11 1/2 mo. old - what to eat??

Brenda - posted on 04/22/2010 ( 93 moms have responded )

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My son will be a year old in two weeks! He refuses to eat baby food now and I'm trying to figure out what to feed him now. He loves graham crackers, all of the baby snacks you can buy at the store in the baby aisle, scrambled eggs and pancakes. I really need to find something he can safely eat and that will fill him up. Since he's stopped eating baby food, it's hard to get him to eat before bed, therefore he is waking up several times a night for a bottle. Any suggestions?

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Vicky - posted on 04/24/2010

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i have just seen a peds dietician & at this very transitional stage with your baby turning into a toddler it does change quite alot as to what you may have been feeding them & how much & often. basically their meals should be very similar to what an adult is having in terms of sandwiches or similar for lunch & a dinner meal of meat, veggies, pasta or rice with fruits, yoghurts etc as snacks & desserts depending on their appetite. i have found that if the meal is totally eaten by them using their hands it is better as they are also showing their independence so do this for lunch & dinner by cutting sandwiches, cheese, veggies etc into sticks for them to tackle & it is good to give them a variety of foods like a tasting plate as it also keeps them interested. you should be lowering the amount of milk given so they are filling up on food more than milk but still give them water at all feeding times.
i now feel like i am constantly looking at the clock & feeding times but it is what they need now they are 1 & may be quite different to what you have been used to over the past few months.
good luck & if you are stuck for ideas go to a book store or online for a range of things to feed your child for meals & snacks & write them on a notepad to stick to the fridge so you dont fall back in to giving them the same foods all the time- i am also making sure my daughter eats everything that i dont like because i am fussy!!!

April - posted on 04/28/2010

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Our pediatrician told us that since she hasn't shown any signs of allergies that we can give her anything we want except honey until she is one. My daughter is very independent and didn't spend much time on baby food before she was ready to move to feeding herself. She will not let you feed her much. She LOVES peas and pasta with red sauce. She absolutely loves fruits and veggies.

If your child will only eat baby food, I would suggest using a blender to make what the family is eating into baby food. This will get them use to the taste.

I have tried to only give my child healthy foods, so no fast food or hotdogs. She loves small pieces of chicken, fish and beef (mostly ground). We have given her, hard boiled eggs, tortilla, cheese and she really likes Cheerios and Multi-Grain Cheerios.

I also recommend checking out thesneakychef.com. She gives great recipes with veggies and other healthy things added to them! Your kids won't even know that they are eating healthy!

Also check out the article: What to Feed Kids Everyday in the May 2010 issue of Parents Magazine.

Hope this helps everyone!

Pamela - posted on 04/24/2010

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My son Max is a little over 11 months old and he eats little bits of what we eat as long as its healthy. I still feed him baby cereal (anything by milupa 9 - 12 months) once in the morning, toast as a snack with some fruit - he likes the baby jarred fruit, for lunch I make him casseroles of a meat like roast beef, chicken, pork or turkey baked with sweet potatoes and whole wheat macaroni or rice and freeze them in ice cube trays, so he eats a cube or 2 with some pureed frozen-then steamed veggies, unless I'm on the go, then he'll only eat baby food jars that are strictly veggie. I tried the cool mom's recipe ones by Heinz (he was not a fan), but he's been spoiled by me making him those casseroles. He eats yogurt, baby cereal bars, mums snacks(loves those), puffs, plain rice cakes - those are all for snacks and for dinner we give him what we eat finely chopped up if its healthy, if not then he'll have some steamed veggies and his baby cereal again. He's still on formula, we tried homo milk last week and he didn't love that - so my six year drank it for us and we'll try it out again when he's a little older. We tried to feed him scrambled eggs the other day and he didn't love that either, so we'll wait for that again later too. Hope some of these ideas help!! By the way, when I make those casseroles, its our dinner too, I just make it a little less spicy and freeze the left overs right away. Good luck:))

Erin - posted on 04/23/2010

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I just discovered a trick tonight. My 11 month old, who was becoming a pick "baby food" eater, will eat baby food if I mix it with brown rice. I treid with two baby foods that he suddenly started to refuse to eat, and he gobbled them both up! Good luck!

Beth - posted on 04/23/2010

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Feed him everything and anything! I make sure the bits are little, but my daughter eats everything we eat. If I make it for dinner, she eats it. I leave the choking hazards out, taco shells and lettuce, but she eats the taco meat, tomatos, etc. She loves chicken and fish. I use the same guidelines as when I started the baby foods, don't give but one new food every few days so if there is a reaction, it can be pinpointed. Good luck!

