My 11-month old is tired of baby food and I want to introduce him to other things. Suggestions??

Tanya - posted on 06/02/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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He is just starting to push baby food away totally. I'm wondering what other moms are feeding their almost-toddlers. Only has his top two and bottom two teeth. Really curious about what meats I can try for him!

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Have you ever tasted the jarred baby food? It smells like kat food to begin with, and doesn't taste as good as it sounds!

Try making your own stuff, just grind up what you guys eat! Babies can have fish once a week. Salmon, cod, haddock, tuna (from a tin only once a month). Meats, beef, pork, chicken. Cheese (no soft cheeses though) cheddar, mozarella, white cheddar, colby, jarlsberg (norwegian cheese). Pretty much any veg, although tomatoes need to be de-skinned and de-seeded (boil water, pop tomato in for a few seconds, remove. Skin comes off easy, then cut seeds out). Pasta (not whole wheat for babies though b/c of gluten, make sure is quality pasta), potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc.

My son loves chicken curry (mild, like Korma) with rice and apricots or mangos, also pasta with creamy cauliflower sauce and cheese, sweet and reg potato mash with carrots and/or broccoli and cheddar...

The possibilities are endless and they all freeze (use icecube tray and pop out 3-4 and defrost for baby's meals). Just get yourself an immersian blender (stick blender, hand-held) or try finger food if your child can mash and swallow.

Sarah - posted on 06/04/2010

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www.happybabyfoods.com
They have great meals for little guys that is organic. You can buy them at some specialty stores, or order them on amazon.com. My little guy is only three months old, but my best friend has an 11 month old and he eats pretty much what they are eating. She gives him frozen peas (still frozen!) I know it sounds icky, but he loves the way it feels on his gums when he's teething. Also cooked, cooled pasta, little bits of meat, anything you can smash with a fork or pull apart with two forks. Mashed potatoes, waffles, pancakes...you name it :)

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Angie - posted on 06/07/2010

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With mine for the most part I just cut up what we are eating into teeny pieces. He loves it!!! Just try to stay away from loads of spice, especially peppery spices. Other than that, enjoy. When you make yourself a meal, take a tiny portion off yours and cut it up for him. You can also take this chance to let him try to feed himself. Get Cherrios and put a lil in a small bowl with just enough milk to wet them, they will stick to the spoon :) . My son loved this, he was able to feed himself too. Hope this helped!! :)

Yvonne - posted on 06/06/2010

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I agree with all the tips,I've read and another one from me (hope its not already here) a good way to shred chicken is to grate it,much easier and makes it nice and easy to eat without having to liquidize it and lose some flavour.

Good Luck xx

Kim - posted on 06/06/2010

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You can try any meats. What I did was break them up into tiny little pieces like crumbs with my fingers so that they didn't need to chew. I used to make my son like a soup with little soft pasta, peas and carrots, he loved it. I'd avoid Spaghetti O's since they can burn kids' bums from being too spicy. But you can try Toddler foods too, most of it is soft enough for an 11 month old. You can feed them pretty much anything that is soft enough where they don't have to chew a lot since he doesn't have molars to break it up.

Michelle - posted on 06/05/2010

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my baby is 9 months old and can eat what we eat. Sometimes she wants it in mushed up and sometimes she wants what we have. I have a great book here called "baby and toddler meals" by Robin barker, that I would highly recommend. As it comes with heaps of recipes and ideas about how to help with introducing foods, if you are not sure what to do next.

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I have a chopper (pamper chef) one of those that you press the button with your hand. But by the time my youngest son was 11 months he did not eat baby food he ate what we ate. I just chopped it up real fine. If we had steak so did he. As long as he has no allergies and you chop the food up good, he will be fine eating whatever. Good Luck

Dawn - posted on 06/04/2010

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my kids were all eatting solids at this age. They just got sick of baby food. I just make sure the food is cut up so its not a choking hazard and that they can gum it. Chicken is a good food but wait a bit for beef and pork unless its ground up.

Kat - posted on 06/04/2010

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tristan's 11 months old (1 year on 6/11/10) and he loves mashed potatoes, yogurt, sweet potatoes, grilled cheese, and things like that. he cant eat too many things since he only has 4 teeth, but he can eat the softer stuff. he eats a lot of those gerber toddler meals too. especially the mac&cheese. i havent been able to get him to eat meat tho, no matter how hard i try

Kristin - posted on 06/03/2010

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I just smashed up some of what the rest of us were having or, if it was reasonably soft, just let them have it cut into bite size pieces. I just made sure that there were none of the major allergen type foods going to them.



Their gums are tougher than we think and they can gnaw just about anything into submission. Just start experimenting with him more. Good luck and happy dining.

Alli - posted on 06/03/2010

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i just started the gerber dinners for my daughter (9 months) she had pasta w/ meat tonight & string beans, finsihed the whole thing and loved it! Usually give her what we eat for dinner, but my husband works thursdays so i dont cook then, the gerber graduate dinners are a great alternative!

Becky - posted on 06/02/2010

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You can give him anything you get! I would give my daughter the same dinner we ate everynight. She was eating steak, hamburgers, roast beef, chicken, corn on the cob, veggies, anything you can think of when she was 10 months old. What I always did with the meat would cut it up into to million of pieces. Kinda gross but sometimes I would even half chew it up just a little (the steak) just to make sure she there wouldnt be no choking. What ever you eat, make him a plate of it. I would give him his own plate, with spoons/forks just so he start getting the hang of it now.

Sherry - posted on 06/02/2010

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LOL meats? darn near anything (wouldn't recommend fish just yet unless it's a no bones variety like Basa- it's also mild in flavor but a little sweety too)

Tanya - posted on 06/02/2010

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Awesome......thanks ladies!! I really appreciate your suggestions....can't wait to report back!

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Just try little tiny bits of meat, fruit, and veggies. Try yogurt too! He should be able to gum most food. But if you break it up tiny enough, it shouldn't be a choking hazzard.

Nikki - posted on 06/02/2010

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Even without too many teeth babies can chew with their gums, my daughter is only 7 months and pretty much eats the same as us, just cut up into pea size pieces, or handle shaped that she can hold onto. My daughter loves all fruits, banana's are great to start with because they are soft, sandwich fingers with fresh ham or shredded chicken and cheese. Steamed vegetable fingers. Ground beef cooked with some small diced vegetables, shredded chicken and veggies. Avocado and lean sausages (chopped and skin removed) Porridge for breakfast with some fruit, or yoghurt.
The only things my daughter doesn't have, or I wouldn't give her is nuts, shellfish, strawberries, corn chips and other hard items she might choke on.

To start off with he may not eat a great deal of the new foods or he might play with it, but after he gets the hang of it I am sure he will love the independence of feeding himself and the selection of new foods. Good luck

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