Are all 9 month olds on stage 3 foods or table foods?

Marji - posted on 06/22/2010 ( 41 moms have responded )

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I am a little concerned about our daughter. She was 9 months old on the 9th, she can not tolerate the stage 3 foods or any of the table foods we have tried. She gags and almost chokes. So we are still giving her stage 2. She also gags on the puffs and yogurt melts.
Her doctor seemed a little put off that we weren't trying more things with her but I am not going to push her and take a chance on her getting choked.
She is cutting her first tooth, the bottom right one, and I can see the bumps of her top teeth that are ready to start coming in.
Just wondering if anyone else's little one is having the same issues.

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Jamie - posted on 07/18/2010

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Buy "baby mum mums" they work wonders.. they are organic and they are big enough for them to hold onto and eat them selves... they dislove very quickly much quicker than puffs... i had the same problem and now all is fixed but this was a really great stepping stone for us.. all my friends that have tried them said the same thing

Natasha - posted on 04/17/2013

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Im going through the same thing. My 8 month old son loves every stage 2 vege and fruit. But wont eat anything els. We just introduced the "Baby Mum Mum " biscuits and he likes them . They dissolve super quick so no chocking hazard,. Just take your time and be patient , he will let you know when his ready :)

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Jess - posted on 07/15/2010

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Ava struggled with solids until her top and bottom teeth both came in. Having both sets makes a huge difference and helps out so much. Personally I would just wait until she has her teeth in and then try the stage 3 foods again. May make a huge difference !

Tiffany - posted on 07/14/2010

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My daughter did at first too, but then I tried her on Graduates snacks, such as Apple wagon wheels. This really seemed to help her.

Christelle - posted on 07/08/2010

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hi there Marji, my lil one was 9mthns on the 25th and is still gagging on stage 3 food, she doesnt hav teeth yet BUT if i give her a milk arrowroot biscuit she seems to find the way to munch on it!! Go figure! My son who is now nearly 6 got his teeth late and was doing the same, i gave him mashed up food for a very long time but he's OK now! hang in there!

Sharonda - posted on 07/08/2010

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My son is 9 1/2 months and he can't stand table food he loves baby food stage 2 all the veggies and fruits but not the mixed meats. i think its the texture cause i tried to give him the baby biscuits,mashed potatoes, oatmeal and he frowns and then throw up or choke and gag. So every baby is different and u just have to go at their pace. he has two teeth at the bottom since he was 6months so i don't think it matters about teeth they just not ready and its okay

Sarah - posted on 07/08/2010

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You're not alone. My son is still on stage 2 foods & he doesn't even eat an entire container of those. He will not touch table foods & believe me, I try. I've cut up bananas, apples, pinapples into little bitty pieces, but he just plays with it. When I try to put it in his mouth, he gags & spits it back out. The only thing I've found that he will gnaw on are those Baby Mum Mum cookies. I'm a little concerned that he won't try anything & the fact that he's underweight. But, I can't cram it down his throat. I figure he'll eat when he's ready.

Heather - posted on 07/01/2010

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i haven't introduced stage 3 foods yet. My daughter is still eating stage 2 foods but loves the puffs and yogurt melts. I have given her some table food however she seems to have a sensitive stomach and table food makes her belly upset so right now i'm just sticking to her baby food and snacks. She has her 2 bottom teeth and don't see any top teeth yet but I'm not in any rush to give her different types of food. Her doctor doesn't mind that she's eating the way she is.

Jackie - posted on 06/29/2010

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my daughter is 9 months too n i hear about it all the time "why isn't she eating cherrios n puffs or the melts" My daughter has the same problem as urs n i didn the same exact thing. i stop givving it to her, i was told to try to giv her thicker foods n it'll hel so that's what i've been doing with her oatmeal and i put more rice powder in her veggies and chicken meats, Thank you for posting this cuz i'm a first time mom n i was concernered but it's nice to know my daughter isn't the only one!

