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I posted a concern a couple of months ago about having trouble feeding my now 14 month old table food. A quick rundown - he was eating almost anything in the way of table food at 11 months. Then, we got a nasty stomach virus. After that, he really wouldn't eat anything that wasn't completely pureed, and even then he would bat things out of our hands. Now, I can get him to feed himself "crackers" which is his term for pretty much anything he can feed himself, but he is still extremely picky. Yesterday, I gave him some peas, thinking maybe he would pick them up and feed them to himself. He got a bigger kick out of dropping them on the floor for the dog, or feeding them to ME! I have to admit it was kind of cute and funny - but at the same time frustrating. I then pureed the rest of the peas, and he ate them as if they were the best thing he had ever tasted.<br><br>
The advice I had been given about increasing my nursing (still nursing 2x a day) was great, but he doesn't really seem interested in nursing more. In fact, he seems to want to drop the early morning nursing lately which would make it 1x a day.<br><br>
So, I need help figuring out how to get my toddler to eat a balanced meal without a fight. I'm afraid he's going to be eating babyfood and purees until he is 10!
 

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He'll stop eating purees at least by kindergarten. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
If he's just getting over being sick, I don't blame him for being wary. Kids regress ALL the time, all their lives really, when there is any kind of trauma or even seemingly minor trouble spots. Totally normal. I would just feed him whatever he will eat, whatever he's comfortable with, and follow his lead. He'll make a comeback.<br><br>
Glad he's feeling better.
 

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Personally I would stop spoonfeeding purees.<br><br>
Offer to nurse very often. That's not enough nursing for that age.<br><br>
Make sure he's getting no other milk or sucking (bottles, pacifiers, sippy cups)<br><br>
-Angela
 

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My second son was very sensitive to food textures, still is. I offered him some purees until almost 2 years old, then he grew out of it. I'd rather offer a bowl of pureed greens once a day and have him eat it. He was still nursing and offered lots of other foods including whole greens, it just took him longer to grow to like them that way.<br>
You can certainly offer some water in a sippy cup. As for sucking, if you remove the limitor/plug from the sippy then it just pours out slowly instead...none of my kids would suck from a sippy, it had to pour out.
 

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Very encouraging. Thank you. He is eating a little of both now. It seems like he tries something new every day. I guess I just need to be patient.
 

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Thank you! That has been my feeling lately - that I need to stop worrying so much and let him lead the way. Children know more about what they need than we give them credit for.
 
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