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ds will be 10 months old next week, and he's still pretty much exclusively bf'd. dh and i have tried giving him little bits of food from our plates on a few occasions during the past month or two, just to see if he's starting to take an interest in food (and, in part, to get certain family members off our backs about starting solids...i think my 93 yo gma thinks we're starving him or something <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">). anyhoo, he seems interested, but when he gets food in his mouth, he makes a nasty face and works it around his mouth, but eventually starts gagging like he can't figure out how to swallow it. then he keeps trying to put said food in his mouth. i guess my question is: does this behavior mean he's <i>not</i> ready for solids yet, or does it mean he <i>is</i> ready but just needs more practice? mil thinks that we should try rice cereal or applesauce, but dh & i weren't really planning to do the whole pureed baby food/spoon feeding thing (mil has been hopping to be able to feed ds something for like 5 months...has even stuck food in his mouth after i've specifically asked her not to <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. i'm not really in any hurry to start solids, but i'm ready if he is, kwim?<br><br>
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my DS is also 10 months and has showed an interest in food for a looong time. He tends to make a face with his first bite of whatever I am feeding him but he keeps wanting more. I think the first couple of bites he's still so shocked about having this food in his mouth. I don't know. But he digs it!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">:
 

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Hey there,<br><br>
My little guy is just now started to get a hang of the whole solids thing - but he started off w/ a really strong gag reflex. I would give him something and he would "chew" it alittle bit, but would gag on it anyway - that gag face is the scariest thing ever! Even though I knew he couldn't really choke on whatever I gave him b/c I made sure everything was really small, its still the scariest thing. But slowly he has learned that he can swallow it once its chewed and he's getting better w/ practice. If he seems interested then you can probably continue to give him little bites and see how it goes. W/ DS it actually helped if I started off placing the little piece of food in the side of his mouth and then start chewing myself and showing him what he needed to do - he copied my mouth and has slowly been figuring it out since. Good luck!
 

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Try something thing that will disintigrate in his mouth like an arrowroot cookie. Maybe he will swallow it a bit better.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">...He tends to make a face with his first bite of whatever I am feeding him but he keeps wanting more. I think the first couple of bites he's still so shocked about having this food in his mouth. I don't know. But he digs it!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Eat">:</div>
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Yup! Same here!
 

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I think they just need a little more practice. That gag reflex is strong at first. My LO will be 1 in 2 weeks and is just starting to get the hang of swallowing bits of food without gagging.
 

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I would give him a chance to learn what to do with stuff that gets to the back of his throat before deciding he's not ready for solids. Just like some kids who need to try for months and cruise the furniture and hold people's hands before they figure out walking, some need to be taught how to swallow, then how to chew before they can do it all.<br><br>
I tried to start my youngest on fork mashed food and he couldn't do it. After two weeks of puree he could do fork mashed, after four weeks he can handle pieces of food, and cries with fustration because he can't get them into his own mouth. (then giggles when you put them in there for him).<br><br>
I would try some mushed up something
 
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