Hey, just wondering what are some good starter snacks for a 7 month old? What is everyone feeding their babies for snacks?

Amanda - posted on 04/17/2009 ( 36 moms have responded )

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I'm just a mom that needs some answers! lol Im just wondering what kind of finger foods and snacks i should feed my baby, he's 7 months old, and i waited until a couple days shy of 6 months to introduce him to cereal and solids. So just wondering about some beginner snacks.

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Laura - posted on 05/15/2009

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If your baby makes a chewing motion when trying finger foods it is fine to give them small chunks of any soft, healthy food. I fed my children well cooked black beans, small pieces of cooked broccoli, sweet potato, cooked peas, green beans, shredded cheese, tofu, and softer fruits. Most babies gag a little bit with new foods, this does not necessarily mean they are choking.
One of my favorite (not so healthy) treats are the Trader Joe's Organic Veggie Sticks. They are basically potato chips, but they dissolve quickly and are great for a special treat.
Don't waste your money on those Gerber snacks. They are a waste of packaging and most of them are NOT healthy. They are highly processed!
I recommend the book "Super Baby Food" for ideas.

Elaine - posted on 04/22/2009

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For all those that have the mesh bag baby feeders, we use a tooth brush to scrub all the gooey bits out of it like bananas.

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Tenisha - posted on 08/20/2012

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My son LOVES Baby Mum Mum. They dissolve easily and they are large enough for him to self-feed! He also loves the Gerber garden veggie cheese puffs. But def try the Banana Mum Mum

Ashley - posted on 05/22/2009

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Cheerios! The off-brand is SO CHEAP and my girl LOVES them. :0) Plus, it helps develop fine motor skills. I'm going to look into getting a mesh-feeder, though. That sounds neat. Good topic!

Nadia - posted on 05/22/2009

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A special "poeding". Marie biscuit crushed with a small piece of banana. Loves it. You can soften the buiscuit by pouring a little (few drops) of warm water. It mixes easier.

Amy - posted on 05/21/2009

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I had never heard of the Mum Mums either until I read the posts about them. So, I went to the store and bought a pack. She LOVES them and they are not messy like the biter biscuits and so easy for her to eat. It was a great find! Thanks.

Shari - posted on 05/19/2009

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My bubs adores cheerios and puffs, biter biscuits and wagon wheels... I've been giving him baked chicken (cut up into tiny pieces) and that's a big hit too. Tortillas torn into tiny bites, shredded cheese, diced cooked carrots (loves them a little too much, he was a tad orange for a couple of days!)... cooked ground turkey, diced bananas, and his favorite: cooked macaroni noodles!

Jenn - posted on 05/17/2009

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I had the same problem and I discovered the Mum Mums from this post and my boys LOVE them. I think they really enjoy feeding themselves, they have a little trouble with the puffies and cheerios because they can't pick them up on their own yet, but we still give them so they can try. Also I love the Munchkin fruit thing, mine like canned pears in light syrup too in it!

Amy - posted on 05/16/2009

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Those teether/feeders are great! And, when my daughter was teething recently, I froze soem melons and cantalope and put that in it. She loved it and it seemed to help with her teething too!

Samantha - posted on 05/16/2009

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As a lot of others have said, the munchkin mesh feeders are really great! You can put frozen or fresh fruit in them, veggies, or if having teething pain, even just an ice cube. usually, nipple brushes work really well to clean out banana. My daughter loves Gerber snacks...puffs, biter biscuits, yogurt melts, lil crunchies...they are fantastic and keep your little one occupied long enough for you to get in a meal. You probably shouldn't give your child strawberry yet because that is one of those high allergen foods that aren't recommended for too early. If you are feeling a little naughty, I'm sure your little one would love ice cream or a little bit of anything else sweet ;)

Jaclyn - posted on 05/16/2009

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Cheerios, bananas, gerber puffs, toast, big chunks of crusty bread, pasta, strawberries, mum mums, arrowroot cookies, cheese, and he loved the ice cream cone dh gave him.

Leigh-Anne - posted on 05/15/2009

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baby and toddler mum mums are good.. My son goes through the baby ones so fast so I gave him the toddle ones too they also dissolve fast too.

Aja - posted on 05/15/2009

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my son loves the gerber puffs and they also have lil crunchies(its baby cheese doodles that disolve really fast) that i started to give him (with me right next to him) and he does very well with them and i give him fruit cut up like peaches and pears

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Target brand baby puffs (like the Gerber ones, but cheaper!) and Cheerios. We're slowly moving on to table food like chopped up cooked carrots and peas (I mush/split them before putting them on her tray).

Bananas DID NOT work for us - she just mushed them up if I gave her chunks, and when I spoonfeed it to her, she ends up really constipated.

Marcia - posted on 04/28/2009

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I have given my 7 month Strawberries in the munchkin feeder, what a mess but he loved it. I also give him Mum, Mums, stickey but he seems to enjoy them. I also gave him peaches and toast which he seemed to enjoy. I'm going to pick up some of those puffs or cheerios this week and try then I think.

