Finger Foods

Rachel - posted on 01/08/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter Abby is a great eater and loves her baby food. The problem I am having is that she does not want anything to do with finger foods. Every time I give her any she just looks at them, if they do make it to her mouth she almost always spits them back out, or worse chokes! I'm looking for any advise to help make this switch/introduction a little easier on both of us.

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Beck - posted on 01/09/2010

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I would just keep offering them, slowly, just little amounts of a range of things and keep suplementing with soft / puree. I would also ensure she sees you demonstrating what to do with the foods ( sitting down at the high chair / table together or maybe a picnic on the rug and share). My little man has cereal and puree fruit for breakfast or scrambled eggs and a piece of toast. Then fruit pieces for am tea. Then mashed vegies and meat (finely chopped / blended) and yoghurt / custard for lunch. Then finger foods for arvo tea (cheese / ham / crackers / sultanas / muffins / piklets) then mashed vegies for tea. So still a lot of mashed foods at main meals and finger foods at snacks (he still has a breastfeed at the snacks also so the finger food isn't really important if he isn't really hungry - not that that stops him - he eats anything! hehhehe sorry that doesn't help you!) She will get there, remember in the end...not many adults are still soley eating baby food! My little man is 10mths . Good luck

Elizabeth - posted on 01/08/2010

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I was having the same problem, so I stopped giving her finger food for a bit, and went to feeding her things that were a little thicker than baby food. Like mashed potatoes with nothing added, mashed squash, etc. The baby food has extra water from cooking mashed into it. Once they handle the thicker texture, they seem to take to finger foods more easily. I wouldn't really recommend stage 3 foods though. My girl just got confused because it was watery, but had chunks floating in it like soup. She'd either A) spit out the chunks and swallow the watery or B) try to chew the chunks with her mouth open and all the watery would come flying out. Good luck!

Deanna - posted on 01/08/2010

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hm. maybe she just isn't ready? i would try like peaches cut up, that way she could either a. spit them out easily or b. they would go right down. i only recommend that you use fruit she has already tried. :) hope this helps.

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