textured foods

Justine - posted on 01/01/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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my son is 16 months old and very picky eater everything has to be smooth we do get some finger food in him like chicken nuggets and fish sticks grilled cheese and peanubutter and jelly i have managed to get some soups that hi have thicked up yogert apple sauce. he will not try apple slices or cooked carrotts slices he pick them up and if he does not like the feel of them he give thme to the dog needless to say the dog is on a diet any suggestions

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Amanda - posted on 06/14/2012

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I have an 18 month old and she does exactly what you are saying your son does. She has been doing it for awhile too! I made her food for her for the longest time, but she has a mouth full of teeth soII figured I could just serve her table food.. She is completely capable of eating solid food, she just won't! All she wants are fried foods (chicken, french fries, fried fish) or grilled cheeses. The only way I get her to eat veggies and fruits is through pouches, like Ella Organic or Gerber Organic pouches. I guess I just feed in to her texture aversion, but I don't know what else to do. Anyone have tips? I want to encourage healthy eating. Is there like a baby boot camp? Where I strictly serve whole pieces of food?? No pouches?? Or would she even understand? Frustrated mom here!!

Clare - posted on 01/17/2012

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I do not have any answers, but wanted to tell you that my 11 month old is exactly the same. She does not like "whole foods", she will not eat a fresh veggie or fruit. She has tried watermelon, but it ends up in a little pile on her highchair after falling out of her mouth. She will not try pasta. She will eat crackers and other "dry" consistency finger foods. Her purees are mostly smooth and getting anything with a lumpy texture into her takes a lot of work and she must really like it. Usually, she takes it readily but it just comes back out of her mouth.



Some things that have been working:



Making crackers out of things - I made a cheese and broccoli mix with bread crumbs and baked them. I have made carrot crackers that she likes and have a wonderful banana muffin recipe that I have put sweet potatoe and pumpkin in with great success. I have also started to add cottage cheese in various consistency to some of her favorite purees and we are sometimes successful with that. Stelline pasta (very small stars) can also work in purees some of the time. Also, she likes apples softened in the microwave with a little cinamon.



We are being sent to the Pediatrician because of a lagging weight gain, if they have any suggestions, I will be sure to pass them along.

Nicole - posted on 02/08/2011

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my son is 16 months and does the same thing!! He picks it up and gives it a weird look and throws it on the floor i wish i had some advice but im going threw the same thing.

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