Can someon plz help me?

Taylor - posted on 06/17/2009 ( 73 moms have responded )

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My son just turned 1 and he only has four teeth, two on top and two on bottom. I am having trouble finding meals that he can eat. The baby jars are not enough and do not keep him full for very long and the toddler meals are too tough for him to eat. Can I please have some suggestions?

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Alex - posted on 09/15/2011

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Food can always be slightly blended, which makes things a lot easier. Just chuck some of the toddler meals in a blender and soften them up.

Neddy - posted on 06/21/2009

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I agree with Charlotte Trapnell. I did it with a food processor, even when my son was pass 1 year old. He had teeth,but it took him forever to eat or chew a bit of meat.

User - posted on 06/21/2009

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it is very common for children around this age to only have a few teeth. i know of one who had no teeth until around 18 months; so in some ways you're lucky;)
your child should be able to cope with toddler meals; i'm sure he copes well enough with finger foods??? as long as they are mushed up enough-give it a damn good pounding with a fork or spoon.
he has to get used to the lumps-as long as they are not hard. it is the transition from puree to normal food; with or without teeth.
you'll be amazed at how well they manage.
my son too was a hungry boy; he had cow's milk early and had well cooked veg and things like porriage and weetabix that filled him up.

Teena - posted on 06/21/2009

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You might want to double check with your doctor, just for your own peice of mind. I find that it helps when I'm not sure or confused, good luck

Janet - posted on 06/20/2009

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I have twin girls that are 2 years old. I did the same thing that was previosly posted, used a small food processor. My husband & I used to grind almost everything from chicken, turkey, ground beef to corn green beans & other veggies. We found that corn ground up better with a little mashed potatoes in it. We rarely feed the girls jars of food passed 6-7 months old. They loved eating what we did much better.

Alana - posted on 06/20/2009

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Try stuff like mashed potatos or sweet potatos. The won't go hungry so he will eat it :)

Michelle - posted on 06/20/2009

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We had a small food grinder, my MIL called it a "Mouli", and we just ground up small amounts of whatever the rest of us were eating! Much cheaper and more filling than the jars of commercial baby food, he could have as much or as little as he wanted, and he developed a healthy taste for a variety of "real" food, as well.

Ashli - posted on 06/20/2009

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okay this is what i have found that has helped me. My little boy is 10 months and he has been eating these bowls since he was 6 or 7 months. They are called Graduates for toddlers bowls. the ones I get is the pasta star with chicken and vegetables,and spaghetti rings in meat sauce. I hope that works it helped me baby.

Cindy - posted on 06/20/2009

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When my little guy was one, he only had a few teeth as well and at each meal, he would eat two or three of the second stage meals that included the dinner and the vegetables and sometimes even a jar of fruit, Gerber also makes great snacks for little ones that are just starting to eat solid food, like the star snacks that really just melt in their mouths. Little people have very small tummys, so they get along better if they get lots of little meals and snacks throughout the day.

Jocelyn - posted on 06/20/2009

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Quoting Dawn:

Now early childhood experts are saying that it is OK to start giving your child peanut butter even before a year old unless a parent has a history of a peanut allergy. They are starting to feel that holding off on peanut butter until later is actually causing more allergies than exposing a child to it at an earlier age.


i was giving my son peanut butter at around a year.  he loves it (and neither me nor dad have an allergy to it)  the only way i can see it being a choking hazzard is if you are giving your one yr old big spoonfulls lol (which i do now, but he's 2.5 lol)



 

Dina - posted on 06/19/2009

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Girl if the jars aren't enough go organic, start making your own baby food....he gets the natural vitamins and plus your saving from your pocket on just boiling his food, and grinding it down. When my daughter started getting teeth, We began to give her rice and such, but what I did was I would grind it down to like mush or decent size chunks and feed that to her. that way she was getting the food I make (depending on what we were eating) and still feel like you are making the right choices for your child's meals....he will get the rest on his own, plus giving him foods that are a bit tuffer once in a blue moon doesn't help, try to make it easier for him with the tougher foods by mushing it down more or grinding it...You know? I'm sure you'll do just fine :) soon he will be grabbing the spoon himself and eating on his own...man they grow fast LOL

Mandy - posted on 06/19/2009

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Real food he is not to little. Mashed potatos, mac cheese, veggies, oatmeal, anything soft. He will learn to gum things until more teeth come in. I am a mother of 4 real food will not hurt him regardless of what all the books say. Good Luck with your little man!!

Jessica - posted on 06/19/2009

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try hard boiled egg with a bit of butter an mash it all up! my gran fed it to my mum and her 7 siblings and my mum fed it to me, my bro and sis and my son seems to love it too!

