Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Concerned | 2009/06/14


1 year old not eating well

Hi there,

My daughter is 13 months old. I' m struggling to get her to eat finger foods. It' s almost as if she doesn' t want to even touch the. Also, she is still eating Purity for 10 month old babies. Any food with a lumpier texture gets spit out. I really don' t know what to do. Should I take her to an occupational therapist? You advice would be appreciated.

Expert's Reply



This is extremely common and your baby daughter is still not ready to eat coarse textured foods. Give her a chance and in the meantime continue to only feed her well mashed/pureed soft foods. Don't try to force her to eat anything she does not want. After a while you can try to introduce only one food with more texture at a time but let her go at her own pace with these new foods.

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Posted by: Purple | 2009/06/15

At this age babies are not growing as fast as they did during the first year, so they don' t need as many kilojoules from their food, so even babies who have always eaten well suddenly make their paretns worry that they are turning into fussy eaters.

It' s quite normal and you will notice that as she gets older she will go through hungry and not so hungry phases. So long as youdon' t fuss about it and keep on feedindg her healthy foods, she will get what she needs to grow and develop well.

Some babies take longer to take to textured food, particularly if you have given food as smooth as purity. If you mostly make your own food, which is somewhat rougher than purity, then by about a year children are eating chopped up pieces of adult food rather than puree, but if youhave always fed purity, then she will not yet be ready for something more textured than third foods. Introduce finger foods and once she is happy with those, start making your own foods and youwon' t be able to blend them quite as smooth as the purity adn she will slowly get used to more texture.

Everyone ends up eating food - you don' t find 6 year olds stilleating purity, so don' t worry about it, it will happen naturally withtime.

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