Finger Foods

Stephanie - posted on 01/25/2010 ( 26 moms have responded )

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I was wondering what finger foods i can try with my daughter. I've tried giving her mum mum's but she just plays with them and when she does try to eat them she just ends up choking on them and spitting them. What finger foods would be good to start her with , that she could manage eating ?

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Crystal - posted on 01/26/2010

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I started my son on Gerber puffs and yogurt melts. As Kim said, they melt in the mouth so they minimize the risk of choking. Gage loves them! It's also nice that he can feed himself something while my husband and I eat.

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Melissa - posted on 01/31/2010

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I don't give my daughter much because I'm affraid she is going to choke, but after reading the below posts, she is missing out! right now she gets puffs, cherrios, mashed potatoes and 2ed stage Gerber foods. I will try new foods w/her and I just need to know she will not choke as long a the pieces are small!

Jo - posted on 01/31/2010

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I like cooked apple slices. I just boil apple and then give the pieces to my bub. Also he loves vegemite on toast haha. He sucks it till its mushy and the eats it. I like boiled frozen veg too cause its small and soft.

Heather - posted on 01/30/2010

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My daughter eats just about everything as finger foods (including cottage cheese, lol) but I was excited cuz last night I made her sweet potato fries. Extra firm tofu actually makes a good finger food too.

Rachel - posted on 01/29/2010

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My little guy loves steamed broccoli :) He just takes a whole chunk and gnaws on it :p He's also a big fan of steamed carrots (baby carrots are the perfect size for him to hold and gnaw). I cut up seedless grapes so he can chomp on them. peas, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat toast cut into strips, organic teething biscuits. If our steak/roast/chicken/salmon is fork tender, I'll shred it and he loves it :) Cheese, celery (especially dipped in hummus), apple slices, pears, avocado. We are doing baby-led weaning (he feeds himself) and he loves to try just about anything :) He's still all about breastfeeding but he loves nibbling on anything we have, too :)

Jessica - posted on 01/29/2010

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I started my son out on Gerber puffs and the little gerber cinnamon maple sticks (sry cant remember what they're called). Then we moved up to crackers, mum mum's, and the gerber biscuits. Now he's eating little pieces of bananas, peaches, pears, avacado, carrots, peas,ravioli, spaghetti, vienna sausages, tofu, chicken nuggets. Pretty much a little bit of everything lol.

Tara - posted on 01/29/2010

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You can get the Gerber Veggie/Fruit Dices. They come in stage 2 size baby jar and it's carrots or peaches, etc already diced up for you in a 1 daily serving size. You can find them at a Walmart.

Shannon - posted on 01/29/2010

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I gave my daughter ritz crackers (have to be ritzs brand) she can hold them and they melt in her mouth! She has a "choking" problem on almost all foods. Birth to three suggested them!

Jodye - posted on 01/28/2010

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My son likes the gerber puffs and he eats bananas too. I just slice them up really small so that way he wont choke on them. I tried the yogurt melts but my son is lactose intolerant so I cannot give him those. but you should try them

Amanda - posted on 01/28/2010

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You can them most anywhere - Target, grocery stores, Walgreens. They are in the baby section.

Melanie - posted on 01/28/2010

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I bought the Gerber Graduates finger food Ravioli. I purchased the Chicken/Carrot ravioli, you just microwave the container, drain the water... then I cut it into 6 small pieces... she loves them! They are super soft and tasty according to her :) My daughter is 8 months old. She also loves the Gerber puffs, Ice Cream, mini pasta, yo baby yogurt too!

Lisa - posted on 01/28/2010

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My son loves the Gerber puffs & yogurt melts (the yogurt melts ARE good - try them!). He also eats almost any food from my plate as long as I can tear it into a tiny enough piece - tiny pieces of meat, veggies, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, fruit, etc. He also loves to eat soup. I make soup (the canned stuff is loaded with sodium) and it's a great way to get some veggies in him since the veggies in the soup become super soft/mushy. He will also eat whole peas.

