At what age did your baby start eating 'normal' dinners?
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My first child, I would puree whatever it was we were having for dinner. I just made sure there was nothing he couldn't have (and I never added salt when cooking until he was much older). My second child I tried the same, but she refused everything. So just before seven months I started giving her finger food - toast, chicken pieces, cucumber, carrots, breadsticks, cheese, and so on. She loved it. She was just a baby that didn't like purees, probably because she wanted to eat whatever her big brother was eating.
Just to note, my daughter didn't get her first tooth until 12 months but she never had a problem with baby led weaning.
Hillary - posted on 08/16/2012
We followed baby-led weaning, our daughter never had purees. She was gnawing on an apple around 8 months, mostly for the juices as she had no teeth until 11 months. I would place her in her chair, and as long as the food wasn't a choking hazard, I placed it on her tray and she ate what she wanted. It was always foods from the table that the rest of us were eating. She didn't really start eating solids as a main food source, or even more than once or twice a day, until she was close to 18 months though. Until then she was very content with breast milk. But we always offered her some food at every meal, some times she would devour the food, other times she threw it on the floor.
Victoria - posted on 08/20/2012
As soon as my kids could sit on their own, I started spoon feeding them baby cereal so they would get used to the spoon. With my son he started eating table food at 9 months (just noodles and other really soft things) and he didn't start eating more of table food until after a year because he didn't have teeth until after a year. My daughter started at 9 months as well. She had teeth so we fed her more table food than my son when he was that age. I had them both on whole milk at 9 months. That's kind of my comfort. If their tummy can handle whole milk then they can handle a lot of table foods.
Katie - posted on 08/20/2012
Thanks everyone for responding. My girl is 9 months and seemed to be ready to eat our dinners. Previously she'd been eating small chuncks of soft plain foods and lightly spiced soups so I figured it wasn't such a big step, but it gave her raging diarea and disturbed her sleep so I wanted to check when others made this step. That was about a week ago and the diareah and poor sleep continued for several days and then a tooth appeared! So I guess the problem wasn't food after all. It is strange that she didn't drool or chew on her fingers/toys this time.
Sally - posted on 08/17/2012
It depends on the baby. There is no reason to ever feed any baby special baby only food. If they are old enough to eat solids, they are old enough for whatever the family is having. They'll let you know when they grab the food off your plate and slurp it down their little throat. That was 5 months for my now 8 year old and 9 months for my now 2 year old.
Stephanie - posted on 08/17/2012
Both my daughters started eating what we ate from about 7-8 months. Up untill then we used alot of annabel karmel recipes to cook for the girls. Obviously if we had say gravy with a dinner, we would omit the gravy or have the baby friendly versions with as little salt as possible. Now the are 4 & 2. They do still eat pretty much everything, but granted they both have phases of saying they dont like things, ie with my youngest at the minute its anything meat, but she used to love meat! we still put in front of them what we eat & we do eat as a family. if they dont eat their dinner there is no pudding! & they LOVE pudding!
Keri - posted on 08/17/2012
Beth Wankel - It may not have made any difference if you only served what you were eating. Mu oldest ate everything I ate until he was about 2 and half and then he got picky. It has been a very long road, but he will now at age 12, finally eat what we eat most of the time. He has food issues with textures and things being mixed so dinners are still a challenge. He won't eat anything breaded or anything like casserole or stew. It is just him, nothing I did wrong in the way I was feeding him. He will eat the foods separate, but not mixed together. My younger two eat just about anything we serve them and I have not fed them any differently.
Keri - posted on 08/17/2012
My second and third kids never ate baby food. They went straight to our food when they were about 10 months old. I would just mash what was on my plate and give them some. My first child was supplemented with formula he started baby food when he was about 6 months old and he started on regular food when he was again about 10 months old.
Connie - posted on 08/16/2012
Here's a link to my information, along with a link to my Infant Food Introduction List. I, of course, think all the information is important, ;-) but if you scroll down, there is a specific section on tips for infants. http://littlestarslearning.blogspot.com/...
Beth - posted on 08/16/2012
My son is pretty picky, so I really dragged my feet on this one. I know people who pureed their dinner in a blender and fed it to the baby, so the baby was pretty much always eating what they ate. But, when my son was starting to self-feed solids (like Cheerios, etc.) my husband had an erratic work schedule, and we didn't always eat together. So, I would make my son an early enough dinner that he could get to bed on time. When we did all have the chance to eat together, his plate consisted of bits of our dinner, and some stuff I knew he'd eat. He wasn't super picky until about age 2 1/2, and since I was already in the habit of making him his own dinner, I just kept doing that. Looking back though, I realize that would have been a better time to make him eat what my husband and I ate. We didn't really institute this until he was 3 1/2. I plan to do so much earlier with our second.
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