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  1. Expert: Joanne Saab, RD
    September 27th, 2010
    Is it ok if my three-year-old is still eating baby food?

    The short answer is “no” because by about 18 months, children should be eating table foods with a variety of different textures, such as cut up pieces of meat, cheese, vegetables and fruit, as well as an assortment of whole grain breads and cereals. 

    While you may be able to meet your child's nutrient needs with a pureed diet, it would be very difficult to meet her energy needs with pureed baby foods alone. 

    The problem is that if textures aren’t introduced before the age of 12 months or so, children can develop a texture aversion, which is basically an inability to handle textures beyond a smooth puree. To fix the problem, it may take many months, or longer, of working with an occupational therapist, who has experience helping children with texture issues learn to chew different foods. 

    If this sounds like something your child is experiencing, talk to your family doctor or pediatrician for a referral to an occupational therapist in your area.

    Joanne Saab is a registered dietitian who practices in pediatrics at McMaster Children's Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. She is co-author of three books in conjunction with Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children entitled Better Food for Kids, Better Food for Pregnancy and the best-selling Better Baby Food. Joanne is also the mother of twin daughters.