Tips on how to get my 9 month old to feed herself.

Melody - posted on 01/04/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Hi, I'm new to circle of moms and I have a 9 month old little girl.
I just started feeding her finger foods, which she is adapting well to, but the only thing is she will not feed herself. She will pick up the food and just play with it and none of it reaches her mouth. She will scream until I feed her myself. I've tried leaving her sight to see if she would feed herself, but no luck. She is not one of those babies that stick everything in her mouth:)

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Melody - posted on 01/16/2010

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Thank you everyone! I'm still working with her, but I know she will get it when she is ready.
She has her two bottom teeth and two more coming in on top.

Buffy - posted on 01/11/2010

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New topic, teeth, my daughter still has none, she is a beautiful toothless wonder, she is 10 months old and i swear she been teething the whole time, and new ideas on lets see them teeth please

Mellissa - posted on 01/11/2010

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my son was exactly the same he would eat everything except the food, just let her hold the food and show her where it got to go eventually she will pick it up

Amanda - posted on 01/11/2010

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Shannon, I don't think that if a 9 or 10 month old is not eating finger foods that you should worry at all...you're right. I never thought my baby would be so into feeding herself at this age and fully intended to be feeding her baby food for a while longer. But at about 7 months--or about 6 weeks after we started giving her anything but breast milk--she started wanting to feed herself! I was shocked and hesitant, but I followed her lead. She eats anything! She love chunks of cooked veggies and meat and cheese and bread and fruit and pasta and cereal...anything. She does not like it when I try to feed her with a spoon--unless it's yogurt or applesauce, but even then she loses interest in the spoon quickly and wants something she can pick up and feed herself. While my baby is doing this...I think it is completely normal if your baby is not...babies all come to things in their own time. For instance...even though my baby is eating like a toddler, she still does not crawl! And I'm not worried in the slightest.

Buffy - posted on 01/10/2010

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I do find that my girl is a little more finicky than my 3 boys were at this age, but i agree it will all come in time.

Shannon - posted on 01/10/2010

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9 and 10 month olds feeding themselves?!? My son wants nothing to do with finger foods - he is still eating stage 2 foods because he isn't crazy about other textures. I guess he'll figure it out soon, but I don't think it's something we should worry about.

Buffy - posted on 01/10/2010

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My daughter has been likes to be fed as well, but what she likes is i have a spoon, she gets a spoon, and i put the spoon in my mouth and then she started taking the other spoon and putting it in her mouth. I pretend to chew and say mmm, and every day she gets a little more independant just an idea good luck

Beck - posted on 01/05/2010

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I dont have this problem as my bub eats everything in sight! hmmm
However, my friend is having the same, she had recomended to her to imitate all new experiences, so I would be sitting at the highchair having a picnic with her. Good luck

Amanda - posted on 01/04/2010

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I think that every baby is different and comes to feeding in their own way. It's probably going to be better to feed her yourself when she is really hungry so she doesn't get frustrated and find mealtime stressful...but after she's gotten a few bites in with help from you then let her play with her food a little bit. Leave out bitesized pieces of preferred food all over her tray and let her have a sensory experience with it. My baby (now 10 months) learned a lot from us letting food be a toy. I put a mound of cooked spaghetti on her tray--not intending her her to eat it, but certainly safe if she did--just for her to play with...did the same with brow rice and cooked lentils and other cheap, bulk natural foods...sometimes she would try to taste it, but most of the time she did not. But once she was comfortable with it, then she got better at feeding herself...she learned that she could get food to her mouth all by herself and now I don't really feed by hand anymore...I just put food on her tray and she eats it. Be patient. Try to have fun. Good luck!

Sarita - posted on 01/04/2010

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My son was like that too. My husband would put one cheerio in his mouth and then give him one to imitate the process. It takes a few days for them to get the hang of it.

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