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Food Stuffing, Pocketing & What to do When Baby Has Too Much Food in Their Mouth

You sit down to a meal with your baby and lovingly place a picture-perfect plate on the table with two or three different types of foods, camera ready. Next thing you know you’re tossing the camera; your heart has stopped, and you’re prepared for some hands-on support because your baby has filled their mouth to the brim with too much food. You’re sure they’ll choke.

Or maybe you are getting your baby ready for a bath and you notice your baby still has food in their mouth…from the dinner, which was 45 minutes ago. 

If this sounds at all familiar, you are not alone! When babies keep the food in their cheeks or put too much in to begin with it’s called food pocketing, food packing, over-stuffing, or shoving. So why do babies do it and what can you do about it?

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What is over-stuffing?

Over-stuffing is just like it sounds — your baby or child puts too much food in their mouth and it interferes with their ability to successfully chew and swallow.

What is food pocketing?

Pocketing food or food packing is when your child holds food in their mouth for an extended amount of time without swallowing. Usually babies and children pocket food in one of a few places: 

  • Inside either cheek
  • In the very front of their mouth
  • Against the roof of their mouth

Why do babies and toddlers shove too much food in their mouths?

Babies overstuff their mouth for a variety of reasons:

  • They are still learning how much food is too much.
  • They enjoy playing and tasting the foods.
  • They just don’t know how to take it slow…yet. 

Food stuffing is common in infancy and even in toddlerhood. Our feeding specialists report seeing lots of over-stuffing in baby-led weaning infants from 6-12 months, while non-baby-led weaning babies tend to over-stuff from 9-18 months. 

Food stuffing seems to be a phase most babies go through and there’s good reason for it! Your baby is learning where everything is inside their mouth. Since they can’t look at the inside of their mouth, they rely on touch sensation and feedback from the muscles in the tongue, jaw, and cheeks. This helps create what’s known as a “map” of the mouth. 

Imagine you are chewing a bite of omelet and suddenly crunch into a small bit of eggshell. A number of things happen at that moment.

  1. You pause and immediately “picture” where that eggshell is located in your mouth.
  2. You sift around the food in your mouth until you isolate the tiny eggshell. 
  3. You scoop it up and move it back to the front of your mouth with your tongue. 
  4. You spit it out.
  5. You proceed to finish chewing and swallowing the bite of omelet in your mouth. 

This level of sensory awareness within your mouth takes years to hone and is incredibly important to safely chew and swallow all textures of food.

So, how does your baby build a map of the mouth? Biting down against a piece of food which touches multiple points in your baby’s mouth at once (i. e., the tongue, gums, roof of the mouth and the lips) helps your baby relate each of these areas to one another. In fact, the bigger, firmer, and more flavorful the piece of food, the more input it gives your baby. So, when your baby stuffs too much food in their mouth, they tend to get a really clear “picture” of what’s going on inside their mouth. Yes, it can be scary and risky, but it has a purpose!

Julian, 10 months, stuffs a kiwi into his mouth.

What should I do when my baby puts too much food in their mouth?

There are two elements to consider when baby stuffs their mouth with too much food: helping in the moment and helping long-term. 

How to address over-stuffing in the moment: 

  1. Stay calm. Take a deep breath and be patient. You don’t want to scare your baby and, while it may feel like an emergency, it is not. 
  2. Talk to your baby. Calmly tell them, “That’s a little too much in your mouth, let’s spit some out. ” 
  3. Coach to spit. Encourage your baby to spit out the food. In an exaggerated manner, spit out a small bit of your own food with your tongue, and hold your hand in front of your baby’s mouth, ready to catch their food.
  4. Clear the food from the tray. Make sure your baby does not continue to put more food in their mouth.
  5. Use gravity if needed. Lean your baby forward gently so gravity can help them spit out the food. If your baby pushes back against you, kneel down in front of them to encourage looking down, which again allows gravity to help them spit out the food. 
  6. Do not finger sweep or try to remove the food. Let your baby work it out. If over-stuffing turns to pocketing (where your baby isn’t moving the food around at all and instead storing it in their mouth somewhere) use the strategies described below to get that food out of their mouth before leaving the table.
Julian, 10 months, shoves a whole kiwi half into his mouth.

