Is it ok to feed my 8 month old table food?
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Karrie - posted on 03/20/2010
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
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.
Gail - posted on 03/23/2010
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.
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
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
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!
Kristina - posted on 03/21/2010
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
Valerie - posted on 03/19/2010
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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