Not eating proper solids at 13 months

Bev - posted on 04/24/2010 ( 30 moms have responded )

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My son is 13 months and does not like solids - preferred puree foods...gags if it is rough....I'm worried!!! I see kids his age eating soft cooked food with no issue.

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Pauline - posted on 05/08/2010

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I too have the same problem, my daughter will eat finger foods but when it comes to her main meal, she will only eat puree and she is 14 months?

Sara - posted on 04/30/2010

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My daughter is almost 14 months old and she won't eat anything but jar baby food too so don't feel too bad. She will eat some solid foods off my plate but if I fix it just for her she wants nothing to do with it so now I just put extra on mine and she'll eat a few things but not a lot. She has seven teeth so I think its plenty to chew it I think she's just picky but I'm guessing all babies have their own speed of doing things. Shes my first so I have no idea I'm just going off what other moms say and how shes doing.

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Hi Nevermind you are not alone... mine just stared eating when he was a year old. i was so desparate n worrying to when he never ate home cooked food and only liked baby jars...that to stage 1...he never even moved to stage 2 (from 7 months) only when he was 11 months..i felt that was a great progress...so they take their own time n pace...even if we force they wont open their mouth...have tried hell a lot of ways...nothing worked...and now he is eating home cooked food...hurray...achievement......

Laurie - posted on 05/07/2010

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All babies develop at different times, so don't worry too much. Just think of it this way, he won't be eating pureed foods forever! I felt the same way and then all of a sudden, my daughter was more interested in what I was eating and when I opened up her pureed foods, she would cry. I finally figured it out that she didn't want the baby food anymore.

Just to make you feel a little better. I went to the pediatrician yesterday and the nurse practitioner told me that her 17 month old son just started to take steps! My daughter took her first steps at 10 1/2 months! She is running all over the place now and she just turned 14 months!

Jesi - posted on 05/07/2010

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Everybody who posted on here that their child isn't eating the "right" kind of solid food, Please, Don't Worry! "All kids are different" there's a reason people say that, your child isn't going to kindergarden not eating anything but puree's. The old saying goes... WHEN HE IS READY you will know.

Alexi - posted on 05/07/2010

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My 13 month old daughter has a combination of foods. SHe has alot of our foods but there are things i do not feel she should have..when we have a junk night, she has one of hers...ie stage 3 baby foods. She still has formula plus hse is breastfed at night. She much prefers to feed herself, so i have to prepare food she can spoon herself or eat with her fingers. I admit, i give her anything and everything and that has resultged in a very good eater just like my 3 boys....lol.
All bab ies are different and they will all be fine in the end.

Alexi x

Charity - posted on 05/06/2010

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my nephew did the same thing. He should be fine. As long as he is eating baby food he is getting all the vitamins he needs. By the time my nephew was 2 he was eating other foods besides baby foods.

Liz - posted on 05/06/2010

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My two 14 month old boys prefer the puree's food too!!! I see and talk to so many moms whose little ones are eating all sorts of regularr food. I'm jealous!!. I try to give the boys something at least 2 times a week just to see if they are at least interested. My one son has started to eat the Gerber Graduate Lil' Crunchies...at first he would lick them and then 3 weeks ago he started actually eating them.
My other son is not interested at all in any "solid/table foods".
I try giving them cut up grilled cheese sandwiches or pieces of bread or cheese. Once in a while one of my sons will suck on the pieces of food but then just drops it on the tray.
My doctor said to just keep trying. Like alot of these moms have said EVERY KID IS DIFFERENT.

Courtney - posted on 05/06/2010

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I cant say i know what ur going through my son is about to be 14 months and he eats everything we eat besides steak..Everything else whether its, cooked, baked, steamed, fried, or grilled hes able to eat it..But a friend of mine did have a similiar problem she told her peditrician what was going on and how the gagging came into play and they gave her this test type thing my friend had to take her kid in early morning on an empty tummy and they gave her this liquid then watched the liquid go through her body on a screen, thank goodness her kid was ok and it was just a phaze but this is also none to be an 8-10month yr old phaze..so if i were u i would def. call ur kids dr. and make sure there aware of everything that is going on.

