Trouble with Table Food

Stephanie - posted on 08/27/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My 9 1/2 month old daughter doesn't like table food, not those melty yogurt things or anything like that. She will only eat babyfood-like consistencies and doesn't even like stage 3 babyfood. Any suggestions? She only has two bottom teeth.

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Jennifer - posted on 08/27/2010

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I wouldn't think that it's too big of a deal really at 9m....especially with only 2 teeth. If she doesn't have many teeth, it's going to be harder for her to chew things to where she can swallow them. My 9m old has 7 teeth in, and #8 just broke thru yesterday, so he eats some table food because he can chew it. Have you given her the fruit puff snacks to try? My son was eating those with only 2 teeth, because they pretty much dissolve almost immediately in your mouth so they don't have to be chewed up very much.

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Maggie - posted on 09/12/2010

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Dont worry we're having the same problem with our 10 month old who has 8 teeth and some molars about to pop through. All in time. Our son just doesn't like the texture, the only things he eats are like the baby puffs and baby food/cereal. He gags at everything else or wont put it in his mouth.

Melanie - posted on 08/30/2010

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I'm in the same boat. My son is 9 months, and the 4 front teeth, but doesn't really go for table food to eat. I tried puffs but he gags and has thrown up because of them. I do constantly give him my food to taste and try and am hoping that one day he just catches on. I am reassured about it though, because the age listed on the puffs is 12+. I am going to try the avacado as well....maybe we will get a little closer soon!

Sarah - posted on 08/29/2010

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As Far As Table Food, Try The Little Gerber Biter Cookies, Some Cheese Puffs, Etc. About The Stage Threes, How Many Kinds Have You Tried? Your Baby Just Might Not Like That One Certain Kind. So, Try Gerber Or Beechnut & They Have Lots Of Different Stage Threes To Choose From! (:

Cally - posted on 08/29/2010

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I am not an avcado fan either but my 9 month old loves it. I normally give him a few pieces to eat as finger food and then mash the rest with a little bit or steamed mashed pumpkin and he loves it.

Callie - posted on 08/28/2010

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Jennifer- I don't really like avocados either (except for in guacamole which my daughter really loves too). I usually just feed her straight avocado no spices or salt. Just pick ripe avocados (should yield to gentle pressure like a ripe peach). Slice in half, remove pit and scoop out with a spoon. You can either mash them with a fork to turn it into baby food or just cut into small pieces and feed as finger food. They are one of the best foods ever! No need to cook and travel well in the diaper bag just like bananas. My daughter usually eats between 1/4 to 1/2 of a hass avocado during a meal and I pair it with just about everything. I also feed my daughter tofu because she didn't really take to meats because of the gritty texture. Tofu is really soft and easy to gum.

PS. Avocado will turn brownish (like apples) when exposed to the air but is still good.

Sandy - posted on 08/27/2010

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My son also only has two teeth and he's not much of a table food/finger food eater at all. He will only feed himself something that is hard, like bread, and refused to touch anything else (cheese, carrots, etc.) I only recently started to make his food a little less runny and he tends to get that he has to gum it a little bit, especially with avocados and cheese. I wouldn't worry about him not eating finger foods just yet...until he has more teeth it'll be hard. Offer him soft things, like bread and small pieces of cheese.

Natasha - posted on 08/27/2010

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My daughter also only has her 2 bottom teeth (top ones are cutting in, though! :o) ). She loves those puffs in all flavors. Gerber also makes those snacks that look like cheese doodles but come in other flavors that she loves. If not, then give her time. Have you tried just leaving them on her tray?

Jennifer - posted on 08/27/2010

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This is a little off topic, but Callie made me think of it. I'm not much of a veggie eater at all, and I'm pretty picky about certain things....but I don't want my son to be that way when he gets older. So I try to introduce everything to him, even if it's something I don't eat. Avocado is something I hear a lot of mother's talk about feeding their babies, but I can't stand it! So I'm not sure how I would even prepare it, to try and feed it to my son to see if he likes it. Or how much I should give him, what to give to him with it, etc.... Any suggestions??

Candice - posted on 08/27/2010

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our daughter has been eating slightly less mushed food for a while, not quite table food but also not completely runny...it has taken her a while to get used to it,gave a spoonful of each for a few meals and then less mush and more lumps slowly slowly.. also only have two bottom teeth xxx

Callie - posted on 08/27/2010

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My daughter only has two teeth as well so as long as the food is really soft it shouldn't be uncomfortable for her to gum it (unless her gums are sore from teething). My daughter really likes pieces of avocado and steamed sweet potatoes. Both are really soft and easy to gum. Just keep trying to introduce table foods, eventually she will take to them.

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