still eating baby food

Laura - posted on 07/01/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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My son is 14 months old. He has just gotten 4 teeth in the past two months (a very late teether). I still give him bottles of breastmilk and baby food during the day because he does not want to and has difficulty eating "table food." He will pick at what I put in front of him, but he won't eat a lot and is not getting a whole lot of nutrition. So, I keep giving him the fruit and veggie baby food and he loves it. My question is, how did everyone else get their children to give up the baby food and start to eat real food that he will chew and swallow? I also worry about him getting too used to mashed up food and now he has difficulty with some textures of foods that I give him and gags. thanks for the help!

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Michelle - posted on 08/13/2010

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My daughter is 16 months old and has only 3 teeth all on the bottom she also was a late teether, She started eating table food before she got teeth she just used her gums to chew with....the longer you wait to switch to stuff she has to chew the harder it is going to be my niece did not know how to chew real food at the age of 5 because her mom would constantly cave and buy her foods like alpha ghetti and such which she could just swallow just like baby foods. I know it is difficult and you want him to get all his nutrients but remember this one thing your child will eat when hungry so if you lose the baby foods and only give table food he will eventually give in and eat it but if you cave and go back to the baby stuff he will never switch because he has no need to.

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One of my twins had the same issue up until a few weeks ago, and it was so frustrating that one was doing so well and the other had a hard time. We had to see a nutritionist and occupational therapist. When it comes to fruits and veggies, start with canned. It will take awhile but always introduce the table food first. Canned fruits and veggies tend to have a more consistent texture than fresh that are cooked. Don't mix them with baby food, as this creates more textures. Our therapist said not to use the Stage 3 baby foods either, as they can have up to 12 different textures in them, and this is what the baby struggles with. You can also try adding a little butter to the cut up veggies, which doesn't cause any bad nutrition and the fat is good for them. Lots of extra calories! It will take many weeks but if you do really simple foods, it will happen. Think texture and try to stick with only one at a time. We also had to use the Gerber puffs and cheetos that dissolve for awhile to get used to just something harder in their mouth. He couldn't really choke on it and it helped with texture. The yogurt melts are good too. Hope this helps a little. It did for us.

Trish - posted on 07/10/2010

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I know exactly how you feel, I little 15mth old only has 7 teeth & I still have to feed her mashed veg because to gags & vomits on anything more chunky. It is worse shen she has a blocked nose, she can't breathe real well to swallow I guess. I've been giving her finger food one at a time, slices of bread butter with jam, it is soft but encouraging her to bite. Also soft biscuits, like wafer creams which encourage her to bite, use her teeth but not gag on. So basically soft foods that break up easily in her mouth encouraging her to bite, small bites not stuffing it in her mouth like she does with the last bit of most finger foods. I'm not to worried, I know she'll get more teeth eventually & hunger will make her experiment more, I just need to start exploring different foods to give her options & challenge herself. I think I've become conservative with her food options because I can't stand her gaging & vomiting & then cleaning up the mess, as she usually completing empties her stomach, including the bottle or other earlier foods. She has been better lately, so I'm encouraged to challenge her more. Good luck!

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Amber - posted on 08/05/2010

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I agree that the number of teeth doesn't necessarily have an impact on their chewing ability. My 15 month old only has 6 teeth and we give him table food as often as we can. He eats meatloaf and even steak with no molars, it just takes him a bit longer and we have to make sure the pieces aren't too big. We do still give him jarred foods, but we do the toddler ones for 1 year and up so they are a bit chunkier. I don't do the fruit purees anymore, they weren't filling enough for him, now I only use them to add some flavor by mixing it with his oatmeal. He gets cut up fruit and cut up sandwiches all the time, he really enjoys feeding himself. I'd just keep trying to get him to eat the food, he may be a bit lazy about chewing at first, but he'll eventually get the hang of it.

Morenike - posted on 08/05/2010

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my son is 15months and has 4 teeth,he only eats baby food but recently i registered him at a creche and suprisinglying when im eating he'll want to eat with me.maybe you should to feed him when you are eating.

