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« on: November 21, 2008, 12:36:44 PM »

Now that Caitlin is a year old and has seven teeth, we're able to feed her a few more kinds of food.  However, we've fallen into a food rut now.  She'll eat sweet potatoes, crackers, pasta with sauce, and fruit but I can't get her to eat anything else.  I know it's common for kids to get stuck on one food exclusively but I'm afraid she's not getting all the vitamins and minerals she needs (though I do give her a vitamin supplement with juice). 

Is there any trick to getting her to try new food or at least eat a variety?  I've tried spices like cinnamon and ginger, slathering things with applesauce, and that works long enough to lick off the sauce and spice and spit out the food. laugh
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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2008, 02:25:42 PM »

She's already a vegetarian and a good faster.   Grin

Try eating the same food and letting her know that mommy likes it.  Worked with my son at that age.
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2008, 02:53:20 PM »

She's already a vegetarian and a good faster.   Grin

Try eating the same food and letting her know that mommy likes it.  Worked with my son at that age.

No kidding!  She's tried some meat but she usually spits it back out.  I'll give your method a shot.  She's very into mimicry right now.
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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2008, 03:07:18 PM »

Hey E! Grin

Have you tried intoducing the new foods when she's hungry before the old foods? Have you found any helpful sources on the Internet? Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2008, 03:17:57 PM »

Hey E! Grin

Have you tried intoducing the new foods when she's hungry before the old foods? Have you found any helpful sources on the Internet? Smiley

Yeah and sometimes it works but if she's really tired or overly hungry it just makes her mad and she screams until she gets a cup of milk.  Tongue  Can't imagine where the stubborn genes come from...

Most of the sources on the web just say to keep trying different things and I'm sure she'll eventually like new things, but until then I don't much like sweeping the half eaten food off the floor while she's still complaining about being hungry.  Wink  I've tried putting butter on her veggies too and that seems to help sometimes. 
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« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2008, 03:48:45 PM »

My kids eat what we eat. We have never used baby food actually. laugh So if we are having teriyaki chicken with rice, so do they. There is no reason she should have a completely seperate meal from everyone else. Kids don't like to have different food at this age, they want to feel "big." If we have burritos I slice up some avacado, give them some beans and other components and they have at it. At one year she can eat almost anything (except the obvious no-no's your doc tells you about).
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« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2008, 04:13:51 PM »

My kids eat what we eat. We have never used baby food actually. laugh So if we are having teriyaki chicken with rice, so do they. There is no reason she should have a completely seperate meal from everyone else. Kids don't like to have different food at this age, they want to feel "big." If we have burritos I slice up some avacado, give them some beans and other components and they have at it. At one year she can eat almost anything (except the obvious no-no's your doc tells you about).

This will require me to eat better, though.   laugh  Seriously, though, I'll just have to lay off the hot sauce and crunchy things. 
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« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2008, 04:26:04 PM »

No, she may like spice in moderation actually. My eldest used to DRINK tabasco sauce, and all my kids eat salsa and chips when we are at a restaurant. Chips can even be OK if you give her smaller pieces. I start my kids on solids at 1 year. And when I do they eat anything and everything.
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« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2008, 04:31:52 PM »

Remember she was inside you for a long time and if you breastfeed/fed then she ate what youate to an extent. She is likely to enjoy many of the foods you enjoy. All my kids LOVE kalamata olives, garlic, feta, hummus and various greek foods. It isn't a coincidence that those are some of my favorite foods too.
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« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2008, 06:40:34 PM »

She does like garlic but I'm afraid our salsa will be too hot for her.  We'll build her up to fire-breathing eventually!  Smiley  She loves anything with cinnamon in it, too, but she hated dill and anything too salty. 

Thankfully, we've got her off pureed food and onto soft chunks of food.  Sometimes I can get her to eat green beans but only when she's hungry and that's the only thing on her tray.  Meals are in courses at our house!
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« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2008, 07:18:54 PM »

No, she may like spice in moderation actually. My eldest used to DRINK tabasco sauce, and all my kids eat salsa and chips when we are at a restaurant. Chips can even be OK if you give her smaller pieces. I start my kids on solids at 1 year. And when I do they eat anything and everything.
Yeah, my sons can't eat with tobasco.  Like father, like sons: it drives their mother crazy.  Often my sons wouldn't eat until I ate.  I remember a dinner when I had to put the spaghetti on my plate, and then scoop it back onto their plates.  Then they would eat it.
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« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2008, 08:09:28 PM »

She loves anything with cinnamon in it. . . 

