What kind of food can I give my 1 year old to eat? She wants to eat finger food.

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Johnnie - posted on 05/02/2013

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My daughter is 12 months old and has two bottom teeth and 4 top teeth. I am a first time mom so, not real educated on what she can and can not have. So far I have seen her eat chopped up hotdogs, Mac n cheese, Yogurt bites, and spaghetti rings. I have tried a banana and she is not a fan. What else could she possible be able to eat?

Paige - posted on 07/27/2009

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My son is 14 months and he loves the puffy Cheetos. But like a lot of people said above at 1 you can pretty much give them any thing look at the graduates food in the baby section it your still a little worried they have all sorts of finger foods that were made for little ones. Good luck!!

Alexandra - posted on 07/28/2009

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That depends on how many teeth she has. Cheerios is a good one. Our pediatrician reminded me that if one DOES get stuck in her throat, don't worry. There is a HOLE in the middle!!! More teeth = more firm foods = more "chewing" as opposed to just "gumming." Otherwise, anything that can be cut up into fingerfood-sized pieces is okey dokey!! My kids loved the little frozen peas and carrots - after I cooked them, of course. They are parfect for little fingers. Which, BTW helps with fine motor skills as well - BONUS!!!!!

Lori - posted on 07/28/2009

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Both of my boys love cheese tortellini. I buy it in the refrigerated section of my grocery store and it cooks in about 5 minutes. For the one year old, I cut the pieces up. I even keep a jar of pesto in the fridge and add that to the pasta.

Lindsay - posted on 07/24/2009

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My son is almost 14 months old and loves to eat anything. We started him out with Gerber snack foods. They are made to melt in your mouth and be easy to chew (less likely to choke). Now I feed him pasta, any baked vegies (they are softer that way) and soft fruit. He also like bread. Just start slow and then try different things to see what they like. My son just wants to eat anything we eat!

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Melissa - posted on 07/28/2009

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I didn't know what to start feeding my son when he got tired of baby food; I had to research and ask family members. My son is really picky, but he loves mac & cheese, potatoes, sweet potatoes, chicken noodle soup, stuffing (just found that out yesterday), loves all vegtables, grilled cheese (sliced into peices), peanut butter & jelly sandwich (sliced into pieces), abosolutley loves yogurt. I have a food processor that chops the food up into small pieces, so I will take a little bit of everything that I make for dinner (meat, veggies, noodle or whatever it is) and put it in there and grind it up. He usually always eats it. As long as it is small enough for them to eat and appealing to them, they will eat it. The food processor is great, because I don't have to worry about what I am going to feed him that won't make him choke. Its a small cheap thing too, great to have. Fruits are always great.

Shelley - posted on 07/28/2009

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I went to the Health Care Centre Yesterday my daughter is 14 1/2 months and she said figer food so dont stress to much

Tiffany - posted on 07/27/2009

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We got a mesh bag that is made for babys learning how to eat solid food. It gave us the peace of knowing he could not choke. Gerber also has great finger foods

Melissa - posted on 07/26/2009

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My twins are 14 months old and they eat just about everything. I just cut it all up in small pieces. They loce the Gerber Graduates foods, like fruit strips, cereal bars and lil crunchies. It's all for toddlers. Eggos are good for breakfast. Your little one will learn what she like and dislikes and she'll let you know when she doesn't like something. Hope it al works out for you.

Tricia - posted on 07/25/2009

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Soft foods are great but hard for little hands to grab and get to the mouth without dropping. I started with babay-mum mums they are rice puff crackers that melt instantly in the mouth and Gerber yougurt melts as she developed her chewing skills. My daughter loves both of them and they were easier for her to grab and actualy get into her mouth and develop the hand mouth couordination skills.

Cheryl - posted on 07/25/2009

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Soft foods easy to chew, bananas, small thin slices of apple (w/out skin), yogurt, cheese, crackers, potatoes,scrambled eggs, roasted chicken, small pieces of hamburger, macaroni and cheese or other pastas. Just remember NO PEANUTS OR STRAWBERRIES BEFORE 2. Watch out for skins on fruits, also hot dogs are a choking hazard, you need to cut them up, but be careful not to feed them to many hot dogs or deli meat due to nitrates.

Katrina - posted on 07/25/2009

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pasta pick ups are awesome for that age along with pin wheels, zweiback toast or your own, waffles, pancakes and french toast as well. the pasta pick ups are really nice for when they think they are starving it only takes 30 seconds and they aren't steaming hot. i personally avoided hot dogs for fear of choking or anything with a somewhat harsh texture i hope this helped you

April - posted on 07/24/2009

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I boiled cubes of chicken, veggies or pasta, cheese, ravioli, beans. All that soft food you can give her. I would give my kids any soft food and they all did ok. When we had tacos the baby would get ground beef and cheese and tomatoes. I tried to always cook soft foods so they would all be eating the same thing. I also gave my kids a variety of food so that there palet wouldn't be confined to just bland foods.Mrs dash has great seasoning that don't have MSG's and salt.This is a funny age. It's fun to see their expressions with the different foods they try.Stay away from pre-packaged food as they can be high in preservatives and filler and harmful to your baby. I get most of my things from the farmers market.

Heather - posted on 07/24/2009

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Baby Mum Mum crackers - they're the best!!! Of course, Cherrios, rice puffs, and the canned fruit or fruit cups. Have fun!!!

