#40: Why Your Baby is Stuck on Purees and How to Move on From Them

Episode art for episode "#40:Why your baby is stuck on purees and how to move on from them". Pictured is a baby sitting in a highchair, eating pureed baby food.

In this episode, I’m tackling a common question I get from parents who are stressed out that, for whatever reason, their baby isn’t able to transition off pureed baby food! Some parents try, but their baby ends up gagging excessively, maybe even vomiting, or just flat out refuses the finger foods but shows no resistance when offered those easy-to-swallow purees! Basically, you end up stuck in this never ending rut of offering finger foods, only for them to be rejected, and leaning on backup purees to make sure your baby doesn’t go hungry. And the cycle repeats again and again – with no end in sight!

If you know exactly what I’m talking about, listen in for the lowdown on why your baby may be stuck in the puree cycle, and get some insider tips from yours truly on how to stop it once and for all (yes, it is possible!). I’ve gone a step further and taken all these tips from the podcast and made them into a blog for all you mama’s who don’t have a spare moment of quiet time to listen to an entire podcast! (http://www.mylittleeater.com/transitiontoblw)

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Additional Resources:

If you’re feeling stuck and want to progress in textures, but just don’t know how, my Baby Led Feeding course will give you the guidance you need to move forward. The updated version of the course is now live and includes an extensive lesson on The Texture Timeline™, where I walk you through exactly how to help your baby progress from purees, all the way up to a variety of textures by 12 months! But, if you want to get started right away, purchase the course now, save some money (there will be a slight price increase once the new version is launched), and still get access to all the new content for FREE! https://mylittleeater.com/baby-led-feeding/

A NEW WAY TO START SOLIDS WITH BABY LED FEEDING: https://mylittleeater.com/babyledfeeding/

THE LOWDOWN ON GAGGING AND CHOKING IN BABIES: https://mylittleeater.com/the-lowdown-on-gagging-and-choking-in-babies/

MY TOP 8 FINGER FOODS FOR STARTING SOLIDS: https://mylittleeater.com/11-my-top-8-foods-for-starting-solids/

Skip To…

Welcome back! (0:51)

Reason #1: Delayed introduction to finger foods (1:39)

Reason #2: Infrequently served finger foods (6:13)

Reason #3: Holding out on finger foods because they get “backup” purees (6:57)

Reason #4: Only exposed to the same, soft finger foods (8:07)

Tip #1: Gradually advancing them in textures (9:13)

Tip #2: Combined meals of finger foods and purees (10:07)

Tip #3: Cold Turkey stopping purees (12:12)


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Registered pediatric dietitian, mom of two and lover of all things related to baby and toddler feeding!


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