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Dynelle - posted on 09/02/2009
From around 9 months try mandarins, bread sticks, raisins, thinly sliced apples and pears, peaches, cucumber, kiwifruit, nectarines, strawberries, avocado, banana, rice crackers, cheese cubed or grated, plain crackers, cooked pasta, cooked broccoli, cooked kumara (sweet potato), cooked carrot, dried apricots, seedless grapes, mini meatballs, fish fingers or fish sticks and little sandwiches with jam or other spreads but not peanut butter or honey until 2 years old.
From 12 months try cooked beans, sliced chicken, cherry tomatoes (halved), mango slices, celery, pikelets or pancakes, oranges, asparagus (cooked or canned), cheese on toast strips, hard boiled eggs, yoghurt, fruit bread, mini muffins, crackers with avocado or cheese, fruit pottle, egg sandwiches or grated cheese, crushed pineapple, canned spaghetti, hummus and chopped lettuce, lamb cutlets, cheesy vegetable quiche.
Karen - posted on 09/01/2009
I had the same problem. My daughter refused to eat the baby food. I have been cooking fruits & veggies for her & freezing them in ice cube trays. She eats what she can from our meals but if we are eating something she doesn't like I just defrost a cube & feed it to her. It works out pretty well.
Gabrielle - posted on 08/23/2009
I think that's a good problem to have! A lot of babies have a hard time transitioning from baby food to "people food." Why change it? It just makes your life easier! As long as the baby is getting the nutrients he needs, then that's all that matters. He's just a step ahead of everyone else!
Stephenie - posted on 08/18/2009
My son is mostly on baby food, but the doctor said it was fine to give foods that are easy to mash with the jaws (my son only has two teeth). Foods such as mash potatoes, mashed up beans, fully cooked veggies that can be mashed up, etc.
Samantha - posted on 08/18/2009
My daughter is strictly on table foods. She refused to be spoon fed. I just put food on her high chair tray and she loves it. She is eating everything I give her within the guidelines given. I'm even finding it doesn't have to be diced up really small either depending on the foods. I've been following this website for guidelines as to what to give her and when. The creator also shows some video of his son eating solids which gave my the idea of some foods being served in bigger pieces.
Lydia - posted on 08/18/2009
My 8 month old absolutely refuses to eat baby food meals, and I don't blame her. Its Yukky! My ped gave me the go ahead to feed her table food, and she LOVES it. Just go slow on the salt and use natural herbs like garlic, tumeric, bay leaves etc. I also make my own food (one meat, 2 veg and one starch) with a low sodium block and some herbs and liquidise it and then freeze it in Ice Cube Tray. Easy as Pie. Enjoy!
Brooke - posted on 08/17/2009
Actually Natalie see's a Ped Nutritionist/Allergist due to her Dairy allergies. She HATES all pureed baby food. He told me she never has to eat baby food and can eat any table food as long as no peanut/eggs/honey due to allergies until a year old..but anything else in small pieces is just fine. She has NO teeth but gums it just fine. She loves stuffing, chicken, peas, bananas, bread, mashed potatoes and she loves to snack on the gerber puffs....my only limit is her dairy allergy. Plus nutritionally they dont need the food its for practice..so just offer what ever you may be eating in small bites and go from there.