One year old refusing jar baby food

I have a very fussy one year old eater! For about two months he has refused all jar food. Should I be concerned?

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By the age of one many children are refusing pureed jarred food, and rightly so. They are more than ready, and in fact are in need of, food with more chewing stimulation. That's why your son is telling you he wants foods to sink his teeth into (or gums as the case may be).

Therefore, don't consider him picky because he won't eat jarred baby food, consider him a toddler. His tastes have matured. Toddlers, however mature in their chewing style, can be very fussy about what it is they chew. That explains your son's limited food preferences. I suggest that you give your son a daily multi-vitamin and mineral supplement designed specifically for his age, with iron included. This is not a substitute for food, but is rather an insurance that he is getting the nutrients he needs, particularly iron, during this picky period.

Continue to offer him a variety of fruits and vegetables in hopes of finding at least one or two that he will accept on a fairly regular basis.

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