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Lacie - posted on 05/06/2010

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i feed my twins almost anything. green beans, cooked carrots, dinner rolls, bannanas, diced peaches, slightly over cooked macaroni and cheese anything that softens easily with saliva and isn't too dry or hard to chew. think outside the box.. they even eat the tiny diced ham you put in salads.

Natalie - posted on 05/05/2010

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Joseph will be one on the 21st and hasn't wanted to eat baby food for about 4 months. He eats just about everything we eat. His favorite though, which is strange, is refried beans. There is nothing he will not eat to be honest. He really likes food.

Kelly - posted on 05/05/2010

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My son is a year now, and I make soup like chicken noodle and give him the noodles and the carrots. He also love macncheese and toast and eggs. You can buy the gerber raviolis too that are just the right size. It is hard but if you're eating something, give him little bites. They just wanna eat what you are! :)

Fríðgerð - posted on 05/05/2010

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When they turn 4 monthes they can eat all kind of fruits. Tehy can also eat potatoes when they are 4 monthes. When they are about 7 to 8 monthes they can eat bread og stuff like that. When they have turned 8 monthes they can sit at the dinner table and eat what you eat. of course be carefull with spicy food :)

Fríðgerð - posted on 05/05/2010

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I started to giv my son baby food when he was 4 months, started on bread and potatoes when he was about six monthes. when he turned 8 monthes he eat the same food as we did. what ever I made for dinner. Babies can eat reguler food after 8 monthes.

Meredith - posted on 05/04/2010

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I give my daughter canned fruits and veggies. Peas and carrots are good. also mandarin oranges, bananas, cut up peaches, ritz crackers. you can also drain chicken and stars soup and it becomes finger food

Beth - posted on 05/04/2010

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I steam harder veggies and fruits cut up small until they're soft enough for her to chew with her gums. I occasionally even give her carrot sticks and apple slices that have been steamed so they're soft - that way she gets to practice her "bite, pull, chew" too. Whole cooked peas and beans (black, white, red, kidney, garbanzo) all work well too. Just cook the dried or canned beans until they're soft enough but still hold a good shape. Little bits of cut up cheeses, cottage cheese, apple sauce is still a favorite even with baby oatmeal or rice cereal put in to thicken it. My daughter loves noodles with tomato sauce. Ground beef from tacos or meat sauces. Tofu cubes would work too, just haven't gotten that far here yet. Little kids can eat just about anything, it just has to be prepared right for their chewing abilities ;-)

Danielle - posted on 05/04/2010

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My son who will be 1 on the 13th of May has been eating what we eat since about 9 months, first i would puree it up, but now i just cut it into small pieces.. At first Lachlan would gag on what we gave him until we started eating dinner with him and he could see that we were eating the same, i would also feed him off my plate at first until he got used to it. For lunch, he would have a sandwish, with cheese or vegeminte, or jam, anything really and then have a piece of fruit..
I found if he didnt like one thing, i would keep on trying on other days, and after the 3 rd time hwe would like it, a lot of it is texture.
Hope this helps..

Shonda - posted on 05/04/2010

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Me and my family have always just fed our children from the table as we eat dinner...either put it through a food processor, or give them tiny pieces at a time...make sure to watch for food allergies...my baby has been eating table food since she was six months old...she had an external allergic reaction to the baby food, and didn't like it much, but she eats from the table just fine!! Good luck!! :)

Alisha - posted on 05/04/2010

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My son would eat pretty much any steamed veggie like squash, radishes, broccoli, and carrots, but one day he decided he was done with vegetables. I started mixing them in brown rice or mashed potatoes (he loves mashed potatoes). I think if he stops eating something, try mixing it with other things he enjoys, and see if he tries it again. He likes crackers? Try dipping it in cottage cheese, yogurt, mashed banana, or peanut butter. In 2 weeks, the doctor will tell you peanut butter is fine so as long as it's not a huge thick glob, he'll be able to eat it without any trouble. Also, you could tear a piece a wheat bread into about four or five pieces and let him eat that. That's good for you and filling too. I'd also like to suggest that you limit night-time feedings. Try to cut it down to once a night and then, after about a week, no night-time feedings. Try some water in a sippy cup when he wakes up instead. If he doesn't have a choice about day-time eating, he'll choose to eat instead of being hungry at night. That's a personal choice to make though; you know your child better than anyone, but that's my suggestion.

