Post # 1
So my LO is 7 1/2 months old and has been eating baby food since he was 4 months. He does great and loves all his food. I have been giving him the 2nd stage foods for awhile now. Over the weekend I bought some of the 3rd foods to try and see if would eat them. He ate about an ounce of one jar and acted like he was going to gag when a tiny piece of carrot was in his mouth. We have tried to give him the Gerber Puffs before and he gags on them.
How do I get him to the next stage? I am worried that he is going to be on pureed food forever. He will be 16 and eating pureed steak and potatoes.
Is he old enough for mashed up things like bananas and such? It’s been 10 years since I have had a baby and I honestly don’t remember a whole lot. I know my youngest daughter hated baby food but didn’t mind table food. The oldest liked all of it.
He also isnt really interested in putting things in his mouth other than his fingers or when he tries to bite me. Should i be concerned that he isn’t interested in putting things in his mouth? How will he know how to eat?
Post # 3
A child knows how to eat instintivly. There is nothing to worried about in that regard. Maybe just try him on some other foods. He may just not like those specific ones. Also, if he can eat babyfood, he can eat mashed potatoes and bananas… it is the same texture. There isn’t anything special in babyfood jars. You can buy a pureer and puree some different steamed veggies to anything soft to get him used to the taste. Slowly more to more more solid foods over the next few months. 7 1/2 months sounds a bit young for anything more than super soft or pureed food though… Really, I wouldn’t be moving to 3rd phase foods just yet.
Post # 4
@mrskisstobe: Yeah 7 1/2 months and still eating soft foods is not unusual and usually recommended.
Post # 5
No worries, you have plenty of time to move on to chunkier foods! I’ve noticed that with my second, I keep expecting things to happen sooner. Maybe it’s because I don’t quite remember when my daughter did this stuff, but I keep freaking out that DS is behind only to realize that he’s actually right on track.
I think my daughter was 9 months or older before we tried chunky purees. And she was closer to a year before she started table foods. Just keeping trying to introduce new foods to your son, and I’m sure you’ll start to see a difference in what he is willing to eat in the next few months!
Post # 6
My niece had a real problem switching over, it started even with cereal. The texture made her gag. Then with more solid foods, she gagged and sometimes threw up. I think you just need to keep trying. It’s probably a combo of the child’s development and getting used to new sentations. Eventually it will just click, although niece still has problems sometimes with certain foods. They have this trick that they kind of pat/rub her chest when she gags and I’m not sure if it just changes her train of thought or what but it typically stops her. And now that she’s old enough they tell her to have a drink of her water and it brings her back from the edge- so to speak.
Post # 7
Thanks ladies 🙂
I think my worries are because it’s been so long since I have had a baby and I forgot when my girls started on different stages of foods.
He loves his food and I have started adding more baby oatmeal to his fruit in the morning to thicken it. I think tonight though we will try some real mashed potatoes and see how he likes those.
Post # 8
Don’t worry. He’ll move when it’s time. I felt the same when I saw the other foods babies in her daycare class ate, but she choked on a puff once and it made me nervous so I waited longer. Now she eats mostly table food mashed up or whole depending on if it’s hard or not. (11 months now)
Post # 9
Lots of babies are still only fed milk/formula until they are 6 months old, so I wouldn’t worry about forcing more solid food at 7.5 months. Your baby will know when he is ready to eat other things, and as long as he is getting nutritionally sound diet, the texture isn’t a big deal yet.
Post # 10
So we tried real mashed potatoes last night and I made them really smooth and just a little thicker than his baby food and….. he thought I was poisoning him. He took a few bites and looked at me like I was crazy. So i got some of his sweet potatoes, corn and apple food and did half that and half mashed potatoes on a spoon and he gobbled it right up.
Post # 11
We didn’t start DS on purees until 6 months, and he didn’t start eating anything else until he was closer to 9 months. He started with a few cheerios on his tray just to play with. At 7.5 months, breastmilk or formula will still be the primary source of nutrition, so the food she gets now will just be for fun to get used to flavors and textures. Mashed potatoes and mashed bananas (or mashed avacado or sweet potatoes) are a great food to offer now, because you can control how mashed they are and thin them with breastmilk or a bit of formula if your LO doesn’t like the thicker consistency.
Post # 12
My munchkin is 10 months and we just started into finger foods and stage 3 foods. Like PP said babies know how to do this instinctly. Sounds like your LO is not ready yet for the next stage. You can usually tell when they start to grab for your food either out of your hand or your plate. Start with as PP said mushed bananas to mushed potatoes, etc.
My little boy, some foods he does gag a little bit, but a lot of that has to do because he grabs a lot of food in his little hands and shoves it in his mouth. It could be also the texture. Just keep trying. We just tried watermelon and he wasn’t to sure about that. I definately will try that again with him in a few more weeks.