J.R. asks from Chicago, IL on August 24, 2009
S.S. answers from St. Louis on August 25, 2009
My son used to gag if I mixed too much cereal with his baby food. He actually threw up once or twice. Don't force it. When he's ready he'll do it. My son was still get baby food at his first birthday, then one day he just decided to eat table food. I always offered him some of what I was eating, but just left it up to him. If he didn't eat it I'd open up a jar of food. I did use the 3rd foods, they are kind of chunky. But even those were an adjustment. If I tried to force him to eat something he just got upset and became even more adament about not eating it. He'll come around.
A.H. answers from Chicago on August 25, 2009
J. try feeding him some apple sauce along with his solid food on the spoon a little bit at time and then if that work buy some baby desert in the jar it work for me
A.S. answers from Chicago on August 24, 2009
my dr. always said if they are hungry they will eat it. He was right!
S.S. answers from Chicago on August 24, 2009
Feed him the pureed stuff each meal but then give him stuff on his tray that he can pick up himself. soft stuff like cauliflower, banana peas etc. he will start eating it a little at a time.
V.S. answers from Chicago on August 24, 2009
Don't force feed him. When he's ready he'll eat it. Offer him lots of super soft foods cut up in small pieces. You can steam different kinds of vegtables and fruits until they're so soft you could mash them with a fork. You have to experiment and try all kinds of different foods. I was told by our ped that you have to offer a food up to 25 times before they'll actually eat it. And he may love something one day and refuse to eat it the next.
Sit and eat with him and offer him food from your plate. Sometimes they don't want something unless you have it first.
Sit him in his high chair with food on his tray and just let him at it. Let him squish it in his hands and rub it all over the place. He'll rub it on his face and hopefully get some in his mouth. It will be messy but so what! Let him have fun with it and he'll eat it eventually. Just relax and have fun with it!
J.V. answers from Chicago on August 24, 2009
Stop giving him purees and just offer soft foods. Ideally, offer softer versions of whatever you are eating. How about a nice ripe peach or pear, cut up into chunks? Banana, avocado? how about mashed black beans?
Second, do not get into a competition about it. I rarely, if ever, comment on how much my daughter has eaten. I simply provide her with a meal, tell her what she is getting and then assist her in eating it when she wants help. She and I eat almost the same thing at every meal, and have since she was around 9 months, and she gets upset if I eat something and don't also offer it to her --my husband has her asking to taste his wine! One thing we never did, though, was show stress or concern about what she did or didn't eat. We just gave her food, and if she didn't eat it, oh well, and if she did, great. If I was concerned she was going to go to bed too hungry, I would offer her some fruit I knew she would eat, but after we were all done with our own dinner. She eats everything. Last night she even had some beef in a green curry sauce. After a face of shock at the hotness of it, she asked for more.
The more stressful the meal situation is to the child, the more likely they are to refuse food. So, my biggest suggestion is to simply stop offering milk in a bottle and stop offering purees. He will adjust and make the transition. But whatever you do, don't show how concerned or worried or stressed by the situation you may be.
J.R. answers from Chicago on August 25, 2009
My little guy had very similar issues. He was a complete gagger when it came to chunky or thicker foods. This was definitley an issue for us at around 12-13 months. He is now 15 months and doing just fine. It just took him a little bit to get used to it. All kids are different. We just kept offering (not forcing) and increasing textures little by little. As long as your little one is eating and getting in all of his/her nutrition, then just relax and take your time. Things will work out. Good luck!
C.K. answers from Chicago on August 25, 2009
You may benefit from advice from a speech pathologist who specializes in feeding. If you live in Chicago call ###-###-#### for the Early Intervention program. You are eligible for a free in-home evaluation and if you child qualifies for on-going therapy they discuss insurance and family fees with you. If you don't live in the city, call that number and they can direct you. This program sees referrals like this all of the time. Good luck.
J. answers from Chicago on August 25, 2009
Kids can be so much fun. Just a thought...you could make your own food and slowly increase the texture. Maybe if the transition is gradual your 13 month old will start eating table food. Also, you could try incorporating softer table food - like hummus or creamed spinach, etc.
D.R. answers from Chicago on August 25, 2009
we all go through moment like this but there is a solution. Please, consider reading:
As long as your child eat the right amount of fruit and veggie he/she will be OK.
Blend all the fruits and veggie he/she loves,add hemp seed, sesame seeds and some water, put it in a disposable cup with a straw and let the child drink. Play with the texture, every time make it different, ticker...