How to address over-stuffing long-term:

With all things feeding, you want to keep the long game in mind. The long-term goal is to raise an independent, healthy, happy, confident eater.

  • Eat with your baby. Babies love to watch and learn. Help them quickly get past the over-stuffing phase by sitting down and eating together. They will watch and learn from you! 
  • Talk to your baby. Every time you see your baby starting to over-stuff, tell them: “That looks like a lot of food in your mouth. Finish that bite first.” Or: “Slow down, you have too much in your mouth.”
  • Let them investigate. Once your baby spits out the wad of food, don’t take it away! It may seem gross, but looking at it, touching it, and even allowing your baby to pick it back up and try again can be extremely valuable learning. You can point to the mass of food and say: “See, that was too much. Take a smaller bite.”
  • Go big! Around 9-12 months old, your baby is likely chewing better and knows how to spit out food, if needed. Start coaching them to take bites off larger pieces of foods. Babies around 9-12 months old love to pick up small pieces of food and practice their pincer grasp but dicing foods into small pieces at every meal for 9-24-month-old babies denies them the chance to practice the important skill of taking a small bite from a large piece. As always, show them how it’s done. If your baby needs support, hold softer foods at the front of their mouth for front teeth to bite through, or teach them to use their molars with more resistive foods, like meat, where they will learn to bite, hold, and pull. 

It can be tempting to try to prevent over-stuffing by only putting one bite at a time on your baby’s tray. However, we don’t recommend this since there are some benefits to over-stuffing and it’s not a long-term solution. Regardless, your baby will likely go through a phase of over-stuffing once you stop limiting the amount of food on the tray. 

Why do babies and toddlers pocket food in their cheeks or mouth?

There are a few reasons why a baby or toddler might pocket food or hold food in their mouth without swallowing. The most common reason is simply lacking the sensory awareness and/or tongue coordination to fully chew and swallow certain foods. Instead, they chew or suck on the food, and pocket it. 

Some babies may accidentally pocket food, or the food moves to a place in the mouth where the baby can’t quite get it back out. Other babies are purposeful in their pocketing — holding the food in the same spot every time because they don’t feel confident about safely swallowing. 

Just like over-stuffing, food pocketing is often totally normal in 6-12-month-old babies as they map and learn the boundaries and spaces of their mouth. Pocketing should happen less as your baby builds the “map” of their mouth and develops the tongue coordination and jaw strength to successfully chew and swallow foods. It’s very possible to see pocketing beyond 12 months, particularly with challenging-to-chew textures.

Is food pocketing dangerous?

Well, sort of. Any time food is held in the mouth for an extended period of time or the mouth is so full of food that it can’t be fully chewed, there is increased risk of choking. 

Over-stuffing the mouth may look more dangerous and scarier to a parent because you can see it. Pocketing can seem less dangerous possibly because it’s not as obvious and easy to miss. However, food pocketing may be more concerning than over-stuffing. The longer the food sits in your baby’s mouth, the more likely your baby or child will have moved on to something else, potentially unsupervised and forget all about the food, which is a serious choking risk. Pocketing also carries a significant risk for tooth decay and cavities as food sits for an extended period of time against your child’s teeth.

What should I do if my baby or child pockets food?

If your baby or toddler is frequently pocketing food and storing it in their cheeks like a chipmunk, you will need to address this in the moment to get the food out of their mouth and help them break the habit over time.  

