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Help getting bub to eat dinner


Posted by mom422687, 10th January 2020


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  • At 10 months their main food source is still milk/formula. Don’t stress, they won’t starve themselves.
    Just keep offering different foods :)


  • I found at around that age the main meal could be done at lunch time. Then a lunch type meal for dinner. However just remember food before one is just for fun.


  • They say that babies will often take more than a few tries to warm to a certain food so maybe try the same thing even if bub doesn’t love it at first. Apricot chicken is a winner here – slow cooker so the chicken breaks down and add in some polenta. Also try zucchini fritters – our bub loves being able to hold them.


  • I have an 8-month-old who is exactly the same! He’s just not fussed. We are trying a mix of baby-led weaning and normal pureed foods. I find he always prefers the sweeter foods (apparently because milk is sweet), especially peach, pear etc.!


  • Small portions, a variety of foods, and maybe consider finger foods.


  • Looks like you have some excellent suggestions below. I was always told that kids will never starve themselves to death, if that’s any consolation, it didn’t calm my fears very well. But it ended up being true


  • Wow, some awesome suggestions here. Love the variety of options to assist


  • CANNOT speak more highly of Baby led weaning. Google it.
    Let them sit in a highchair, and play with their food. All different colours and textures.
    Benefit is that you aren’t having to puree anything, or prepare ‘special’ meals. They eat what you eat.
    Read the research, its basically saying that babies that age aren’t reliant on the nutrients from the food, it is more about experimenting for them and creating good habits.
    My kids are 5 & 6, and they eat almost anything, and will certainly try anything thats put in front of them.


  • I let my 9 month old feed herself and I offer a variety of foods for her. She loves different flavours and textures.


  • Try distractions giving your babies toys to play with whilst feeding them. You can try and praise as well when baby is doing good be over the top to show them that it’s a good thing that they are eating


  • Personally I’d recommend led feeding, it’s so much easier as you only make one meal. (that’s if your not already) Usually kids will eat it if the parents or others are eating it too. If not, then don’t stress it might just be a stage their going through.


  • Don’t stress it! Babies won’t starve themselves, they’ll eat when they’re hungry. Offer regular snacks with lots of different foods. They won’t starve


  • My friend supposedly has a fussy eater. She always makes something different for him that’s different to her dinner so that he will eat it.

    However, when I cook dinner for them at my place, he will eat whatever I put in front of him, no matter what it is. He knows there’s no alternative. Either starve or eat. That’s his choice.
    In your case a 10 month old would still be having milk to that changes things. Once he is 1, get rid of the milk and just focus on solids. If there’s no alternative then the child has no other option to seek.


  • You provide, they decide. Just offer a variety of different foods. If hungry, they will eat!


  • 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.


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