22/11/2010 at 13:39
My youngest daughter was just the same. If you are stressing out every mealtime she will get upset and not want to try it. Hard as it sounds if she gags, smile and tell her its ok, its all part of learning to eat. I used to put her food in front of her and let her have a little play, messy but worth it if she actually tries to put any in her mouth. I also found she watched me and her dad and sisters when eating and didn't want anything different so I tried to make dinners everyone could have.
One day a new tooth appeared and she saw her cousin eating a breadstick and decided she could eat it too. My HV said its a phase a lot of babies have and to try and give the same flavours of purees she would eat with tiny grated bits for texture. Didn't work for my daughter but my friend weaned her two onto lumps that way.
Try not to worry, she'll get there when she's ready! xx
22/11/2010 at 23:47
I weaned my older children on purees and slowly introducing lumps gradually from around 8 months,but I had a lot of trouble with introducing lumps,my eldest was 18 months before he'd eat lumps,and I was still feeding him at two.
With my younger babies I started them on the usual purees and baby cereals but ,once they were sitting properly in a highchair and at an age when they were putting toys and anything else into their mouth I started giving them a few pieces of what everyone else was eating,just joining in at meal times.At first they'd play with it ,squash it ,chew it,drop it,but some will go in.They do gag on pieces of food sometimes.Gagging is not choking,it's a reflex and it's all part of learning to eat,so you just reassure them.There is a difference between gagging and choking,obviously you'd never leave them unattended while eating.Over time they just realise that the stuff they're playing with tastes nice and you find more going in than on the floor.I still gave purees until I was sure they were getting enough food from feeding themself.I found they were very good at eating all sorts at that age too,little bit of kiwi,blueberries,broccolli,it's been a lot easier weaning them that way.
Just introduce a few little bits and pieces at a time,and see how you go.Don't worry what other babies are doing ,they're all individuals and yours will get there when she wants to.
25/11/2010 at 23:13
30/11/2010 at 19:02
i know that i was the same as a baby and would not eat anything lumpy and my parents made a big thing of it causing a fuss at every meal and it just made me worse my mum says she wished she had just let me go at my own pace as i am now 42 and still won't eat things with lumps such as yoghurts jam, ice cream and marmalade so really unless she is underweight let her go at her own pace put some on her plate and let her discover the new foods and if she doesn't pick up on any stress she should probably get used to them but don't worry as i am a strapping woman that enjoys most food hope this helps
03/05/2012 at 09:49
Janey I have exactly the same problem, my little one will be 10 months in a week and refuses to eat any lumpy food or finger foods. He has recently started putting bread in his mouth but doesn't eat it (I'm hoping it's progress as at least his hand is going towards his mouth at long last) If I give him any lumps he gags and then refuses to eat any more. I then give in and feel that eating pureed food is better than not eating at all. he doesn't babble or say any sort of words. He's far behind any of his 'friends'. Take him to see your Health Visitor and insist on her refering you to the speech and weaning clininc - we went on Friday - the dietitian and speech therapist assured me there was nothing seriously wrong and that he is just a very laid back boy who was happy to do stuff the easy way!! He also suffers from glue ear so that is delaying the babble. Seeing someone will give you some piece of mind and help recognise/delete any problems. All the best
07/01/2013 at 20:37
my child is 9 months and gags when she eats lumps but if i give her lumps of my plate she will munch them with no problem at all. she also eats finger foods with no problem. So i cant work it out. any ideas please?
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27/01/2014 at 08:22
My LO will eat finger food but not any meals with lumps of any sort. Also he was eating Chicken Pot and Chicken & Apple etc and now will not take a spoon of these. He is teething badly but is back taken bottles and his meals so at a total loss any helpful suggestions would be great.
17/06/2014 at 13:00
Please don't worry jane, it's really not that uncommon! My twins were both on purees until they were 13 months old as one of them just couldn't handle lumps of any description! Even mashed bananas were too lumpy and she'd just gag and vomit. I remember being really paranoid as I feared speaech delay and poor muscle tone...(too much googling is BAD!). However, I just left it a few weeks and tried again - they got there in the end! They ended up going from pureed jars of food, to homemade risottos. It was the stage 2 jarseemed to confuse them as it is still a puree consistency with the odd lump in there to take them by surprise.
A friend's twins had exactly the same problem, they were checked out by an ENT consultant and around 13 months, they just seemed to "get" it.
I'm now a childminder and a baby boy I look after has been having lump issues - he's now 11.5 months and just starting to cope with stage 2 jars.
To think I was going to try baby led weaning
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