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Help getting bub to eat dinner


Posted by mom422687, 10th January 2020


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  • 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.


  • 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


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