I (Matt), must add to Justine’s post below. It has been incredibly hard to get food into Joel. When I get home one an evening Justine tells me how she got one or two teaspoons into him. Then I feed him for tea time and it is a struggle with every mouthful. I eventually worked out various things that would give me a good opportunity to get the spoon in. There was the jump in quickly whenever he had a bite of bread, or jump in quickly when he put a toy in his mouth. However these were interspersed with try to jump in quickly and only end up with tightly closed lips. He seems to like drinking water from a baby cup, so I developed the jump in quickly just before the cup went in his mouth.
However I kept ending up a bit concerned that this ‘force feeding’ approach might not lead him to be positive about food. I am so relieved that he is eating better. Let’s hope it caries on! Having said all this, I’m sure it isn’t an uncommon story (“There is nothing new under the Sun.”).