My 9 month old daughter does not like solid foods at all. If you put anything in her mouth such as cottage cheese or puffs she gags on it. Any suggestions? Is she just not ready?

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Ali - posted on 02/02/2009

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We started with rice cereal mixed with breastmilk or formula. It ended up giving him painful gas, so we switched to oatmeal. He LOVES it. We started out mixing a new fruit or veggie into his oatmeal (one of the same thing for a week to test for allergies). Then just gave him the fruit or veggie by itself. Now he eats everything under the sun!! haha! We started including him in dinner b/c if we ate in front of him, he would cry until we gave him food (even if he just finished eating!!) I have found that making your own baby food helps out a lot. When I first started, everything I gave him was very watered down, then it was sort of mush, now he's getting chunks and feeding himself. Some kids only like to feed themselves from the very beginning, so you can try different consistancies to see what works best for your child.

Shari - posted on 01/31/2009

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Quoting Renee:

My 9 month old daughter does not like solid foods at all. If you put anything in her mouth such as cottage cheese or puffs she gags on it. Any suggestions? Is she just not ready?




hey, my son was the same way. He loved his baby food but anything else he would do the same thing and gage. What I did that I found worked for him was water everything down so it is runny. He did not seem to gage mush at all once i did that, and then eventually i just thickened his food up and now he eats almost everything i do. If it is somthing that is still really thick i just add a little bit of water for moisten it up and it works great! I hope this works for you and your daughter!

Jessica - posted on 01/30/2009

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Hang in there. My middle child was like that. He was on baby food (1's) until after he
turned a year. He would gag on everything. Don't rush her-it'll come eventually!

Beth - posted on 01/30/2009

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I had the same problem. It was very frusterating. Anything larger than a grain of rice would cause him to gag and literally throw everything up. Then one day all of a sudden he would eat anything. The doctor said he would grow out of the gag reflex, and he did.

Erin - posted on 01/30/2009

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My twins do not particular like chunky foods and refuse to eat #3 baby food.  They didn't like puffs at first either, but every day I would give them a couple to hold and put one in their mouth after they had eaten their regular food and after a week they are hooked.  They get excited if I just say puffs.  They really like the sweet potato flavor. 



All these books tell us when our kids should eat this or that, but I just use my kids as the gauge.  I will continue to introduce new foods with different textures and consistencies, but I'm not going to force them to eat something at this point.  We all know at some point they will eat regular food, so I don't see the rush.

Renee - posted on 01/30/2009

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Thanks!!  I also make my wn baby food (actualy only veggies not fruit).  I have been making it more coarse and she likes that just nothing with pieces.  She has been liking the Gerber puffs and i guess I can try small pieces of toast.  I am definetely gonna buy these mum mums everyone is talking about.  Thanks for the advice.

Daphne - posted on 01/28/2009

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Hi Renee,



My soon to be 9 month old, Ella, she doesn't like chunks either,  but she LOVES her puree foods, ex: Butternut squash, Peas and carrots.  I feed her primarily Heinz Organic baby food, she is still on the Beginner foods but when i tried anything chunkier she just spit them out.  If you prefer to make your own food, start with something starchy, like potato, sweet potato and blend blend blend until it's smooth, either with breast milk or formula.



I do find that she loves her Cherrios (the plain ones) and it keep her busy for a good 15 ~ 20 mins, that's when i have time to log onto facebook. hahah! I have also started cutting up wheat bread (size of a cherrio) and she loves playing with it, and it is soft enough that she can gum it.  Make sure it's small enough that she can't choke.



Baby mum mum is very safe since it dissolves in your mouth, try one, it's actually quite tasty considering.  Do not feed her the " Gerber Graduates" dried fruit and veggie yet, they don't  dissolve easily and they are meant for 1 yr or older babies.



 

Renee - posted on 01/28/2009

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Thanks!  I tried to give Morgan Gerber 3rd food yesterday (Chicken vegetable).  She totally hated it and gagged.  The puffs are getting better and I have been giving her chewing biscuits for months.  Do you think i should just keep giving her Gerber 2nd foods? 

