how to introduce finger food help!

Shannon - posted on 02/23/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 10 months, 7 1/2 corrected. The doctor told me to start her with some finger food examples he gave were a hard pizza crust or bagel. I'm so nervous trying that because I did give her a baby cookie and she bit it and gag and ended up puking. I have tried stage three baby food as soon as she realizes there's chunks she pushes it out. she's afraid to eat it. The only thing I can get her to actually eat is the gerber puffs. Any suggestions. I just don't know how to start her eating foods. I've tried the pizza crust and as soon as it gets mushy in her mouth she's done with it. any suggestions on what youv'e done to get your child to eat would be greatly appreciated!

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Angela - posted on 03/22/2011

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We started out first with Cheerios. They are small and easy to get down. It also helps with the pincer grasp, which is important. Mine didn't really go for it but it didn't take long, we just kept doing it until eventually he was eating them well and picking them up all by himself.

Katrina - posted on 03/13/2011

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I found things that were soft good like small bits of banana, cooked peas, soggy honeypuffs, cooked pasta etc as well as toast strips and mum mum bars. Just slightly increase teh chunkyness of her food and let her play with it. Messy I know but the more they play with it the more likely they are to put in there mouth and try to chew or eat it. Expect a bit of gagging and pucking as they are learning to deal wiht a nex texture. My wee girl is now 101/2 months adjusted and eats anything I put infront of her... well trys it anyway. She lows to feed herself though it gets real messy as she hasnt mastered the spoon yet so its generally hands in lol. Make it fun and persevere and you'll get there. Have also found if it's on mum or dads plate she wants it so that helps too

Angela - posted on 02/27/2011

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I am in the same stage that you are right now. Its all trial and error. You have to try things that you think they may like. If she doesn't try for a few day then try them again. I suggest cutting up things in smaller pieces that are soft. I know i just tried a half a piece of bread with peanut butter on it cut into small pieces. Also try mixing your finger foods with some type of baby food or yogurt. Give her the soft stuff first, then the finger food.Then alternate back and forth it seemed to work with bella. Hope it helps

Candace - posted on 02/24/2011

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My son is 9.5mths (8 months corrected). I introduced him to finger foods at 8 months. Try things that are small and can easily fit in her hand. Also try to find out what flavors she prefers. I give my son gerber puffs, cheetos, graduates lil munchies. Gerber also had yougurt melts which is something babies can feed themselves and i'm going to try those today. I would just pick out a few different things and let her try them to see what she likes

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