Hi, my little boy is 9 mo's old. He is struggling with solids.
He won't chew but likes chunky, 'soupy' textured food. The problem is he swallows it straight, chunks and all without chewing. Sometimes the chunks don't go down immediatly so they rest on the back of his tongue causing him to gag. Sometimes this causes him to bring up most of his meal, but not always. Usually after this happens, he's a bit shaken and won't eat another bite.
He has never liked putting things in his mouth, even his toys. During meals I leave tiny pea-sized bits of bread and soft veggies out to get him interested in self-feeding. He'll pick these up and play with them and won't eat them himself but he'll happily eat them if I hold them in front of his mouth. But sometimes these pieces will also make him gag and throw up his meal.
I know you're not meant to compare your baby to other babies, but I can't help but notice that all the other babies in our group hold entire bits of bread and chew them with their gums and swallow no worries! My little man gags on a pea-sized piece.
Am I making his food too chunky? Should he be self-feeding by now? I am not wanting to force anything on him, just looking for some advice and maybe reassurance that he's normal! I give him a mix of homemade food and jarred babyfood, and I always make sure what I buy is for his age. Thanks for any suggestions and help.