What kinds of things are your babies eating besides jarred baby food and cereal?

Amy - posted on 10/25/2008 ( 84 moms have responded )

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I feel like I should be letting my daughter try more things, but I have no idea what!

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Lisa - posted on 11/15/2008

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My 9 mo old loves finger foods: avacado, apples, peaches, pears, banana, peas, beans, sweet potato, carrots, squash, grapes (quartered or smaller) egg yolk, brown rice, mango, papaya, pancakes, bread, tortillas, cheeses, ground or pureed meats, and more. I want her to like different nutritous foods and not be a picky eater, so I try to focus on variety, texture and nutrition, avoiding things like sugar, salt, trans fats, preservatives and artificial colors.

Nicki - posted on 11/15/2008

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My daughter loves pancakes, bread, green beans, beans, rice, mashed potatoes, cooked carrots and peas.

Lisa - posted on 11/15/2008

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I try to add fruit or veggies to food that I make, for example french toast with pureed sweet potatoes or banana mixed in, or scrambled egg yolk with mixed veggie puree. I have been using the website wholesomebabyfood.com, it's really helpful. Lately I've been sharing whatever I am eating with my 9 month old as long as it's not a high allergen food. She loves a little spice too, like cinnamon or nutmeg.

Amy - posted on 11/15/2008

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We just had her 9 month checkup yesterday and our pedi told us she can pretty much eat anything now except allergens (chocolate, honey, nuts, etc). We started trying new things this week! thank you so much for all of your suggestions! i can't believe your babies are eating so much! Poor Hannah is really missing out! So far we've given her pieces of toast, waffle, banana, apple, and mac & cheese! i need to get some veggies to give her next. she loves the wagon wheels by gerber and the puffs. she's also h ad some cheerios, but i've been letting them soak in formula because i'm paranoid! i probably should stop that so she learns to chew crunchy things. she does really well with her puffs and wagon wheels. but they seem to dissolve so much better than cheerios. who makes the yogurt meltaways?

Tanya - posted on 11/15/2008

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I love cooking for my little guy. I've got two great books... one is by Annabel Carmel & the other one is called 'Blender BabyFood'. He'll eat almost anything I give him (unless it's spinach or prunes). Today I made shepherds pie for us & pureed it for my son - he loved it! I've been a bit slow about wheat & dairy because of allergies in our family, but everything else is going well so far!

Darla - posted on 11/14/2008

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My daughter has only 2 theeth and she loves spaghetti and french toast sticks. I just chunk any soft food like beans, peas, carrotts, bread, pasta, bananas, pears and peaches. there is always oatmeal and mashed potatos. I just use her formula for the mashed potatos since she isn't suppose to have whole milk yet.

Karen - posted on 11/14/2008

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might sound weird to some but ever since we took our little one apple picking with her older sister she loves her apples. i cut the in slices and take peel off and she just goes for it. even before she had her 2 teeth she loved them. would rub on her gums and manage to eat it.

Casie - posted on 11/07/2008

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my daughter loves to eat everything..
i still like to give her the gerber yogurt melts

Johanna - posted on 11/07/2008

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My son loves to eat Gerbers Pasta Pickups(which I cut in half) cooked peas, carrots, green beans( cut into bite sizes), crackers, cherrios, banannas, toasts, mashed potatoes and pretty much any mashable food, he has refused to eat any pureed baby food

Kristy - posted on 11/07/2008

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My daughter is an EATING MACHINE! She started eating cereal at three months cause she was consuming almost DOUBLE the normal amount of formula for her size/age! Now she has three teeth and eats whatever we are eating. She is really fond of smoothies recently, makes for a nice filling wholesome (non-messy!) snack in between meals. I combine fruits (I keep some frozen for when I run out of fresh) with yogurt/milk or even formula. Now, when she hears the blender she gets very excited, she knows its for her!

Candace - posted on 11/07/2008

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My daughter loves bread. She is pretty good at chewing so I give her any kind of soft fruit ( bananas, melon, mango etc) and steamed veggies, she likes pasta, cheese and yogurt. I recently made lasagna with spinach and squash and put it in the food processor, she loved it. There is a good book called Baby's First meals, it has a lot of great ideas.

