Still on stage 1 for food
Lana - posted on 05/18/2010
my son is/was the same way. i read something about some babies having an extra sensitive gag reflex. My son does better on "adult" food, and pureed stuff, but he wont eat anything too lumpy or with chunks. try introducing food thats she can feed herself (chopped up pasta, steamed veggies) and her reflex shouldnt be as bad as it is with the chunky foods, because they know they have to chew it. my son loves macaroni and cheese, chopped or grated cheese, and anything he can feed himself!
Ainsley - posted on 05/18/2010
Check out the book "Baby-led Weaning" by Gill Rapley and Tracey Murkett. I started my little one at 6 months on whole foods and she hasn't looked back. I am sure it is never too late to start. Zara now eats everything that we do except we cut her meat up into smaller chunks than we eat. Good luck
Naomi - posted on 05/17/2010
My son is 10.5 months and I tried making his veggies soft but chunky, he just made himself throw up everything he had eaten. I did that for about 2 weeks, since everyone told me that eventually he will eat and it he's old enough now he has to learn.... but he wasn't getting enough to eat so I am just back to the pureed foods. He eats cookies/baby mum-mums and will come looking for a piece of whatever anyone else has, but if you put it on his tray or try to feed him anything chunky, he will ignore whats on his tray (hardly even play with it, just gets mad) and throw up whatever he's trying to eat. So I'm just keeping him on pureed stuff for now and "sharing" as much as I can to try and get him used to the different textures. I really don't know what the "right" answer is to that either!
Melissa - posted on 05/17/2010
I don't think you should be worried... will she feed herself finger foods?? If you haven't tried then try and maybe she'll come around to the chunkier foods. She may just like the smoothness of the stage 1 but as long as she is getting the calories and food she needs then don't stress.
Cynthia - posted on 05/17/2010
I would try the stage 2 foods but still offer chunkier items. Baby's have a very strong gag reflex, so don't panic everytime she gags. The only way they learn how to eat real food is by trial and error. I would just take it slow and keep the pureed food available, don't want little one going hungry either. My son would glare at me at 8 months if I even tried to give him stage 3 baby food, so I also think its like everything else, they will do things at their own pace, and don't worry, your doing fine. :0)
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