What are good starter table foods??

Jennifer - posted on 05/30/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My son is 8 months old and has 4 teeth. I've been so nervous to start him on table foods but know i need to someday. He eats gerber puffs, mashed bananas, and some other really small stuff. i always give him tiny tiny bites so he doesn't choke but i know if i keep doing this he's not going to learn how to chew...... How and where do i start???

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Jennifer - posted on 06/01/2010

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Thanks ladies! I've been trying to get a little braver, he LOVES table food!!!

Tiffany - posted on 06/01/2010

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Try Gerber "mum-mums" its like a rice cake for babies. My daughter absoloutly loves them!

Ericka - posted on 05/31/2010

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My son has tried cut up cooked carrots, cooked corn, small pieces of bananas, small pieces of pears (which he LOVED!), small pieces of avocado, he had pieces of cooked asparagus (which he was not fond of!) tonight, he also eats wagon wheels, saltine crackers, toast, oyster crackers, cheerios, and next we are going to try cooked pieces of sweet potatoe and pieces of apple. My son was born 9/24 and he eats some type of table food as well as 4oz of baby food or yogurt for meals twice a day with a bottle in the middle of the night, bottle 2hrs after jar food breakfast and about 3 hrs after that, and a bottle at bedtime. We have the same routine for meals every day so that my son knows when to expect his meals and my husband and I can make sure he is getting enough calories and a balanced diet. Good luck!

Oh and oven baked fries, he's had those too, and plain pasta noodles! Almost forgot, lol :)

Kimberly - posted on 05/31/2010

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i starte giving my son mashed patatos n small cunkes of fruit but now i give him toast and plan pancakes.he also loves suger free popsicles they r good for teething n hot days but the best started foods are anything soft they can feed them selfs. i was very nervus to start food too but they wont have a chance to choke if your sitting with him while he eats

Maura - posted on 05/31/2010

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my 8 month only has 2 teeth but I give her canned carrots and boil them till there soft she loves them she says mmmm as she is chewing lol

Bridget - posted on 05/30/2010

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If you are looking for good finger foods I recommend trying tofu. The soft was perfect for my daughter, it was firm enough to cut into bite sized cubes, but also soft enough that she was able to chew.
Also, I made mashes sweet potatoes and made them sort of firm so that she could pick up little chunks.
My daughter can eat just about anything now, even though she doesnt have teeth, but I know I was SO scared at first.
Also, watermelon seemed good. Ripe cantulope and honeydew were soft enough for me to feel comfortable.

Good luck!

Sydney - posted on 05/30/2010

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i got my son biter buiscuts, he loves those and the gerber wagon wheels, and graham crackers

Kendra - posted on 05/30/2010

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You can graduate from mashed banana to small chunks of banana... it is a taste he is familiar with so he should do it well. Avocado is a good one too but make sure it is soft and again, small chunks. Sweet potato cooked so it is soft but not mashed also. My son is 8 months and we haven't done any solids at all with him but I am thinking he is going to skip baby food all together and go straight to table foods!

Cinys - posted on 05/30/2010

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The most important thing is that when you start feeding him solids, that you are not nervous. Babies can sense if you are nervous and it will make them nervous. Put on some nice music :).

I started Sabrina on cereal when she was 5 months. She was able to swallow and not push anything out of her mouth by then.
Try some cereal, its quick, easy and easy for him for a first try.


Once you become comfortable with this, I would recommend making your own. Its fast, its easy, its healthy and economic!
This is what I do: You can use a base such as potatoes and carrots. Then you can add leeks, snow peas, or wish ever you would like to switch it up. For Sabrina I use broccoli, cauliflower, leaks, spinach, Brussels sprouts, and any other veggies I can peel, wash, etc. it gets her use to different tastes which is very important.

Make sure you cook them just to the point where they are tender. Don't over cook them.

Then, add your protein.
Chicken, beef, fish, liver etc...
Cook them first, then add it to the veggies and blend away :)!

I use my blender for her fruits as well. She loves the combination of different fruits for different tastes.

We havent had a constipation problem with her, ever.
She poops regularly.

Poor girl has her 4 middle top teeth coming through at once. Her bottom front two are already out. She is grinding them. Hurts my ears lol.

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