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my dd is almost 10 months old.<br>
she had been fully breastfed until about 9 months. then she got her first tooth and one evening seemed to show interest in our food (which didn't happen before). so I gave her some avocado. she hated it. hardly swallowed anything. but for a first experience I thought it was OK.<br>
we have tried butternut squash, carrots, apples and rice cereal since then and she hated everything. she wanted the apples, begged us for them, but cringed when she tried. other stuff - she didn't want at all. she didn't swallow a thing. just held it in her mouth, cringing, and spit it out completely. she knows how to drink my milk from a spoon, so she understands that. but trying solids had been a disaster so far.<br>
I keep thinking that as long as I just keep offering she will eventually like something, yet I think I am becoming at least somewhat concerned that she is not liking anything so far and aside from begging for apples and avocado once, she seems to show no interest in our food.<br>
Not that I mind breastfeeding, but I do feel that a child needs other sources of nutrition in addition to breast milk after a year. and if things will keep going the same, then what?<br>
should I be concerned?
 

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At this age, solid food is still mostly about experimentation. It's not unusual for a baby to not like much of anything at 10mo, and then at 11 or 12 months it's a whole new ballgame. Just keep offering her food. She's probably more likely to be intereted if you let her feed herself. Playing with the food, squishing it, experiencing the texture, it's all part of learning what foods all about.
 

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She'll eat when she needs to eat. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> Been there, done that. Step back and don't get worked up about it. Offer her lots of different foods. Offer her what you're eating. She will eat what she needs when she's ready.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
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My son is a month older than your baby and is just starting to show some interest. He will eat a few little pieces of bread, a couple cheerios, a slice of banana...very tiny amounts. He's just experimenting at this stage. He did the same thing you described - he cringed when he got food in his mouth. He got over that after awhile. Just keep offering. Sometimes it takes them some time to get used to something and start to like it, for instance, some fruits can be a bit tart which can be a bit of a shock. One thing we did was give ds a whole, peeled apple. He has 3 teeth, so he can only scrape a tiny bit off, but he loves to suck and chew on it. Needless to say, you must supervise this closely!<br>
We just give him bites of whatever we are eating and it may only add up to a teaspoon of food or less per meal, but that's fine.
 

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as far as playing with food - what about choking? if she doesn't understand yet what to do with it, can she choke? even if I give her small pieces fo soft stuff (like somebody said a very ripe pear), how potentially dangerous is it? I have given her a slice of apple to "chew on" with her 1 tooth, but was afraid she was gonna choke. am I trying to be unreasonably careful?
 

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I don't even bother with "baby food" I give DS stuff that he can pick up and eat on his own like cheerios, peas, pieces of fruit etc.
 

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Yeah, relax a little <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> Honestly she should be fine. I mean, don't give her whole grapes or anything, but resonable peices are fine. My dd would never have anything to do with anything at all like baby food, she went right to the real stuff.<br><br>
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DD mostly played with food until sometime after she was a year old. She loved to have finger foods like cheerios and broccili on her tray from the time she was 8 months old, but she rarely ate it, and she would never let me feed her on a spoon or any other way. I actually got so concerned that I asked a dietitian about it and she told me just to keep offering and letting her play with the food and she'd eat when she was ready and it turns out that she was right. As long as she stays in her growth curve it should be fine.
 

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You don't need to worry. Just give her small pieces of soft stuff-- cut up cooked carrots, peas, cheerios, etc.
 

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My son doesn't like anything besides breastmilk either...<br><br><br><br>
...can't blame him though-- <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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