Brenda - posted on 05/02/2010

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Ladies, I can't thank you all enough for your responses! Your suggestions have helped me out tremendously and I am so grateful!

Alexandria - posted on 05/02/2010

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mY SON HAS BEEN EATING EVERYTHING WE EAT SINCE ABOUT 10 MONTHS. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS MAKE SURE THE BITE SIZE WORKS FOR THEM.

Melanie - posted on 05/01/2010

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From about 9 months old I have been giving my son (Kynan... Lindsay, i cant believe how similar our son's names are!!) a try of what I eat. Now that he is 1 next week (5/7) he is eating everything that I eat and I am finding now that I dont have to cut his food up as small. I still cut it up, but more into finger size food, so that he can use his hands (if the food allows) to feed himself. He is starting to become more independant with feeding, so the more finger foods that i can find that he likes the better for the both of us.

Ashley - posted on 05/01/2010

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I give our son what ever we're eating! Cut it up small but, he's been chewing great since we started him on baby food at 4 months! He also has 8 teeth so that might help!

Shirley - posted on 05/01/2010

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we,ve been feeding our baby pretty much what ever we eat for some time now she has never liked baby food, so i just cut up what ever where having small enough for her to eat and fed her that and she doesn't take the bottle very much until she gets sleepy, she's been drinking from her sippy cup

Muneera - posted on 04/30/2010

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my daughter eat every thing we eat it ,, she love specially backed peans + bread with spread cheese + rice with okra + grilled fish + oreo lol

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I've run into the same problem. We've been doing a lot of bagels (Thomas brand, mini-bagels), chicken breast (cut into small pieces) and have been doing a 'bump' bottle before bedtime to make sure she's full.

Amy - posted on 04/29/2010

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The baby food company's have toddler foods. Our son eats chicken and rice, turkey, carrots, peas, ravioli pick ups, pasta in meat sauce

Lindsay - posted on 04/29/2010

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My daughter likes cottage cheese, applesauce, and oatmeal. Oatmeal is good before bed because it fills them up. You can also try peas, sweet potatoes, or carrots as long as they are well cooked. My daughter also loves sliced turkey or ham, cheese, meatballs, beans, anything she can pick up. She started refusing any kind of baby food around 9 months so has been on totally finger foods (and bottles) since then, no more pureed food.

Heidi - posted on 04/28/2010

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My son will be one in four weeks. he only has two teeth, but he can eat nearly everything we eat. he loves food

Candise - posted on 04/28/2010

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My son has a very sensitive gag reflex, so I had a hard time getting him to start trying solids. He does well with baked chicken, hot dogs, grilled cheese, potatos. Anything that is in a small cube and can be smushed works well for us. Hope this helps!

Taira - posted on 04/28/2010

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My daughter is crazy about bananas. We feed her chopped up ham, turkey, chicken, mashed black beans, frittata, quiche, shredded cheese, toast, cooked peas, carrots, squash (a fave), potatoes, corn niblets (I mash it a bit or it comes out looking exactly the same as when she ate it) and yams. She would live off of Cheerios and banana if I let her. She'll eat rice and chopped up pasta too. She's not a big eater but she is really into feeding herself so we don't feed her baby cereal much anymore except for breakfast. Her appetite seems to have really slowed down n the last month but I heard that happens as they get older. I just try to offer her food more often. I still nurse her and she takes a bottle, she isn't too interested in a sippy cup of water but she'll take a sip or two sometimes at dinner. I hope that gives you some ideas!

Susan - posted on 04/28/2010

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My baby is just turning one this weekend and she has a simple diet. She does get up around three for a bottle but seems to be really well nourised....She's in 18 mth clothes. I only give her things she can feed herself with, she has hated baby food for months. I give her moist cheerios soaked in milk, whole waffles and blueberry pancakes, turkey pieces, cheese, carrots, mac n cheese cut up a bit. She really likes meatballs. I have twin toddlers too and work full time so we just do quick easy things. When the twins were this age they loved lima beans! Good luck with the sleeping thing..Crying out works, I did it with her and then gave in recently so she is getting up again.

Anastasia - posted on 04/28/2010

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My son will be 1 years old on may 3 about a week away and he wont he babyfood either. so i just buy him gerber graduate meals for toddlers in the baby aisle he loves them!! they have all kinds of little meals for them there and they fill him up. i aslo give him some of the toddler snacks they sell there too. you can give him cottage cheese,or voen baked chicken nuggets they sell in the freezer section in the stores or fresh fruit like apple pieces,oranges,bananas. mashpotatos,rice. But i hope that is helpful.

