My 11 month old will only eat pureed food, no chunks?!

Dana - posted on 07/14/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )




My son, Ethan, is 11 months old. I BF him and he has jar food twice a day. I've been trying to get him to eat softened cut up pieces of food, Mango, carrots, peaches, potatoes. He won't do it, he'll put anything he finds in his mouth and chew except for food. We just got back from the park and the whole time I was stopping him from putting rocks or mulch in his mouth. I'm about ready to clean my floor really good and put food down, maybe that way when he "finds it himself" he'll eat it. LOL He has allergies to grains so he hasn't had any teething biscuits to chew on and I'm wondering if that's slowing him down on the concept. Has anyone had this problem before?


Claire - posted on 08/05/2009




Well, when my LO was that age I made a post on another mothering board worrying that my son would never swallow something without spitting it up! Hhahaha. Things sure have changed!

I think some babes are super sensitive to the textures, and have the natural impulse to reject anything that is new or different.

Continue to offer without expectations of him consuming it. It is all experimental to him now. It is actually a great idea to leave out a plate of nibbler-sized softer foods for him to manipulate and try on his own. I had "picnics" in the living room where he fed me foods, and then eventually tried them after me making him giggle with my over-zealous "mmmmmmm"s and "oooh yuuuuummy!"s.


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Candi - posted on 08/07/2009




Try salt free rice cakes for holding and chewing food. Google "baby led weaning". Just keep offering. We skipped purees from the start-- try to start mashing his food instead of offering any jarred or pureed foods. Sure he might refuse it for a few days. That's okay. He won't starve, I promise!

Dana - posted on 08/05/2009




Great idea, I think he would love to feed me the food. He's at that stage where he's sharing his toys that he's chewing on. He absolutly loves when I take a nibble on his toys. He is getting better now. I have just been consistent, making sure he tries stuff through out the day. Everyday he's eating a few bits more of something and trying different stuff. I also bought a small food processor to grind up some stuff so it's a little thicker than the jar food. Thanks again!!

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