Hi again folks, been unusually busy here.
Had a bit of a moment last week when I felt like things were not progressing much, and even wrote a thread on here about it - Tell me this is normal, bit disheartened - but things have been going fairly well since then. We are still at the playing with lots of food, but she's picking up more and more and slippery food isn't as much of an issue, although it still slides out of her hand quite a lot. I've taken to cutting up things wonkily, so doing zigzag cuts on things like avocado so it's easier to hold, which I think is helping a little bit.
There has been less gagging on the whole, although it is still happening off and on, definite food consumed judging by the state of her nappies! I Things like toast/pitta bread and the like are very popular. She's not quite worked out how to open her hand, but has started to use both hands with the food to help the other hand get the food to her mouth.
I've tried her with a shot glass on occasions for a glass that is more baby sized and it's fab to watch as she does it reasonably well, until she goes back to throwing things!
And ice lollies, I had a mango smoothie lolly the other day, Pumpkin reached for it so I let her try it, she cried, she reached again once the cold had disappeared and cried again, then reached again! She then bit a bit off, and proceeded to cry until all of that had melted. She then reached for it again! Silly sausage.
Strawberries are FAB - or at least Pumpkin thought so.
Now trying to reply to bits I've seen from other posters.
Re checking mouths, it's hard, I try and get pumpkin to copy me opening my mouth wide, or make silly faces after which she makes a bit wide smile with her mouth open and starts 'chattering' I also offer her a drink at the end of her meal, once I'm happy there isn't a big chunk of food in her mouth that could choke if swallowed with the water. If that makes sense.
We've given strips of chicken, which was sucked with half of it hanging out of her mouth! She was there for ages like that. She then took another strip and gummed a bit off which she chewed on for eternity!
Like the idea of grating foods, that would help with her opening her hand up. I don't eat cheese myself, so I will save the grated cheese for when Daddy is around and he can deal with cleaning her off then
Welcome to the new people in the group.
KatCro, I have also encountered people thinking what we are doing is 'wrong' and not understanding it at all. It is nice to have somewhere to chat about it.