Re: Not interested in "real" food
with PPs. My son only started eating solids reliably around 15 months and really wasn't 100% on board until around 18 months.
I totally agree with having lots of healthy options. My son has 3-5 different types of fresh vegetables and fruits with every meal. He doesn't always want them all, but lately he often will. Also, tastes can change. Mine never liked fruit much, but loves lots of different fruits now. I just had to keep offering and eat it myself when he wouldn't.
Some things that help my son eat a little more are: me eating food with him off his tray, letting him eat food off my plate (him sitting on my lap or standing next to my chair), and letting him play and zoom by for bites of food. We always sit down for dinner as a family, and I let him have an easily washed toy with his food if he really doesn't want to eat. Then if he hasn't eaten well I sometimes take a plate into the living room while he plays after I've cleaned up and we've had our evening walk. Sometimes he eats, sometimes he doesn't. Even at 20 months, he still has days where he nurses a lot and only eats a little, but he's definitely doing quite well with solids now in general.
My son doesn't like to eat much when he's teething (most of my nieces and nephews were the same); so if there has been a lot of teething, that could explain a reluctance to eat. What you have described does not sound outside the realm of normal, but you can try to see a speech therapist if you really think there is some kind of oral aversion to eating. My nephew sees a speech therapist for precisely that, but he also has always had sucking issues too. He would gag, choke, then spit out food with a pretty horrified look on his face before the therapy.
K. Sophia - Mama to my little lactivore, the amazing Mr. X (11/10).