Rachel - posted on 11/07/2008

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My son will eat just about anything. I give him bits of whatever I'm eating. I started with give him Baby Mum Mums to encourage self feeding. They are organic rice cookies that melt in his mouth. He loves them.

Tracy - posted on 11/06/2008

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She loves to each cheerios, sliced and shredded cheese, mashed potatoes, graham crackers, crackers, lemons, oranges, bananas, plums.

Tiffany - posted on 11/06/2008

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My son like mashed potatoes, the fruit puff, Gerber also has "wagon wheel" fruit. It's apple and I think they have carrot maybe, but it seems like dried fruit. But pretty much anything as long as it's mashed enough for them to not choke. He's #3 for me so I'm pretty comfortable with giving him quite a bit, but with my first he didn't get food until he was one. I breast fed and feeding him scared me. You just have to go for it and watch closely for allergies and such.

Jacqueline - posted on 11/06/2008

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My daugher (9 mos.) would never eat any baby food. She wants to chew and couldn't abide the smooth texture I guess. I only feed her table food now and she LOVES it!

Avacado, banana, little bits of whole grain bread, cheese, pasta....its fine to let her try whatever according to my doctor and everything I have read!

Lisa - posted on 11/05/2008

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Everything that we eat is what my daughter eats.... EVERYTHING! Whatever we have for dinner that night is what she has the following night. I put what will be her food into the Magic Bullet, and pulse it up til it's the right consistency, and that's her food for the next evening! = )

Elissa - posted on 11/05/2008

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Eden really enjoys the Gerber Puffs and they keep her very entertained. Also, the biter biscuits (messy) and i have given her regular string beans and I gave her a french fry once cause she was watching me eat and was jealous :)

Christina - posted on 11/05/2008

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Hiya my son Will has mushed up toast dinner on a sunday an i pot some up incase i run out of other food for him. When the roast is being dished up we do a bowl for him so he has exactly what we have just mushed and he loves it

Nicole - posted on 11/05/2008

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Liney (Caroline) has her 2 bottom teeth. we're moving slow on trying lots of different "big people" foods because i have alot of food allergies. right now, she is eating the baby cereal, formula, baby foods, and the gerber puffs. they disolve in her mouth and she loves them. She does get tastes of things. not a whole serving mind, but a couple bites here and there of other things. She loves egg drop soup lol. she likes vanilla pudding and ice cream. she's gotten to try cream cheese from grandma's bagel, and she has also tried cookies which her great-nana crumbled up and gave her little tastes.

i'm also worried about her choking, so i'm going a little slow. it's probably just the first time mom jitters, but i wanna make sure i'm not over doing it.

Terilyn - posted on 11/05/2008

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let her explore but keep atleast one eye on her she will let you know what she is ready for watching is one of the best tools you could have when there at this age...i know that my daughter was ready for a whoel lot more than i gave her credit for...watch and learn mommy, atleast that is what she tells me...lol...

Anna - posted on 11/05/2008

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I started my feeding my son when he was 3 months old. We gave him pureed food in jars but he would just spit or dribble it out so we tried him on baby foods for 6 month olds and up and he just loved it. People were really suprised that we were already giving him on solid foods. Ever since then whatever we eat he eats also, he especially loves rice, potato and pumkin. The doctor also mentioned we should let him try abit of everything so that we know if he is allergic to anything, but lucky so far he's not.

Darla - posted on 11/05/2008

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My daughter loves cooked carrots and bananas. I chunk them and she picks them up and she loves being a big girl.

Theresa - posted on 11/04/2008

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Hmm, well, my daughter DEFINITELY DOESN'T eat jarred baby food. I have been making ALL of her food since she started solids, and I will be doing so, well, until she moves out of my house! lol Kays now chews on celery sticks and carrots sticks. She doesn't stick ANYTHING in her mouth, not even toys, or teething stuff... the only things she'll use it actual food, which helps with the teething.



As for meat, I've found that putting it in the crockpot cooks it the best and makes it very very soft for baby to eat! Hope this helps!