Kate - posted on 05/06/2010

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My niece was like that right up until 17mos with regular food bothering her. She had a strong gag reflex. She didn't even like cottage cheese, so my sister had to by the non chunky kind! She eats regular foods now though(21mos). Every kid is different, case in point, her cousin(my son). He loves Cottage cheese, and eats all sorts of big chunky vegetables(not too big though, I still cut them to small pieces), but the bites don't bother him. Some meats are not fun for him to eat like ham, or roast beef, or chicken. I cut them into really tiny pieces, and have to almost puree them and add to his cottage cheese, the only way he will get that source of protein! Just take it in stride, and go with the flow. Don't force the issue, he will eventually want to eat non puree foods. I know I won't be so lucky with my second, although I am sort of looking forward to feeding baby food for a little longer than my son did. Made the "what's for dinner" decision easier!
It's hard not to compare, as mothers are always bragging what their child are doing, especially if its a milestone they believe is earlier than usual! EVERY CHILD IS DIFFERENT!! DON'T WORRY!!

Christina - posted on 05/05/2010

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I have totally dealt with the same thing with my son. He just turned 14 months and is still eating baby food too. I did find out that he liked Barilla multigrain angel hair with prego sauce. I just break it up really small and boil it and he LOVES it. He will also finger feed himself goldfish, but I started him out on the melting puffs made by gerber. I have decided that he has his whole life to eat "table food" and if he needs a smooth texture for now I am not going to worry about it. Hang in there. When they are 3 we will all look back and wonder what we worried about! :0)

Molissa - posted on 05/05/2010

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my son did something similar. he's only been We thought something was wrong too, but all the sudden he started to eat some soft table food. And then before you know it he was eating bites of chicken and beef and soft veggies. It just happens. Especially if they are learning to walk at the same time. They can usually only focus on one thing at a time. I think you should just keep trying different stuff like others have suggested. Good luck.

Dayspring - posted on 05/05/2010

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Hopefully the texture thing will come along soon, but you may want to consider an evaluation by an occupational therapist. Sometimes texture issues are a sign of other sensory processing issues, even autism. If he is a generally happy, social baby, I wouldn't worry, but an occupational therapist could give you some tips about how to introduce textured foods gradually. Most of the time evaluations are free through Early Childhood Intervention. It may give you peace of mind, too!
BTW, my now 6-year old had some texture and food issues, but we kept working with him, and now he eats all the healthy foods he needs--it just took lots of convincing and patience!

Shannon - posted on 05/04/2010

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We are in the same boat. Our pediatrician says our son probably has a sensitivity to certain food textures. He said not to worry since baby food is quite nutritious (probably better than a lot of the finger foods he'd be eating). He suggests taking a toothbrush and brushing the insides of his cheeks or use a small wash cloth and do the same to desensitize his mouth. The dr. credits breastfeeding to this since these babies are often so accustomed to the soft nipple rather than bottle nipples.
Don't stress... while it may be more expensive and time consuming right now, our babies will not be eating jar food forever. :)

Ree - posted on 05/03/2010

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Ah I hear ya! my son is also 13 months and is a VERY picky eater if he could live off custard and yoghurt he would! very sharp contrast to his 7 year old sister she was a fantastic eater! I still give my son formula so he is at least getting enough nutrients still its very frustraiting! I change up what he eats all the time and he does prefer to eat off my plate so he is getting some solid food even if its not much. They will eventually grow out of it thou just gotta ride the wave!

Tiffany - posted on 05/03/2010

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My son is almost 14 months and I still make his vegetables/chicken in a food processor. Sometimes he'll take bites of whatever im eating but not enough to get full on. I guess it doesn't help that he only has 2 teeth either. My daughter at his age was eating all kids of solids. It just varies. Each baby is most definately different. Hang in there and keep trying.

Rachel - posted on 05/03/2010

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Don't worry!!!!!!!! When he's 15 years old he'll be eating regular food. In the meantime, our kids are still babies. They all develop at their own pace. I've known babies that were still exclusively breastfed at 14 months of age and they evenntually ate normal food. It's no ig deal.

Julie - posted on 05/01/2010

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Um..My 13-14m old didn't really do the baby food thing. He saw his big bro (who is 17m older them him) eating REAL food, and from the time he was mobile, went straight to it. I think one of the reason's why he's so good with the big food is because his Big Bro, myself, and Caleb will all sit down and eat together. Noodles, crackers, veggies, chips, whatever. Having Caleb feel like a big boy makes it easier to get better nutritional stuff down him. I do LOTS of crackers. And he doesn't do a high chair, hasn't for months. Nor do we really have a table. We mostly eat sitting on the floor, on towels. It's why I own a REALLY good vachum and shampooer.

