Adult Food..not pureed??? Whats everyone eating?

Randi - posted on 11/04/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )

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Curious to see what everyones little one is eating now. My son will eat biscuits and Nilla wafers but other than that he isnt eating regular food that must be chewed. Been nervous in starting this. Im afraid he will choke instead of bite and chew. What has been successful for you? Anything I should definitely stay away from that you tried?

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Anne - posted on 12/28/2009

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my son is 10 months and eats almost anything i give him, one question what about egg whites, when did you start feeding your children those?

Karen - posted on 12/27/2009

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My boy will give anything a go. Gagging is good in a way as it builds their throat muscels!! I would try crackers as they mush up in their mouths very quickly and a really ripe banana as its easy for them to chew then slowly build up. With their food try mashing it with a fork and every now and then don't mash it up as much and let them learn to chew I only have to squash the food once and my boy is happy but now he likes feeding himself :o)

Nikki - posted on 12/25/2009

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my daughter is 10mnths but 6 n a hlf mnths correctd as she was brn 3mnth early... she is eatin pureed food jus as a comfort but is not satisfied unless it is thinked with baby rice... she eats stage two cow n gate n today had a non mashed xmas dinner (turkey, salmon, rice, potatoes, califlower, carrots, n brocolli n loved every bit of it she has masterd chewin n swallowin now... dont worry bout ur bby chokin jus allow im to take the finger food n feed hmself obvioulsy in ur company n he will learn to manouver food around his mouth n eventualy ,master the chewing n swallowin technique (iv noticed this is a late reply lol well im sure your both there by now..) but appy new year neway :)

Charlene - posted on 11/18/2009

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My little munchkin will pretty much eat anything. He has four teeth already and the fifth one is on its way.He loves any vegetable. Mashed potato is also a favorite. He loves his yoghurt in the afternoon and has to have some sort of fruit during the day. I say try your baby on food that's not to purified but slightly mashed up. Each baby is different and the fun is in the trying.

Deborah - posted on 11/13/2009

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my daughter loves rice krispies, they are easy for her to pick up on her own and they disolve faster than cheerios. I actually break up cheerios if i give her these. I do also give her really tiny cut bananas to eat on her own. other than that i make all her babyfood. I bought a real good book that has a HUGE variety of food. and not the normal stuff. So my daughter eats things like risotto and asparagus. Or Wild blueberries and yogurt. I dont give her any sugar, and everything is made then frozen in the freezer for me to pull out every day. I also dont buy boxed cereal, i ground brown basmati rice into powder, and i cook that for her.

Misty - posted on 11/11/2009

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I try to give Aiden a little bit of whatever we're eating as long as it is soft; cut up cooked veggies, bits of bread, pasta, etc. He plays with it more than he eats it, but I think it's good practice for him. Just make sure the bits are small enough that he cant choke on them if they're swallowed whole. Peas are great!

Catherine - posted on 11/11/2009

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We're doing baby led weaning, so he has been on table food sicne he started solids, minus a few attempts at getting him to eat purees because my friend bought a Beaba babycook for him and it seemed a shame to never use it. He eats what I eat, minus some obvious things like french fries and sushi.

Bethany - posted on 11/10/2009

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Firstly, there is a difference between gagging and choking. Gagging is a good thing, it is noisy and it is the child learning how far down his throat an object can go before he chokes. They need to learn this and this is the only way.



Choking is silent, with a panicky look in their eyes. I was sitting right beside my daughter when she choked on some cooked broccoli and I didn't even notice for a couple of seconds. Then I checked on her and she was just opening and closing her mouth staring at me with big scared eyes. I picked her up and slapped her on the upper back a couple of times and she vomited all over my dinner plate (nearly empty thank goodness :))



It is important to give your child little bits of everything and let them pick the food up themselves and nibble it. If they are hungry they will do this without any teaching from us.



But ALWAYS WATCH. Stay close, same room. If they start to gag, just watch, and only step in if they start to choke, otherwise, just let them get on with it. Don't look worried or they will pick up on it.



I give Charlotte bits of grated cheese, cooked pasta, cooked little bits of veges, little bits of fruit. If it is a hard fruit, cook it in some water first. She has little bits of what we eat too, if it is not too spicy. Little bits of chicken, and fish. She finds steak is too hard to chew with only 2 teeth, so I'll leave that for a while.



