Post # 1
my daughter suddenly started refusing to be spoon fed after we started her on oatmeal and veggie and fruit purees…it became so frustrating because every time I put that spoon near her mouth recently she would clench her lips and wack it away. I was pretty sure it was because of her teething and sure enough her top front tooth starting poking through so she probably didn’t enjoy the spoon anywhere near her gums…I mentioned it to the pediatrician and she right away suggested food therapy and to try to give her puffs.. The puffs were a fail because they kept sticking to her hand and she would refuse it if I offered it to her myself instead of her self feeding..I was almost at my wits end over the weekend and I stopped trying to offer the puréed food three times a day since every time she would refuse…so for two days I only did milk. Fast forward to today and I offered her her once favorite puréed veggie and I scooped it onto her favorite tether toy so that she would open her mouth for the teether and once the puréed food was in her mouth from the teether she kept opening for more because she liked the taste until I gave her the spoon on the fourth try..also I made sure she wasn’t starving and she had a half serving of milk about half hr before
just wanted to share the trick with other moms and if you have any of your own because I refuse to force feed her or be one of those parents that has to sing or dance or entertain their baby in order to eat. I’m thinking of buying the ra z berry tether spoon and see if she likes eating off of that since it’s a teether and a spoon on one
what tricks do u have if I’ve been in a similar situation? P.s. I also tried letting her feed herself mashed up banana on her food tray and it got everywhere but her mouth…
Post # 2
That’s pretty common in infant development. I’m surprised that the pediatrician recommended food therapy. A lot of feeding time at this age is experimenting with different textures and tastes. Infants get to point where they want to feed themselves and yes, most will not end up in the their mouth, but they are getting the experience of feeling it, trying to pick it up — hand/eye coordination, finding their mouth, and seeing what the texture in their mouth feels like.
It sounds like your baby is ready for more finger food and less pureed food.
Post # 3
I just gave DD soft finger foods like boiled baby carrots, roasted potatoes, baked and peeled sweet potatoes cut into wedges, peeled and baked apples and cinnamon (no added sugar), raw ripe pears, avocados, watermelon, grated cheese, slightly overcooked elbow macaroni with butter, braised slow cooker meats shredded thinly, and sautéed wildwood tofu (there are lots of nice flavors too choose from). If you can mush the food between your thumb and forefinger then it’s soft enough for The premolar baby to eat.
Post # 4
We mushed up food and anything thicker than a purée she will gag and puke out a ton of milk from the last bottle. Tried giving a boiled cube of a carrot that comes in the mixed veggies….she can only take puréed texture so far…I think her gag reflux is too sensitive . We also have teething wafers for finger food and she just breaks and throws it
Post # 5
giaf1 : How old is she? This is pretty normal behavior. She will eat when she is hungry. Remember that your baby will not starve herself to death. Remember that there are no cases of toddlers who refuse solids. She is thriving on milk right now. Just offer her food, do NOT stress about it, and at some point she’ll make the natural transition from milk to solids.
Post # 6
Sounds totally normal. It will pass soon enough. My daughter did this and I let her try to feed herself, which was so messy and inefficient but she preferred it. She is now a almost a year and a half and she still sometimes likes to eat pureed food off her fingers.
I think the gagging is normal too. She’s just learning how to eat.
I would keep offering puffs. I remember them being so frustrating for my daughter for the same reason, but once she started getting them from her hand to her mouth, she loved them.
It all takes lots of practice! And when my girl is teething she hardly eats at all. I can usually tell when a tooth is coming because she will drop most of her food on the floor.
Post # 7
My daughter refused to be spoon fed at 8 months so we let her learn finger feeding. You can also do something closer to baby led weaning too.