14 month still not eating solids

(15 Posts)
BusyLizzie99 Fri 19-Jul-13 12:36:41

My 14 month old wasn't interested in BLW, she wouldn't eat puréed food either at 6 months. She's ebf so I wasn't too concerned. However, she's now 14 months and still not interested. Literally the only thing she will eat is yoghurt. She drops/throws food if given it to hold. She seems to dislike warm food and really gags at even the smallest of lumps. She opens her mouth for the spoon to try new things (thinking they're yoghurt) but when she realises it isn't yoghurt she refuses it. She feeds 4 times per day roughly, so not loads. Her weight is fine and she has loads of energy but I feel neglectful for only feeding her yogurts! Should I see her HV? Any advice/similar experiences?

CheungFun Fri 19-Jul-13 18:17:51

I would probably make a visit to the HV just to check, I suspect they will advise you to cut out one or two of the milk feeds in the day, so that your DD will feel more hungry and try more food?

BusyLizzie99 Fri 19-Jul-13 23:32:09

I've tried that - she's been having more water than milk because of the heat but still won't try any other food. Hv is quite old fashioned and was shocked I was still feeding at 8 month check so not sure she'll be much help.

TheProsAndConsOfHitchhiking Fri 19-Jul-13 23:34:35

It sounds to me she will be very much of help. Your baby really should be on solids by now. Please call hv for some advice.

TheProsAndConsOfHitchhiking Fri 19-Jul-13 23:37:12

Your dd is not getting enough nutrients with more water than milk and no solids at 14 months.

BusyLizzie99 Fri 19-Jul-13 23:45:35

I tried cutting milk feeds for a couple of days to see if it increased her willingness to try food - it didn't so she's back on 4 milk feeds plus at least 3 yoghurts per day but have no idea how to get her to try new foods

mawbroon Fri 19-Jul-13 23:49:41

Could she be tongue tied? Having trouble with solids is something that some tied kids have because they don't have the full range of movement in the tongue to manipulate the food around the mouth.

Did she breastfeed easily or did you have problems?

NotHerAgain Fri 19-Jul-13 23:53:09

Does she sit with you at mealtimes? Have you tried the 'just-don't-offer-anything-AT ALL-unless-she-reaches-out-for-it-or-grabs-it-herself' approach?
My own very independent (contrary?) & also ebf toddler, was always much more likely to try food that was being served to others, or just left lying there, rather than specifically made for her...Letting her ask for it instead of offering?

BusyLizzie99 Fri 19-Jul-13 23:53:35

She breastfed easily. Don't know anything about tongue tie but will look into it, thank you.

BusyLizzie99 Fri 19-Jul-13 23:56:13

She will rarely sit with us since starting to walk. Occasionally she sits on my lap and takes food off my plate but all she does with it is squash and drop it. She watches me eat and smacks her lips but when she touches food or tastes anything other than yoghurt she just looks disgusted.

mawbroon Fri 19-Jul-13 23:57:25

Have a look at this

There are tongue ties which look completely normal to the untrained eye. Much of the stuff online talks about heart shaped tongues which is only one type of tie.

DS1 had a posterior tie which meant the back of his tongue was unable to lift. Although he didn't gag on solids, he wasn't able to chew them properly as a baby and I often found undigested whole food, eg peas in his nappy.

BillyGoatintheBuff Fri 19-Jul-13 23:58:44

You could stop the yogurts, and only offering other things so that she learns not to always expect yogurts. Or alternatively I'd be mixing purees into the yogurts to give different flavours. And I'd switch to one of those yogurts that doesn't taste really really sweet.

BusyLizzie99 Sat 20-Jul-13 00:05:02

I tried stopping them Billy and she started spoon refusing altogether. Any fruit puree mixed in she rejects because of the change in texture. It's only natural yoghurt that she has.

ByHecuba Sat 20-Jul-13 00:05:07

Are you using vitamin drops? If you speak to HV they might advise one containing iron, as that's what she will be most in need of.

If she likes yoghurt, would she eat a creamy baby porridge with added iron? If you make it up with breast milk to start and serve it tepid?
Maybe mix a fruit pot (no added sugar) or pureed fruit into her yoghurt, so she is getting some fruit.

My 14moDD is not a great eater but if I keep offering the same things, usually she will eat bits of things. She really loves things like avocados, nut butters and houmous on wholemeal toast and chicken cooked in the slow cooker so it's really soft.They're all quite bland but nutritious and high in calories, which is what we want atm.

I am still bfing and she is definitely more receptive to food when she hasn't had milk for a couple of hours, although it is hard to get the balance right, because you don't want her to be too hungry.

If your DD expects yoghurt on the spoon, could you pop tiny pieces of the new food in her mouth for her to try?

DD currently likes to 'feed' me then take a bite herself, so she ends up eating more when we play this game(sneaky)

It is so worrying when they won't eat. Hope she gets a taste for more things soon.

ByHecuba Sat 20-Jul-13 00:07:01

sorry OP crossposted about the puree. You can get some really smooth ones.. the Organix ones are completely lump free?

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