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Jamie - posted on 03/27/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Hello. I am 28 and a first time mom of a 1 year old beautiful baby girl. Just wondering if anyone else out there is having trouble with what to feed their little one. My daughter is very independent and doesn't want to eat from a spoon anymore. I am trying fruits and veggies cut up on her tray but I am having trouble with what else to do. Any suggestions?

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Lakita - posted on 04/09/2009

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I believe that's a stage they go through. My daughter does the same thing. I give her a spoon/fork and she tries to use it. It takes time.

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anything she can hold is good, pizza slices, fish fingers, sausage, smiley faces, green beans, garden peas, chicken nuggets. tese are a few of the things my boy likes. he has just turned 1 year old too

Rebecca - posted on 04/08/2009

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my little man has reached the same stage also. I make little mince meatballs (grate some vegies in there), quiche, mini pizza, sandwiches, fruit and basically whatever we are eating. DOn't worry if you don't think that your bub isn't getting enough....they will pick what they want and stop when they are finished.

Michelle - posted on 04/08/2009

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My daughter is the same age and also does not want anything to do with me feeding her. So honestly she feeds herself everything! If I make spaghetti I just cut it up really fine and put it on her plate and she grabs it by the handful to shove in her mouth! haha! It's messy, but it's her way of eating! You can really do anything....cheese sandwich cut up, any cooked veggies or easy to eat fruits, noodles or pasta dishes are easy to eat, small pieces of chicken, peanut butter is a good protein and she can eat that now (but watch for allergies the first couple times she eats it). Really anything you eat let her eat as long as it's cut up small or mushed. (unless of course it's things like steak, but you know that)

Kristy - posted on 04/06/2009

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Just last week I bought the cheese cubes for my son. I cut the pieces up smaller and he loved them.  He also likes pancakes(no syrup), we have some in the freezer so I just pop it in microwave and cut it up for him. Toast, cheerios, ritz crackers, ham cubes(you could cut up smaller if you need to), hot dog(cut up small), cheetos(my son loves the Gerber ones), other Gerber food(yougurt melts, fruit snacks, cookies).



Good Luck!

Lily - posted on 04/01/2009

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Macaroni noodles, avocado, hard boiled eggs (yolk only), cheerios, cheese, hotdog, crackers, toast, pancakes, waffles just to name a few.

Tramaine - posted on 03/31/2009

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Hi Jamie. I had the same dilemma, and my daughter's doctor told me to feed her whatever I was eating. (As long as there are no choking hazards.) Since then, she enjoys Gerber Graduate meals and stage 3 fruits and veggies. I also give her Earth's best cereal mixed with applesauce for breakfast, Ritz crackers, and Gerber puffs for snacks. She'll eat practically anything now. Allow your daughter  to get messy and use her hands and try using the spoon herself. Eventually, she'll transition with no problem.

Rebecca - posted on 03/31/2009

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hi my son kian started refusing food from a spoon a couple of weeks ago because i had to giv him medicine of a spoon and now everytime i try n give him a yogurt off a spoon he thinks its medicine. hes independant too and would rather feed himself i just make sure im always offering him fruit and rusks and all sorts really and makin sure he drinks his milk aslong as shes not losing weight im sur shel be fine xx

Shelly - posted on 03/30/2009

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Not sure what your pediatrician says about foods.  But, my little girl was introduced to "big people" food at 6 months old and by 7 months she refused to eat any baby foods at all.  I started her on things that were soft, since she did not have any teeth.



I would suggest letting her have anything you are eating as long as she has the "chew, chew" instinct and has showed you signs of being able to swallow without gagging.  My little one eats anything and everything she can get her little hands on (including steak, etc.)  The only things we do not let her have is popcorn and nuts. 



You would be surprised what they can handle, even without teeth, they use their gums to chew.  Let her have a variety on her plate to pick from.  Go for it!

Kerry - posted on 03/27/2009

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Hi Jamie... My daughter too is a year old and I was going through sort of the same thing. She's starting to want to eat more and more solid foods. I still give her fruit and veggie baby food when I don't think she's gotten enough from feeding herself. I've noticed that taking a can of chicken veggie noodle soup works really good if you pour out the broth and let her eat it that way. My daughter loves grilled cheese chunks, Gerber graduate's are good... shells and cheese. Cheerio's or Rice Krispie's are good too. Flavored rice's are good too. She can pretty much eat anything you eat, as long as it's soft enough and cut up small enough to chew... Hope this gave you a few idea's ...good luck!

Lianne - posted on 03/27/2009

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i have two kids and was very protective over my first not allowing her to try feeding herslef but second time round i have allowed my daughter to feed herself since 8 months old when she refused to eat baby food.i just started giving her what me and my partner and other daughter had i'd give her a spoon and fork and leave her to it.ok it was messy at first clothes got messy sometimes clothes would have stains i couldnt get rid of but i have learnt that its best to allow her to get messy she has stopped staining her clthes with most foods now which is something my three year old has only just grown out of.with a child of 1 and a child of 3 i know how difficult it can be to find foods that your kids will like.but i say try it if they dont like it then atleast you've tried

Rebecca - posted on 03/27/2009

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i have a little boy and he loves rice cakes, breadsticks, chunks of banana he can grasp. see if she will feed herself with the spoon (if you dont mind the mess)

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