Little one wants Mommy's food!

Betsy - posted on 10/20/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Does anyone elses 8-9 month old want to eat adult food? My little guy SCREAMS if I'm eating something and I don't give him any! He prefers my food over his own. I have started to give him some of my food-small pieces of noodle or stuffing, things like that. Is it too early for this? Or can I feed him mostly my food rather than pureed baby food?

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Jessica - posted on 10/27/2009

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Nooo way is that too early.. He should be old enough now to not need pureed foods like that even if he doesnt have teeth cos his gums and saliva will break it down.. i just trial and error riley with things.. he loves sausages, hot chips.. etc i only give him a little bit and what i do when feeding him is pretend to eat his and that encourages him to eat his food cos he thinks i am too hahaha.. mummys little trick :)

Betsy - posted on 10/27/2009

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Thanks everyone! I'm slowly getting over my fear of him choking, because he does SO well at mashing food up! He's been eating puffs for months so he gets the idea of what to do with solids. He's had stew and he LOVES lasagna:)

Jesse - posted on 10/26/2009

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My daughter is the same way, she gets so mad if i am eating and she isn't, once she learned to chew she doesn't want baby food.. I just feed her lowfat or soy things like cottage cheese and yogurt, whole wheat bread, wheat pasta oatmeal, i got a idiots guide to feeding a baby and it is VERY helpful.. She loves carrots and celery and soup,=) Just watch him close... They grow too quick...

Aideen - posted on 10/26/2009

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Our boy (8 mths) eats mostly our food now. We've had to adjust our family diet to be a bit healthier. I wouldn't dream of giving him takeaway food, salty or greasy food. We've started opting for organic when we can and have cut out salt. Healthier for all of us and baby can join in. We're a bit stuck then when we have the odd pizza delivered or eat out. It's hard to order something he can try, but we don't do it very often. I just do him some veg when we get home. I think the no salt til 1yr is because their kidneys cant handle salt yet. Thats the tricky one really as there is a lot of salt in most processed foods.

CLAIRE - posted on 10/25/2009

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Yes Alex just turned 8mths he is exactly the same I give him abit of everything i eat, and he eats it no bother think it good to get him used to things. i think they're just being curious

Tarah - posted on 10/24/2009

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that is all that my lil man seems to want... if mommy has it he wants it. I do give him some of my foods, the soft ones and i als let him chew on the veggies

Tenea - posted on 10/24/2009

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My lil man is 8 months & he has been doing that for awhile. Most of the time I have to eat whenever he is sleeping. I usually share whatever he can eat of mine with him when he is awake though.

Hanna - posted on 10/22/2009

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Me! my son loves our food. most of the time i give it to him though (we do cook dinner every night & i make his food a simplified version of whatever we're eating), so for the most part we're good in that department. you can feed most of your food to your baby. my son is about to turn 8 months (he was born feb 27) and he eats most of the veggies, he's had meat (loves beef!), fruits, eggs, berries. the trick is not to give any fried food or spicy food -- you can season his food with herbs, just no salt & pepper mayo mustard or hot sauce. but some of the foods you can give -- mac & cheese -- if you make it yourself (not the instant kraft one), baked chicken (just pick the meat from the middle so that there's no seasoning), mashed potatoes, pasta tomato sauce with veggies (just take some out & then season it). my husband has a horrible habit of snacking & eating cookies in the evening, so baby gets a cookie as well (a 1/3 of earth's best teething biscuit). i give him slices of apples, banana, piece of bread crust if i'm eating a sandwich, piece of cheese (mozzarella or cheddar), the other day he stole a piece of gorgonzola off my plate while i wasn't paying attention, seemed to love it. i don't make it a habit to give him blue cheese, but hey -- it happened, he loved it. i also let him drink out of my cup sometimes (water) -- seems to like that as well. 3 days ago, hubby made a pizza with mushrooms, my son had some as well (except his tomato sauce didn't have salt or pepper).

the way i see it is by 12 months he should learn to eat what we are eating so that i don't have to give him breastmilk (or formula) anymore, if he shows interest, might as well give it. we do eat pretty well at home -- a wide variety of cuisines & ingredients, so might as well teach my son how to do the same from the get-go. after all, last thing i want is to have a son who is a pain in the butt in the restaurant asking for weird pasta or chicken nuggets & french fries (sorry, it's a personal issue that i have being that both me and my husband work in a restaurant industry).

Keshia - posted on 10/22/2009

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im like you my son is 8 months old now. i give him a taste here and there. but i don't think its to early.. do what ever you are comfortable with. my son crys and stuff when we eat. i feel bad so i have to give him a taste.. it never hurts.

Leda - posted on 10/22/2009

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i have been giving my boy our food for weeks now, i still offer his foods but he seems to want what we are eating instead.... i did the same with my older boys now 7 and 8..... i think they know when they are ready.....

Dawn - posted on 10/22/2009

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I say it is fine as long as it is safe for baby, there is a list of foods babies shouldn't have becasue of chocking (most are obvoius like whole grapes and nuts!!). I have done it a few times with my son, who will be 8 months on the 24th, but I have always found his system goes a little crazy and he gets constipated...remember their systems are still learning at this point. I have been giving small handful of the Gerber Graduates Puffs before his meals and when we sit for dinner so he can learn his chewing without scaring me half to death (it also gives him something to focus on so he lets us eat without screaming)!! He seems to be getting the idea and I think I will be movign him to a diet consisting more of our food in the next few weeks.

Jo - posted on 10/20/2009

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I don't think its too early at all. My little girl, also 8 months, can't bear me eating if she's not ! We are using an approach called Baby Led Weaning which is basically not pureeing anything or spoon feeding your baby, but giving them whatever you are having and allowing them to feed themselves. Its fantastic...we started at 6 months with small batons of pear, banana and other softish fruits, and by 6 1/2 months she was tucking into spaghetti bol ! She particularly partial to oatcakes and will pinch them out of my hand. She's had pickled onions, curries, chilli, roast dinner, stew, bread in any form to name a few.

She sits at the table with us and is learning about table manners, she observes what we do, her manual dexterity is amazing - particularly fine pincer grip, her oromotor control is very good - she can chew/manoeuvre food around her mouth without choking and is learning how to manage different textures. There seems to be nothing she won't have a go at, and usually decides that she likes whatever she tries - so no faddy eater problems !

There's a book by Gill Rapley and a website with a forum thats worth a look - babyledweaning.com. Hope this helps :)

Andrea - posted on 10/20/2009

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I'm not guna lie, Elle's almost two weeks younger than Charles and I gave in to giving her pieces of all my food (whats easily edible anyway lol) like 3 weeks ago! I mentioned it to the pediatrition recently and she had no objection to it at all :). Elle eats yogurt too instead of straight pureed fruits, I just put some of that in with her cereal to give it more flavor. She eats regular oatmeal now as well, and really doesn't want any jarred food anymore. Its all about what you're comfortable with him trying!!! The responses to new foods are SO funny lol.

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