DD2 is 9 months old and will only eat purees. She shows no interest in finger foods, including puffs and yogurt melts. Whenever we try to feed her anything other than pureed baby food (including any spoon-fed foods with some texture, like cottage cheese, mashed potatoes, mashed banana, avocado, etc.), she gags like crazy and typically projectile vomits.
I know lots of babies have pretty bad gag reflexes, but am I wrong in thinking this should be dissipating a bit by 9+ months? We discussed this with our pedi at her 9 month checkup and he seemed a bit surprised that she was having such a hard time with things like mashed banana and cottage cheese. His suggestion was to try to mix a little cottage cheese or banana in with her pureed foods. We tried this last night and it was a disaster. I literally put one tiny curd of cottage cheese on DD's spoon along with some pureed jar food, and she started gagging like crazy as soon as I put it in her mouth and then vomited. Also, as soon as you give her anything that causes her to gag, she refuses to eat anything at all anymore, including just plain purees. It's like she doesn't trust us after we slip in something lumpy, and so she just shuts down the whole eating process.
I'm wondering if anyone else is having a similar experience with their LO, and if anyone has any suggestions as to how to introduce non-pureed foods. Maybe I'm worrying about this too much and this is normal behavior at this age, but we didn't go through this with DD1, and I'm worried that DD2 is going to be a year old and still eating only purees.