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    Default Please tell me it gets easier

    9 month old DD was really loving her solids, all of a sudden doesn't want much...I'm thinking it's because she's teething. Pedi said we can start introducing "table food" following DD's lead, but if her baby food is slightly chunky, she'll gag on it (not because she's choking) until I take out the chunk, but she won't even try "chewing/gumming" it even though she has her 2 bottom teeth. Stage 1 & 2 foods she's ok with. Stage 3, not so much.
    I'm trying to give her 'finger foods' to play with, but she'll literally sit there and play w/them on her tray, not in her mouth.
    How do I get her to 'practice' eating if she won't even try "chewing"?
    Is this "just a phase?" Due to teething?
    Does it get easier when she gets more teeth?

    I was so excited about giving her rice, beans, or whatnot.
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    Default Re: Please tell me it gets easier

    Foods in the first year are for experiementing anyhow... she'll learn how to do it all in her own time. you just keep doing what you're doing and like a key in a lock - it will fit when it's right.
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    Default Re: Please tell me it gets easier

    I had to get over my desire for DD to eat foods. I guess she knows what she wants and needs. She is 11 months and aside form an occasional jar of food here and there, mainly nurses. I offer her table food, jar food, etc...she plays with it mostly!

    My son used to gag on stage 3 food. He NEVER ate it. It wasnt that he was chokiing either, but hated the feel of it in his mouth. To this day he is very selective about texture of his food and a very picky eater!
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    Default Re: Please tell me it gets easier

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*number4 View Post
    Foods in the first year are for experiementing anyhow... she'll learn how to do it all in her own time. you just keep doing what you're doing and like a key in a lock - it will fit when it's right.
    And FWIW, I think that allowing a kid to play with food means that you're still making progress, even if very little/none is actually getting into her tummy. Playing with and tasting food is just as much a part of the learning process as actually eating it is!
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    Default Re: Please tell me it gets easier

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
    And FWIW, I think that allowing a kid to play with food means that you're still making progress, even if very little/none is actually getting into her tummy. Playing with and tasting food is just as much a part of the learning process as actually eating it is!
    She'll eat mama. I get frustrated too sometimes and then someone comes along to remind me of these things mommal, Eme and Dara said. Keep in mind that mine is pretty much eating fruit pieces only although last night he ate some whole oat toast! Just keep offering her the finger foods so she can practice mashing and chewing. She'll get it.
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    Default Re: Please tell me it gets easier

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*dara View Post
    My son used to gag on stage 3 food. He NEVER ate it. It wasnt that he was chokiing either, but hated the feel of it in his mouth. To this day he is very selective about texture of his food and a very picky eater!
    Oh no! DD already shows signs of liking things HER way...darn geminis, I have no idea where she gets it from (I'm a gemini)

    Do you just give them their little dish w/some food in it for them to play with, experiment, learn and see what they'll do with it? I ask because I'm a clean freak/anal about organization Trust me, I'm working on this... trying to relax, let it go, etc. But I'll grin and bare it for her benefit
    She does love "chewing" on apple wedges that I cut for her. Yesterday she scared me half to death...she started REALLY gagging on a piece/seeming like she was choking (must have gotten stuck in the very back of her tongue or roof of her mouth), but no "chunk" was missing from the wedge... so I picked her up VERY quickly, put her faced her on my arm and patted her back with some force She started crying after that, but dang...and that's with me watching her like a hawk when she chewing on those slices.
    I just wish she'd show SOME interest/curiosity in foods...besides the boobie!
    Last edited by @llli*juliet1; March 6th, 2010 at 11:07 AM.
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