Quick easy inexpensive meals for a 10 month old baby.

Leslie - posted on 04/15/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Hello. I have a 10 month old daughter and I am looking for quick easy meals for her. She is a little bit behind, still on step 2 foods and not really wanting to grab food on her own. I tried banana sliced up small, but she didn't want to grab it and didn't like it (and she didn't like it mashed up either). She only has two teeth on the bottom right now and hasn't quite gotten the hang of mashing yet.

So right now I'm looking for some quick easy meals I can give her for breakfast and such. I also need them to be inexpensive. Does anyone have any ideas? I've been giving her baby yogurt in the morning, but that's pretty expensive and I want to get her onto more finger foods. Thanks for any ideas :)

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Nicole - posted on 04/17/2010

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My 11 month old also has only 2 teeth and she loves pancakes in the moring I but the frozen whole wheat ones so they are heathy and insted of syrup I use all fruit jelly and she just loves it

Catherine - posted on 04/25/2010

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with the stick blenders.. and food processers they have now.. you can make your own babyfood. as pp said.. take some out before you add salt and spices.. and puree the food for your baby.... and you can gradually increase the texture as another poster said.

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Christine - posted on 04/30/2010

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My child is 11 months old and she is a little behind too. She had an intolerance of grains so I have been doing everything but grains with her. She loves strawberries, blueberries, grapes, yogurt, cut up hard-boiled egg, cheese, hummus (she really loves hummus). She won't eat banana. I am just starting grains with her now and she has been able to keep down cheerios and biter biscuits so far. I am still doing a lot of baby food with her. I am interested to see what other people continue to advise. Good luck!

Jamie - posted on 04/26/2010

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My son is 10 months and 2 teeth, He eats everything, but his 2 favs are Spagetti O's and meatballs(cut up the meat) & Chucky Chili (1lb. ground beef, 1 can tomatoes, 1 can beans,1 can tomatoe sauce)My Toddler eats it too!

Serena - posted on 04/25/2010

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It might be that your child doesn't like to pick up the food because of the texture of the bannana. My 2 year old was like that. I fed him alot of scrambled eggs. Whole grain pancakes are very nutritious and cheaper to make homemade. Just make up a big batch and freeze them and either pop them in a toaster or microwave to heat. Soup is also a wonderful option. Make it for the whole family for a dinner and then freeze the leftovers in small containers for lunches. It would be a good investment to get a food processor or one of the magic bullet type gadgets. You might try some pasta that you cook till it is really soft then you can just put butter and parmesan cheese or any kind of cheese or sauce that your child will like.

Arlene - posted on 04/24/2010

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Hi Leslie, My name is Arlene, I'm visiting a friend in USA, who has a 10 month old son and

she is buying him some of his food from Target and Shoppers. Hope this help. :)

Kerry - posted on 04/24/2010

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I don't remember using much baby food after they got control of their tongue and could swallow really well. I used to buy soups like split pea, chicken noodle, veggie or vegetable beef (low sodium kind). I'd mash up the bigger pcs. with a fork and then thicken it with instant potatoes. Left-overs I would freeze in the little snack cups. Canned fruits - started out by mashing, then gradually left a little bit bigger pcs. to get them used to the feel. Eventually I just put some on the high chair tray while I was spoon feeding and they would try to grab pcs. at the same time. Mandarin oranges were a good one for that because they come apart so easy. Viena sausages were good finger food teachers too because they were so mushy. My daughter hated banana's....didn't matter if it was mashed, frozen or chunked, she wouldn't touch them. She's 6 now and still won't eat them. Good luck!

Joni - posted on 04/23/2010

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My daughter loved oatmeal. I used to cool it with yogurt or applesauce from the fridge. I also used to give her frozen whole grain waffles cut in quarter strips to dip in yogurt or applesauce. I can't remember what age you should try eggs, but mine loved them from the first bite. Same with potatoes. Try freezing the banana. IDK why, but mine loved it that way. Also, she loved plain noodles. (Great picture op there...lol) It seems like I thought so much about this when she was a baby. Now she's nearly 5 and we are much more relaxed! lol

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Hmmm, can't remember finger foods, but I do remember giving breakfast cereal warmed in the microwave a bit to make it a bit softer. For dinner, my best trick was to buy a "magic bullet" type mini-blender, and before I added salt, etc to the family meal, I'd put some in there and wizz it up for baby. It was great for gradually weaning him onto less pureed food and the same things everyone else ate. Also, all my kids loved stewed apples, Apples are quite cheap at the moment, so buy heaps, cut them up and cook on low heat until soft, then put them in the freezer: Ice cream or margarine pottles will last several days if you just let them defrost gradually in the fridge, or ice-cube trays are good if you just want to use a bit at a time for snacks. Good luck!

Stacy - posted on 04/18/2010

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For some non-breakfast ideas try mashed potatoes and/or cauliflower. My 10 mo old loves those. He would eat potatoes for every meal if we let him! I'm not sure if he knows when it's cauliflower & not potatoes... Some of the other things he likes if I cut it up really small: spaghetti w/ sauce, anything with ground beef ie. leftover taco meat or meatloaf, rice w/ cinnamon, cooked carrots, chicken, and sometimes we'll give him a little fish. When he started finger foods, he started with the Gerber Yogurt Melts and went to the Puffs after that.

Bethanie - posted on 04/17/2010

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The Kashi waffles are great, too with some All fruit spread or whipped cream cheese. Try diced and peeled apples, pears, quartered grapes, blueberries and cheerios. We also do Quinoa flakes as a hot cereal with some applesauce, yogurt or fruit mixed in.

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