Finger foods...

Jenny - posted on 10/26/2008 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Hi! This is my first little guy, and I'm hoping to start doing more finger foods than pureed ones. A few friends have given some ideas, but I was wondering if you've tried things that work well for your kids to eat.

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Stephanie - posted on 11/10/2008

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To Vicky:
Your little one gets most of the nutrition he or she needs from breastmilk or formula. The finger foods are "additional" items. I would try to make sure you offer a good variety, but don't stress if he/she doesn't eat each food group equally. Topping off with spoon feeding sounds like a good idea too (my little one refuses spoon feeding these days though).

Vicky - posted on 11/10/2008

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These are great ideas. My concern is how much at each meal and how to get balanced nutrition, too? We've been doing most of these ideas including small bites of what we have but sometimes will finish with some gerber fruit or veg.

Laurie - posted on 11/07/2008

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Eric likes chunks of strawberry, kiwi, peach, rice krispies, Mum Mum rice crackers, bananas, cheese, pasta, chicken

Angela - posted on 11/07/2008

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We have been starting more and more with that lately too. Cheerios, unsalted saltines, biter biscuits, mashed potatoes, steamed carrots and potatoes mashed together is a favorite. I have been letting her try just about anything that we eat for dinner, just to get her used to the different textures and tastes. She is happy as long as she is feeding herself it seems!

Heather - posted on 11/05/2008

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Peaches, 100% fruit snacks (I cut them with scissors for the perfect size) cut up string cheese, crackers, cheerios, bananas, sweet potatoes, beans, carrots (coin size cut in half) there are lots of options

Kerrie - posted on 11/02/2008

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I can't get my son to eat any finger foods. We have tried everything (chopped fruit, shredded cheese, toast fingers, etc.) and think he has a texture issue. We just keep offering it to him and hopefully it will change... he may be the only 17 year old that eats baby food. :)

Stephanie - posted on 10/30/2008

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So, at 8.5 months, I gave my daughter 1/8th pieces of grapes after she had eaten all of the rest of her breakfast as a stop-gap (I was hungry!). Within a week, she was not wanting to take a spoon anymore. So, she is completely self-fed these days. We do steamed carrots, banana, raisins (warning - they don't fully digest!), Cheerios, streamed green beans, peas, and meat (chicken, hamburger, and lunch meat). For the carrots, I buy the baby carrots and just give them to her whole. She can pick them up and eat them, but it doesn't take teeth to break it into pieces!

Anne - posted on 10/30/2008

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Start with Cheerios, Graduates Puffs, zwieback toast, and the graduate cheese things. Then we moved on to fruit...bananas, peaches, pears and oranges. He loves them all. Now give him peas, carrots, scrambled eggs, wheat toast, graduate ravioli, spiral pastas. Just start putting a few things on his tray and in a few weeks he'll start eating lots.

Angela - posted on 10/28/2008

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Olivia's favourites:

cheerios (great since they dissolve)

soft cooked sweet potato cut into cubes

banana

avocado

Farley bisquits

toast

peas/frozen veggies

egg yolk

Dawn - posted on 10/27/2008

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My son has been on finger foods for 2 months now. He is my 4th. He hasn't eaten pureed ones for a few months now. I fed the 3rd foods for about a month first to see how his gag reflex was. He has had no problem, and eats what we do for dinner, just in pieces smaller than or the same size as peas. I started with cheerios. Soaked in breastmilk to soften them up, then when he was used to eating those without choking, I would give cooked vegies like carrots and green beans. Peas later, as he seemed to choke more on them. Also, saltine crackers and biter biscuits, but they are really messy! And just add new foods about every 3 days to see how he tolerates it. Good luck!

Tanya - posted on 10/26/2008

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My daughter loves the MUM MUM Rice Crackers, they disolve fast in their mouths and helps her with learning to eat. She also loves the Gerber Graduates PUFFS. They disolve on the tongue. Pasta is another great finger food and she loves cut green beans (Green Giant not frozen) Canned beans are softer. Cheerios etc.... good luck.

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