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Question & Answer - Feeding, Eating, & Drinking



How do parents support children in accepting solid foods at 12 or 13 months of age when they are still only taking purees and drinking milk?

Answer from Diane Bahr, MS, CCC-SLP, CIMI, Feeding Specialist

October 2016



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This is a common question in Western societies. And, it may be partially occurring due to labeling on baby foods that may not accurately reflect feeding development. Also, many parents just do not have the information they need regarding typical feeding development. See What Baby Food Jars Don’t Tell You About Introducing Foods.


To my knowledge, there is only one longitudinal study of typical feeding development by Suzanne Evans Morris. The checklists in my book Nobody Ever Told Me (or My Mother) That! Everything from Bottles and Breathing to Healthy Speech Development and in the book Pre-Feeding Skills by Suzanne Evans Morris and Marsha Dunn Klein are based on this study. There are also others working to help parents introduce food tastes and textures in a more appropriate manner (e.g., Melanie Potock and Gill Rapley)....

Read more of this answer on the Emotionally Aware Feeding site.