It's not uncommon for babies around 8 months old to show resistance to new foods, including meats. Its important to introduce meat slowly into your babies purée or as a finger food from six months of age when they are more accepting to new tastes and textures.
There could be several reasons behind this reluctance:
Texture Sensitivity: Babies might be sensitive to the texture of meats, which can be tougher or different from other foods they've tried.
Taste Development: They might not be accustomed to the taste of meat yet, especially if they've primarily thin vegetable and fruit purée until now.
Introduction Timing: Leaving it too long before you introduce texture may cause your now 8 month old to reject the new food. My advice is to keep trying.
Transitioning to new foods: Some babies take time to transition to new foods, and meat might not be their preference initially.
To help encourage your baby to eat meat:
Texture Modification: Try pureeing or finely mincing the meat to make it easier for your baby to eat. To start, blend 1 part meat with about 3 parts vegetables so the texture isn’t too dissimilar to what they would have eaten before.
Mixing with Other Foods: Mix meat with familiar foods they enjoy, like pureed vegetables or fruits.
Gradual Introduction: Start with small amounts and gradually increase the quantity.
Variety: Experiment with different types of meats or meat-based foods to see if there's a preference.
Patience and Persistence: Don’t give up after the first rejection. It can take multiple tries for a baby to accept a new food.
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