Is your baby feeding himself puffs?

Heather - posted on 04/13/2010 ( 121 moms have responded )

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My son was born September 18th, I feed him gerber puffs for a snack. I was just wondering if anyones baby out there is feeding them to themselves? He will pick them up in his hand, but then he just kind of looks at them, he hasn't figured out how to get them into his mouth yet...

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Jamie - posted on 04/16/2010

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God some mums just post on here to make other mums feel like sh*t I'm sure of it! I don't know where your from but in the UK we do similar ones called Organix puffs that don't have any sugar or anything in it if your worried about that for a start. Let's be realistic here, babies are hard work, you can't make everything for them and still manage a life and if you look hard enough there are ready made products that are perfectly OK to use that are PURE 100% ingreidiants like Ella's Kitchen for example. They may be more expensive but so handy to have round the house when you don't have the time to make things.
All babies are different though. My son was born 3rd of September and easily eats the organix puffs but then some babies this age just don't. You'll never know if you don't try so rather than these posters saying his too young don't listen to them. Babies aren't a text book, each one is different, so if he doesn't seem ready, leave, and try again another time.

Heidi - posted on 04/15/2010

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Of course Heather is not 'courting choking" !! My son was born sept 2nd and has been eating puffs and mums rice crackers for over a month- he has 2 teeth- and feeds himself perfectly well- pops them in his mouth and even chomps. He has been able to do it since he first tried and has NEVER been at risk of choking! thats silly- they melt and of course Heather knows her own child and obviously gave them when baby was ready... which varies greatly per baby!! also try frozen banana in a feeder Heather! if u havent already! anything frozen is great for their gums and helps coordination too!

Heather - posted on 04/15/2010

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Right on the puffs it says they are for independent sitters...and my son has been sitting independently for about a month now. He gets stage 2 foods & puffs for a snack. He has been eating them for quite awhile. My question wasn't whether you think he's old enough for them, because that's for ME to decide. My question was whether anyone elses babies are feeding themselves. All you had to say was no. You have NO idea what my baby is ready for, so don't you dare tell me I am courting choking. He has seven teeth. He CAN chew & swallow perfectly fine!

Stacey - posted on 04/18/2010

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Basically what you are doing is Baby Lead Solids. This is where you make eating solids as natural as possible by letting your child eat for themselves instead of leading it for them. Its had great success. This is how my youngest is learning. They say that if they are controling the food themselves and discovering it themselves (with a watchful eye) they are less likely to choke. Google it. My little girl is now 7 months and will only eat if she is holding the spoon or a chunk of food. I find there are less fights and more goes in.

Jennifer Rain - posted on 04/15/2010

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Have you read the ingrediants on those things? Sugar is the second ingrediant! So bad for babies new taste buds and new teeth.

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Mary - posted on 05/04/2010

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My child eats puffs too. She grabs them and feeds them to herself! Born sept 24th

Jennifer - posted on 05/03/2010

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i dont see an age on the can i have its an off brand but all the brands ive found are in tall contains and the dissolve so ive found that they are great for helping him learn how to gnaw on things

Stella - posted on 05/03/2010

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my son born Sept 3 loves puffs and mum-mums. He feeds himself and has from the time I introduced them to him at 6 months. Your baby will get the hang of it and you need to offer foods as you feel your baby is ready to eat them.

Natasha - posted on 05/03/2010

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My son was born the same day. He's still nursing primarily. He likes to pick up Cheerios, but doesn't know where to put them.

Kimberly - posted on 05/01/2010

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I have 7 month old girl/boy twins born Sept. 4th. They have been eating finger food since they were 6 months old. They don't have the pincher grasp yet, so they can't pick up the little food (cheerios & puffs), but they LOVE it when you feed it to them. They eat Mum mums, and baby cookies, cheerios, puffs, crackers, cooked carrots, cooked green beans, those Gerber meat sticks, etc. AND FYI my girl has NO teeth and my boy only has 2 teeth on the bottom, their gums work great for mushing the food, and all that drool helps to digest the food. You just have to make sure they are sitting in a high chair and not running around.

Keep feeding your son the puffs and anything else you think he is ready for. You are his mother and only you know best!!!! He will learn the pincher grasp soon enough to drive you crazy picking up every speck of dirt off the floor :) LOL

Jessi - posted on 05/01/2010

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my baby was born the 24th and I've been offering him a few puffs while we are eating supper for about a month now For the first while he would bring them to his mouth and would gag on them when I put them in his mouth. Last night, actually I saw him put one in his mouth and he ate it most of the way before gagging. He eventually worked it out with us watching him every second until he did. Your baby will figure it out eventually, they need those experiences to learn.

