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    Does your lo see you and other children eating? My 5 mo tries to grab things I'm eating and stuff them in her mouth. When I eat with utensils I sit near her and make it clear what I'm doing and act enthusiastic. Granted, she's at an age where she wants everything in her mouth, but I've offered solids a couple times and she ate them, so maybe it helps? It also works for parrots and other primates that learn by watching.

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    Just wanted to mention that I appreciate ALL the advice... We are trying to do what's best for our LO. sometimes people mention things that should be common sense, that I never would have thought of

    Isabella rarely sees other children eating. But, she sits and has every meal with us. I tend to give her the same thing I am eating, just a more condensed version. I.E. If I eat orzo with spinach, pine nuts, sun dried tomatoes, asparagus & garlic... She gets orzo and maybe some spinach... I plan my meals around what I can feed her.

    She is getting pretty good at getting food on her utensils... I let her feed me, I let her feed the dog. When I try to feed her -- she shuts her mouth so incredibly tight and turns her head. She SOMETIMES will put food in her own mouth but the tongue thrusts it back out. Again, she'd sit and eat a cardboard box all day long if I let her but has no interest in food... Can anyone think of a healthy solid that looks andd tastes like cardboard ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bones343 View Post
    Just wanted to mention that I appreciate ALL the advice... We are trying to do what's best for our LO. sometimes people mention things that should be common sense, that I never would have thought of

    Isabella rarely sees other children eating. But, she sits and has every meal with us. I tend to give her the same thing I am eating, just a more condensed version. I.E. If I eat orzo with spinach, pine nuts, sun dried tomatoes, asparagus & garlic... She gets orzo and maybe some spinach... I plan my meals around what I can feed her.

    She is getting pretty good at getting food on her utensils... I let her feed me, I let her feed the dog. When I try to feed her -- she shuts her mouth so incredibly tight and turns her head. She SOMETIMES will put food in her own mouth but the tongue thrusts it back out. Again, she'd sit and eat a cardboard box all day long if I let her but has no interest in food... Can anyone think of a healthy solid that looks andd tastes like cardboard ?
    Tofu. Tofu can be made to taste both very bland and plain and very exotic.
    And if you are at the year point and you haven't found any food allergies or sensitivities, you can try more and more. The only thing in that Orzo I would skip in my son at the year point would be the pine nuts. I waited until 18months with nuts. And there is a growth spurt after the year point. For us it was around 14 months. So as a PP said thing may well change in the next few months. But use the opportunity of hitting the safe zone to try new things.
    And something that has always worked really well for me, is lots of choices at every meal. I did BLS all the way and had a one year old who was eating eating 3 meal a day and two snacks. And by 10 months I was ALWAYS putting between 3&5 things on his plate for him to try every time and always making meal time as pressure free as possible. And I don't cling to favorites. His or Mine. So That we don't get into food ruts and he doesn't get bored.
    Examples; These are things I consider to be Staples in his diet. Rice, beans, Apples, Applesauce and Blueberries. But every other week we do Barley or Quinoa instead of Brown rice. Pinto beans are his favorite. But then we'll do a week of Kidney, or garbanzo. He loves blueberries with Breakfast and I love for him to start his day with blueberries. But we flip Rasberries in and Blackberries to so he doesn't lose his blueberry love. So reach reach reach for variety. I think it has taught my son to always be willing to try new things.
    And if there are 5 things on his plate and he only eats or likes two, that's still two things he's eating. If you only have 2-3 things on your plate to begin with, that doesn't leave a lot of room to be picky.

    Way too lazy for formula

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    That's a great point about making sure there is variety... I typically only serve 1-2 items because, I'm still in the mind frame that I have to introduce solids one at a time to determine if there are any allergies. We are pretty positive that she is sensitive to dairy. The throwing up clued us in...

    I'll start adding additional choices to each meal and see how that goes - thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bones343 View Post
    That's a great point about making sure there is variety... I typically only serve 1-2 items because, I'm still in the mind frame that I have to introduce solids one at a time to determine if there are any allergies. We are pretty positive that she is sensitive to dairy. The throwing up clued us in...

    I'll start adding additional choices to each meal and see how that goes - thanks!
    But even if you want to behave cautiously, which I was certainly still doing when I had a 10 month old, based on your 1st post, you already have an arsenal of tried and true things you you know she is NOT allergic to. So feed two things you KNOW and then two new things. Honestly, the time between nine and 10 months was so fun because that when he figured out that TASTE happened with his tongue. even if you are only trying 1-2 new things a day, That's at LEAST 30 new foods that could be added to the "safe list in a month. And with summer here and all this fruit and veggies available, there is so much possibility!

    Way too lazy for formula

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    It is the PERFECT time for food introduction... The farmer's market has started and we started receiving our weekly CSA "yield" (as my husband call it ).

    While we are going to continue to work with our LO on our own, we've also got information about having her evaluated by an early intervention team. The team would consist of a feeding specialist, registered dietician, and occupational therapist. We figure the more information we have, the better. I had a very interesting conversation with a extended family member who is a feeding specialist...

    When Isabella is trying to drink milk, she looks straight up and turns her head to the left. According to the family member, this is a sign of acid reflux. Isabella was diagnosed with acid reflux when she was 2.5 months old but we thought it was long gone... Now we're wondering if this may be one of the reasons she doesn't want to eat. While I'm not a facn of medication for tiny ones, we'll have to investigate other options if this is the case...

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    could be.. lots of kids with tummy troubles self regulate their solids intake.
    If cows milk bothers her other things could to.
    ARe you keeping a good diary of foods and reactions?
    once your doing that you might see that she is eating way more then you thought she was.

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    Just wanted to send an update -- and vent!!! At 3 1/2 months pregnant, my milk supply is quickly going away. Even the freezer stash is down to a week or so left. Out of concern that Isabella will have nothing to eat, we had her assessed by an early intervention program (she still REFUSES all solids). Yesterday, the "feeding specialist" told us to put her on a schedule for meals. She recommended we stop feeding her throughout the night. At 7 am, give her breakfast. If she doesn't eat, she should get NOTHING until "snack" time 2 hours later, at which point she could have 6-8 oz of breastmilk. We are supposed to do this at every meal with the theory being if she gets hungry enough, she'll eat...

    WHAT?!?!?!?!? How do you explain to a 1 year old that mommy isn't taking care of her basic need, hunger, because she "should be" eating solids by now? Does anyone else find this insane? Not to mention... The "specialist" said she could still have refux so she may be self regulating food intake. So, if I take away breastmilk like she is suggesting, and it is reflux -- why would i make the child suffer through solids that may be painful to eat?

    There have been no tests done to determine if she refuses solids due to behavioral or medical reasons. So, isn't it premature to take away breastmilk when we don't even know if she can actually swallow???

    Just looking for a voice of reason here... I understand the concept of reducing BM so she'll have a bigger appetite for solids. But, the "specialist's" advice just seems cruel to me...

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    Default Re: Speeding up the Baby Led Solids Process?

    if your not comfortable with what the "feeding specialst" says I say follow your gut!

    Did they test her iron?
    Some kids with low iron will refuse foods!

    What does your doctor say?
    maybe a visit is needed?

    how old is toddler again?
    Not much older then one right?

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    http://www.pediatricfeeding.org/about.htm

    you might try and contact this place...

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