Originally Posted by deelady
And this girl is such a hearty eater I really don't see it being her bite sizes.
I just find it so odd that it could be a mental thing.....
How do they manipulate their bodies to do this esp. at such a young age?
The reality is it is probably a combination of things and you will probably never really figure it out because she will move on to another stage! Here's my 2 cents, for what it's worth.
Some children are very sensitive to smell, taste, mouth feel, etc. Some children have a desire for independence at a very early age. Some children have a very strong gag reflex. In other words, all kids are different. If your child is healthy, active, bright and alert - your job is to make nutritious and tasty foods available to her. Her
job is to decide which of it to put in her mouth and how much to eat on any given day. Like CJ said, a child can (and often does), eat the same thing everyday for a week and still be healthy. And as long as you make nutritious foods available rather than unhealthy foods, anything she eats will be good for her.
I encouraged my children to try a bite of new foods and sometimes they would/will. Sometimes they wouldn't/won't. However, I wouldn't suggest your daughter try something she doesn't want right now since she actually gags. Aspirating food is a much
bigger danger than her not trying one bite of any particular food. Just try to smile at her odd and changing food tastes and know that she will eventually outgrow this.