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Food wise! Emmy can't have any grains until she's 1- 1 1/2 years old because of a family history of allergies. So our food sources are somewhat limited but she's been getting fruit and veggie purées; once or twice a day.
My main issue is that I have no idea how to transition from purées to "pieces" of stuff. I try some BLW but she never eats any of it! I've tried banana, avocado, steamed and fresh apple.. Everything just gets smushed. She gummed a fresh apple slice one time, managed to get a chunk off and choked on it! It was terrifying. Yesterday, I held a wedge of watermelon and let her gum it; same thing! She gummed off a small piece and choked. So now I'm nervous and just don't know. Is she not ready for chunks?
I see some of our babies, like Jett, and they are doing so great! Chunks of pancakes etc. we are SO far from that! And I feel stuck.
I read black beans and chickpea halves are good BLW foods but I'm terrified to give them to her. Any advice for a super paranoid mama??
What about using a food masher like this: Amazon.com: OXO Tot Baby Food Masher, Green: Baby I use that, and it makes food chunkier than purees, but there are no big chunks that they can choke on. We use it on things like sweet potatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, pumpkin, eqqplant, beans/chickpeas, etc. Or how about eggs or fish ( I can't remember if you eat fish and eggs or not)? Really flaky white fish like swai or tilapia doesn't have much texture at all.
And like Kristen said...if she's not enjoying the chunkier things, that's okay! It's all for fun at this age, and one of these days she'll decide she likes it.
I have also found that sometimes taking a break for a few days and then coming back to solids can really help.
You are doing a great job, Nina...try not to stress!
Melissa & DH
IVF babies Claire (3), Abigail (1) and George (1)
Black beans are really easy for Jonah to eat. I was really scared at first also. He would gag so much. The first food that he did really well with was steamed broccoli. I steamed it until it just mushed up when he touched it. Some made it into his mouth but most of it didn't!! He enjoyed feeling it and exploring it more than anything.
Nina, don't stress about it. It eventually happens. Luyando eats but right now she will rather stick to the same thing breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals. I have tried to introduce other meals but she will not have it. She also is not interested in all the snacks I bought for her - cheerios, rusk, etc. I know she'll eventually get over herself and eat other things. I am sure Emmelyn too will.
Jamison is not interested in solids. At our 9 month pedi appt. she encouraged me to sit him down each time that we were eating, and to put 2-3 items on his tray each time. To think of it as his sensory table. An empty sippy cup, a spoon, foods he can touch with his fingers. She said there are three steps to the whole learning to eat process:
1. touching/exploring with fingers
2. bringing to the mouth, usually spitting back out
The gagging totally stresses my DH out, but it is a necessary part of the process. You will know if you are watching closely whether she needs help or is going to self-recover. The beans would be a great thing to try... I plan to do those soon with Jamison. You could also try tiny pieces of egg, either scrambled or hard boiled, a whole banana (Jamison gummed this successfully), steamed baby carrots, cooked peas, etc.
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Thanks ladies!!! As always, you're so helpful.
Kristen, we do eat egg but no fish... Nothing with a face, like dh says.
I gave her a tiny bit of soft boiled egg 2 days ago. I heard you should start slow because it's so rich. Hard boiling it is a great idea! She can pick that up. We're about to go to story time but i'll try that after we get back.
I actually Gave her half of a banana to hold and gum this am and she is always able to gum off big pieces. I panicked and swiped it out of her mouth because I know she would have choked on it! Lol. Is it too ripe??
I do have that mesh feeder; I forget to use it a lot! Lol. I will try some chickpeas in it, I bet that would work. Thank you all for the suggestions and encouragement!!
Nina, I have a bunch of food allergies, and his ped told me to introduce everything I'm allergic too anyways and just closely monitor for reactions. He said it's the proneness to food allergies that can get passed down, not the specific allergies. Like I'm allergic to coconut but not eggs. He could be fine with coconut but not eggs, but it would still be my genetics that caused him to have issues. Does that make sense? Fortunately, we haven't had issues with anything yet, so I'm hoping he didn't get my proneness to food allergies. So what I'm telling you is if you're comfortable, you could go ahead and introduce some grains.
Oh, and something I've found with the mesh feeder- put frozen breastmilk cubes in it. Caleb LOVES this (and it's a great teething remedy) and it gives him the opportunity to self feed a bit.