Melissa - posted on 04/28/2010

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If your worried about chunky type of food, get a food grinder. I got one about 2 months ago & it works great. Basically whatever me & my husband are eating, we grind some up for my son & he loves it...it could be chicken, pizza, quesidilla, etc. Yams & squash are great to heat up & give to your little one too. I cook a butternut squash & cube it up for my son in bite size pieces & he loves to pick them up & feed himself.

Michelle - posted on 04/28/2010

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Hi Brenda, I have a grown child and a 12 month old (as well as 5 grand children). I have to say I agree with Shaunna Prentis! My daughter loves to eat and I'll give her anything I'm eating as long as she can't choke on it (hard, crunchy, etc...) She eats chicken cut into tiny cubes, she's had pork and loved it... she's a really good eater and if your child doesn't want any more baby food, sounds like he's ready for all the food we eat! I still give her a nighttime bottle with a "toddler formula" instead of the infant formula and milk and food throughout the day. Hope this helps your little one! :)

Tanya - posted on 04/28/2010

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Of course nursing should be continued until at least one years of age, but you should be supplementing with real food now!! There is no way that a one year old will get enough nutrition from breastmilk alone to grow properly. They needs the vitamins and minerals from actual food to grow.

Jennifer - posted on 04/28/2010

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I give my son rice, yogurt, cheese (in very small pieces), toast cut up, applesauce, potatoes, (I mash sweet potatoes and freeze them).

Marian - posted on 04/28/2010

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I wish I could get my baby to eat in general. He refuses all but just a few favorite items. Those items are crackers, waffles, pretzels, pasta... note the trend? He seems to refuse anything soft and squishy, like all fruits and vegetables! I sneak in spoonfuls of baby food to help him get the vitamins he needs. It's not like I can "send him to bed hungry" when he doesn't eat his vegetables - then I pay in the middle of the night! So I try to get creative. Right now he is in love with whole wheat banana waffles. Sometimes we'll dip his cracker in soup or add jam to his waffle to get him to try other things.

Azaria - posted on 04/28/2010

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I've been feeding my daughter porridge lately. She loves it! The ingredients are carrots, potatoes, rice, salary, broccoli, and you can put minced beef, or chicken or fish. I feed her twice per day, for lunch and dinner. Maybe you can try it out!

Julie - posted on 04/27/2010

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My son will be 11 months on 4/29 and he has 7 teeth. He eats anything we eat. Chicken breast cut up small, grean beans, peas, cooked carrots, ground beef, cheese, crackers, pasta, toast, Cherios, banana. On the baby food isle at the frocery store Gerber has diced carrots and diced apples that are really soft. They also have the pasta pickups that I cut into smaller peices or the meat "sticks". He also really likes chicken and stars soup....hope this helps. :)

Tania - posted on 04/27/2010

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My baby is the same age , he eats everything that I eat. For tea mashed spuds and mince is one of his fav.
Lunch - Spagetti mixed up with cut up peices of toast.
Just everything. If I cant be bothered cooking his lunch he will have mashed up banana mixed up into his yoghurt.
My baby LOVE gravy with his mashed up vegies.
The only thing I don't give him is egg - just a bit Nervous ....just incase he allergic to it.

Good luck hope this has helped

Augusta - posted on 04/27/2010

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Just give him what you eat! It is really easy to switch your little ones over from baby food to "people" food if you feed them when you eat and what you eat! My first "meal" for my twins was yesterday! I made it up, but it turned out really GOOD! I made it for dinner so they would be full for the night! Here's the recipe... Boil some rice, then make brown gravy, mix the two together, sauté some corn and spinach in a frying pan, then mix all together and top with some cheese for thickness. It pretty much has all the goods in there for a meal, carbs, protein and iron from the spinach. It was really hard for me to get my daughter above normal on the anemic side when she was little. So I had to think of a way to incorporate something with iron in it for the twins. Let me tell you, they loved it!! My little girl, Olivia, couldn't stop eating, she wanted seconds!! Hope this helps!

Amanda - posted on 04/27/2010

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my daughter does the snacking thing too but I found that if she doesn't get offered any snacks before dinner she will always eat homemade vegitable soup and it fills her up since she's hungry

Bonnie - posted on 04/27/2010

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My son is also 11 months old and has an allergy to milk. He also does not like any foods with texture, he gags on the "toddler" jar foods for " 8 month old". Since he puts everything in his mouth anyways, I've been giving him some finger foods, but no luck with eating them yet. I guess each baby is different and we'll just have to be patient.

