Transition to table foods

Gretchen - posted on 04/24/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 10 1/2 months old and at doc apt last week was told to move to stage 3 foods and even table foods. I tried a stage 3 dinner last night and she gagged on it. Now I am reading that a lot of you with 10 month olds have already started on table foods such as eggs, french toast, cubbed fruits, etc. Any suggestions on how to make that transition from stage 2 foods to the "real" stuff? I have only done puffs and yobaby yogur so far. I guess I am just nervous and have no clue really where and how to start. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Shelby - posted on 04/24/2009

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My son is going on ten months and I have been feeding him table foods since he was able to chew. I just started with food that would slide right down like tiny noodles and mashed potatos. Then would give him anything I could smash with a fork examples: Sweet potatos, ground beef (well smashed), banana, and rice it was a big hit.. Then I just increased real food and decreased baby food. I never really use the stage three unless we are having something he really can't eat. I do find it hard sometime to get veggies in him, so I will sub in some jarred veggies now and then. Oh, and torn up bread was all so a hit. I hope this helps.

Erika - posted on 04/25/2009

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my daughter is 10 months and she has been doing a little of table food, but i still do the stage 2 food also. she loves cherrios, at first she didn't like it but the more i just put it in front of her the more she got use to it. so now anything that we give her she eats. just tonight we were at olive garden and she loves the bread sticks, there soft and a little hard perfect for her teething.

Toni - posted on 04/25/2009

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My daughter is almost 11 months and she's still struggling with table foods. She choked at about 7 months to the point of having to give her medical attention - which of course scared me so much that I am delayed giving her food! I know this is wrong, we are noe on track to getting a bit more brave with chunky food, but I just wanted to say - your daughter will in her own time and with a bit of help from mum get onto these foods - don't sweat it and your not alone

Amanda - posted on 04/24/2009

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Just start with really little pieces of table food. As your little one gets used to it, the pieces can get a little larger. Sometimes my son would spit out new textured foods, but I just kept offering them and he eventually got the hang of it. At first he gaged a little too, but now he's a pro. Just give it time, and keep the pieces small and soft. If your daughter likes to help with her spoon, try small pieces of food on a fork. My son really likes this.

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Janet - posted on 05/09/2009

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My son doesn't want to eat with a spoon, so anything that can be hold by his fingers, he eats. He loves cut up green beans (cooked), macaroni and pieces of bread. He even eats small pieces of meat - I just make sure the pieces are small and soft enough... He basicly eats what we eat. Have fun and try not to mind the mess (which I have trouble with).

Lisa - posted on 05/06/2009

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My son gagged at first too. Then it finally clicked that he liked the taste of the food and decided to eat more of it. He eats stage 3 sometimes, but really wants what we are eating. He loves cherios. Just little pieces a little at a time.

Casie - posted on 05/06/2009

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My daughter is 10 1/2 months old and she is all about table food! a couple weeks ago i let her try some of my veggies and she hasn't stopped begging ever since.

Rhiannon - posted on 05/02/2009

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My daughter is 10 1/2 months as well, and she's been eating 3rd foods and table foods for a few months now. She had issues at first with gagging, but I just kept trying to offer it to her, and she finally got the hang of it. She will still spit things out she doesn't like the texture or taste of, but she mostly eats table foods. She loves bananas, mac and cheese, apples, chicken, anything we're eating she wants to eat too! Your daughter will eventually get the hang of it in her own time, just keep trying to offer her different foods and different textures!

Angela - posted on 05/02/2009

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my son would not eat stage 3 foods and once i tasted one ... I dont blame him... really gross to me. He eats broken up bread, bananas.. ( he loved banana baby food) steamed veggies cut up, chickend and chicken nuggets cut up, black olives.. dont ask, he would sell me for a box of cheerios I think, watermelon, ground beef, corn bread, waffles, and whatever he scavanges off my plate

Brenda - posted on 04/29/2009

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Our little guy seems to love to eat off our plate but won't eat phase 3 foods. So we still do phase 2 baby foods and will give him stuff off our plate we just make sure it is soft and small and we watch him like a hawk. If he doesn't want it or doesn't like it he shakes his head no and won't take it from us. We started with breads, pancakes, and mashed potatoes but now he eats a variety of foods. He just started chunks of carrots, still has a little bit of problems with chicken. Ive found if you keep offering him foods even if he won't eat it one day the next time you eat it he will eat it

Clare - posted on 04/28/2009

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My daughter goes to nursey 2 days a week and for the past few weeks they've been writing in her home book that shes eaten crumpets, croissant and a sandwich. I didn't really believe this as at home she still likes her bottle and had only been eating really pureed foods. Nursey had an open day and when my partner took her in they gave her a rusk and she held it and started to nibble away at it like a buscuit. We couldn't believe it as at home she never holds any food or puts it in her mouth. I guess when she's been with other children and watched them she has joined in. I'm now trying her with little bits of my food at every meal and if she doesn't eat it then I'll offer her the puree. She looks like a little doormouse nibbling on a farleys rusk, very cute indeed.

Shannon - posted on 04/27/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:

I know this may sound wierd but I gave my son a pickle one day to try something other than puffs and cheerios and he loved it. I just let him hold and munch on it. I am just starting to give him other items now, pieces of cheese and fruit and bits off my plate.



My son LOVES pickles too!! He would eat 10 if I allowed him to! lol. It's a little acidy, for sure, but soft and great to chew on.

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I know this may sound wierd but I gave my son a pickle one day to try something other than puffs and cheerios and he loved it. I just let him hold and munch on it. I am just starting to give him other items now, pieces of cheese and fruit and bits off my plate.

Shannon - posted on 04/27/2009

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My son, also, like some of the mom's here, has been eating table foods for a long time. Probably 4 or so months. I didn't do the baby food thing, because he just wasn't interested. Peices of toast with avocados, fruit purees are great, cottage cheese is great, chunks of cheese, waffles, pancakes, and as some of the others have said, start with really small chunks and see how your baby does... She'll get the hang of it.. I know when I was starting table foods, my son loved toast, (I buy a "headstart" bread with omega fatty acids in). Mashed potatoes with a little texture is a great idea too, she will still get mostly smoothness, with maybe a little cheese grated in, or some chopped up veggies. My son, also, loves soups. My mom got me onto the soup thing, campbells now has great variation of soups and they've become smart, and lowered the sodium and fat. They're actually quite good for you now!!! :) Dyllan loves the homestyle chicken noodle with a couple crackers crumbled into it.. He LOVES it! I also, make little "pizza's" with whole wheat tortilla shells,crumble some cheese, a little pasta sauce, bake it, and he loves it.. It's really easy to chew, and tasty.



I hope some of this helps you!!!

Tami - posted on 04/26/2009

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We had that same problem with my Daughter when we tired stage 3 foods, she gagged really bad! My Dr suggested mixing it with stage 2 foods for a while and that seemed to help b/c now she is on mostly table food. Just keep trying it she just needs to get used to the new texture and chewing! Good luck!

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