Is it ok to feed my 8 month old table food?

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Hannah - posted on 03/20/2010

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Im not sure ir you should feed him things that are cooked with sugar or salt! That can't be good for him this early in life! The simpler and fresher the better!

Kiffany - posted on 03/22/2010

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yes as long as its good nutrition and they wont choke. and no fish, peanut butter or hunny till they are one.

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I feed gracie things off my plate. Bread pieces, veggies, fruits, potatoes, little pieces of chicken. She loves anything she can grab and feed herself but refuses to eat anything off a spoon.

Karrie - posted on 03/20/2010

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I feed my son a lot of what we are eating. He loves it, and eats it more readily than mashed foods, He chews it then down it goes. We went out for dinner the other night and he just ate bits from what we had, he loved fettucine, even ate the raw onion from my bruschetta. A lot of the time he will flat our refuse what has been prepared specially for him and only eat of our plates. I find it quite convenient in case we go out to the shopping centre, then have lunch there, and havent packed any food for him.

Vicki - posted on 03/20/2010

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No need to mash it up... we just give him bits of whatever we're eating. If it's soft enough (like steamed carrots) he'll chew and eat, if it's more difficult (like roast beef) he'll chomp away with his gums until he drops it and the cat eats it. He's still getting goodness from the meat juices and learns the texture of what real food is like.

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Gail - posted on 03/23/2010

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you'll be surprised what you baby can cope with... From 6mths they can have most foods, and its important to give them lots of different textures so they can learn. I give my son slices of Apple, he has 2 little teeth at the bottom and has a good go at eating it before it gets dropped on the floor lol. Soldiers of bread, toast are good as similar but totally different textures.... Babies need to learn,, thats some things start hard but then turn to mush (ie rusks) some are firm but mushy like a banana etc etc..

I bearly mashed his broccoli, peas and carroct the other day and he managed it just fine. Just make sure you if spoon feeding your five them a wee bit long for chewing before offering the next mouthful.

Hannah - posted on 03/23/2010

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i have beenfeeding my 8 old month son veggies since he was 5 months but i mash them and then beat them so there is no lumps.

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Lets put it this way. I can be very over protective and there are certain things I dont want to give my daughter at 8 months old, but...however, I have been giving her bites of things I eat. She is okay with mashed potatoes, but isnt sure of the texture just yet. Now as for sweet stuff like icing or whipped topping or a lil bite of pie or ice cream...she loves it. she goes bonkers for it and gets all excited. Just try your 8 month old with different things. Just make sure its at a consistancy that ur lil one can handle is all. Im sure ur 8 month old would love some of the table foods u eat.

Gabriella - posted on 03/22/2010

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Babies do not need teeth to chew foods. Their gums can do the same. I give my daughter regular brown bread in small pieces and also offer the occasional bits of banana, pear, melon or grape. As long as the food is soft enough, they can eat it.

Gabriella - posted on 03/22/2010

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I was going to suggest this about the soft enough food. If you feel you'd like to do BLW (baby led weaning) rather than purees, go for it. There's sites about it on the internet and also a book by Gillian Rapley outlining the best ways to do BLW. Good luck!

Chelsey - posted on 03/21/2010

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i let my daughter try everything that i eat... she loves it and she gets very excited about it. she still has yogurt in the morning and a regular baby food for dinner... but she snacks on my food too.

Kristina - posted on 03/21/2010

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We feed our son saltless fries, wholewheat toast, soft boiled carrots/peas, plain elbow noodles and occasionally the odd pizza crust. The more they choose adult food on their own is awesome because you don't have to force it

Christine - posted on 03/20/2010

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As long as it is soft enough or the baby has teeth and can chew it. I've given my 8 month old toast, banana, watermelon, mashed potatoes...just make sure they can't choke on it.

Valerie - posted on 03/19/2010

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Yeah, just mash it or put in a blender or food processor. As long as you introduce one thing at a time for 5 days, you will know if they have any food allergies. I found a great website called wholesomebabyfood.com. They have charts and advice for each age range. Also I picked up a book called Baby 411 and someone bought me a copy of What to Expect-The 1st Year. I read all the advice and made my own plan. It seems the only thing you have to watch is salt content and the no-no foods like strawberries, shellfish, honey, etc until they are at least 1years old.

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My son is 8 months old and I give him mashed potatoes and stuff like that and he is fine. I think if you mush it up real good it'll be okay.

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