Getting off baby food

Melinda - posted on 08/13/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter really isn't interested in getting off baby food but her doctor and her grandma keep telling me that I need to start her on "adult" foods. Any suggestions on foods that she will like? She seems to have a problem with the texture of most food because it is the same as her pureed food, just cut into small pieces.

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Kathy - posted on 08/14/2010

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My daughter LOVES real food... if its not something messy I'll put it on her tray and let her feed herself, but I always keep jarred food on hand in case we have something she can't (like steak) or if something happens she won't eat it. We also got her on stage 3 foods, its not really pureed more chopped and lots of sauce or veggies in it. But our doctor suggested to start with cheerios for finger foods and softer foods

Lisa - posted on 08/13/2010

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my son freaks about texture too. Sometimes he'll even gag just holding a piece of something, before he even gets it into his mouth, which always cracks me up. But he loves cheese and tofu - try those. The tofu especially is soft and smooth and bland and that seems to help the transition. Also when he doesn't like some kind of "regular" food I'll mix some of one his favorite pureed foods into it and that usually gets him to eat it. And one day he'll hate something and then a couple of days later he'll love it. Another thing that helps with my son is letting him eat some things with his hands and then doing some spoon fed food, alternating. I'll give him a couple of cubes of tofu, a Cheerio, and then a few spoons of the turkey and rice mash I made, then back to letting him grab some food with his hands. Fruit in a mesh feeder is good too - they're getting the taste and some texture of "real" food without you having to worry about choking and they get to use their hands to feed themselves.

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