My son is 18months old. I plan to send him away to a childcare within the next 3months and return to work. My concern is that he is yet to learn the habit of chewing. He still takes mashed and pureed food for his meals. He snacks on arrowroot biscuit, butter cookies, cheese blocks and pretty much anything that can be mashed with his tongue and swallowed. He can bite using his front teeth but chewing with molars is not happening. He has 4 molars, and more than 10 teeth in total. During his meals he 'must' play with his toys or watch a children's video, if not he refuses to open his mouth. Also he takes at least 20mins to finish his meal.
He is quiet skinny, wont drink more than 80ml of milk, gets tired within 30mins of play. Otherwise he is quiet an interesting kid. He can kick around a ball, say a couple of words, offers his hands and legs while getting dressed up, understand what we talk and behave accordingly.
I am trying to hook him off the children's video during feeds. And am also showing him how to chew with my mouth. He sits with me while I have my lunch and will give him a few tiny bites off my plate. Sometimes he swallows, sometimes gag and sometimes it ends up in a spew. Hopefully he will learn to chew and swallow within the next couple of months.
Will there be any childcare which would accommodate special attention to his feeding issues ?
Thanks in advance for your time =)