Ashley - posted on 06/29/2010

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If she's not ready then she's not ready. I would keep trying though, this way she gets used to it.

Ashly - posted on 06/28/2010

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My son is exactly like your daughter! He turned 9 months on the 14th and he still only eats baby food, mostly stage 2 b/c he really doesn't like the 3s. Everything else we've given him he chokes on and scares us to death. I, too, was worried that he's behind. If I try to give him puffs or melts he will not pick them up and put them in his mouth. But he's a healthy 25lbs. so I'm not too worried :) He'll do it when he's ready.

Laura - posted on 06/28/2010

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We just had our 9 month check-up with our doctor, and he told us to quit buying baby food now and that table foods are all our little guy needs. I'm still using brown rice cereal and oatmeal at b-fast and lunch, but I'm now mashing everything else on my own-bananas, honeydew, potatoes, etc... He still chokes a bit. Mashing things down is the way to go, and it's so much cheaper than baby food.

Teela - posted on 06/27/2010

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Every baby is different.. nothing is wrong with your baby..so i wouldn't worry much.. My daughter is 9 mts.. she has 6 teeths and working on 2 more..and she eats table food..but only soft things.. and she love stage 3 foods.. when your lil one started eating table food.. you better watch your plate..lol

Carly - posted on 06/27/2010

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Every baby is different. There is nothing "wrong" with your baby don't worry. My son has been on table foods since 7 months. But my friends baby can't even eat cheerios and she's the same age as my son. Don't worry she'll be eating everything before you know it.

Marie - posted on 06/27/2010

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My son is a big 9 month old and doesn't like the stage three foods or the stage two foods that are combinations - chicken and veggies, etc. When he's really hungry (dinner) I will just give him 1 and 1/2 bottles of stage 2 veggies (he only eats the starch, veggies, and fruits). I'm happy with it and there are some people that think he's behind because he doesn't eat table food - but I don't care what they say. He's VERY healthy and happy. He'll eat that when he's ready. He did just start (this week) tasting the cheezies, wobbly wheels, anf strawberry puffs. But once it breaks off in his mouth, he spits it out. It's still new to him (though I've been letting him play with them at the table for over a month) so I'm not worried. I hope that you are not worried either. People, even doctors, have their own personal beliefs and experiences and they find it very difficult to "remember" that they had to learn on their own and with their baby. That's what I believe we are doing, and I would say we're doing great!

Sophie - posted on 06/27/2010

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My baby is nearly 10 months and he eats anything now he has done for about 2 month but i know someone who said their little girl wouldnt have any type of baby food until she was 10 months

Kathy - posted on 06/26/2010

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mine turned 9 months on the 21st, when we started her on the stage 3 foods, especially meats where its chunky I would use the back of the spoon to mash it a little more till she got used to it. She would gag too, but I'd go back and forth between the chunky and smoother stuff till she adjusted. Now she eats them like a pro, will eat bits of what we are, baby mum mum's, Gerber baby cheezies and wobbly wheels, and Cheerio's. If your using the stage 3 foods she might just be gagging because she's not used to or doesn't like the texture, try mashing it a little more to help her out. Take it slow, but I wouldn't just stop. Mine has no teeth and does just fine!

Darlene - posted on 06/25/2010

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My 9 month old only has his 2 bottom teeth. He refused ALL baby food so he has been on table food for about 4 months now. He eats whatever we eat, except corn. I never smushed it or anything, just cut it into small pieces and made sure he toke small bites. My ped. said teeth are over-rated! All 3 of my kids skipped the baby food. We haven't had any bowel issues. A few minor gagging issues once in a great while but nothing to speak of. All kids are different though and when they are used to mushy food the adjustment can be hard. If I were you I'd keep doing what you are doing, she will eat the chunky stuff when she is ready. Now if she turns 1 and is still not eating chunky stuff maby have her tonsils looked at, my niece had to have hers removed before she could eat table food.

