Finger Foods For A 6 Month Old...

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Finally!!! We have reached the 6 month mark and my exclusively breast fed baby is keen to try some real food. As far as cereals and fruit/veggie pruees (sp) gos we are all set.



But what about safe finger foods that don't pose a choaking risk?? Teething rusks, Milk Arrowroot Biscuits, Carrot sticks.... What to try??? What is safe???



He has no teeth, yet - thank goodness.



Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreiacted.



Thanks

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Dawn - posted on 10/21/2009

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check out baby led weaning - www.babyledweaning.com

you can give your baby almost any food according to this way of weaning and no need for all that puree'ing. the baby actually feeds themself - much like they do with breastfeeding. my baby will turn 6 months in a few weeks, i'm reading the book all about baby led weaning and its facinating.

apparently a baby's gag reflex is much further forward then ours so as long as they are sat upright in a highchair or on your knee they deal with whole food with minimal choaking risk. they can also munch away using their gums.

i've got a couple of friends who used this method with their b/f babies and they can't prase it enough - much better then conventual weaning with mushed food and alot less stressful too! one said that she did conventual weaning with her first and blw with her second - needless to say the send child is now a much better eater.

me and my husband have made the descision to try this with our baby as it seems the logical progression from breastfeeding.

Kathryn - posted on 10/21/2009

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I know the feeling. I give my baby small pieces of chicken, cooked carrots so she can smush them or do what she wants with them. Pretty much any soft cooked veg, bread to suck on. Just make sure you keep an eye on him. I wouldnt reccomend biscuits of teething rusks or arrow roots as they have alot of sugar in them. Any soft fruit works too, you can pretty much give them what ever you want too. My daughter will eat anything. :)

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We did baby led weaning as well. When Isaac turned 6 months, I started offering him chunks of banana and avocado, as well as steamed carrots and broccoli. The veggies I tended to overcook, so they mushed up pretty easily in his mouth (he only had 2 teeth at the time). Slices of toast and breakfast cereals (like Cheerios) worked pretty well, too.

Christine - posted on 10/21/2009

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The adventure of starting foods is soo much fun! We did homemade foods from the start. Avocado, bananas, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash were our primary beginning foods. Around 9 or 10 months when I introduced grains, I made lundberg brown rice and mixed it with breastmilk and butternut squash or sweet potatoes in the bullet. Caleb loved that, especially on a chilly morning. And man, that rice smells amazing when you are making it! Healthy times biscuits are great before teeth, and teddy puffs are a great treat a bit later. We did do some mum mums once and awhile.



Here are a couple of good links to check out:



http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids...



http://www.llli.org/NB/NBsolids.html



http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/

Julie - posted on 10/21/2009

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Not sure where you are in the world, but I tried my little one on Farex first, she projectile vomitted it right up repeatedly. I tried steamed baby carrots, steamed broccoli, she still wouldn't have a bar of it. Then one day I gave her a bit of my brekkie and she was gobbling it down... what was it? Vegemite soldiers! Now she enjoys banana, mango (they're just coming into season, too), avocado, pasta, pumpkin... but she's still a Happy Little Vegemite. :P

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Baby Led Weaning - Thats the direction I was headed in, I just wasn't sure where to start. Thankyou for all your wonderfull suggestions, I will definatly have a look at the websites suggested above. I am so excited the day has finally come to allow him to try new tastes and textures. Better get that camera ready!...

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Hi, I have done the baby led weaning with my daughter and its great, she was also exclusively bf and went straight onto solids.

You can get a baby led weaning book by Tracey Murkett & Gill Rapley is very useful and explains everything u need to know and any worries u might have on them choking, there is also tip of things to give them. I found is so interesting and very helpful.

My daughter in 10 1/2 months now and eat anything and everything its great, a bit messy but great to watch how the deal with food.

I pureed everything with my son he is nearly 4 yrs and is a very picky eater, my daughter eats more variety of things. It also means I dont have to do lots of different dinners, we all have the same just minus the salt.

I hope all goes well and enjoy this stage is great

Lisa - posted on 10/21/2009

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I found that miniature bread stick's were great for my baby girl - she loved them, but they don't have controlled salt levels so are only for very occassional use. She also loved the Organix Baby Biscuits - they, unlike baby rusks, contain no added sugar. They are just sweetened with grape juice. Baby rusks tend to be filled with sugar which isn't so good. As they chew/suck on them they break down.



Organix also do baby crisps - you can get carrot, tomato or sweetcorn flavours. They contain no added salt, all they have is corn starch, olive oil and natural flavourings. Chloe absolutely loves these, they were the first finger food I gave her. They dissolve in their mouth really quickly so don't pose a choking risk.



Also baby rice cakes flavoured with apple juice were a great hit, although when she was smaller I sprinkled a bit of water onto them before giving them to Chloe as they can be quite dry and that softened them a bit.



I was always worried about giving her carrot sticks in case she choked but I was probably worrying unnecessarily. Hope that helps.

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