How to address food pocketing in the moment:  

  1. Watch your baby closely. If, after a minute or so of chewing, they have not swallowed, remind your baby to swallow the food. You can show “swallow” by swallowing a bit of your own food (or drink) while running your hand from your lips, along your throat, and down to your stomach. 
  2. Coach your baby. If demonstrating swallowing doesn’t work, tell your baby, “You can spit that out,” and show how it’s done in an exaggerated manner. Spit out a small bit of food with your tongue while holding your hand in front of your baby’s mouth to catch the food. 
  3. Offer a drink. If coaching doesn’t work, offer a small sip of water, breastmilk, or formula to drink. You are trying to help wash down the food and clear the mouth. Ideally, offer an open cup rather than a straw cup. An open cup allows liquid to enter your child’s mouth right at the front to clear all areas. When we sip from a straw, the liquid enters the mouth further back and may miss the food if it’s sitting towards the front of the mouth.[1]
  4. Carefully remove the food. As a last resort, if the above steps do not work, you will need to help your baby get the food out of their mouth. This should be done with extreme care, as any time you put your fingers or an object in your baby’s mouth you increase the risk of pushing that food back into their throat, which is a significant choking risk. However, leaving food to sit in your baby’s mouth after a meal also increases the risk of choking. You can clear the food with your finger or with a toothbrush. Either way, you want to first know where the food is sitting in your baby’s mouth, so try to look by asking them to open up. Carefully go into your baby’s mouth along the side (the inner cheek), not in the center of their mouth, and sweep the food out. 

How to address pocketing to break or prevent the habit:

  1. Build awareness.  You want to help your baby or toddler build sensory awareness within the mouth, as well as develop tongue coordination and jaw strength to chew food and move it back to swallow. This comes with lots of practice eating both easy and challenging-to-chew foods. Long, unbreakable stick-shaped foods are ideal for this: 1) Beef or pork ribs with most of the meat cut off and all gristly or loose bits removed; 2) mango pits with most of the fruit cut off; 3) Corn on the cob with most of the kernels cut off. All of these are extremely difficult, if not impossible for a baby or young toddler to bite through. However, gnawing or sucking on these foods build strength and coordination in your baby’s jaw and tongue muscles, while also giving lots of sensory input to the jaw, gums, tongue, and roof of the mouth. This helps build that mental “map” of the mouth! Your baby won’t get much nutrition from these foods, so consider them exercises for your baby’s mouth. 
  2. Keep it easy.  When it comes to actually chewing and swallowing foods, your baby may pocket less with soft, well-cooked foods. Dry textures (like bread or chicken without sauce) may be challenging. Avoiding dry foods for a few weeks can help your baby practice chewing and moving food back to swallow, rather than develop a habit of pocketing challenging-to-chew or dry foods. In a few weeks, try again with more challenging foods. 
  3. Pump up the flavor! Offer your baby lots of foods with slightly tart or sour bright flavors: oranges or lemons, mashed blackberries, marinara sauce, and tangy yogurt are all examples. These types of foods “wake up” the muscles of mouth and lead to increased saliva flow, which prepare your baby to swallow.
  4. Regular tooth brushing. Brushing your baby’s gums, teeth, and tongue twice a day also “wakes up” and helps to “map” the mouth.
  5. Talk to your baby. Share what you see: “That bite is really chewy. There is still food in your mouth. You need to keep chewing and then swallow.” Or, “You need to keep chewing that bite and then swallow it.”

When should I seek support for pocketing or over-stuffing? Who can help me with this? 

It may be time to seek support if:

  • You are regularly finding food in your baby or toddler’s mouth half an hour or more after meals.
  • You have tried the strategies above for a month or so and are seeing no progress.
  • Your baby is over-stuffing and pocketing at every meal with all types of foods. 

Discuss options with your pediatrician. You can find support with an occupational therapist or speech therapist who has expertise in pediatric feeding, eating, and swallowing.

Read on for more information on creating a safe environment, safe food shapes and sizes, and how to tell the difference between gagging and choking.

Reviewed by:

Kary Rappaport, OTR/L, MS, SCFES, IBCLC

What to Do When Baby Won't Eat Solids: 7 Simple Steps

When your baby won’t eat solids, it can be stressful. Learn why your baby is refusing food and how to get them to eat solid foods with 7 simple steps! 

The spoon hits the floor.

Your baby makes a nasty face.

They might even shudder or gag.

