Feeding Finger Foods

Tabby - posted on 08/20/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi, my daughter (7 months) has been showing a lot of interest in finger foods and feeding herself... she can crawl, sit for long periods of time, sit up alone, and pull herself up to a stand and is learning to chew... she can also use a sippy cup with no problems and can hold a bottle... according to the Gerber guidelines she's ready for finger foods... BUT she only has her bottom 2 front teeth... I was wondering how everyone else is handling starting finger foods if their little one only has a couple teeth.

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April - posted on 08/20/2010

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I started my little girl (born Jan 4th) on the little bitter biscuits, little puffs, and the baby cheetos about a month ago. Granted she has 6 teeth but still I started when she had the same signs your little one has. She was crawling, chewing, sitting up, etc. Go for it. For the first few times just give her one at a time but soon she will be like mine I have to put a pile of them out and she just eats them one at a time.

Alice - posted on 08/20/2010

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Sounds like your little one is ready! I usually stick with the "easy melt" stuff (if you put it in your mouth, it turns to mush quickly, like cherrios) until they have teeth on bottom and top, though. :)
I gave my little one cherrios and other baby stuff (the junk that "melts" real fast, so they don't really need teeth) when they showed interest. My 7-month-old just popped in two teeth on the top so now she has two on bottom & top and chewing isn't a problem. She can conquer more foods now lol! :) Sometimes, she lets the entire house know that her poor thumb found her teeth!! :)

Jennifer - posted on 08/20/2010

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my daughter loves the gerber puffs as while and also Mum-mum (not sure who makes them). Katelyn has no teeth and not crawling but can sit on her own. When I first gave the puffs to her at 6 months I just broke each puff into a couple pieces, now she is 7 months and I just break it in half. I'm sure she could handle a whole one and they melt on their on, but I prefer to break them in half just to be on the safe side. With the Mum-mum, they melt in the mouth as while. I just put my fingers an 1/2 inch from the top so she doesn't put it all in her mouth or break off a big piece. Hope this helps!

Caitlin - posted on 08/20/2010

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Well my daughter has no teeth and I've been giving her the Gerber fruit puffs, its a whole new type of food so its taking a while for her to get the hang of it. If your daughter does ok with the solids and doesn't choke she should be fine, I use the puffs and yogurt melts cause she doesn't really have to chew them cause they melt, when she gets the hang of chewing food I'll try different things. Hope this helps, good luck

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