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    Default Re: 13 months, never puts anything in mouth.

    I know it's incredibly frustrating when your child won't eat unless you force her, but my understanding is that forcing a child to eat is counterproductive, and just makes feeding issues worse. Since your baby is still so young and is a nice weight, how about backing off for a bit? At 25 lbs, she's probably got enough reserves that she can go without solids for a while. Maybe a week or two off from the spoon and from tooth-brushing will allow her attitude towards putting things in her mouth to reset?

    Meanwhile, I would offer her solids at mealtimes, preferably little bits of things from your plate. A few little shreds of steak, a little heap of smashed squash, lentils, toast slices, some diced tofu, etc. Make eating fun. Have her feed you, and see if you can then play a "You put a squashed pea in my mouth, I put one in your mouth" game with her. Kids are often fascinated by things that go into other things, so giver her some yogurt and a piece of toast to dip it in, and see if she will then lick the yogurt off the toast.

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    Default Re: 13 months, never puts anything in mouth.

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
    I know it's incredibly frustrating when your child won't eat unless you force her, but my understanding is that forcing a child to eat is counterproductive, and just makes feeding issues worse. Since your baby is still so young and is a nice weight, how about backing off for a bit? At 25 lbs, she's probably got enough reserves that she can go without solids for a while. Maybe a week or two off from the spoon and from tooth-brushing will allow her attitude towards putting things in her mouth to reset?

    Meanwhile, I would offer her solids at mealtimes, preferably little bits of things from your plate. A few little shreds of steak, a little heap of smashed squash, lentils, toast slices, some diced tofu, etc. Make eating fun. Have her feed you, and see if you can then play a "You put a squashed pea in my mouth, I put one in your mouth" game with her. Kids are often fascinated by things that go into other things, so giver her some yogurt and a piece of toast to dip it in, and see if she will then lick the yogurt off the toast.
    Haha, thank you so much Mommal for your suggestion. It sounds very interesting. I will try it.

    Today I breastfed her at 11 AM. At 15:30 PM I offered her a whole banana and she took it, held, gnawed and swallowed. I offered it again and she did the same. I was very surprised.

    Do you think she has oral aversion? We have already booked time with both psykologist and speech (feeding) therapist.

    I also have ordered the book My Child Won"t eat which Maddlieb suggested.
    Last edited by @llli*chzhcn; September 7th, 2016 at 09:17 AM.

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    Do you think she has oral aversion? We have already booked time with both psykologist and speech (feeding) therapist.
    I don't think we could answer that question with any degree of certainty, and it would probably be irresponsible for us to try- after all, we have never met your baby and all we know is what you describe... It would be far too easy for us to get the answer wrong!

    That being said, I think it's a great idea to see the psychologist and the speech and feeding specialist for a professional opinion.

    I would continue to give the baby plenty of opportunities to self-feed. If she keeps on grabbing your food and trying it, there's probably no need to ever go back to the spoon.

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    So she ate some banana? Awesome. From all that you describe, my money is on your baby being a later eater in the range of normal, and perhaps is just not as orally oriented as the average baby. I agree with mommal about the self feeding, that was the key for my "late eater." I again suggest the book My Child Won't Eat.

    No reason to not seek a professional opinion. As long as they do not 'blame' breastfeeding.

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    Hello Mommal and Maddlie,

    Thank you very much for your input. I do appreciate it.

    I have ben offering my daughter food exposure/self feed. Just after 8 days, now she can pick up the food (chicken, potato, peas, bread and so on)and chew and swallow. It seems that she likes to taste different food, though she eats very little.

    I also have read the books My Child Won't Eat and Kiss me. Both books are very helpful and challange the traditional parenting.

    Tomorrow we are going to visit a psylogist.

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    Thanks so much for the update, sounds like things are going well. Please keep us updated if you like. Glad you liked the books. After years and years of talking to new and expecting parents and reading just about every parenting book I could stomach, Kiss Me! is now the only "general parenting" book I recommend.

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    That is fantastic news! I think you can probably stop worrying about an oral aversion at this point- though it never hurts to see the doctor and get a professional opinion.

    A baby who is 13 months old and nursing frequently really doesn't need much food. So don't worry about her eating only small quantities of food. Now that she has the hang of feeding herself, my guess is that you will see her solid food intake pick up more and more as time goes on. My kids went from eating almost nothing aside from breastmilk to suddenly eating entire plates of pasta or bean burritos- it was like a switch flipped one day and they decided that food was yummy.

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    Hello Mommal and Maddieb,

    Thank you very much for your words.

    I am very happy that my daughter started eating food before we visited psychologist.

    The psychologist, she said that it is very difficult or too early to say if my daughter has a late development or developmental problem when she is only 13 months. The difference between babies is very huge, specially when they are so young. So we will visit this psychologist again two months later, in November.

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    Hello Mommal and Maddieb,

    Last months we have cancelled the appointment with speech therapist, because my daughter became interested in food when she was around 14-15 months and she eats a lot now. She will be 16 months soon.

    Thank you so much!!!!

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    Thank you for the update, so glad everything is going well!

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