This is funny. . . don't you dislike cinnamon? Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2008, 10:42:50 PM »

She loves anything with cinnamon in it. . . 

This is funny. . . don't you dislike cinnamon? Cheesy

Yeah, in most cases.  Tongue
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« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2008, 06:03:54 PM »

^ I think what you may dislike is not cinnamon but canela, a close relative of cinnamon that produces most of the "cinnamon-flavour" things in our grocery stores. Real cinnamon is far superior (and far pricier).
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« Reply #14 on: November 24, 2008, 07:28:53 PM »

Ah, yes. . . the whole issue of canela vs. cassia (Cinnamomum aromaticum) vs. true cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum). True Ceylon cinnamon is expensive, so often the others are substituted in lower-quality spice preparations. Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: November 24, 2008, 08:03:25 PM »

A 3-way comparison?  I always thought that cinnamon was cinnamon whether it came in sticks for making syrups or powder.  Hmmm, cinnamon powder over rice pudding....   Grin
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« Reply #16 on: November 24, 2008, 08:19:30 PM »

^ I think what you may dislike is not cinnamon but canela, a close relative of cinnamon that produces most of the "cinnamon-flavour" things in our grocery stores. Real cinnamon is far superior (and far pricier).

Yeah, I think you're right.  Real cinnamon I like in moderate amounts but the scent of canela gives me a headache.

Incidentally, I've been trying some different things with Caitlin and I've discovered she's more receptive to vegetables if they have a little bit of butter or are swimming in applesauce.  Smiley  She also really likes bagels and cream cheese.  That's my girl!
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« Reply #17 on: November 25, 2008, 11:23:29 PM »

A 3-way comparison?  I always thought that cinnamon was cinnamon whether it came in sticks for making syrups or powder.  Hmmm, cinnamon powder over rice pudding....   Grin

EofK, Mr. Y and I watch far too much Good Eats to make such a simplification. Wink  However, most spices labeled "cinnamon" are canela or even cassia. The substitution costs less and the majority of consumers do not even know there is a difference. But know you know. . . and knowing is half the battle. Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: November 25, 2008, 11:36:56 PM »

If they're hungry, they will eat.  I've got four kids and I've gone through this several times.  Sometimes they miss a couple meals because they're being picky, it won't hurt them, but they learn quick - better eat before Mom and Dad take it away, and I got nothin' at all.

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« Reply #19 on: November 26, 2008, 12:12:04 AM »

Remember she was inside you for a long time and if you breastfeed/fed then she ate what youate to an extent. She is likely to enjoy many of the foods you enjoy.

My wife was making this comment just seconds before we read your post.  This won't help with Caitlin, but with baby #2 (God bless you whenever s/he comes).
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« Reply #20 on: November 26, 2008, 12:59:14 AM »

EofK, Mr. Y and I watch far too much Good Eats to make such a simplification. Wink 

I feel Gordon Ramsey can differentiate between the 3 with his highly accurate palate.

However, most spices labeled "cinnamon" are canela or even cassia. The substitution costs less and the majority of consumers do not even know there is a difference. But know you know. . . and knowing is half the battle. Cheesy

Another example of deceptive marketing by the spice industry.   Huh  Shocked
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« Reply #21 on: November 26, 2008, 08:07:26 AM »

Remember she was inside you for a long time and if you breastfeed/fed then she ate what youate to an extent. She is likely to enjoy many of the foods you enjoy.

My wife was making this comment just seconds before we read your post.  This won't help with Caitlin, but with baby #2 (God bless you whenever s/he comes).

I managed to breastfeed Cait for about 4 months before my work schedule interfered with my pumping schedule too much to continue, but she does like a lot of things I never thought she would and I think that's because of the breastfeeding.  She really likes garlic and cheese and she hates tomatoes. 
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« Reply #22 on: November 26, 2008, 10:36:36 AM »

A 3-way comparison?  I always thought that cinnamon was cinnamon whether it came in sticks for making syrups or powder.  Hmmm, cinnamon powder over rice pudding....   Grin
EofK, Mr. Y and I watch far too much Good Eats to make such a simplification. Wink  However, most spices labeled "cinnamon" are canela or even cassia. The substitution costs less and the majority of consumers do not even know there is a difference. But know you know. . . and knowing is half the battle. Cheesy
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Glad someone got the reference! Wink
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Glad someone got the reference! Wink

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