Kelle - posted on 01/27/2009

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Hi Renee!  My daughter is also 9 months old.  She wasn't big on the puffs for several weeks or anything solid and would behave the same way.  My pediatrician said she just wasn't ready and that was okay.  I would still offer her different foods anyway.  After about two weeks of trying new things she started taking the puffs and the yogurt melts.  It helped that I gave her the biter biscuits and the toast sticks to play with and chew on.  It just took time!  Once she learned she could pick things up on her own and she had "control" of the situation she did it on her time table.  I still feed her gerber foods but I add in other solids and textures throughout the day and it is helping us transition.  Some babies just aren't meant to do it overnight.  =)

Kelle - posted on 01/27/2009

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Hi Renee!  My daughter is also 9 months old.  She wasn't big on the puffs for several weeks or anything solid and would behave the same way.  My pediatrician said she just wasn't ready and that was okay.  I would still offer her different foods anyway.  After about two weeks of trying new things she started taking the puffs and the yogurt melts.  It helped that I gave her the biter biscuits and the toast sticks to play with and chew on.  It just took time!  Once she learned she could pick things up on her own and she had "control" of the situation she did it on her time table.  I still feed her gerber foods but I add in other solids and textures throughout the day and it is helping us transition.  Some babies just aren't meant to do it overnight.  =)

Christine - posted on 01/24/2009

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Thank you.  He is our little destroyer.  Oh, that is great that she ate!!!  They are puffy thin wafers.  They are primarily made out of rice.  They taste like rice cakes, but a bit better.  They have veggie ones too!  The great thing about them is they melt in their mouths so you don't have to be super worried about choking.  I found their website:  http://www.babymummum.com.au/

Renee - posted on 01/24/2009

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I saw the picture of your son he is very cute!!  The brown rice and butternut squash sounds really good i'm going to try it.  When she ate dinner tonight I gave her some Carrot gerber puffs and she ate a couple which was surprising.  I think she prefers vegetables instead of fruit so the carrot puffs seemed to work better.  What are mum mums like?

Christine - posted on 01/24/2009

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We started with avocado, sweet potatoes and bananas at around 6 1/2-7 months.  He has also had carrots, apples, peas, and a few others.  He likes chunkier or whole foods best.  He really has fun picking things up with his fingers and feeding himself.  He makes a mess, but I figure he is learning, having fun and getting some new tastes.  I do make some whole grain brown rice and mix it up in the bullet with butternut squash.  He loves it, and so do I.  We just started some oatmeal, but he doesn't really like it too much.  Mum-mums are his new favorite snack, along with teddy puffs.  I don't know where you are, I get both at wegmans in the nature's market place.  You should check out http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/.  There are some great ideas and recipes for babies. 

Renee - posted on 01/24/2009

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Thanks for all the good advice and info.  Morgan doesn't have any history of reflux and she is a little chubber 21 lbs.  I think she just doesn't like the texture on her tongue.  I am going to include her more at meal time cause she tends to eat dinner earlier than my husband and I.  she seems very interested in our food when we eat.  i'm sure it's just a matter of time.  What do you feed your son as far as solids?

Christine - posted on 01/24/2009

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Hi!  My son is 9 months too!  Does she gag over anything you try to feed her?  Have you tried different tastes, textures, and temperatures?  Does she have history of reflux or spitting up?  Does she have any sensory issues?  A few good questions to consider, all of which can be resolved.  If she is gaining well, then I wouldn't worry about it too much.  Solids aren't really a huge source of nutrition until after a year anyways. 



Here are a few exercises that have helped me with a little girl I watch who has some difficulties with eating.  I put her in a highchair or set her up on the floor with a blanket and give her cups, spoons, bowls and some pureed foods and finger foods.  Sometimes if you allow babies/toddlers to play and familiarize themselves, one day they'll surprise you and take a bite on their own time.  Do you include her in meal time at the table?  Allow her to watch you and see if you can get her to mimick you while you eat.  By all means, if you feel she is unhealthy or malnourished in anyway, consult your ped. to make sure.  Happy feeding Mama, sometimes all our babies need is practice, patience and reassurance.  She'll get it soon. 



Here is a link to help guide you to find out if your baby is ready for solids:



http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids...

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