Jen - posted on 11/04/2008

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My 9month old son (2/1/08) has GERD so we started him early on cereal. He's been wanting our food for months now! We just started giving him all kinds of food and actually even pack his lunch for daycare. He LOVES his food now and is such a happier baby!! He gets turkey (in small pieces), cheese, cooked cut up pears & apples (just cut, add some water and microwave for 45 sec till soft and opeque), bananas, cherrios, pasta noodles, navy beans, etc. I try to buy mostly organic for him but of course I can't all the time. He can sit in his high chair and eat finger foods for an hour!! Just loves it. I'm having a hard time training him to use his spoon - any suggestions? Oh and he HATES being washed off - screams bloody murder. Any Suggestions? And he gets tired at the end of eating and rubs his food filled hands in his eyes then he really cries.

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Isaac likes avocado and we tried cutting blueberries in half earlier this week. He loved those. Last night he ate some beans from our soup. I just squished each one when I put it on his tray. My sister-in-law introduced me to ice cream cones as a nice way to keep him busy at the table while we eat, too. They pretty much just dissolve in his mouth, but keep him busy for a long time!

Karen - posted on 11/03/2008

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My son LOVES the gerber puffs and just about anything else he can feed himself. he really wants to be a big boy now and insists that we put him up the table to eat. I agree with the other mom's, I give him whatever he will eat that won't choke him,

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When I first asked for advice, it was from my cousin. She replied, "Do you want the first child or third child answer?" That about sums it up. Basically follow your gut. All kids are not created equal. They all do things at different times. Variety is good, different textures, etc. You don't want a picky eater, of course.
I've gotten pretty comfortable with giving Lily anything as long as she won't choke. She only has two teeth on the bottom, but she's pretty good with them. She eats Stage 3's and I get the Organics. I also will grind up what we're eating for dinner if it's not high in any of the bad stuff like sodium, fat, etc. I add Organic oatmeal for thickening and to keep her full for the night. She sleeps through the night almost all the time, now. I digress. Like I said, follow your gut. Don't be afraid to try things out of the ordinary. Lily loves mangos, papayas, and actually whatever I give her. Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 11/03/2008

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My son starting demanding grown-up food very early. He's never had baby food, he just eats whatever I'm eating. I chop it up and offer him bites. He does great. He loves yoghurt and bananas. He's always supervised while eating, so I offer him anything, and just see how he does.

Cassandra - posted on 11/02/2008

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My son has yogurt almost every morning for breakfast. He loves it!!! He has had cooked macaroni (no sauce), Raspberry Slice Dessert, and other table foods as well. We have mashed potato's, carrots, turnip, and gravy together from a pork roast, and he had that for supper!! Anything that they aren't going to choke on, is fine. They have to get use to regular table food. Just slowly expose her to different things.

Brandy - posted on 11/02/2008

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We feed our son everything we eat and he loves it!! We have found nothing that he won't eat. But he hate most baby foods!!

Denise - posted on 11/02/2008

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I never fed my children jarred baby food. Its so much easier and less expensive to make your own. My son loves green beans, pears, sweet potatoes, yogurt, broccoli, spinach, peaches and pretty much anything else I give him except peas. We also just recently found Baby Mum-Mum's which are little rice crackers that my son just loves!

Christine - posted on 11/01/2008

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I guess after reading through these suggestions I have been a little too conservative. I have only been doing the Jar baby food and cereal, now I know I can try a few more things...Thanks!

Larissa - posted on 11/01/2008

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almost anything...she has only 2 teeth but that girl can get through almost anything...fruit(cut up strawberries, raspberries, peaches. etc...) vegies(carrotts,either grated or cokked really really good, potatoes,) toast, cereal, pasta, crackers,

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I give my baby a little of what I am eating as long it's ok for her. She also eats mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes...she's had chicken noodle soup and loves grilled cheese sandwiches..and I buy fresh and or canned veggies and chop them up now...so she eats less of the jar stuff. It saves a little money. Today she had some of my pizza.

B. P. - posted on 11/01/2008

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You would be suprised what babies can eat at this age. If you look at what babies in other countries eat, it is very suprising. We worry a little too much here in the US I think. Unless your child is allergy prone or allergies run in your family you can give your baby almost everything you eat except for foods like nuts, honey, eggs, etc. Not that there is anything wrong with going slow or sticking to just breastmilk till they are older either. If your baby has trouble chewing but you want to feed him what you are eating try a food mill or put it in the food processor. Also there are these rice crackers called Baby Mum Mums that are awesome, my son loves them. We get them at walmart and hy-vee. They just turn to mush so he can't choke. They are much easier to eat than puffs or cheerios.