Jackie - posted on 04/30/2010

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My son was born on Sept.5 and he eats the Baby Mum Mums all by himself. He loves them. When he sees the package he starts to smile and gets all excited.

Sarah - posted on 04/28/2010

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I was just wondering...is this the same puffs that are for 12 months +?? cause i checked them out, wanting to see what everyone was talking about. I saw these ones that were not for my son's age, are they're any for the younger children, that i did not see??

Carly - posted on 04/28/2010

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i will say that every mom knows their own child!!! My little one loves crackers and bitter biscuits and she has actually choked twice and she has had 6 teeth! it depends on when your baby is ready! when she did choke i stayed calm and grabbed it with my own finger she has defiently learned and so have i. i never leave her alone and at first she didnt grab them by herself but she figured it out when i put them in her mouth then she grabbed them from my hand...still not picking up from the table but she will learn. They always play first and thats how they learn. Dont worry every baby is so different...your a good mom and you are doing the right thing!

Jessica - posted on 04/28/2010

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My son does sometimes but he gets lazy and wants me to put it him his mouth lol.

Crystal - posted on 04/28/2010

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I don't know what gerber puffs are but I have givin my son who is 7 months on the 29 Ritz crakers and Mum-Mums and he LOVES them!!!! I put them in his hand and he puts them into his mouth and he just gums them LOL cause he doesn't have any teeth yet. Try one of those crackers and see if there is a different reaction.

Good Luck!!!

Amy - posted on 04/26/2010

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My son was born the 15th.. he has one tooth and has seemed super interested in food, and i just showed him a couple times how to do it and he's doing it well.. but it's nothing to be worried about if he isn't doing it himself..break them in half and just keep encouraging him.. good luck!

Jill - posted on 04/26/2010

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My child was born the 11th of September and she has been eating puffs for about three weeks, she learned about a week after picking them up to put them in her mouth by herself. She tries to feed herself with the spoon like thing from gerber, it says seven months on it. Most peds can chew even if they have no teeth, and swallow properly.

Tia - posted on 04/26/2010

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my son was born on the 10th of september.. he eats the puffs AND teething buscuits lol it's fine, just watch him incase he takes too much and could choke on it. but nathan's a big boy lol he'll eat anything.. already starting on stage 3 foods ;[ he's growing too fast lol got a 3rd tooth coming in too

Tasha - posted on 04/25/2010

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my son was born sept 11th an i hold a watsit out to him hell take it an feed himself with them

Jennifer - posted on 04/23/2010

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my on was born on the 5th and i started off feeding them to him to show him they were yummy lol then let him play with them, he leaned quick if he tries to pick up alot he can eat the ones that et stuck to the outside of his hand. Just recently he started learning to open his hand and try to get them before they fall. All kids learn at their own pace tho and it did take him about a month to get to this stage. Hope this helps!!

Andrea - posted on 04/23/2010

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Hi Heather,

My son was born September 10th and just recently I decided to buy him puffs and at first I hesistated but I gave him one from my hand first then I put one in his own bowl. Surprisingly, he picked it up and after about 2 or 3 trys, he got it in his mouth. I was so proud because I didn't think that babies were ready for that just yet, I'm new at this and I'm learning that taking a chance at new skills with these little ones is teaching us more than them. lol I'm sure the look on his face when you gave it to him for the first time was Cute!

Corrie - posted on 04/23/2010

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Dakoda was born on Sept. 10 and is getting really good at feeding herself puffs. I started her on them a couple weeks ago. Every baby is different and is ready for new things at different times. Just do what seems right to you!

Ashley - posted on 04/22/2010

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I wouldnt listen to those who say your baby is too young to eat the Gerber puffs. My son was born Sept. 4, 2009 and he has no problem eating them, I even put them in a bowl and he grabs them out and feeds himself! The Gerber puffs I get kinda melt in your mouth and reduces the risk of choking. My advice is the watch him while he eats one at a time and if he doesnt have any trouble with them then it should be okay!!



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Brittany - posted on 04/22/2010

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my baby was born on sept. 25th and she is doing the same thing i bought those and she likes them but half the time she feeds the dog and the other half she gets them in her mouth !!LOL good luck better than a vaccuum get a dog!!!LOL

Heather - posted on 04/22/2010

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My son was born Sept 28th and he does the same thing! He wants to put everything else in his mouth though... just not the things he's supposed to :)

Holly - posted on 04/21/2010

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oh, sorry to answer your question, if i put them in his hand he puts them in his mouth but he wont pick them from the tray yet :)

Holly - posted on 04/21/2010

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my son was born Sept 30, 2009, he has 2 teeth and has been eating the gerber puffs for two months now. he does so well with them and has from the start. no gagging, choking,or even funny faces lol, he loves them. i think it depends on the child, and you are his mother, if you feel he is ready it is your decision its not going to hurt them at all :)

Sylvia - posted on 04/20/2010

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I haven't tried my daughter on them yet. But, I plan to now that she is 7 months. She was born on Sept 18th and she already eats table food at times.

