14 month old eating baby food...

Kelly - posted on 11/09/2008 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Is it unusual for a 14 month old not to want to eat chunks of food? She will eat chicken, shredded cheese, bread and mandarin oranges, but that is about it. She refuses chunks of veggies or fruit, but loves bab y food. I keep giving it to her because I figure baby food veggies are bettern than none at all. I might just be a worrier because she isn't talking at all or trying to walk. Maybe I am just wishing too much. Any thoughts?

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Everything I read says that it's not unusual for toddlers to be picky eaters. My daughter (13 months) will eat chunks of banana, cheerios, pasta, crackers (we buy the Sesame Street ones), baby Goldfish, peas, cheese, dried blueberries, and frozen pancakes and waffles (toasted, of course). She likes the Gerber puffs too...they come in a variety of flavors, but she didn't like the Gerber yogurt melts. She refuses to eat chunks of fruit or veggies, but will still eat the baby food jar versions, and regular applesauce. We also find it interesting that she'll eat the dried blueberries but not regular fresh blueberries. I keep trying to introduce her to new foods, and I'll keep trying, but I also make sure she gets the stuff she likes.



My daughter isn't talking either. She points and has a couple signs, seems to want to know the name for everything, and seems to understand what we say to her, but no words yet. She is walking though. Share your concerns with your pediatrician, but I'm sure he/she will tell you not to worry. I believe average age for walking is 16 months. She'll start walking one day before you know it!

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Andrea - posted on 11/13/2008

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My son had difficulties transitioning from baby food to table food, He was a gagger, He would do good for a few bites then gag and throw up. My mom is a speech therapist and she spoke to an occupational therapist friend of hers who recommended getting one of the mesh bags you can put pieces of food in and they can chew on that but the big pieces don't come through. They look kinda like a pacifier but with a mesh baggie instead of a nipple. They carry them at places like Babies R Us I know, my local Walmart used to have them but doesn't always.

My son never liked them, but my mom has recommended them to some of her other clients who did very well with them. We just worked on offering him table food first then depending on how he did with it we may offer baby food. And he has always done better with crunchy things like the freeze dried fruit (which you can buy at all the grocery stores in my area, it is in bags with zipper seals)

Jodie - posted on 11/12/2008

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I have a 15 month old who has always been partial to baby food and basically anything he doesn't have to chew. We actually stopped the baby food around 12 months and have been working with him on textures. A lot of time we will grind up meat, chicken or whatever we are eating and then we try bigger and bigger chunks. Sometimes he goes for it and sometimes he spits it out. A lot of time if he spits out the food, we stick it back in - it's an initial reaction with him to spit just about everything out because he's not used to the texture. But, often times, if we keep at it and be patient with him, he will actually start eating it.



Another thing we've discovered is that my son loves to "take bites" of things so instead of breaking things into chunks, we let him bite into his grilled cheese or chicken or cracker. That has worked for us as well.



BTW, Jamie - we're having the same problem as you with our son pointing and grunting at everything - no words. My sister is a speech pathologist - she says that every baby talks at a different age - continue to name things that they point to and work on words with them and they will likely talk in their own time!

Jamie - posted on 11/11/2008

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My 17 mo old daughter eats everything in sight, so I'm not exactly a pro to answer this one. I would suggest the same - keep trying. If it's a texture issue, try the same foods as the baby food, just a bit chunkier and work toward small pieces. My daughter loves canned carrots cut into pieces, also canned pears are very soft and juicey. Every child moves at their own pace. My daughter is walking so much she seems ready to climb the walls literally, she is eating everything as i said, but she's not talking. She points and screeches, but no words except mommy and daddy.

Karen - posted on 11/11/2008

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Just remember every child is different.



I am a proud mom to 13 month old twin boys who just like u'r daughter doesn't wanna eat anything! I will make it, put it out and if they eat it GREAT, if not well, if they are hungry they come to you. I guess we just need to look for the signs...don't ask me what the signs are cuz I don't know?? My twins are very different from my 8 yr old when he was a baby...eating EVERYTHING! Most of all they want milk. My doctor says is normal just keep putting it out.

Mykala - posted on 11/11/2008

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my son was very similar, i started giving him sorft finger foods he could feed him self, in stead of rice i would give him rice moulded into balls, over steemed carrot , banna fingers etc it took a few attempets of him biting in and spitting it all out but he got the hang of it quick , now hes got 5 teeth he eating every thing in sight

Suzanne - posted on 11/10/2008

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Have you tried buying the freeze dried gerber fruits and veggies, my son really liked those. I think they have corn, strawberry, banana, and more. They are very small and a softer texure than raw veggies.

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