All from a bite, or an attempt to feed your baby solid foods. It’s totally unexpected when babies respond with such disdain for baby food or table food. As parents, we’re often excited about this new milestone and it’s shocking when your baby won’t eat solids.

In real life though, it’s quite common for babies to gag on solids, seem uninterested, and outright refuse food.

While knowing it’s “normal” for babies to not seem interested in solid foods, even though everyone else’s baby seems to be gulping it down by the jar full, it still leaves the question, “How do you get a baby to eat solids?”  

Well, I happen to know a thing or two about that. First, because I’ve personally helped a lot of families get their babies eating solids as a pediatric occupational therapist with over a decade of experience, but also because I’ve been there with my own son…

Going through it as a mom was a whole different ball game.

Of course, I knew that it was normal for babies to refuse baby food when it was first introduced, and I also knew that some babies didn’t much prefer baby food, but my Momma heart was worried. The worrying got worse when I watched my son act like he could’ve cared less about the delicious homemade sweet potatoes that I whipped up, as he turned his face away and threw the spoon across the room.

Meal after meal.

Day after day.

And, week after week.

With each passing day that he refused to eat solids, I got more worried, and more frustrated as I’d watch the food I’d prepared literally go down the drain. There came a point when I knew I needed to do more, to put some of my OT skills to use in my home, and that’s what I’m going to share with you here, because I know how stressful it is when your sweet adorable little baby won’t eat solids.

By the end of this guide, you’ll know :

    • Why your baby is refusing solids
    • Why they used to eat solids, but don’t anymore
    • How to get them to eat solids and table foods
    • Ways to get them more help (if you need it)

*Keep a look out for the free printable at the end too, if your baby is struggling with table foods!


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Why Your Baby Won’t Eat Solids


There are a lot of factors that can actually play a role in any baby’s refusal to eat solid food. We’re going to walk through each of them below, but know that the reason your baby isn’t eating solids could be any one or combination of them. With a little detective work, you’ll figure it out!

Also, age has a little do with it, and will help you hone in on what’s going on.

6 or 7 Month Olds That Refuse Solids:

    • Baby isn’t ready yet – 6 months of age is the perfect time to introduce baby to solid foods, but sometimes the baby isn’t ready. Actually, this is really common when the baby is closer to 4 and 5 months old if you’re starting a little earlier, but is still totally normal at 6 months of age.

Babies are still learning how to move their tongue and bring toys to their mouth, which helps them get used to having foreign objects in there. Each baby is unique and yours may just need some practice if they are in this age range.

They also may still be developing good trunk and head control, without it, eating is difficult! 

Check out the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for introducing food and make sure your baby is ready for solids. You can also find my guide to Introducing Solids with more details on milestones to look for when 6 months old.

    • A strong tongue thrust reflex – Most babies usually lose this reflex that helps them not choke if something accidentally gets into their mouth around 4-6 months, but it may linger for some.

If you notice that your baby still thrusts their tongue out every time you touch the spoon to their lips, they may need a little more time. It’s really hard for them to eat when they keep shoving their tongue out of their mouth!

    • Doesn’t like the way food feels – Solid food is something so new and unfamiliar to babies, it can take a while for them to get used to the new texture in their mouth. Many babies do in fact get used to the feeling of solids, but some don’t.

Read more about that below under sensory.


8, 9, or 10 Month Olds That Refuse Solids:

    • Sensory – By 8 months of age, most babies are ready from a developmental standpoint, and at this age, it’s definitely time to get the ball rolling, but some babies (like my son) still refuse. One of the most common reasons why older babies still won’t eat solids is because they don’t like the texture.

This boils down to the way their brains are thinking about (or processing) the sensory input they feel (aka the food in their mouth).

This isn’t a bad thing and doesn’t necessarily mean they have any kind of diagnosis, but it does mean we need to take some extra steps to help them tolerate the texture of food better. You can head to sensory issues with food to learn more.

Babies that are sensitive to different textures usually gag immediately at the sight, touch, or taste of food.