Holly - posted on 04/20/2010

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I think you know your own child as I do mine! My son was born the 23 of Sept and I give him his puree foods for his meals along with cereal in the morning and evening to ensure he is getting the proper amount along with his formula!
I also give him (people may think I am crazy but...) long chunks of cucumber, watermelon, cataloupe, honeydew, pears, bananas, apples also strips of toast, MumMums, havent tried the puffs, but they sound like a good idea!!
I do this so he can experience the food, not be afraid of getting sticky or messy and he do get a little bit to eat. I cut the food long enough so he can hold it!! He loves it. I sit close to him and I munch on fruit and veggies with him!! It is a great experience!

Amanda - posted on 04/20/2010

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Hey, Just read your post. My son was born in the 19th of September. He chews and swallows just fine also. He will put pieces of bread and rice husks to his mouth to chew and eat. I would say just keep giving them to him and he'll figure it out on his own. Took Aiden a few weeks to get it right, but he is doing it now. Its still early, and it sounds like your ahead of the game.

Chelsea - posted on 04/19/2010

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that's right no one knows ur baby better than you people need to use this site exclusively to answer the questions asked and ask for advice not be so ignorantly judgemental. Way to believe in yourself as a mother.

Lee Ann - posted on 04/19/2010

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my son was born on the 4th and he is eating the puffs, freeze dried yogurt, and the crunchies. he will pick them up in his hand, but he's not feeding them to himself...i have to put it in his mouth otherwise they all end up on the floor, haha. he has also been eating on crackers too. he only has four teeth and does just fine.

Alison - posted on 04/19/2010

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That is why the Puffs are so good, they dissolve right away and they are almost impossible to choke on. I have found comparable ones at our local Albertson's they actually are a little smaller shaped but same flavors and they last a little bit longer!

Heather - posted on 04/19/2010

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Thank you for all the feedback, ladies!! Next time I go shopping I am going to get some of these Mum-mums I'm hearing so much about! I am just going to keep working at it with Wyatt & hopefully he gets the hang of feeding himself soon... :) I haven't tried him with cheerios yet, I'm kind of scared of those. I haven't had a cheerio in a long time, but I don't remember them dissolving that quickly. I thought they like, stayed crunchy in milk?? Lol. I also tried the freeze dried fruit, strawberries & bananas, and he choked on those. So, I think I'm going to wait awhile before we try those again. Thanks again!!

Alison - posted on 04/19/2010

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My son was also born on Sept. 18th! I feed him Puffs as a snack too. He has in the last two weeks just figured out how to feed himself. This is a good and bad thing since about half of them end up on the floor but helps me to get things done while he's eating!

Jessica - posted on 04/19/2010

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Payton was born 9/5 and she feeds herself puffs... she tries to chew (she doesn't have teeth, but she "gums" them) After she had that down, she also eats cheerios, kix and mum mums. She sits independantly, crawls (not with her belly off the ground though). We have never had a choking issue, but I do know first aid/cpr (which I would advise every parent to know anyway...).... so I guess short answer Yes :)

Samantha - posted on 04/19/2010

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My son was born Sept 13, he has 2 teeth and had them since he was 4 months. He eats just about anything and has no problem. He does feed himself, just with some kids it may take longer for them to feed themselves. Aidan was like that for the longest time now he just takes it in his hands and eats away. Stay patient it will happen.

Sylvie - posted on 04/19/2010

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My son was born septembre 6th, and he loves organics puffs and he feed himself.He also loves seaweed and rice crackers.
Don't forget every child are different. My baby loves to feed himself.

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My little one was born on the 12th Sep 09, and she loves her puff's, she eating her puff's for more than a Month now

Dana - posted on 04/19/2010

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Reaghan was born Sept. 16th, and I recently began giving her the puffs. I usually have to put one in her hand though, because if i set it down she loses interest and finds something else to play with!!

Alicia - posted on 04/19/2010

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My daughter was born on 9/16. She eats the puffs with no problem and loves them, She tries to feed herself, but misses her mouth! (Poor thing). But she is trying! She also eats some solid foods off me and my husband's plate (bits of chicken, oatmeal, grits, pancakes). She loves and prefers our food! But we still feed her stage 2 (stage 3 seems a bit TOO chunky). We just make sure that whatever we give her is in tiny pieces.

Rachel - posted on 04/19/2010

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My son was born on the 20th and he eats the puffs as a snack and just started to be able to feed them to himself. Each baby is different and starts at different times. My son eats level 2 foods and eats the puffs. He also eats saltine crackers for a snack. He gagged at first which is normal but does well.