Heather - posted on 06/25/2010

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My little Pierce will eat anything at anytime. I wouldn't worry about the Dr. they dont know everything. She might be put off because she is cutting teeth but it could also be a texture thing. I would continue to give her the items but maybe cut them up smaller.
I have always made my own baby food so I dont know a stage but he eats what we eat most of the time now. I might puree some veggies and mix it with brown rice (slightly over cooked so its softer) and chop a little rotisserie chicken into it and he loves it. Hope this helps and good luck :)

Aicha - posted on 06/25/2010

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my daughter will be 9 months on the 30th and she can't handle stage 3 foods she doesn't chew and tries to swallow the foods without chewing no big deal just wait for the baby to be ready to eat the foods

Amber - posted on 06/25/2010

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my daughter has been on table food sence she was 6 months with no jar food and now she is 9 months and only has 2 bottles a day she also eats the lil entrees all by her self, that sounds a lil wierd that your child is going through that problem.

Anjana - posted on 06/25/2010

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Hi,
My son eats almost anything we let him have :)
He has 6 teeth now! He eats Gerber puffs, toddler cookies, well cooked rice, soft fruits like banana, cantaloupe, mango, etc...
He usually gags when he has had enough...that is, he will stop chewing/swallowing if he is full and if I try feed him again, he makes gagging sounds! I wonder if there are other babies like that...
Anyway, the best thing would be to let your baby guide you...also your baby might be picky now because of the teething issue...try those foods after her teeth have come out. She might be ok then...

Marji - posted on 06/25/2010

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Thanks for the input everyone. It's nice to see there are others in the same stage as she is. I have issues with textures so maybe she is like me when it comes to food. We will continue to go slow with her. I don't want her to choke on something because I think she should be eating it. :)

Bree - posted on 06/24/2010

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My daughter turns 9 months Saturday, and we have her on stage 2. I started slow with her. She does eat Cheerios and a few other finger foods, and I'm gearing up to give her a few more things, like tofu and bits of rice cakes.

Patricia - posted on 06/24/2010

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my 9 mth old has 8 teeth already....could be why he's already eating table food :) it's no wonder she's gaging

Julia - posted on 06/24/2010

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My daughter just turned 9 months and she eats both stage 3 foods and also foods that we eat for supper as well. I am trying to give her more every day foods then stage 3 baby foods but the baby food is great if we are going out. I would just mash up the stage 3 baby food a bit more if she is having a problem with it, my daughter gagged a bit in the beginning as well. It really just depends on the baby though because my daughter doesn't have any teeth yet and can still handle quite a few table foods.

Dawn - posted on 06/24/2010

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Not all, it depends if they have teeth and use there jaw to crush food. My son was eatting from the table ( NOT my choice) since he was 3 months old. It all depends on the baby. Not all baby's do things at the same time.

Cheri' - posted on 06/24/2010

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my son was 9 months on the 8th. he has been on just table food for 3 weeks now. he gags himself all the time and he laughs after. i think they do it on purpose. he also fake coughs when u feed him. just be patient and keeping trying!

Cheron - posted on 06/24/2010

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my son is 9months..i started giving him stage 3 food in april and jus started him on table food last month now he wont even take baby food at all he does have anyteeth yet but his gums are real hard ..but give her some time some babys need time to adjust

Noreen - posted on 06/24/2010

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She might not be ready. Can she feed herself puffs when you gave them to her? Or did you put him in her mouth? Babies gag to prevent themselves for choking, but it also means that they aren't ready. All babies are different and do things at different times. Just like crawling and walking.

Abby doesn't really eat solids. For instance, last night we had ribs, potato salad, and peas for dinner. The whole day, her solid intake was a couple of pees and a earth's best teething biscut. The rest was breastmilk.

Tara - posted on 06/23/2010

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I wouldn't worry about it much until she has more teeth. My son couldn't really take pieces of food until now cause his top teeth are through. He is also 9 months but instead of going along with the stages like they say on the containers and jars, I did what I think is right and when I think he is ready.