    • Coordination – Eating actually requires a lot of muscle coordination from opening the mouth, pulling food off of a spoon, closing the mouth, and effectively swallowing.

We take this for granted and don’t even think about it, but for some babies, it just isn’t coming natural.

Babies that are having difficulty with coordination, or oral motor skills (find exercises with that link,) usually gag when trying to swallow or after getting the food into their mouth.

Or, the food may fall out frequently, and babies won’t eat solids because they just don’t know how. When they don’t know how to eat, it isn’t that fun, and there isn’t a lot of interest.

If gagging is something you’re concerned about or is happening often, read more in guide on baby gagging.

    • Food allergies – Believe it or not, sometimes babies will avoid certain types of foods because they’ve associated an upset tummy with the yogurt or cheese for example. It doesn’t happen all the time, but it’s something to consider, especially when it’s very specific allergenic food.

The most common types of food allergens are dairy, egg, soy, wheat, tree nut, peanut, fish, and shellfish. Severe eczema is another indicator that food allergies might be present. 

Sometimes, signs become more obvious when cow’s milk is introduced.

    • Not into baby food – While this is probably the least likely reason your baby is refusing solids, it is possible.

If you’ve consistently offered baby food or infant cereal with no interest from your baby and you don’t see any of the sensory or coordination signs we talked about above, then you might just might want to move on to table and finger foods.

One way to do that is using a Baby Led Weaning approach, before you do that though read my BLW pros and cons.

 *Get a seat in my free workshop and learn 5 big feeding mistakes that might be stopping your child from learning to eat.  We’ll send you a free workbook too!


Why Baby Won’t Eat Solids Anymore (They Used to?)

    • Some teething babies won’t eat – While it’s not as common, some babies start off eating baby food and then suddenly stop. A frequent cause of this is teething, and some babies teethe for a very. long. time. If your baby’s teeth are swollen, red, and seem to hurt, then this is likely the cause.

Try putting some teething gel on their gums 15-20 minutes before a meal. If you see an improvement, this is likely the culprit. Here’s a natural teething gel I like, but check with your doctor first.

    • Going through a phase – Babies may get a little bug or slight cold that we aren’t even aware of or have some negative experience with food that seemed too minor to us as the parent, but makes them leery of eating.

If it’s the latter, some sensory sensitivities can develop if a baby goes for a while without eating any food. If this is the case for your baby, you’ll want to follow the steps below and focus on not pressuring your baby to eat. It’s really important that mealtimes are a positive experience.

    • They’ve outgrown baby food – If your baby is later in their 7th month or older, they may just be sick of solid baby food and ready for the real deal table and finger foods. That may mean it’s time to change up baby’s diet!

I know that seems scary and makes some parents nervous. Don’t worry though, if you think this is why your baby suddenly won’t eat solids anymore, then head to how to transition to table foods.



How to Get Your Baby to Eat Solids

1. The absolute first thing I do with a baby not eating solids is to put a scoop of baby food or some other pureed food like yogurt onto the tray of their high chair.

I know, the mess. It’s soooo important for babies to get messy though! If you’re skeptical, you’ve got to read: Why Babies Should Get Messy Eating. It will totally change your perspective and give you the inspiration to embrace the mess.

2. Encourage your baby to touch the food, but don’t force. Be silly and keep it light. Demonstrate.

If they refuse, try and try again. In fact, at every single meal, put a dollop of that food on their tray or even in a bowl that they can play with and touch. If they won’t touch after a few attempts, offer a spoon for them to stick into the food too.

This is one of my favorite beginner spoons that makes it really easy for baby to get some food onto it.

3. Once your child touches the solid food, you’re on your way! Allow them to touch, spread, and put it all over the tray and themselves. This is wonderful for their sensory processing and will make a huge difference in helping them get used to the texture of solids.

If they get upset once they’ve touched the food, or that they are now all messy, be very calm and reassuring.

Have a wet washcloth ready and quickly wipe them down. And, if this is how they respond, it’s a sign that you need to practice playing with these foods a lot! The more they touch and interact with the food, the closer they’ll be to eating it.

