My son will be 12 months on 8/12. He is breastfed and eats purees. It took him a while to get the hang of eating purees but now he does very well on them. A mashed banana with otameal cereal for breakfast, fage and spinach/green bean puree for dinner, and cereal and fruit again, or EB's jars for dinner. It took him a while to eat purees..probably started really doing well around 8 months. He also was nursing 4-6 times a day. Now he nurses morning and bed with sippy/bottles of milk during the day. I started around 7 months with cherrios and he didnt take to them right away, just threw them on the floor. Now he is eating cherrios and crackers, etc, but won't eat food food if you know what I mean. I've tried everything - peas, carrots, nitrate free deli meats, banana, grilled cheese (and mine is fantastic by the way), toast, pancakes, etc, etc...EVERYTHING....I try to make everything as healthy and unprocessed as possible. I've even given in and let him have cake and ice cream..which he still didnt eat. He puts the food in his mouth then spits it out. Again, he will eat the crackers (and like them with hummus), and goldfish - which I hate to give him but thought it would get him started on eating food but hasnt worked.
At one point - over the course of a week or two, I think I was so stressed out with trying to get him to eat finger foods that he sensed that and now gets upset getting in his high chair and won't really eat the finger foods. Lately we listen to musi and try to have fun while eating - this has helped a bit but he just isnt interested in anything other than purees or yogurt unless its a cracker. He knows how to chew - he breaks off bits of crackers.....I just dont think he likes the texture. He is also now starting to grab for the spoon and bowl..which I let him do bewcause I want him to have fun eating. I give him his own spoon.
On the recommendation of daycare, I tried just giving him finger foods in an attempt to get him to eat them (thought behind it was that he knew the purees would be served so why bother with the finger foods.)....this backfired. He ate very little, then picked up his nursing pace, day and night and was miserable for days. So, I went back to purees. I would rather have him get great nurtition via purees then force him into eating finger foods and compromising his nutrition.
But now I am concerned that he is not going to eat finger foods. I've tried everything even junk (which I dont want him to have and/or develop a taste for since we already have issues) and nothing works. He will be going to a transitional toddler room in the fall where their meals are based more on finger foods. While I am able to pack my own foods for him there will be less focus on spooning purees for him and more focus on self feeding etc. I have expressed my concerns and daycare is going to work with me. My new strategy is to do the purees/cereal at breakfast and lunch, and replace lunch with finger foods. that way he has a wholesome breakfast, milk and snacks then dinner..so maybe he will "get it". Then I can work on another meal once lunch is sucessful.
I have put a call into my pedicatrician but I would love to get another point of view on this....anyone else struggle with this? I really do not want to compromise nutrition because he is supposed to be doing certain things by now (btw, he rolled over and back at 8 weeks, crawling at 5 months and walking at 10 months so he is advanced in other areas)....