For moms whose babies suddenly refuse spoonfeeding

posted 9 months ago in Babies
Post # 2
854 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1995

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
3074 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I just gave Dirty Delete 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 # 5
3014 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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
2504 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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
1071 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

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. 

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