How can i get my 12 month old to eat regular food?

Ellen - posted on 01/05/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Every time i cut something up VERY VERY tiny for her to eat she chews baby food but i guess gets in to big of a hurry sometimes and forgets to chew the real food? I don't understand, I don't know what i can feed her anymore! baby food gets to be 2 jars at a time! i give her those "puffs" and veggie sticks for toddlers she eats those because they most of the way dissolve in your mouth, what can i do? Any ideas anyone?

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Amber - posted on 01/07/2010

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Don't buy the jars of baby food, she doesn't need them and it will save loads of money. If she east too fast, only give her one thing at a time and a small amount. My son used to shove food in his mouth as fast as he could, so I only gave him a few bites at a time and he had to swallow them before he got more. Don't forget to cut grapes in half and cut hot dogs longwise so they aren't perfectly round chunks that she could choke on.

Alison - posted on 01/05/2010

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try and thin all her food to make it easier for her to chew. my daughter does the same thing, she prefers soft things like sandwiches and yogurt. nothing too hard as they will be growing teeth still

Melisa - posted on 01/05/2010

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My son hated chunks in his food, so would spit it out. I just started giving him sandwiches and crackers. He loved home made spagetti that i chopped up quite small and fed him. try putting her in the high chair with a drop mat under it and give her finger food like boiled potato cubes and soft vegetable, basically anything that you cook thats soft and can be cut up. She sounds like she loves her food and i reckon if you sit with her and eat and encourage her she will start chewing her food. It'll be a bit messy to start with but thats part of the fun. :) good luck.

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