Finger foods when baby no longer wants "baby food?"

Melissa - posted on 02/26/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone! My 9 month old has decided that finger foods are so much more fun than being fed pureed baby food so I'm scrambling a bit to figure out what to feed her on a regular basis. I was making my own baby food which was easy b/c I could do it in advance and have a number of meals ready. Now, I'm trying to figure out what to feed her for breakfast/dinner since I work and don't have a lot of time to "cook" something for her before each meal. She eats bread, loves puffs, and bananas. Is anyone else having this issue and if so, what are you feeding your May baby and how are you preparing it? I'm also BFing still so she's getting what she needs there too!

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Jessie - posted on 02/26/2009

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I am having the same problem with my daughter!  She will not take anything I try to feed ehr on a spoon and up until like 2 weeks ago, anything we ate, she would want to eat and would eat it.  Now she's being so picky about things.  She loves block cheese, carrot sticks, apples, puffs, cheerios, bologna, green beans, watermelon, and peas.  She still eats 4 60z bottles of formula everyday so she's getting everything she needs but I understand your frustration.  I just keep trying different things.  They say it takes a child up to 5 times of trying something before they know if they like it or not.  It's all a guessing game I suppose!  If you have any tricks I'd love to know!  

Melissa - posted on 02/26/2009

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Quoting Valerie:



Luckily my son will still take the baby food, but he also likes to feed himself.  He likes celery sticks, green beens, carrot sticks, scrambled eggs, tater tots, toast...pretty much anything that we eat, he wants to eat.  He likes baked potato's, but I still feed it to him.   I have heard that you should try giving them a bowl of thicker food (maybe a smashed up baked potato with no skin) and a spoon if they want to try and do it theirselves.  It may start out messy, but they will eventually get the hang of the spoon!





Thanks for the ideas!  Do you cook the green beans, carrot sticks, celery, etc before you give it to him?  I love the thicker food idea with the bowl.  We'll try that asap!

Melissa - posted on 02/26/2009

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Quoting Valerie:



Luckily my son will still take the baby food, but he also likes to feed himself.  He likes celery sticks, green beens, carrot sticks, scrambled eggs, tater tots, toast...pretty much anything that we eat, he wants to eat.  He likes baked potato's, but I still feed it to him.   I have heard that you should try giving them a bowl of thicker food (maybe a smashed up baked potato with no skin) and a spoon if they want to try and do it theirselves.  It may start out messy, but they will eventually get the hang of the spoon!





Thanks for the ideas!  Do you cook the green beans, carrot sticks, celery, etc before you give it to him?  I love the thicker food idea with the bowl.  We'll try that asap!

Valerie - posted on 02/26/2009

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Luckily my son will still take the baby food, but he also likes to feed himself.  He likes celery sticks, green beens, carrot sticks, scrambled eggs, tater tots, toast...pretty much anything that we eat, he wants to eat.  He likes baked potato's, but I still feed it to him.   I have heard that you should try giving them a bowl of thicker food (maybe a smashed up baked potato with no skin) and a spoon if they want to try and do it theirselves.  It may start out messy, but they will eventually get the hang of the spoon!

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