Shilpa - posted on 07/24/2009

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If she is teething, hand her a neatly washed and skin pilled carrot to chew on.....

Tonya - posted on 07/23/2009

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I started with canned fruit (cut up) because it was soft and my son loved fruit. He also loved those Gerber freeze dried fruits!

Vicky - posted on 07/23/2009

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marmite on toast, bread & butter, banana, cooked soft veg - potatoes, carrots etc, cheese, cucumber cubes...

Amber - posted on 07/23/2009

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Well, my daughter will be 2 in October and I started the finger foods around 10 months. but as far as the biter biscuits from gerber goes I don't trust them at all. My daughter had one and ended up choking on it and it scared my husband and I to death. But now since she was about 13 months she began eating whatever we were eating. She loves just about everything now. She now eats chicken nuggets and everything. There are still some things I am cautious about like candy and things but besides candy she eats everything steak, chicken, eggs...she eats it all...She's my bottomless pit...LOL

Jen - posted on 07/23/2009

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Like all the other mothers said you can give her anything. My daughter is 19 months and was off baby food at 11 and a half months. She eats a Gerber Graduate meal for lunch everyday and then eats what everyone else is eating for dinner. The only things we do not give her are french fries, pizza, taco shells/chips (she choked when we tried), and peanut butter. Other than that we just cut food up in small pieces and she will pick them up or use her fork. Pasta and chicken are favorites in our house and they easy for small toddler hands to pick up.

Katrina - posted on 07/23/2009

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my little girl is one and she eat all the same stuff that we eat i just make sure that it's cut into small peices so she doesn't try to put to much stuff in her mouth at one time

Amy - posted on 07/23/2009

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She can eat whatever you are comfortable with her eating... just beware of hot dogs, they are one of the top choking hazardz for children. If you have any douts I would talk to her pediatriction

Stacey - posted on 07/23/2009

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one year my sone was eating whatever i made for my husband and myself. If i made spaghetti he had just the noodles on some nights because it is very messy haha but you'll get nice pictures when they are done. Kids LOVE casseroles...dunno why but they do. I make a casserole With cooked egg noodles, cream of mushroom soup n a bag of frozem mixed veggies...let it bake in the oven until my breadcrumb topping is crispy...he goes nuts for it. And even tho I'm not supossed to I do give my son hotdogs. They are smaller than peas when I give them to him. He's also had a mouthfull of teeth since 12 months too. French fries are awesome and not very messy. I like to bake mine. Cooked veggies are great too. I overcook them just a lil bit so they are soft. I refuse to make a special meal for my child. Some moms may think I'm mean but that's my kind of parenting. I dont run a restaurant. Now I wont purposly make him something he hates. He loves all kinds of veggies as long as they are fresh or frozen...wont eat canned but we dont like canned either unless I use them for home made soups.



Use your imagination. You'll do great.

Lyndsay - posted on 07/23/2009

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My public health nurse recommended I start feeding my son finger foods at about 9 months, so your daughter should be good and ready for this. Cheerios or other cereals are good, crackers, cut up pieces of fruit (I liked strawberries because they're soft, not hard) or even fruit cups. Yogurt and applesauce are also good because they're already squishy, you don't have to cut it up.

Amy - posted on 07/23/2009

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If she can tolerate it, I would let her. My sisters used to give their kids the finger/table foods at about that age. I on the otherhand went by what my doctor would tell me. I've come to realize that my daughter is a much pickier eater than my nieces and nephews. I think it is because she didn't get the taste of "real food", instead she got a lot of the bland jar food. Granted, my sisters would mash food up to make sure it wasn't a choking hazard. If I had to do it all over again, I would have "eased up" a bit on some of the "published guidelines".

Gwen - posted on 07/23/2009

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my daughter also loves sliced carrots (from a can), bananas, green beans, applesauce, yogurt, cottage cheese, sliced cheese, etc. cheerios are also great for snacking, of course.

Maggie - posted on 07/23/2009

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Mandarin oranges, chopped up sausage links, hashbrowns, nearly everything you eat but smaller chunks!

Deidre - posted on 07/23/2009

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At 1yr you can pretty much give them anything you want. Has she had any finger foods before? If not I suggest starting out with some of the gerber finger foods. They have biter biscuits, zweiback toast (my fave for a first food), and puffs. If she has started finger foods already go ahead and give her small pieces of chicken or super soft veggies and fruits. Just keep a close eye on her and let her have fun :) She may choke a time or two but as long as it isn't serious choking she's fine. I know my daughter gags sometimes but it's more b/c of the different texture than actual choking (if she is still breathing it's okay, just pat her back a couple times and let her continue).

Deidre - posted on 07/23/2009

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At 1yr you can pretty much give them anything you want. Has she had any finger foods before? If not I suggest starting out with some of the gerber finger foods. They have biter biscuits, zweiback toast (my fave for a first food), and puffs. If she has started finger foods already go ahead and give her small pieces of chicken or super soft veggies and fruits. Just keep a close eye on her and let her have fun :) She may choke a time or two but as long as it isn't serious choking she's fine. I know my daughter gags sometimes but it's more b/c of the different texture than actual choking (if she is still breathing it's okay, just pat her back a couple times and let her continue).

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