Morenike - posted on 08/05/2010

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there is no need to start worrying sabrina, my baby is 15mnths and has 4 teeth, and only takes cereals.i registered him in a creche and now he has started takin table food,i guess it's because he sees his mates taking it.

Claire - posted on 08/01/2010

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The amount of teeth a baby has, has absolutely nothing to do with what they can or can't eat!!!!

It's a total myth that a baby can't have chewy foods because they don't have enough teeth. They have VERY hard gums.

There is no need to give babies any "baby food" they are able to cope with 95% of table foods from 6mths.

Also a baby will not allow himself to go hungry...as long as it is always offered he will choose weather or not to eat it. Just be sure to always offer a wide range of foods each day.


Gagging is totally normal and won't last long. It's a natural reflex and doesn't mean he will choke...it's just his mouth and throat getting used to to new sensations. (but it goes without choking can and does happen so never leave a baby alone with food)

In England we are now encouraged to let babies 'self fed'...we call it 'baby led weening'. It's apparently quite a new idea but i pretty much did this with my older childen too (10 and 7yo) just spoon fed cereral in the morning....Other than that all 3 of my children fed themselfs. Eating was in their control, they decide what and how much they would eat from their plate, so there was never any stress or battles to get them to eat.
Of course all will at one point or another be abit faddy but just keep offering...your baby will not let himself go hungry!

Just a different point of view that worked for my children. Just google baby led weaning there's load of info out there.

Good luck and try not to worry too much xx

Danielle - posted on 07/29/2010

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My 15 month old eats mostly table foods but I still give him jarred fruit for snacks or dessert after meals because he isn't a fan of eating fruit whole. I see nothing wrong with this. Some people give their kids pudding, yogurt, or cake for dessert and snacks. I give mine jars of baby food fruit. Also my son wouldn't even consider any table food until he was 11 months old. He just gagged on everything. Homemade spaghetti sauce with baby pasta (it's called pastina, in a blue box at the grocery store in the dried pasta aisle) is the first table food he got down no problem.

Brandy - posted on 07/25/2010

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I started feeding babyfood around 4-5 months, gradually around 6 or 7 I started giving him small pieces of table food and his baby food, by the time he was 10 months he would not eat baby food anymore. Then I had him off the bottle two weeks after his first birthday.

Ty - posted on 07/23/2010

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Our 15 mo old will eat both our food and his but will not eat beef because he only has 8 teeth. But he is beginning to feed himself so thats a good thing but bad for clean up ... lol.

Belinda - posted on 07/23/2010

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Our 15 month old still eats a combination of baby food and table food. We started her off with well cooked pasta and progressed to harder things from there. She still has 3 milk bottles a day. She has 11 teeth so she is able to eat most things but I just find that I can get her to eat more if it is mashed up.

Brooke - posted on 07/22/2010

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This is an interesting thread. My daughter will eat lunchmeat, cheese, pasta, and sometimes toast. She LOVES the gerber graduates cheese puffs. Sometimes she will eat cut up grapes or blueberries. I am often frustrated when I think she has eaten really well, only to get her out of her high chair and see so much food dropped in the seat and on the floor. Most of the time it feels like she does not eat hardly anything...but I have learned that I cannot force her to eat. She will eat when she is hungry.

Marnie - posted on 07/12/2010

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M eats both still. I feed him purees. He will do canned fruits in small pieces on his tray or baby food. Hey, even adults like applesauce so I see no reason to stop giving it to him! Veggies he can eat canned peas, carrots, and green beans just fine but he also likes baby food veggies so taht gives him more variety. Everything he eats finger food-wise I make about pea size- lunch meat, cheese, bread, graham crackers. He now eats goldfish on his own and doesn't gag. Still, there are some things he just drops over the side- canned corn, raspberries, blueberries....and he hates the texture of mashed potatoes. Keep putting new things in front of him first. It often helps if I show him I eat it, too. But I don't think it is a problem if you continue to feed baby food. I love smoothies, yogurt and cream of wheat so texture is still important to me. Can you puree up more of what the family is eating?