4. When baby has the food on their hand and they’re at least tolerating it, show them how to take their hand to their mouth, so they can taste it. You may need to demonstrate if baby won’t let you guide their hand.

Repeat this several times. After they eat from their hands several times, offer them some solid foods from a spoon.

5. You can also give them a large whole raw carrot or celery stalk at meals. I mean the whole darn thing. The point isn’t for them eat it (and if they can get pieces of it off, take it away), but for them to put it into their mouth.

When they do this, it helps desensitize their gag reflex and they get to practice biting, chewing, and moving their tongue around. It’s amazingly powerful and can make a big impact in a baby accepting solid foods. Make sure you demonstrate and keep offering at every meal.

6. Be consistent and patient. I can’t stress this enough, even though it’s often easier said than done! Have regular meals and follow the above steps 1-3 times a day for every meal. You can find sample schedules for babies ages 6 – 7 months, 8 – 10 months, and 11 -14 months if you’d like a guideline to follow.

7. Focus on meals being positive experiences for the baby, even if they aren’t eating anything. As parents, we can bring a lot of stress with us to meals, which can be hard to hide. But, this is definitely a “fake it til you make it” kind of situation.

Take a deep breath, put on a happy face, and work on the above steps. Going into the meal with no expectations of them eating anything will also help keep your frustration level down.

To learn MORE, grab a seat in my free online workshop.

In it, you’ll learn 5 big feeding mistakes that are stopping your baby or toddler from learning to eat table foods! It’s an eye opener and will help you take steps to give them the best start with eating table foods well (even if it already isn’t going well):


Strategies to Use Outside of Meals for Baby’s Refusing Solids

There are a few really powerful strategies you can use away from the highchair that will directly impact your baby eating solids during meals. Might seem strange, but if you suspect your baby is refusing because of sensory or coordination difficulties, doing these activities can be total game changers:

    • Brush their teeth – If you haven’t started yet, brush their teeth, and when you do, make sure you’re getting all over their gums and the sides, as well as the top of their tongue.

It only takes a few seconds, but it helps to both desensitize their mouth and improve coordination because the tongue gets practice moving in different directions. If your baby doesn’t like it, take it slow, and try often.

The more often you brush, the bigger the effect. Try for one to three times a day, and consider a vibrating toothbrush (yes, even for babies) for more powerful input in their mouth.

    • Play in sensory bins – That may be a new term to you or you might be wondering what the heck that has to do with eating, but playing in different textures is super powerful and helps the sensory system understand different textures better.

This correlates directly to eating. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen a kiddo that plays in sensory bins frequently, suddenly start eating more foods (my son included). Head to Sensory Bin Ideas to learn how to set one up.

    • Chew on toys – So many babies that won’t eat solids never put toys or teethers in their mouth, which is really easy to overlook. If this is your baby, pull out a bunch of different teethers and have them around the house.

Demonstrate. Dip them in food or juice. Play with them in the bath. The more often they get teethers and toys into their mouths, the more it will help improve the coordination their mouth muscles need to eat and desensitize their gag reflex and sensory system.

I really love this teether because it gets in the back of the mouth and this one vibrates (all my friends get it from me at their baby shower).


Help for the Baby Not Eating Food

I’m not just talking about solid baby food or purees. You may have a baby that won’t eat any type of food, like puffs, cut up fruit, or toast. They’re getting older and older. You’re getting worried. 

Following the above steps will be incredibly important for your babies too, especially the strategies for outside of a meal. But, you’ll also want to use the steps I outline in getting your baby to eat table foods.

That’s a whole different animal all within itself, and there are some targeting tips that can make all the difference in your baby eating food.

You’ll want to focus on small pieces, and by 9 months of life be attempting table or finger foods.

While I don’t want you to worry, I know it’s tempting to keep waiting it out, and unfortunately, some doctors advise this quite often. This often does not help your baby to learn to eat wide variety of foods.