Guggie - posted on 06/19/2009

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Hi, what signs do you see that make you think he is having trouble eating?



DD just got two bottom teeth, they are just little stubs. She does not eat jar food, just table food. A symptom that babies are ready for solids is when they chew with their gums.



Do you still give him milk or formula? Milk has more calories than formula, whole cow's milk, goat's milk and solids in the amount of an infant's stomach.

Lessie - posted on 06/19/2009

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If you cook beans and vegetables you could blend beans and vegetables with apple sauce or separate them and feed this to him. It will fill him up and it is also healthy for him.

User - posted on 06/19/2009

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hi, inever used a blender etc......i fed my daughter normal food...mince potatoes etc and just made sure the lumpy bits were mixed with soft potato

User - posted on 06/19/2009

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Our youngest didn't get her first tooth until she was 11 months old. We had a handheld food grinder, it was a long time ago but I know they still make them because I considered getting one for a coworker's baby shower and I found them online. We basically ground up whatever we were eating. I also think this is one reason that our girls are not picky eaters. They got used to the tastes of what we eat at a young age. The handheld one is very handy because you can take it wherever you go and they can eat a little of your food.

Daleen - posted on 06/19/2009

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My son used to love scrambled eggs and I am told that it is a very healthy meal for them. You can even add some tamato sauce which is also healthier than we think!

Mel - posted on 06/18/2009

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Quoting Caroline:

Eggs, yogourt, bananas, hummus, etc... No peanut butter, it's dangerous for allergies until they are 3 or 4 years old...be careful!!



peanut butter is safe if you wait they are more likely to develop allergies. my daughters docs gave it to her for weight gain on her rusks at 3 months :) i think this is reletevely new information in the last few yrs so some people  dont know it yet

Jeanne - posted on 06/18/2009

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You can do pasta just cook it softer than you would normally eat it and you can put meat in the blender so it becomes like hamburger - he should be able to chew that. You can also make him mashed sweet potatoes, white fish (like in a fish stick) should go done fairly easily and you can try scrambled eggs. You can also give him bread - he should be able to eat that as well. Good luck.

Caroline - posted on 06/18/2009

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Eggs, yogourt, bananas, hummus, etc... No peanut butter, it's dangerous for allergies until they are 3 or 4 years old...be careful!!

Donna - posted on 06/18/2009

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Get one of the cheep little food choppers. They work great and you can give him pretty much anything.

Sheryl - posted on 06/18/2009

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Just cut up people food and serve it to him. I strted out my girls on people food at 4 months. no teeth and saved lots of money

Amber - posted on 06/18/2009

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With my now 4 yr old son...he only had 2 teeth at age one....I made my own baby food with my blender....pretty much everything we ate i just put his in my blender...i mixed turkey and potatoes,chicken and rice with peas he loved it and it filled him up

Emily - posted on 06/18/2009

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My Sister had the same trouble with her oldest. She would make mashed potatoes and use the meat baby food as a gravey. He loved it!! It worked so well that she did it with her other child who had trouble gaining weight.

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Hot dogs...I know they are gross but kids love them. Especially boys.
Also you could try some of the canned pasta things... Ravioli, spaghetti and meat balls... Those meats are so ground up that he should be able to chew them with his gums.

Pat - posted on 06/18/2009

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My daughter is 14 months and has 2 teeth which are still very tiny on the bottom. She is tired of the jarred 12 month food. I cut up strawberries, bananas, chicken, cheese, breads, and pasta, in small pieces. Rice is fabulous and fills them up. Cooked vegetables lightly seasoned with butter/margarine - carrots in small pieces, mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes, squash either mashed or cut up. In the morning, I am doing instant oatmeal, crushed corn flakes, rice crispies, or special K, with a little bit of whole milk. Tomato soup (I always use milk) or broth with rice in it is great and easy. She also likes scrambled eggs, smooth blended yogurts, yogurt drinks, french toast or pancakes cut in small pieces and sprinkled with a little icing sugar, ham cut in small pieces. For snacks, I use the Graduates, or Rice Krispies. I still use 2nd step Formula too at night time, as it fills her up more than milk. Don't be afraid to try peanut butter or nuts - just a little bit to start and check the reaction. Nuts are very filling. Try sprinkling crushed almonds or pecans on cereals, yogurts, ice cream.

Good luck with it all.

Lori - posted on 06/18/2009

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With my twins who are 10 months old and each have 6 teeth, I give them what we eat for the most part, just cooked softer and cut up smaller meat wise. They also love rice crackers, cheerios, small pieces of fruit (canned peach slices packed in water - no sugar added), watermellon cut small, crackers with unsalted tops.