No sugary or fatty snack food 'til they can go to the shop and buy it themself. Waste of money and absolutely no nutritional value. Money down the toilet, quite literally.



Charlotte has never had commercial baby 'food' as I have two hands and a stove, and one income.

Jennifer - posted on 11/10/2009

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Gosh I'm reading this and thinking "what the heck am I waiting for?!" Lucas is still eating baby food, stage 2's for lunch (like veggies) but stage 3's for breakfast. He still gets his bottle (3xday) and whenever possible I give him tastings of our food. He's had chicken nuggets, sliced turkey, a french fry (or two), bread, Pilsbury Grands, garlic bread, pasta, ketchup, mashed potatos, asparagus (he LOVED this veggie!), and pretty much anything I'll give him. The problem is, I dont' want to give him junk (we can thank my husband for the fries). He grabs at our plates all of the time... I'm thinking, is this the sign to switch over? Do you guys still give your babies jar foods?

Amanda - posted on 11/09/2009

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my son refuses any baby food or pureed food.... he eats rye toast, pasta with salmon or natural beef, stews, chunky veg, cheeses, basically any finger food, as long as its adult food, and its not mashed.

Michelle - posted on 11/08/2009

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My daughter is 8.5mths old, without any teeth and she eats everything you give her. I stopped preparing food only for her. She eats bread, vegetables (mash them up), and pieces of chicken and meat.

Jannelle - posted on 11/08/2009

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yeah Lucas is pretty much eating everything (he is 9 months) but hates most 'baby food' he just wants big people food! we still have a problem sometimes with gagging when he shoves something just a bit too far but other than that no problems, i think the main problem is keeping him still enough to get him to notice that there is food on offer hahaha!! cruskits and spreadable cheedar seem to be the big movers at the moment and all the melons

Ashley - posted on 11/07/2009

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my sons favorite thing is mac and cheese we usually get the little single ones and the noodles arent too big and also he looooves fig newtons

Alleah - posted on 11/06/2009

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Anna is nine months old, and just barely cut her first bottom tooth, but she's been eating almost everything we eat for a couple months now. It's all supplemental, because she's still mostly breastfed, as well as bottles of formula when I go to work. But yeah, if the peice is small enough, she'll sit with it in her mouth forever just sucking on it until it becomes soft enough for her to swallow! Our problem is getting her to not put so many peices of food in her mouth at once! It's gotten to the point where I sit with her at mealtimes and put each morsel on her high chair once she's finished the first one. Sometimes, she's trustworthy, but not too much yet!

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My daughter (9 months next week) will eat ANYTHING I give her as long as it is NOT babyfood. She still has no teeth so it makes it difficult. I give her mashed potatoes, pasta in small pieces, cherios and other crackers in little bites because they dissolve. We haven't had any problems with her choking, she does really well.

Tabitha - posted on 11/06/2009

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anything soft enough to mash between your fingers and cut up small enough so they don't choke is fine. I'd stay away from things like steak though, and for the sake of allergies don't feed egg whites until a year

Erica - posted on 11/06/2009

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our son eats and loves those dissovleable puffs and we have recently let him have crackers, well cooked pasta, sting green beans, stuffing the nutrienist for WIC said he can have anything pea sized, so we have been trying to give him at least one thing of what we are eating off our plates a day, and he seems to be loving it, we let him knaw on a chunk of meat but he cant chew that yet

Hanna - posted on 11/05/2009

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my son just turned 8 months on the 27th and he only has 2 bottom teeth, but he's been eating pretty much everything. i still do puree the food that i make specifically for him (pasta or potatoes with veggies), but then he also gets most of our food provided that it's not too spicy and that gets chopped small, but not pureed. this afternoon i went to the restaurant where i work to do the lunch menu tasting. Maxi came along & had most of the things that were on that menu -- crab ravioli, fusilli pasta salad w/ pesto, bread, braised short rib, salmon, couple of fava beans. i broke all of them into pieces (about the size of half a fava bean), but he ate everything with no problems. at home, i don't put any salt or pepper in his food and i steam it rather than cook in oil, but i do add a bit of onion, garlic, ginger, fresh herbs & extra virgin olive oil at the end. but so far, Maxi had everything except citrus fruits, nuts, seafood (for mercury content reasons, i did give him some fish, but the one that is safe for pregnant women) & cow's milk. but he does get a daily feeding of fruit & yogurt (whole plain danon) and he eats that with no problem. yesterday, we were eating steak, so Maxi got some of that, had a bit of oil & salt & pepper on it, but not much and again, he loved it.