Babies instinctively learn to chew between roughly 8 and 11 months of age, when they move past that, it can be much harder for them to accept foods. It’s not impossible, and the same steps apply for older children, but it’s much better to be proactive then taking a “wait and see” approach.

Puffs, lil cheese curls, and baby mum mum’s are all great for baby’s first foods. 


When to Get More Help for a Baby Not Eating Solids

If your baby doesn’t like solid baby food and won’t accept any table foods of finger foods by 9 months old, it’s a good idea to get an evaluation either from the free early intervention program in your state or from a feeding therapist.

You can also read more about typical feeding milestones for babies just to have a reference point. As I said earlier, all babies develop at a different pace and needing a little more help is very common.


Get My Free Printable: Learn to Eat Table Foods Cheat Sheet

There seem to be more questions than answers when you’re under the daily stress of your baby or toddler not eating table foods. Not to mention all of the well-intentioned bad advice that’s often given. Let’s clear that up.

I’ve created a free 5 page guide that clearly lists the steps to teach your baby or toddler to eat table or finger foods, plus a FAQ guide for parents to ease their worries when their babies won’t eat!

Get your free Learn to Eat Table Food Cheat Sheet printable here!


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Alisha Grogan is a licensed occupational therapist and founder of Your Kid’s Table. She has over 17 years experience with expertise in sensory processing and feeding development in babies, toddlers, and children. Alisha also has 3 boys of her own at home. Learn more about her here.

The child holds food and does not swallow: malyshi — LiveJournal


Tsarevna-LED (Vrubel) ( Princess_LEBED ) Wrote in Malyshi ,


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Good afternoon, please advise what to do.

1) Problem: daughter 2.2, 20 teeth, always had a poor appetite, eats a very limited set of products, and for the last month she has generally started to keep food in her mouth and not swallow :(( Just recently I fed her soup, everything is small cut it, the soup is delicious, but no, she ate a few spoons, and then keeps it in her mouth. I, as a person who is unrestrained in life, start to get nervous, scold her, she may start to roar, but she does not swallow. after soup begged for Barney's bear and swallowed it perfectly.0011 What could be the problem? I don’t like food, in general, a little baby, as soon as it starts to hold in its mouth, stop feeding, it doesn’t matter that before that I ate just a couple of spoons?

2) We also have a problem, we taught our child to eat half cartoons, now we are trying to get away from this. But then the op begins. What to do? Endure, do not turn on cartoons, let him roar and not eat?

3) We still cannot come to the format "the child eats the same as the parents." Anyway, I cook for her separately for dinner. Get away from it? They tried, for example, gave pilaf, vegetable stew, do not eat. What to do? If you don’t want ours, don’t eat, but I won’t cook separately either, let’s go to bed. So?

my daughter goes to the GKP, where she eats breakfast (porridge, she eats it herself) and lunch (soup, sometimes half a cutlet + mashed potatoes, the teachers feed her with this). Naturally, all without cartoons. It doesn’t seem to keep food in the garden, but according to the teacher, I didn’t see it myself. We feed her at home, she doesn’t eat herself, at most she can eat cottage cheese and drink kefir.

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What to do if the child does not want to chew - "Healthy Child's Internet Cabinet"

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Ufimtseva Olesya Borisovna

Social teacher of the consultative and health-improving department of the City Center for Medical Prevention

Transferring a child from ready-made formulas and breast milk to adult food is a problem for many parents, since the baby cannot learn to chew food, is naughty, refuses new foods, and spits out what he cannot swallow without chewing. The transition to more solid foods that must be chewed in order to be eaten is a natural physiological process associated with the development of various body systems. The digestive system gradually gets used to the digestion of solid food. The demand for nutrients is growing. A variety of "adult" foods can satisfy her. If a child does not learn to eat normally, then the nutrition of all tissues of his body will be disrupted. This affects his physical and intellectual development. If there is still a problem with chewing, then do not panic. Some special tips will help teach your baby to chew pieces of food.

Dr. E.O. Komarovsky gives the following simple advice to parents who are faced with the unwillingness of the baby to chew food: