Why wont my 8 month old eat lumpy food?

Lisa - posted on 06/29/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )




My 8 month old has been on solids since he was about 5 months old as he was so greedy. But he wont move onto anything with lumps. He is still on the 4 month jars. I have tried giving him homemade meals and the 7 month jars but he cant swallow them. If I gve him anything thats not liquidy he starts heaving and makes himself sick. He is still on the first milk teats too. He wont take the faster flow ones. Is anyone else having this problem?


Elisabeth - posted on 06/30/2010




I have the same problem with my girl (born Oct 27 09). She won't eat anything lumpy (7-9mths) so I just keep her on the 6 month stage. She doesn't put anything in her mouth during play or when I give her a piece of finger food. I think it's because she doesn't have any teeth yet so she hasn't learnt to put things in her mouth to relieve her sore gums which leds to eating. Does your son have any teeth yet, out of couriousity? I might try mixing some differant stages together like some people have recommended (thank you), but I'm not to worried as I gather that she is getting enough 'good stuff' out of her formula and 6 month food. The main thing is it's a bit annoying that I can't give her pieces of finger food from out of my food during dinner which feels a bit unfair on her that she can't join in eating the same food with the whole family. Good luck.

Heather - posted on 06/29/2010




I was talking to a speech therapist about this. What she said was this: We're fooled into the stages of food by marketing. Stage 1 and 2 are correct, but when it gets to the mixed jars, like chicken and stars, or the one with peas, they're wrong. Kids more often than not can't handle the soft and lumpy texture together b/c they're not ready for it. She was of the opinion it should be stage 1, then 2, and them bits of food alone, like bananas, fruit, etc. once they've mastered that, then the mixed chicken and stars, etc. Worked for my daughter.

Renae - posted on 06/29/2010




Have you tried gradually mixing a little of the 7 month food into the 4 month food? Then maybe you can very gradually increase the amount of 7 month food over the next couple of months? Just a thought.

In general, texture sensitivity is something they normall grow out of. I wouldn't let it worry you too much. He is still quite young in terms of eating solids. Be patient for a few months and I'm sure it will improve.

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could be he hasn't pushed his gag reflex back far enough on his tongue. So the Lumpy food is actually causing him to gag on it. Make sure he puts lots and lots of stuff in his mouth. Cause that action will push the gag reflex back naturally. And in a while he will be able to handle it. right now He's just reacting. I'm guessing for him its like some one putting a spoon way back in your mouth and then expecting you to eat while it it there. When babies put stuff in their mouths to gnaw on them if you watch they gag on them repeatedly. And naturally push back the gag reflex... I bet he just needs a bit more time.

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Jade Leonie - posted on 09/17/2012




my son is the same age and he doesnt like the lumpy textures, but hopefully he will learn to have lumpier foods, otherwise i will be worried. what age do people recommend when to start

with lumpy foods??good luck 2 u!!

Lisa - posted on 07/01/2010




Yeah i cant wait to be able to give him some finger food too Elisabeth. He has 4 teeth so does use teething rings etc. Thanks though it has made me feel better knowing he's not the only one! xx

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My son's 7 months old and has been eating the lumpier foods since he was 6 months old. He was very easy to progress from pureed to mashed - one meal he had pureed the next he had mashed. Why not try mixing half a pureed jar and half a mashed jar? Logan's on medium flow teats still but uses his sippy cup for water so I'm not worried.

Amanda - posted on 06/29/2010




My son was the same, he refused anything that wasnt pureed or mashed. He eventually grew out of it and will now eat most things.
I noticed my son was worse if he was teething.

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