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DD is 18 months old but she hasn't grasped the concept of taking a small bite chewing and then eating another piece. What can I do to help facilitate this or is she too young?
 

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Well what is she doing exactly? My DS mastered that pretty early but sometimes he likes to eat "hamster style" and stuffs his cheeks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">. Can she eat things like dry cereal bite by bite? What are you doing now, holding the string cheese for her?<br><br>
How about meals? Do you feed her or is she self feeding at all?
 

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My DS has had trouble with this too, but I have found that if I say, "Look, mama's going to take a bite of this cracker" and then melodramatically bite it before I give him one and then ask him to show me if he can take a bite too, it usually works. Now, all I have to say when I'm offering him a larger piece of food is say "remember to bite," with emphasis placed on bite. I have to keep an eye on him though because he we take a bite and then another and another until his mouth is packed full.
 

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Uurgh We're having the same issues. He stuffs it in - and has started the hampster thing lately. I try to model bites, and he acts like he knows what I want. And then he crams another handful in without swallowing.<br><br>
Sorry - no advice.
 

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is this a common problem to have at that age?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well what is she doing exactly? My DS mastered that pretty early but sometimes he likes to eat "hamster style" and stuffs his cheeks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">. Can she eat things like dry cereal bite by bite? What are you doing now, holding the string cheese for her?<br><br>
How about meals? Do you feed her or is she self feeding at all?</div>
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She can eat cereal bites, pieces of sandwhich, etc on her own but if I give her string cheese I break it up for her. I want her to be able to hold it and take piece my piece.<br><br>
She feeds herself with her hands and is mastering the spoon.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My DS has had trouble with this too, but I have found that if I say, "Look, mama's going to take a bite of this cracker" and then melodramatically bite it before I give him one and then ask him to show me if he can take a bite too, it usually works. Now, all I have to say when I'm offering him a larger piece of food is say "remember to bite," with emphasis placed on bite. I have to keep an eye on him though because he we take a bite and then another and another until his mouth is packed full.</div>
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Good advice. Thanks.<br><br>
Asusan, your little one sounds like DD. I cut up her grapes for her and she still manages tostuff it all in. LOL
 

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we haven't done string cheese yet and at her age (16 mths) and development, I don't think she can master breaking that apart yet.<br><br>
As for a cracker, I demonstrated. She has stopped chipmunk stuffing the cracker but will hold onto it for a long time before she nibbles it. I figure she'll figure it out in due time. She's not starving. if she was, she'd stuff it.<br><br>
I did find that it takes a while for my little one to eat something that's not cut into bits. For example, I split a waffle in quarters and give her two quarters. She'll hold onto them and eat it a little at a time. It takes her an average of 45 minutes to finish it.
 

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DD has been handling "whole" food since she started solids...<br><br><br>
but always I offer one large piece and some smaller cut up pieces - at this point she is also using a fork. I find when she starts "shoveling it is, its because she is so hungry she can't wait..... which is where the pieces work, if she sees those - she'll go for the smaller<br><br>
(ie I will give her a whole pancake then cut up 1/2 of one for her.....)<br><br>
she has been eating cheese for awhile now and is good with "bite"-ing (I'll say "bite" if I feel she is being over zealous.)<br><br>
there has only been one time I was *concerned* and that was when she 1st really started solids and she accidentally got a hunk of carrot which was under cooked by mistake <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> she was just learning the "swallowing"<br><br>
We don't do string cheese often but she can handle it no prob when we do (I cut my own cheese sticks from cheddar)<br><br>
some great starters are avacado in sticks, cheese sticks, sweet potato "fries", banana, frozen fruit,....<br><br><br>
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ps she eats the string cheese like it is a stick- she doesn't "pull" it apart that much
 

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My almost 19-mo DS still hasn't fully grasped the concept of taking bites. He was a little slow to start solids anyway but I thought he would have gotten it by now. He can do string cheese, but only when we're in the car. It seems like he naturally eats more leisurely then. I can hand him the whole stick and he'll bite off chunks. But if we're at home, forget it, he bites off too much and gags himself and spits it out, even if I've split it half or something first. He's only just started to chew Cheddar Bunnies rather than swallow them whole too. I do look forward to the day when I can hand him a cracker or an apple slice or a half sandwich. Someday.
 
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