baby sit at the table with you when you eat, even if my son isn’t eating with us we have always had him in his highchair at the family table every night to see us a eating food. We never force him to eat either, he won’t starve himself though you might worry sometimes. Don’t put pressure on your baby to eat and just relax, he will eat if he is hungry. Good luck and it’s never easy. I hope you get some good tips and advice on here and your bubs gets eating better for you soon.


  • Are you doing pureed? A few types of finger food is a good start. Toast, steamed veg, omelette or hard boiled egg. Keep persisting with different things but don’t stress too much as long as they have enough milk. Maybe see mchn for recommendations?


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