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We started Allison on oat cereal on her 6month b-day and veggies 2wks after.
For a snack, the only thing ive given her is the Arrowroot cookies, which i started giving her 2 days after i started her on cereal!
She loves them, she can drool and chew and spits out the pieces that are too big for her! I haven't tried any other snacks as of yet but I would like to try some cut up fruit eventually! I've tried giving her Banana but she just plays with the mushiness.....Good luck

Cristina - posted on 04/23/2009

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I like the Gerber wagon wheels, they are big enough to be grasped easily (if I give him the small puffs, they stay in his fists and he gets mad) and they melt in their mouth, so no choking!

Reissa - posted on 04/22/2009

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Kendall started with a Munchkin fresh food feeder and she recently got the hang of Cheerios (started by breaking them into pieces but now she can eat them whole). Also, we will give her a peeled carrot or apple slices and she basically just sucks on them, but they keep her occupied! Hope this helps

Mary - posted on 04/22/2009

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My son likes little pieces of whole wheat bread, and rice puffs cereal. he actually fusses for "big people" food after he's had enough baby food to fill up that hungry spot!

Cynthia - posted on 04/21/2009

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I looked at Mum-mums when I was looking for snacks for my first son and was annoyed they have dairy in them. I have a dairy intolerance so I have to be on the safe side (mind you most heinz and nestle boxed cereals I've looked at also have dairy,arg!)

I've used bananas, cheerios, canned fruit cut up really small, arrowroot cookies, egg yolk ( hard boiled), i can't remember who makes them but they are puffed sweet potato things (dissolve easy in their mouths and shaped like snowflakes) that my first LOVED, Dry toast cut up and even a bagel toasted and cut up really small. Try cottage cheese if you have no fear of dairy allergies in your family. Once my oldest turned one I SLOWLY started bringing in cheese and then yogurt and lucky us he`s done great with dairy. Hope this gives you some ideas... :-)

Kyla - posted on 04/21/2009

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My son loves arrowroot cookies and they dissolve quickly. He also has cut up pears, banana, peaches, and kiwi. He did have a strawberry once in his mesh thingy.

Leslie - posted on 04/21/2009

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The gerber puffs are great. She gets to practice picking them up. She is already improving on getting them in her mouth.

Teresa - posted on 04/21/2009

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So far, he tried Mum Mums but I didn't think that he was chewing them thoroughly so I put them away. He loves frozen banana in the mesh feeder though! :) It is tough to clean that sucker after though! LOL

Sarah - posted on 04/20/2009

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Ben loves his Baby Mum-mums. We also started him on soft fruits to gum like watermelon, orange, and cantalope. He doesn't like banana's texture yet.

Erica - posted on 04/20/2009

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I have a nuby and munchkin mesh feeder, I love them and so does Shelby. I give her banana every morning in it, because bananas are a pain to clean out I get as much as I possibly can out of the mesh then boil it. It says not to boil it and I'm not sure why because it's still in perfect shape.

Robyn - posted on 04/19/2009

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My little dude loves the Mum Mums, also Gerber Graduates puffs, but they can get a little pricey. We just tried cheerios, and they are a big hit. We tried shredded cheese too today, but he was iffy on that. Also, whole wheat toast cut into sticks are a good snack (white bread can get too gluey and make them choke). You can try small pieces of soft fruit too (strawberry, banana, kiwi, mango etc).

Good luck and happy snacking!!

Chelsey - posted on 04/17/2009

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Thanks for starting this thread Amanda, I just got some good ideas from it too. I just started giving my son baby mum-mum's he LOVES them.

Tammy - posted on 04/17/2009

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Hi, we went out and brought a munchkin teether/feeder too today and it is really good, we put pieces of melon in it and he really liked it, i mushed it up a bit for him but he seemed to really enjoy it. He also has farleys rusks (a bib in shape of a top is reccommended lol), he has banana and some baby biscuits. The really good thing about the munchkin thing is you can put all sorts of fruit in it.

Hope this helps x

Elisa - posted on 04/17/2009

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My little one love baby mum mum rice crackers as they disolve really easy, didn't take to biscuits. Teething rusks but the chessymite ones made for 1year they are great for taste and actually disolve pretty well. He eats sucks oranges, and has cherios etc...

Melissa - posted on 04/17/2009

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My daughter really likes the Peach and Sweet Potatoe Puffs by Gerber Graduates. They dissolve fairly fast and teaches them to chew. I had to keep a close eye for the first bit, but now she chews them up no problem.

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I feed my 7 month old daughter Mum Mum crackers. They are made of rice and they dissolve in their mouth. I usually buy the organic ones. She loves them!

Heather - posted on 04/17/2009

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Hi Amanda,



I purchased a munchkin teether/feeder for my son (other company's make it too), it is a mesh contraption with a soft rubbery handle. You can put fresh fruit inside the mesh, without the risk of choking. My son loves it! I don't recommend banana, as it is very difficult to clean afterwards. We've put apple, pear, and watermelon, we try to give him banana on it's own in small pieces which helps him learn how to eat.



We recently tried a cookie as a snack, he isn't ready for arrowroot yet (kinda scary), but Farley's biscuits are good because they dissolve quicker (but they are very messy).



There aren't many options for this age, fruit inside the teether/feeded is probably your best bet to start.



Hope this helps,

Heather

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