Colette - posted on 10/31/2008

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wow, I can't believe all the foods some of these babies are eating at 8 months. My daughter is still mostly on breast milk. She has tried bananas, sweet potatoes, carrots, avacados and apples. No jarred food. And she has 6 teeth. We are happy with the results. She is very healthy and seems satisfied.

Stacey - posted on 10/31/2008

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My daughter almost choked on toast the first time, mainly because of the crumbs and she was soo use to all the purees she tried to swallow it whole. But they figure it out. Egg yolk I still cut up in bite size pieces. She had chicken and rice for dinner last night, the rice got EVERYWHERE, but she loved feeding herself. Today we had banana and cereal for breakfast with dry cheerios. Yogurt and peas for lunch with toast fingers.



Does anyone else have a problem with getting there little one to try using a spoon. I give her a bowl and spoon and she immediately dumps the food out of the bowl and throw it (the bowl) and the spoon on the floor and proceed to shovel the food in her mouth.... with both hands. Help.

Rachel - posted on 10/31/2008

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to everyone who said u can give an 8 month old toast....thanx alot my daughter almost choked to death!!!

lets hope she doesnt react to the egg yolk i was told was ok

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i have started giving him little pieces of stuff... like bread when i'm eating it.. He loves cheerios. Oh and Gerber has these cookies that melt when they start eating it. It gets EVERYWHERE but they love them. I've started giving him bits of pasta. And little pieces of real bananas and lettuce.... he'll suck on lemons. Just try little bits of whatever youre eating.

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My daughter loves the Gerber fruit puffs (any flavor). I've also tried cottage cheese and other soft pasteurized cheeses in addition to her baby food that I make myself and breast milk, of course. As long as you avoid honey and foods that cause a choking hazard, I think that most things are okay.

Kat - posted on 10/30/2008

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My son loves chopped up lunch meat turkey and cheese. He pretty much eats anything we eat (without the seasoning I add for myself) just put through the food processor. Cheerios and Pancakes are always favorites too.

Casey - posted on 10/30/2008

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Hey, My daughter just turned 8 months...and she'll eat just about anything you give her....and I do mean ANYTHING...She is in stage 3 baby foods, and cereal. I also give her Puffs for snacks...they have ALL kinds...what stage baby food is your little one in and i might be able to help a little more. She also eats "big people food"...Bananas smushed really good, Macaroni, mashed pot, cheese, bread, in very small pieces.

Barbara - posted on 10/30/2008

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Is anyone else here afraid of giving any wheat, dairy, egg, or soy? I read that if you give it too early they can develop an allergy, so my son hasn't had any of those yet. All he's had is plain veggies with no seasoning, and some of those maple biscuits for teethers, which don't have any of that questionable stuff in it. Also, my doctor said I could give him food at 4 months, but when I researched it I read that the WHO thinks that babies should be 6 months at least before they get anything but breastmilk, so we waited.

My son gets one meal a day of food and a few bites of fruit or something a day and that's it besides being nursed. Are we waaaay behind, and am I being to nuts about what he eats?

Celinda - posted on 10/30/2008

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My pedi said it was no problem... I make all of my boys' meals. Today we had fish sticks lunch and chicken balls for dinner... they love self feeding! Its so much easier than giving them purees. I am leery of pizza though and ice cream. I cook everything free of salt and any seasonings. I am staying away from sugar too.

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I was really overwhelmed with where to start but once I did, there's been no stopping. My son eats most root vegetables, peas, mashed bananas, pears & apples, O's (I won't feed him Cheerios because of the TSP in them), teething biscuits, toast, cheese, yogurt, couscous, pasta, bagels, egg yolks, & cereal. He's like feeding Mikey too, the only thing he doesn't like is mashed white potatoes. He drinks water from a cup. I've never tried jarred food with him because I've preferred to make my own. I'm planning to introduce foods that will allow him to eat what my husband & I are eating.

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