I am new to this BB -- been lurking off and on for a month or so but have not posted until now.
I was SO determined to NOT start solids until DD was ready, that now I'm wondering if I missed some magic "window" of opportunity for her to learn to eat "real" food! (the rational side of my brain tells me that's just silly and that she WILL eventually decide that eating food is fun, but the other side just had to ask if anyone has any insight on this or just words of encouragement!)
DD will turn 14 months old Sat. and is EBF. We have NO problems with weight gain!! (UNDERSTATEMENT! She's been off the charts -- WAY off, since her first checkup at 1 month -- is approx. 35 lbs and 34" now!) We've been trying solids on and off since about 8 months old and have periodically found things she would eat (pureed avocado was a big hit at around 9-10 months). However, she's had such a STRONG gag reflex that ANYTHING with any texture to it whatsoever would cause her to gag so hard her eyes would water and get red, her face would get red, and would even vomit (even just a thicker puree would cause this -- like the Peach Medley applesauce or creamed potatoes). As a result, we never really got serious about solids til about 11 months or so. Unfortunately now, of course, she pretty much refuses to have anything fed to her, and I REFUSE to "force" her to eat (not that I could manage that anyway even if I wanted to!)
My main concern is that I screwed her up by not being very consistent with the food when she was younger. We would sit down and try eating some food once or twice a day for 2 or 3 days in a row, then we wouldn't for several days -- it was never a consistent daily thing we did with her when she was younger. My reasoning at the time was that she still just didn't seem that interested and I didn't want to force her into solids before she was ready. I hear so many people say their child just suddenly reached over and grabbed something from their plate/hand and started chewing on it -- she never showed ANY interest like that. She's always loved spoons and will let you feed her spoonfuls of ice water all day, but if there is any kind of food on it you can FORGET it! We were encouraged earlier this month when she finally picked up a piece of Special K and nibbled on it and will now PERIODICALLY put a Cheerio or a veggie puff in her mouth and bite on it, but still isn't actually chewing and swallowing it -- the piece she bites off comes back out and stays stuck to her lip. And all the other pieces get either fed to me or my husband or thrown over the side of the chair for the dog! Same goes for any other food we try to give her (and we sit down at the table together practically every night for dinner and put a little of whatever we're having on the tray in front of her -- same goes for breakfast or lunch when it's just me and her).
So, am I worrying needlessly? Will she eventually decide to REALLY eat? She has all 8 of her front teeth and is showing signs now that we may have one of the molars about to come in. Pediatrician said that a fair number of babies WON'T eat anything textured until they get their 1yr molars, but he also says she should be eating a fairly substantial amt of purees by now as well (which she pretty much just refuses except for very rare occassions).
Any thoughts, suggestions, or similar experiences would be VERY welcome!