9 month old not wanting to chew food

Ashley - posted on 09/04/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )




my 9 month old will not chew food at all, is this something i should be worried about?


Amanda - posted on 09/14/2009




I am in the same position my son will be 10 months the 28th of Sept. the Dr says he has a senitive gag reflex I'm really not sure what to do he wont eat any stage 3s he gags and about makes himself sick he only has two bottom teeth and the corner or the top right is starting to come thru since he doesn't have that many teeth i worry about the puffs and yogurt melts... However he acts like he is chewing things but i dont think he really is i'm just not sure what to move up to next to try and help him adjust..so if you or anyone else figures anything out let me know

Regina - posted on 09/11/2009




Kaden is 10 months today and still does not "chew". He has 7 teeth and eats everything we eat. We just cut it up very small and he inhales it. We have given him all the little melty baby foods but, he really wants what we have. He does have the mesh bag feeder thing. We put frozen stuff in that. He loves to "chew" on frozen applesauce. Good luck. In time they all will be eating well. Just keep offering all kinds of different foods and you will do fine

Erin - posted on 09/08/2009




my son is having the same issue! i thought he would be good to go with chewing as well as he has 5 teeth, but I have recently had success with the following:

- Gerber yogurt melts as this gets him used to having something other than pureed food in his mouth but if he decides he doesn't want to chew they disolve and he won't choke.

- Gerber graduates carrots/apples. He won't eat them whole so I've been mashing them up just to get him used to more textured foods.

He doesn't like any of the stage 3 foods...actually threw up the other night...that was fun! :-( Anyway, good luck and let me know if you find other ideas as I could use them too!


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Cathy - posted on 09/14/2009




I second the puffs idea. Those and the Gerber wagon wheels and rice cakes helped my daughter tremedously. She still has issues with chewing some foods but is getting better with practice. She hates the chunky Stage 3 dinners so we are going to try really well cooked veggies, etc.

Cassandra - posted on 09/13/2009




graduates puffs. they are great. they will melt in his mouth so you dont' have to worry about choking but they will help to get the chew idea down. I swear by them.

Kattie - posted on 09/08/2009




Have you tried putting food in one of those mesh things? Does he chew on toys? My daughter will chew on Mum Mum rice crackers and Gerber Puffs and Cottage Cheese, but she does not like chunks in her baby food like the stage three stuff. The Mum Mum rice crackers were easy for her because they were like a toy to her at first, and she could hold onto it and chew it unlike the puffs where she put the whole thing in her mouth which took her longer to get used to.

Ashley - posted on 09/04/2009




its a he, lol. i've tried tons of finger foods and he wont eat them at all. he just tries to take a bite then throws it. he hasnt ever chewed before, he wont even try. he has 4 teeth so i thought he would be chewing food by now.

Ashley - posted on 09/04/2009




Has she been chewing fine until now??? Is she teething and her gums are sore? If you've only tried a few times I would keep trying, maybe try offering your baby finger foods before baby food and then if he/she is not interested give them the baby food but offer finger foods in between bites or after the meal. I think some babies take a little longer than others to be ready to chew and feed themselves. I wouldn't worry about it, just keep offering them with each meal, you won't be feeding her pureed food when she's 12! LOL!

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