I have a 15 month old grandson and we are having trouble getting him to eat regular food. I don't think he quite knows how to chew yet. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks Diane

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Gigi - posted on 11/22/2012

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I am not sure what "Plum" food packets are (I come from other side of ocean), but I assume they are pureed food. Here you can get less pureed food (with pieces left inside), maybe that could be good for Max as next phase. Though, if he can chew on crackers, he can chew on other things as well. At that age he is perefectly capable of chewing food, but if he always gets pureed stuff, I can understand that he'd prefer that.

I would stop pre-done baby food completely and start including him in family dinner - so he eats what everyone else eat, just cut up smaller. Cooked vegetables and pasta are easy to mush in the mouth, even chicken breast falls apart easily, so a bit planning for first dinners can help him get adjusted faster. Dessert could be butter sauteed apples with cinnamon or yoghurt with blueberries - all easy to chew. And in between meals, pieces of cheese with crackers, strawberries, banana pieces, avocado, tangerine and so on to enforce chewing.

At that age I was giving my daughter pre-done food only if we were travelling and it was easier. And she loved it and ate it more happily than cooked food, but its not meant to be given to children that age on everyday basis - they need healthy cooked variety and they need to chew their food properly.

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Diane - posted on 11/24/2012

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Thank you all for your help. I hope to see Max eating regular food soon, but I think it is going to be hard because they have started so late. Max doesn't even like touching the food, so I think he will be a challenge.

Lea - posted on 11/24/2012

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Our 14 month old daughter was gagging on lumps until about a month ago. We started her on softer lumps, like well cooked pasta shells, chopped tomatoes, pieces of the fleshy parts of citrus fruits, strawberries and squished banana lumps and persevered. We always had a drink at hand to help wash it down. We then moved her on to our meals, chopped small, but with more sauce/ baby gravy than we have to keep it moist and easier to swallow



A month later and she is happily swallowing rice, small pieces of chicken and potato, pretty much everything we eat, she eats. I think Mum needs to substitute the pureed meals with some lumpier options. I agree with the suggestion that he eats with the family. My youngest loves being part of the family meal and is really happy eating the same things as us.

Diane - posted on 11/21/2012

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Thank you for your reply. She is feeding Max from food packets like Plum. We try to give little bites but he will not even touch it. He does eat oyster crackers, cherrios and gold fish., sometimes a little string cheese, but that is about it.

Gigi - posted on 11/21/2012

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When did you start giving him unpureed food? By now he should be able to chew, at least some things. Obviously, steak is out of question, but other stuff - yes.

I'd just give him normal food and he will get used to it. If his mother purees everything its not helping. Cooked broccoli, carrots, potatoes are easy to chew for kids. Fresh avocado pieces are also great. Just cut everything up in smallish pieces and let him eat.

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