Adanna - posted on 04/27/2010

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my daughter will b a year in one week n since she was 7 months she refused to eat baby so i seek advice frm her pediatriction n he suggested dat we gave her the same food as d rest of the household and it work

Amanda - posted on 04/27/2010

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My daughter who will be 1 in 2 weeks will eat our family meal with us at dinner time. Crackers, cheese, apple, plum, pear, peach, banana, sandwiches and carrot sticks during the day. I'll try whatever I have in the cupboards or fridge. She loves small chunks of steak or chicken. Hope this helps.

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I have an 11 month old with a dairy allergy who is just starting to be able to eat chunkier foods but it is so hard because i can't feed her what we eat because of the dairy issue. Any ideas on good dairy free transition foods for her?

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my daughter is 11 1/2 months old now, she eats real green beans (cut up), cheese, cut up hard boiled eggs, spiral pasta (the whole grain stuff has protein and fiber, etc.), shredded chicken and turkey, peas, normal applesauce (no sugar added)...all fully cooked of course. she loves most of these because you can make them finger foods so she can feed herself

Kim - posted on 04/27/2010

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My son is a very picky eater. He eats yogurt, cheese, most fruits, crackers, noodles w/spagetti sauce, mac & cheese, grilled cheese and that is about it.

Delia - posted on 04/27/2010

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For those of you whose babies are gagging, you may want to try getting a food mill. They have them you can order online at Bed Bath and Beyond. This will allow you to cook the foods you normally do and then 'blend' them into a baby food. This may be a transitional way for them to start eating 'big people' food. The Food Mills at Bed Bath and Beyond (the only place I've seen quality ones - Toys R Us has plastic ones) also has 3 different blades for different textures.

Delia - posted on 04/27/2010

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I cut up Tofu cubes and sautee them a some nights. He really loves them and they allow you a variety of flavors depending on what spices you use. Also, I try to give him a couple of snacks when we first get home and feed him a small portion of whatever I'm cooking. This has caused our grocery bill to double, though, since I only want him eating organic foods. If I know it's going to be a late night, I'll set aside double of our dinner and make sure he has enough for 'tomorrow night.' He has also started taking bites of our sandwiches, yogurt, raw fruit, vegetables, pretty much anything these days.

Kacey - posted on 04/27/2010

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I have been buying the Gerber Graduates lil entrees meals, it will take my daughter 2 dinners to eat one of them but they fill her up and she loves eating them. she won't eat baby food either, she always wants to eat regular food like us and this way she can. they are very easy.

Madilyn - posted on 04/27/2010

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just give him the bottle when he wants it. My baby is 11 mo and nurses for all of his meals. I give him snacks of puffs throughout the day and some days I give him a jar or two of baby food purees. Breastmilk or formula is all babies need for at least the first year of life.

Tabitha - posted on 04/26/2010

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As long as he has teeth and can chew he can eat almost anything you eat, but stay away from hot dogs, raw vegetables and stuff like that. Also I've found that if he can eat those little beef sticks gerber makes try a cheaper alternative, regular vienna sausages it's the same thing and less expensive. My son loves ginger snaps and they make great teethers and again cheaper than those bitter biscuits gerber makes.

Kathie - posted on 04/26/2010

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i give my 11mos.old anything, what i'll eat, i'll give it to him also.. except dairy products, such as food contains with other milk, i give him cheese very rare,. give him pasta, chicken boiled or fried with gravy, he'll love it, or chicken marinated on bbq sauce den fry it or just sauteed it.. if u'll give him meat make sure it was very tender, cause sometimes meat was so hard to digest.. & don't give ur son a heavy meal on night, such as meats & rice.. give him mashed potato or light snacks like bananas, cereals,. that will fill him up.. give him cookies or repeat his meal on dinner before he sleep then milk so he will not wake at the middle of the night to ask for milk.. my son his last milk feed before sleep, sometimes around 11pm or 12mn he'll ask again, but then his next ask around 6am or 7am..

Carolyn - posted on 04/26/2010

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Hi there. Kristian just turned 11 months...ever since I went to the baby expo and he tasted homemade organic food he was hooked. i dont always get organic but his fave is sweet potatoes/yams, just peel, boil and mash or puree, depending on how well he is chewing. You have to be careful with the eggs if ur using the whole egg bc of the possibility of allergic reactions later on. The best night time food is baby cereal, bc the bag or box is so small i mix with a mashed banana. He loves it, and the oatmeal is very filling, hope this helps!

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