My 7 month old baby doesn't like eating pureed food. Or anything soft/silky/smooth. He doesn't like banana. He also doesn't like that flaky baby cereal.
He likes eating pieces of fruit (very small ones) 1/8 of an inch in diameter or so. He likes the pulp from a steamed pumpkin, but only if it's a tiny bit gritty. He liked the steamed tops of broccoli (small pieces, but whole) He likes whole grains of rice. We had some cold rice the other day with our meal - You know how it gets kind of chewy/rubbery and sticks together? He couldn't get enough of it...
I don't mind feeding him that way, as it saves me effort (can just give him some of what ever veggie/rice/fruit I'm eating). I bite it a few times w/ my front teeth to make smaller pieces. Maybe he gets that tendency from me because I've always enjoyed foods with a lot of texture to them. *He also won't eat off a soft baby spoon. He likes big metal spoons, or my finger.
I'm just wondering if there are any negative side effects I should be worrying about. I don't give him anything large enough to block his air or stick in his throat even if he swallowed it whole. He seems to mash it up with his tongue fairly well (usually), though sometimes I see recognizable pieces of things in his diaper (less and less often, but still). Is that bad for him?
Could this pose a nutritional problem of some kind?
I just worry because everyone else seems to be feeding their baby very watery, smooth, pasty stuff. Every jar of baby food for a 6-7mo old is ultra strained so it's almost like water. He won't open his mouth for it, and if I can trick him into it, he spits it all back out.