Sammi - posted on 07/11/2010

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My daughter went onto solids at 6 months (nothing before) and I introduced finger food only straight away and didn't use purees at all to avoid this sort of problem. I think if you continue to offer finger food, he will get there in the end. You need to try and relax about the gagging.....all babies gag a little. There's a big difference between gagging and choking. The gagging reflex is further forward on the tongue than us. He will learn to move the food around his mouth but only with practice. Good luck xx

Marjorie - posted on 07/10/2010

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My son is also a late teether. String cheese and scrambled eggs were two of his favorite early transition foods when we wanted to move from jarred baby food meat. Haven't tried too many other adult meats yet, but I use the eggs or cheese for a replacement protein with regular success. He started to finger feed more and that put an end to his desire for jar food as he couldn't feed himself then.

Laura - posted on 07/09/2010

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thanks, everyone for your comments! it is really helpful to hear how other moms do things!

Cristine - posted on 07/05/2010

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I would just keep trying. My 14 month old is still eating baby food fruits and veggies, but that's more for my peace of mind. I want to make sure she's getting all of her fruits and veggies. Keep giving him new things to try...well cooked elbow pasta, steamed veggies, american cheese cut up, cooked ground beef, etc. Then once he starts getting more teeth, you can give him stuff he has to chew a bit more. My dd has 4 molars, but still has a tough time eating some things she has to chew. She'll eat what we're eating, though, just cut up well.

Michelle - posted on 07/05/2010

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my son is 15 months old. We have been having a very difficult time introducing foods to him. He will eat any kind of fruit we put in front of him and this is not in baby food form. He will not eat any vegetables that are not in baby food form. He will eat cheese and yo baby yogurt and grilled cheese. Any other food we put on his try when we are feeding him and let him self feed sometimes he will test what we put on his tray, sometimes he will play with it, sometimes it ends up on the floor. I pediatrician told us to just keep introducing he will eventually take.

Melanie - posted on 07/05/2010

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I was lucky,around 6 months(we started him on cereal and baby food earlier)I started giving him mashed potatoes,steamed carrots,and bananas.He loved this food more than baby food,so we would give shreds of meat,cheese and other foods,and he took to it so good..I think by 10 months he was completely on table food.He quit the baby cereal at 13 months,once he learned how to use a spoon and fork,hes now mr.independant and will only eat food that he puts into his mouth!

Sarah - posted on 07/03/2010

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my daughter is 14 months 4 teeth and is excellent at eating table food i actually dont need to buy any baby food, i started by just making my own veggies and mashing them instead of puree and then giving a soft cooked carrot in her hand and praised her when she ate it, now i can put small pieces of chicken, beef, pork, fish infront of her and she can eat as much as she wants as i am a great believer that babies eat until their full even if it is a small amount the childs stomach is not a great size. but i found the worst thing to do is to try and force feed when the child is not ready just take it slow he will get there

Annamaria - posted on 07/02/2010

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I was in the same boat. We tried to mix table food into the baby food and reduce the reduce the babyfood gradually. Hope this helps.

Alana - posted on 07/02/2010

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My son also 14 months eats very well with table food but keep in mind he has 12 teeth and molars to help chew. He was introduced to puree foods earlier than 6 months so he has had more practice than some. At about 7 months i was mashing or finely chopping his food to get him used to texture but it was a gradual process to table food. He now eats practically everything we do just in small chunks or sticks. I will firstly offer food that he will most likely avoid like the green veggies and when he has eaten that he can have the rest of the meal. That way i know he's getting enough nutrition. I guess if you are filling him up with baby food he wont really want the table food. Just keep offering him table food and if you don't think he has eaten enough offer him something healthy he likes after like fruit cut into small pieces, bananas are really good and easy to eat. The more practice he has, the more experience he will gain. Good luck!

Ria - posted on 07/01/2010

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i am in the same boat as you...my son has a really hard time eating table food, and no matter what i do nothing works, He will eat pancakes, rice, and some other table food, but LOVES the baby food, I was told to just keep introducing table food to him each and every time you feed him. I know this is hard I struggle with it everyday!! Just know that you are not alone!

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