Jackie - posted on 05/01/2010

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hi i have a 13 month old too and he is the same, certain foods with a rough texture make him gag, its nothing to worry about

Suparna - posted on 05/01/2010

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my son is 13 mths & started teething just couple of weeks ago..he eats only pureed food,starts gaging if we try solid foods but i m not worried about it as he has whole life to eat solid foods..just relax & njoy!

Amy - posted on 04/30/2010

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my son is going to be 14 months and is still eating solid foods. We give him gerber snacks to munch on and he does well with that. We just keep trying to introduce different foods everyday. He always likes to eat whatever we have on our plates and we give hime little bites. We just have a hard time with getting our son to drink.

Michelle - posted on 04/29/2010

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my daughter is the same. she's 13 months and im still feeding her the gerber baby food but im also feeding her the formula so she can get the right nutrients she need. i tried giving her small pieces of solid foods. sometimes she eats them and sometimes she just chew and spit them out. i won't force her to eat the solid foods as long as she still eat the fruit and veggies baby foods and drink her milk even if she already have 8 teeth. i don't want her to choke and have an emergency visit to the hospital for giving her the solid foods. maybe she's not ready for the real solid foods yet. but im sure she'll let me know when she's ready.

Samantha - posted on 04/29/2010

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my daughter is 13 months and is exactly the same most of the time she wont even put it in her mouth the midwife explained that some babys just dont like the lumpy food and that fine nothing 2 worry about just keep tryin finger food try bite and dissolve things like wotsits and quavers not exactly healthy but they get used 2 puttin things in their mouth as they disolve they dont gag and also just give them foods just so they can feel the textures like pasta and beans and just keep tryin 2 give them finger foods like breadsticks and ricecakes it doesnt matter if they dont eat them just so they get used 2 them also ive started givin my daughter ellas organic food its textured not lumpy my daughter has taken 2 that u should b able 2 find it in boots good luck i hope some of this advice helps x

Lita - posted on 04/28/2010

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I wouldn't worry. Babies know when to eat. Mine is now 14 mos, barely eats either but is still fully breastfed. I only BF'd my oldest til he was 10, and decided to extend breasfeeding this time around for this exact reason, and the fact that it's what's best for her. Are ur lilttle ones teething? That can be a contributing factor for little intrest as well. My now 5yr old has always had a good appetite, but when he was 1 and getting molars he went through the same thing. As long as they are growing and healthy, I wouldn't worry. That's my opinion

Deundra - posted on 04/26/2010

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My daugther never eat the jar baby food she eats solids, and still nursing but she is a picky eater she only eat certain things and sometimes she eat like she is starving and the next time it two bites and she's done.

Carolyn - posted on 04/26/2010

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My son is 13-months and prefers jarred puree baby foods. I am not going to get worried or upset about it. He only has 6 teeth for starters...

I have kept him on formula as well to make up for the nutrients food is not giving him.

I have found baby-led feeding to be more beneficial. I put an array of things in front of him - a piece of bread, a piece of cooked broccoli... and he puts them in his mouth. He may not swallow it all, but he is trying them and he LOVES chomping on broccoli now.

You just have to keep introducing things and they will eat when they are ready to - not when some doctor tells us they are.

Jaclyn - posted on 04/26/2010

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I empathize big time! My son stills prefers mostly pureed or softer foods to anything else. Have you tried any of the Gerber Graduates or Beech Nut macaroni & beef or mac & cheese?? My son loves them! It's really all about trial and error.

Jennifer - posted on 04/26/2010

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Don't worry! My son only has 6 teeth, so he can't eat as many solids as he'd like. He wants what's on my plate and I do give him what he can eat. And he goes through phases. Today he might like bananas and tomorrow he'll hate them and throw them at the dogs. I just look at what he's eating all week, as opposed to one day. And I do feed him baby food if I'm eating something he can't.

Michelle - posted on 04/26/2010

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I have the same problem and unfortunately I have no advise. I just keep trying. Eventually he must get used to it right?

Samantha - posted on 04/24/2010

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Yes, i can sympathize! My son is almost 14 months and still eating baby food....although he is starting to eat table food. Pediatrician says that this happens and some contributing factors are and may be ...large tongue and tonsils making the area smaller to chew and swallow w/o gagging, size of the baby, and if there are any other factors such as asthma. They told they would not worry about it till 18-24 months. Keep trying new foods, different textures, SMALL portions (size of HIS pinky is the size of his airway if you need something to look at) and it will all come together..GOOD LUCK! OH and a speech therapist says that an electronic toothbrush can help with easing the gag reflex, to not make it as sensitive..just another thought!

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