Sara - posted on 06/23/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )
I adopted my daughter from China and we have been home 3 months with her. She just turned 12 months Sunday. When we got her (at 8-1/2 months) she was supposedly eating some soft foods. She ate congee (rice porridge), oatmeal, fish, fruit, etc. when we were in China.
When we got home I started her on stage 2 (thick puree) jarred baby food and she was eating some melt-in-the-mouth type foods, gerber puffs, cake, bread, etc. She only has her 4 front teeth right now.
I have moved her to stage 3 (slightly chunky) jarred foods and have given her some stage 4 (the microwaveable 'graduates' foods with chunks in them). However... whenever I give her cooked diced carrots (which are easily mushed in the mouth) and canned green beans (also easily mushed in the mouth) she ends up throwing up all her food and then will throw up again when I give her her evening bottle. When I give her the stage 3 foods or even the stage 4 foods without the diced veggies she doesn't do this... only when I attempt to give her diced veggies. I have given her pasta salad, mashed potatoes, spaghetti, things like that and she does fine. One of the stage 4 foods is mashed sweet potatoes with diced carrots in it. She eats that with no problems.
At her 12 month appt the doctor told me to work on her pincer grasp and feeding herself. (she mashes in her fist any food other than dry cereal type snacks... but that's another issue) And to start giving her more table food. I can't do this if she keeps throwing up the things she can pick up and eat. She can't feed herself mashed potatoes! (or at least I am too scared to let her try)