Posted by Rowena on August 30, 2003 at 18:45:44:
In Reply to: question on 9mos old eating food posted by jen on August 28, 2003 at 16:30:19:
Perhaps get your little one eating mashed foods before starting on the finger foods. Try not to be too alarmed about the gagging, she will quickly learn what she needs to do to swallow it without gagging, provided she has the opportunity to learn. All children will gag while they are learning to eat. A little gagging is virtually unavoidable. Gagging is a protective reflex that guards against choking. Gagging is very noisy whereas choking is silent.
I would suggest you may like to look as the amount of formula your little one is drinking. Often at around 9 months of age children are down to 3 bottles of fomula per day. If she's a good weight for her age, you may be able to reduce her formula to 3 bottles and this will increase her appetite for solid foods.