hi, my baby boy is 26 month old. he is very active baby . but i am very worried about his feeding bbehaviour ..he eats some of friuts like pomegranate and banana on his own. but apples and other friut he does only chewing not swallowing.. he gags while tring to swallow .. i am still giving him baby food like puree, mashed khichdi.. i always put my baby to sit for a meal with us and serve him our meal but he plays with that. if he eat the mean is very tiny amout. at the end i have to feed him baby food.. if any large or even a unmash rice got in his mouth he gag or vomit.. when i feed puree he does not chew he directly swallow . i am vey worried ..please help to make my child eat on his own without any problem

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I hope you are doing well. It is because he has gotten into the habit of eating mashed/pureed or liquid food. Since you have been still feeding him mashed food, he tries to swallow it as he doesn't have to chew it even once. Give him small pieces of fruits, salad sticks, roti, chillas/pancakes, sandwich, bread and butter, upma, poha, oats, khichdi but don't mash it further. Try and feed it to him while he is playing. Stop pureed and mashed food as soon as possible. He hasn't been able to learn the process of chewing and eating the food. Due to purees or mashed food, he simply swallows in down. Put him into the habit of chewing food pieces so that he learns :)

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