however, i do limit the amount of processed food that Maxi gets, that involves cheerios -- i buy the low-sodium ones, and he doesn't get any adult sweets -- the sweetest thing he gets is fruits & earth's best plain whole-wheat teething biscuits. he always asks for a cookie every time he sees hubby snack, so i had to get something baby-friendly. i also give him bread crust (usually multi-grain or ciabatta), cheese (a few weeks ago he stole a piece of gorgonzola off my plate while i wasn't paying attention & ate it and like it, but i don't make it a habit to feed him blue cheese, however, he loves mozzarella & cheddar & occasionally, i give him parimigian). i also give him slices of peeled apples that he can bite on & practice chewing & use as a teether, he seems to like it.

Stacy - posted on 11/05/2009

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if you are afraid of choking...try foods that dissolve...like puffcorn...my lil one has just two teeth..but she eats bout anything...she will gnaw and leave things in her mouth...does not try to swallow things too soon...shes had rice off my plate...she absolutley loves red seedless grapes..but i take the skin off before i give them to her..bananas...crackers...shes had mashed tateres but prefers baked potatoes...mac and cheese..shes even gnawed on lil pieces of hot dog...i give her the soft inside part of those...she loves bread....cheerios is an all day favorite snack...if you are afraid of choking and want to try some foods out..they make a mesh thing with a ring on it..that you can put food inside..and the child can suck and gnaw on it..getting the taste of the food without any chance of getting any bulk from it...

Ez - posted on 11/04/2009

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My daughter is 9 months, has 3 teeth, and eats everything. Finger food is toast, sandwiches, cheese sticks, biscuits, banana or any other fruit. I make all her dinners and now I just mash up whatever I'm having - last night it was spaghetti bolognase (I used the special Heinz baby pasta for hers). She also has shepherd's pie, risotto, and tuna or shredded poached chicken through her mashed veggies. Because her food has always been home-made it's always been a much thicker consistency than anything store-bought (she has had a handful of jars in emergancies).

I was anxious about choking too. I think that's normal. But as long as you watch your baby closely you'll catch anything that may be too big for him. My daughter quickly figured out how much she could take in one go, and now if she does end up with a piece that is too big she just spits it out.

Brit - posted on 11/04/2009

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My daughter has never had jarred or pureed food. When she started grabbing at our plates, we began feeding her bits off of them. True, she cut her first two teeth right around her four month birthday (one was totally through the gums ON her four month birthday, the next was totally through the day after) but she has never had a problem with most things.



She has choked on an apple (not sliced or diced, just a regular apple that we were letting her take bites off of) so the apple skin proved to be too much. Other than that, she eats everything that we offer.

Lexie - posted on 11/04/2009

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My daughter eats literatlly everything. She started 2 weeks ago (8.5 months) eating the food they serve at daycare. I started table food at home at 7.5 months. She gagged at first, but was told that is a normal developmental process and not to make a big deal about it so she doesn't get freaked out. I didn't and now she only wants what we are eating!

Melissa - posted on 11/04/2009

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My daughter (she'll be 9 months on the 16th) eats pretty much everything. She loves "big people" food. She eats sausage (like breakfast sausage), any type of bread like toast, rolls, croissants, etc., cheese cubes, eggs, pancakes, shredded chicken and beef, all types of rice and pasta, pieces of banana, peach, pears, diced up apples (gerber makes those in a jar to save the trouble of dicing them up..same with carrots)...and her favorite thing at the moment is grilled cheese. Basically I just try her on anything that I have and see if she does well with it.

Karrington - posted on 11/04/2009

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My son eats everything. He still doesn't have any teeth but that does not stop him. He eats the pasta pick ups from gerber (I just cut them in half). He had mango and kiwi this past weekend and he loved it. He also likes roast (potatoes, carrots, and beef) I had made them in the crock pot and they were soft enough for him to gum. I always nervous about him choking as well but you never know until you try but definitely still be cautious. My son is almost nine months old by the way.

Jacquie - posted on 11/04/2009

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I worry about choking aswell.....if he is chewing biscuits then you could try some mashed pasta...the bravest i have been is mashed potato from the family dinner which my daughter loves!!

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