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8mo food texture issues?

My daughter is just about 8mo and while she’s actually quite developed motor skills wise— will actually pick up small things (pincer grasp) and will pick up a spoon from her bowl and self feed puréed foods (still messy, but impressive!) she won’t eat a THING with any sort of texture, really. We’ve introduced some “stage 3” purée foods and she gags. I’ve tried cutting up her fav foods (pears, squash, even wheat pasta) very small & soft and she just gags and spits out everything. Should I be concerned that at this point she’ll really only consume smoother puréed food? Thoughts on things to improve this?

  • Stephanie
    Dec 15

    What about one of those textured spoons or a teether with different textures on it to get her mouth used to different feelings.

  • Sarah
    Dec 15

    She is actually currently using the textured spoon and loves it— she self feeds with it/chews on it. She also enjoys a variety of gummy/plastic teethers.

  • Tara
    Dec 15

    Following! My LO who is 9 mo does the same. He will gag and even spit up if he gets the purees with chunks. I read it's a sensitive gag reflex. The article suggested giving finger foods and allow them to feed themselves. It's working so far. He still gags on occasion but he loves feeding himself.

  • Kerry
    Dec 15

    Agree with tara my son used to gag all the time and puke. I kept giving thicker purees and finger foods and now @10 months he gags rarely and eats alot of finger/table foods. Keep giving it with other foods and slowly they get used tot he thicker texture and chewing. The gag reflex stops then chocking and they do learn how far back the food can go before they go of its to big or to thick.

  • Tara
    Dec 15

    My daughter used to gag all the time up until she was one or so, then that just died down. She now only likes dry and crunchy things, refusing stews/ soups etc. My son hasn’t had that issue, so it’s just some babies who struggle...