Jessica - posted on 04/19/2010

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My son Kaden was born on 9/06/09 and has been eating Puffs since we was 5 months. And to actually ANSWER your question, YES he is feeding himself. And just about anything he can get his hands on. It took him about a week or so to figure out what to do with them on his own but is an avid finger food eater. Sweetie you and only YOU know what is best for your child. Kaden is a great finger food eater, his fine motor skills are totally developed because of it and he DOES chew and swallow with only 2 teeth :) Hope this helps!

Jenelle - posted on 04/19/2010

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Our daughter Annalise will eat them. But really loves the mums. If we let her she would eat a whole box a day !!! But she also eats other foods and has now ventured into different juices (besides just apple) She is the only one of my four kids whole will eat almost two eggs every morning, scrambled with butter of course :) She loves food which suprises me because at 7months yesterday she still hasen't hit 15lbs.......babies!

Amanda - posted on 04/19/2010

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My son was born on Sept 27th. He has no teeth and has been eating puffs for about a week now. I love to watch him, I crack up at it. He gets them in his palm and tries to get it in his mouth so hard, then they stick to his hand while he's trying to figure out what's going on. He has been eating the graduate biter biscuits for over a month now, he LOVES them. Honestly, I think that is good practice for feeding himself for the smaller things, if your child hasn't tried them yet. =]

Crystal - posted on 04/19/2010

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My daughter (Sept 5) has been eating puffs and cheerios for about 1.5 months now and she has yet to choke on either one of them. Yes, she does feed herself, but when she first started out she would just grab as many as she could fit in her little hand and try to wipe them in her mouth. Just don't put too many down at first. Now I can give her a little handful and she'll just pick up a couple and eat them. Even though she just now got her first tooth today, she has been chewing the cheerios and puffs for quite a while now, about 3 weeks I think. Just because your baby doesn't have teeth doesn't mean they can't chew up a soggy puff or cheerio. And it probably feels really good on those teething gums. :-) Don't worry, he'll get the hang of it soon. :-)

Michelle - posted on 04/19/2010

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i feed my daughter puffs as well. she can manage them completely by herself. For those who think they may cause your baby to choke: the puff are designed to dissolve. Even if the baby "chokes" on them, they will dissolve before a baby asphyxiates. Not to say you shouldn't watch your baby still, but it may ease some discomfort others have with the idea of feeding a baby finger foods. They are actually a great tool for a baby to learn hand eye motor coordination. My Miss Evelyn is doing wonderfully, as I'm sure you're baby is!

LYDIA - posted on 04/19/2010

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My daughter born 09/04/09 loves puffs! She tries to put them in her mouth but I have to help her a little sometimes. The smaller finger foods are taking her a little bit more time but she can get some in there. She already eats foods thats she can hold and feed herself like long pieces of mango & pineapple, I watch her of course but she does fine. I sometimes make them smaller to practice her fine motor skills. No teeth but she gums it to death and I haven't had any problems. She also uses a sippy cup as has just about mastered it which we started at 5 months. :)

Bonnie - posted on 04/19/2010

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Delilah was born September 20, 2009 and she loves puffs! They dissolve easily and in my opinion it helps her figure out how to chew.

Brittney - posted on 04/19/2010

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My son is eating the little Gerber Graduates puffs. He loves the sweet potato and banana flavors, and he has learned to feed them to himself in the past week or so.

Amanda - posted on 04/19/2010

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i have been giving my daughter (born 9/2/09) puffs for about a month now. for the first couple of times i put them in her mouth to see what she would do. once she wanted to pick them up by herself, it took her a little while to figure out how to put them in her mouth, she had more fun just picking them up with her fingers and throwing them. once she got a couple of puffs in her mouth, she's been able to feed herself since

Jael - posted on 04/19/2010

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I have been giving my daughter puffs since she was 5 months and she absolutely loves them. She does grab them and knows that they go in her mouth, but can't quiet get them in most of the time. I try to put the in between her thumb and her pointer finger and she gets it in, but when she puts it in her fist she has a hard time. practice makes perfect!

Brooke - posted on 04/18/2010

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I give my daughter puffs and mum mums, I tried to give her cheerios first but she gagged a little bit so I tried the puff because they dissolve and those worked great, she loves them, and it only took her a week or so to figure out how to feed herself ( born sept 24th.) I dont think they are a choking hazard and I personally think there is a big difference between choking ( blocked airway) and gagging ( a reflex) because my daughter will also gag on her pureed veggies with is obviously not a choking hazard, but I know some might think if a child gags they are "choking." Just remember though, who I am and who are they ( other moms) follow your gut, listen to your doc, and do what you feel is right because you think its right not cuz its what others think.

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