Amanda - posted on 06/23/2010

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My son, who will be 9 months next week, will eat, or at least try, anything you give him. He LOVES blackberries! I cut them in half. He does not have any teeth yet, but he certainly manages. He also really enjoys cottage cheese and soft veggies. He likes almost all veggies. I still use the jarred food though, and when I do, it's still Stage 2.

Alison - posted on 06/23/2010

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My daughter (22nd Sept) is on stage 2 jars but she will eat finger foods of cheese, sandwiches, biscuits, pasta & soft fruits such as strawberries. I try to give her other food aswell such as veg & meat but she tries it then spits it out. She is very fussy over savory foods. #my daughter was the same as your daughter with her stage 2 food, gagging when she tried it so I went onto mainly finger foods & then I top up with jars as she will eat more savory that way, she didn't start stage 2 properly until she was 8 months. If you read most jars they say stage 3 from 10 months. I wouldn't worry too much she will get there in the end.

Jae - posted on 06/23/2010

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Marji,
Everyones baby is different, it takes time to get food down to a right time. My daughter also turned 9 mos on the 9th of this month, she just started the biter biscuits. I think that after your baby grows more teeth she'll be doing better. It'll just take some time.

Anne - posted on 06/23/2010

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my son (sept 10) eats everything we do!!!! the softer foods he eats whole and the chunkier meats we use a little blender to make it softer. Haven't found anything yet that he won't eat!

Natasha - posted on 06/22/2010

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I think it definitely depends on their teeth, I was pureeing everything, luckily mine has two teeth now, so just chopping works :) I don't really buy baby food, we have oatmeal in the morning so does he, if we have sandwiches for lunch, so does he, and for dinner chicken pasta, veggies, you got it, he loves it!!

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WIC doesn't give stage 3 foods so Jakob is still on stage 2s, he has NO teeth, but eats Ritz crackers, teething biscuit/cookie things, puffs, he didn't like the yogurt melts either, gerber dried fruits...I've also given him bits of bread, chunks of chicken, turkey, rice, cantelope, banana, watermelon, he's stolen scrambled eggs from brother, hash browns... When he first started w/puffs I'd break them up so they were smaller and he'd choke a little if he didn't get the previous ones out before adding more, but you just keep offering and they get through it... I usually give Jakob pcs about the size of a pencil eraser and he's pretty good with it, even w/out chompers :)

Rebecca Anne - posted on 06/22/2010

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My Lil Em was 9Mnths on the 7 and she eats most foods that I eat, there are some meals she spits up but I just keep trying......I live in Australia so I do not know these stage 1, 2 or 3's.....but I would not really follow them because every child is an individual and the all take their time to adjust to the taste, also if they are teething this will affect what they want to eat aswell...

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I would just keep up with the stage 3s and table food but mash them a little more. My son has the EXACT same teeth as yours and doesnt have any problems. We even tried the toddle cracker things that dissolve and he did ok. (We didn't know they were toddlers at the time.) He eventually did get chocked but we stopped after that bc noticing they were too big. You's will have to sooner or later I would just help him out a little. Same nutrition just less dangerous

Jane - posted on 06/22/2010

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My son will eat anything we put in front of him, but every baby develops at his or her own pace. I think you're motherly instinct to feed her what she wants is the best thing to do. Why force-feed her if she is healthy? Best of luck, she'll eat when she is ready to eat!

Annie - posted on 06/22/2010

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Kehlson will be 9 months on the 28th. We just started feeding him stage 3 fruits and veggies. I only give him a few bites of the chucky things then switch to something smoother. He gags also. He will eat some table fruit, but really just sucks on them. He loves the puffs but not the yogert melts.
I was talking to a friend of mine the other day adn she said that her daughter wouldn't eat table food until she was almost 2.
All babies are different. I feel that you have to listen to you baby. Some babies just aren't ready. We just keep trying and eventually he figures it out little by little.

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