Introducing finger foods

Robyn - posted on 01/21/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Ok.. so my son is 9 months and I'm thinking it's about time for finger foods. He is only eating stage 2 foods right now. I have a terrible fear of him choking and would like some advice on what I should do, how I should do it, and what to start with.

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Stina - posted on 01/21/2010

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If you haven't already, take an infant/child CPR class. It will give you confidenc/calm your fears 'just in case'



In the meantime, keep it soft or easily disolvable and small. cut things about as wide as your babies pinky finger or smaller even.



-well cooked carrots

-cheerios

-peas

-grated cheddar cheese

-well cooked pasta

-Avocado

-Banana





and then, offer just a small amount at a time until you are confident that your baby won't cram too much in at once.



don't offer regular rice yet... it's too hard to gum.



Your baby will appreciate the new textures. Once they can pick things up with the pincer grasp (thumb and forefinger) they are very ready for finger foods. Don't even bother with the stage 2, stage 3 baby foods. They have a lot of sodium and it's better to get your child used to eating what everyone else is eating as soon as possible. Now is the time to introduce as much variety as possible so that you too can have a child who eats a variety of yummy, healthy foods.

Stephanie - posted on 01/21/2010

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i started with fork mashing foods first, like ripe bananas and well cooked carrots. the texture is really different from prepackaged baby food. once your child masters that, then move on to finger foods. u can also try things like the gerber puffs that melt in the mouth but offer a different texture.

Tessa - posted on 01/21/2010

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My daughter loves the finger food stage because she is able to feed herself. I began introducing finger foods by giving her small chunks of banana, avocado, peaches and bread. When she became proficient with eating the softer foods, I introduced samll chunks of chicken, apple, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, crackers and pasta. I hope this helps. Good luck!

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Rachel - posted on 01/24/2010

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my daughter eats EVERYTHING. anything you put in front of her she is eating. she refuses babyfood so she is on all table food and off of formula completely.

Terri - posted on 01/24/2010

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i actually started my daughter w/ finger foods at about 8 months. i cook her a scrambled egg every morning for breakfast and give it w/ the jumbo rice krispies cereal. she love the gerber graduates puffs, but i find the rice krispies are about the same size and texture and much more cost effective. i also got a box of small shells pasta and i will boil a pot of that w/ tiny slices of baby carrots. i separate those into individual servings and keep them in the fridge to heat up for lunch and dinner. also veggies like peas and green beans and fruit in their own juices, cut into tiny pieces of course. my little one will literally eat ANYTHING that is put in front of her so i don't hesitate to try new foods w/ her and she certainly doesn't hesitate to eat them! while gerber and parents choice has some great foods, you can find or make pretty much the exact same thing in your own kitchen for a fraction of the price! good luck!! :)

Christina - posted on 01/23/2010

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At our last checkup my dr sed my 9 mo old can eat whatever we r eating. Only things to avoid are honey, any nut butter (including peanut butter), fresh strawberries, and egg whites. She can hav the yolk. So far she has tried cottage cheese, yogurt (only the whole milk kind such as yobaby or stonyfield farm), wheat toast, grilled cheese, chicken and lots of veggies. She is loving it!

April - posted on 01/22/2010

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The Gerber finger foods for crawlers are great, babies love them and easy to swallow. My daughter loves the yogurt melts and the stars. Also loves boiled potatoes and carrots cut up small, peas are perfect size for picking up and eating. cheerios are a good first finger food. Organic baby mummums. small pieces of white fish, chicken or pork. just expiriment with whatever you are eating for dinner, give small pieces of it. most babies love to try new foods. I agree that the stage 3 foods are useless, they feel so good when they can feed themselves. small pieces of banana and other soft fruits are also good.

Lauren - posted on 01/22/2010

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i started with gerber puffs. I only gave her one at a time because I learned quickly she just wanted to shove handfulls in her mouth. Now she eats almost all of the Gerber Graduates products. The yogurt melts are great and she loves them.

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