Leah - posted on 01/28/2010

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I just started trying dum dum suckers! Actually his doctor gave it to him He loves it i thought pieces would break off but as of now it hasnt! it does make a mess but He is just in heaven with them.

Amanda - posted on 01/27/2010

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My daughter is 8 months...she started with Gerber Puffs and puffs rice cereal at six months (both are still her favorites). Now, she gets shredded cheese, cheerios, mango, banana, pear, avocado, pasta, cooked carrots, peas, asparagus, sweet potato, peppers, and zucchini. Just make sure everything is really soft and cut in small enough pieces.

Amanda - posted on 01/27/2010

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my twins are 8 months now and i give them rice, small alphabet pasta, anything smaller then a pea i find is really good. The rice has really helped with their dexterity. Shes old enough to eat almost anything now so give her what you feel is best .

Anastasia - posted on 01/26/2010

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for my son i give him yogurt melts and the teething biscuits and the gerber puffs. he loves those.

Pam - posted on 01/26/2010

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I don't know if you have tried one of those "nibblers" they can hold them and suck and chew the food out of the netting. I like them because I can put anything in there and not have to worry about choking, my daughter loves them for her teething gums. It also gives me about 10-15 minutes while I prepare her other food. try it out!

Lisa - posted on 01/26/2010

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gerber puffs were the first thing that we gave our daughter. She loved them at first, but now feeds them to the dog over the side of her high chair ! I have started to cut up pieces of veggies and she loves to feed herself. One word of advice I would offer is not give too many pieces to him/her on the plate (or tray). If we put too many she stuffs them into her mouth quickly which always scares me. So I only give a few at a time and them put a few more once she has eaten a few pieces. Less risk for stuffing her mouth and choking.

Karen - posted on 01/26/2010

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Past 6 months you can try her with anything, although if you are thinking of offering processed foods check the label they often have way too much salt for baby.

Larger pieces are best, sticks of carrot for example, so she can pick it up and feed herself. If she is used to being spoon fed purees then smaller pieces of food are more likely to be a choking hazard because she can suck them into the back of her mouth. Don't worry if she has no teeth you'll be surprised what those gums can do!

You say that she was choking on solids, make sure she is sat upright, never leave her alone to eat and let her put the food in her mouth herself to minimise the risk. It might be that she was only gagging though (gagging sounds worse than it is, choking is usually silent because the airway is blocked)

Gagging and spitting out the food is a normal part of learning to eat. The gag reflex helps to stop baby from choking and teaches her not to put too much food into her mouth. If you watch her you'll see that it doesn't bother her and she'll go right on trying. Give her lots of opportunities to practise, after a milk feed is best, and she'll soon work it out.

Diane - posted on 01/26/2010

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I give my daughter a banana before breakfast sometimes, I cut it so she can hold the pieces in her hand, and just put them on the highchair tray and let her go. She has her 2 bottom teeth so she can bite pieces off but has never gagged on them. Just make sure they are really ripe. I'm going to try some other fruit and veg on her soon.

Kim - posted on 01/25/2010

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Annabelle loves the Gerber puffs and especially the yogurt melts. I've also started giving her Cheerios, and she is a fan of bananas, avocado, mango, peas...pretty much anything she can feed herself. She's never been a big fan of "baby food." I don't think she likes the pureed texture.

Mia - posted on 01/25/2010

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I like bananas. I began slicing them into about 1/2" slices, then cutting the slices into 8ths (then 4ths now that she is bigger). They are slimy enough to be easily mashed down in toothless mouths and even of they're not mashed, they still slide down the throat pretty easily. Just be careful not to give them too often, as too many can cause constipation.



we also did avocados, and similar textured things.

Lindsey - posted on 01/25/2010

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I started with the gerber puffs because they are small and melt in their mouth. My son loves them.

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