Skip to main content

Tuesday Tip for Picky Eaters: Don’t wait too long for lumpy food

This week’s Tuesday Tip for Picky Eaters: Don’t wait too long for lumpy food.
Recently, I have had several conversations with mommies who are waiting to introduce solids until after their baby is one year old. It is true that most babies do not need the nutrients from solid foods before they turn one. Learning to eat, however, is about more than just nutrition. Sharing a meal together is a cultural and social experience, as well as an important developmental milestone. Research also shows that waiting too long to start solids can have unintended consequences, including increasing the likelihood that baby will become a picky eater.
Henry chews on an apple.
It turns out that learning to chew is a critical step between six and nine months of age, regardless of whether your little one has teeth. Babies who are introduced to lumpy foods (foods that require chewing) during this stage develop into less picky eaters later. Whether you choose chunky purees or finger foods, babies need to learn how to move food around in their mouth and how to chew.

A 2001 study found that when babies were introduced to lumpy foods at 10 months of age or later, they were more likely to be difficult to feed at 15 months of age. These toddlers also ate a more limited diet and developed stronger likes and dislikes for food.

A follow-up study in 2008 revealed that the finicky toddlers were more likely to grow into finicky 7-year olds. They had significantly more feeding problems and ate a less varied diet. In addition, these 7-year olds were less likely to eat fruits and vegetables than the 7-year olds who had been introduced to lumpy foods before they reached 10 months.
Henry munches on mushroom and cucumber.
It can be scary when your little one’s gag reflex jumps into action. Yet, letting your baby learn how to chew before they reach 10 months of age is one step you can take to help prevent a prevent eater.


  1. Holly, I made this really delicious acorn squash dinner a few nights ago and ever since I've been following your blog I am always thinking about what Nolen will like when we introduce solids. Has Henry tried squash? Is it an appropriate food/texture to introduce with BLW? Thanks!

    1. Yes, squash is a great food for BLW and a delicious winter comfort food. I made roasted acorn squash last week tossed with a bit of olive oil, black pepper and curry powder. Henry was a big fan. Yum!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Trying out travel placemats

Eating out with Henry can be a messy business, so I'm always on the lookout for ways to make it a little less so. Recently, we tried out two different types of placements designed for kids. Since Henry is still practicing how to eat from a bowl or plate, a placemat helps to make clean-up easier. Also, sometimes Henry wants to chew on the edge of the table, so a placemat helps protect the table from his sharp teeth.

The first product we tried was the TinyDiner Placemat. This item receives rave reviews from other baby-led weaning families so I thought we should give it a try. This placemat has suction cups along the sides to help it stay on the table and a catch tray along the front edge to collect dropped items. When baby is done eating, it rolls up and can be tucked in the pocket of diaper bag. It is reusable and dishwasher safe.
The first couple of times we used the TinyDiner, Henry was distracted by the catch-tray. As you can see in the photo below, he spent a good portion of our …

Ready for Kindergarten

It's back to school season and Henry starts kindergarten on Monday!
It should be an easy transition for him since Henry will be in the same classroom with the same teacher as his preschool year. For the past three weeks, he has been lamenting that school is better than summer break and he wants to see all his friends again. His goal for the year is to learn to read so he can devour Pokemon cards and comic books. I love that he is excited to be back at school. 

The format and frequency of this blog will be changing this year. Henry has asked that I not take daily photos of his lunches. He says that he would still like to share pictures of his favorite lunches on occasion. I also plan to write a few product reviews of lunchboxes and water bottles. 

Our family is in the process of moving to a new house this month as well, so my focus is on getting us settled into the new space. As a result, I won't be writing much on the blog in September but hope to post at least once per month sta…