Sandra - posted on 06/18/2009

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My 5 year old was 15 months before she had teeth. I was worried they weren't coming at all. They did, all at once too! It really wasn't as bad as as it sounds! With a house full of teenagers and older kids, it was hard to controll what she ate. All gums and no teeth, ate anything and everything Corn chip, chicken nuggets, french fries, corrots, green beans, corn and alot of meat sticks (not hot dogs). If we had it, she wanted it and someone always gave it to her. She never really had a problem.

User - posted on 06/18/2009

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Feed him what you eat. just get a small food processor and grind up what you make for dinner. I did this will all my kids and one of my kids didn't get teeth until she was 14 months

Brandi - posted on 06/18/2009

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at 1 they should be able to eat pretty much what you eat at a meal. just cut up things really small so that they don't choke. I always used to cut hot dogs in 1/2 the long way and in 1/2 again and then cut into pieces. bread, crackers, mashed potatoes, cereal, rice, pudding. Don't waste anymore money on baby food or baby meals! In this economy it isn't worth it.

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Quoting patsy:

Use whatever veggies he likes in jarred food, cook fresh, add small amount of meat and process in blender or food processor. Most kids like mashed potatoes, so any veggies can be cooked and mixed with them. When he is ready, simply dice food after soft-cooking. Do the same with fruit. Easy on salt/sugar - most fruits are sweet enough. Don't worry - he'll be eating other foods in no time at all.



 thats a good pioint from patsy about  not adding salt and sugar.. i forgot to put that.. they really dont need salt or sugar added to foods nor do they need foods that are high in sugar (rusks) or salt (adult gravy)..  xx

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Quoting patsy:

Use whatever veggies he likes in jarred food, cook fresh, add small amount of meat and process in blender or food processor. Most kids like mashed potatoes, so any veggies can be cooked and mixed with them. When he is ready, simply dice food after soft-cooking. Do the same with fruit. Easy on salt/sugar - most fruits are sweet enough. Don't worry - he'll be eating other foods in no time at all.



 thats a good pioint from patsy about  not adding salt and sugar.. i forgot to put that.. they really dont need salt or sugar added to foods nor do they need foods that are high in sugar (rusks) or salt (adult gravy)..  xx

Patsy - posted on 06/18/2009

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Use whatever veggies he likes in jarred food, cook fresh, add small amount of meat and process in blender or food processor. Most kids like mashed potatoes, so any veggies can be cooked and mixed with them. When he is ready, simply dice food after soft-cooking. Do the same with fruit. Easy on salt/sugar - most fruits are sweet enough. Don't worry - he'll be eating other foods in no time at all.

Jenny - posted on 06/18/2009

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my son did not have any teeth until nearly 15 months but it did not stop him eating at all. I mashed all his meals, his favourite was chicken with mashed potato and veg and gravy. Also baked beans and bread and butter or toast. Just puree food or cut up finely.

Ann - posted on 06/18/2009

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My daughter doesnt have any teeth but that doesnt stop her from eating anything! Just cut into small portions and watch to be sure they dont stuff their mouths before they swallow and you will be fine, you should be able to give him basically anything at this point.

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at 1year old he should really be eating the foods you eat.. my daughter always had normal food pureed.. then moved up to mashed.. and now she is eating everything from potatos, fruit, veg, sandwich, pasta (whole pieces), more or less anything just cut up. she gumms them well and eats them perfectly of her plate.. she is nearly 9 months old.. try to get him eating your foods as soon as possible as my on who is nearly 8 is such a picky eater!! (no meats, fish and wont touch certain fruit).. i believe this is because i kept him on baby jars for too long.. hence why my daughter onlyy ate fresh normal food prepared by me xx

Michele - posted on 06/18/2009

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My daughter didn't get her first tooth until after her 1st birthday...her doctor told me that she can eat anything that you can mash with your fingers. She ate eggs, pasta (cut up into small bites), peas, mashed potatoes, pancakes...anything mashable, just make sure the bulkier stuff you cut into small portions.

Melissa - posted on 06/18/2009

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I make alot of pasta for my little guy he loves it I just cut it up small and add veggies cheese, I change it up keep new tastes happening. I would say making your own would probably be the best you can make them the way you like I even take my meals and just bake him his own potatoe that is plain and stuff like that. I like the site www.wholesomebabyfood.com if you do want to make your own I used Ice cube trays to make portions and then when they were frozen I put them in a ziploc baggy.For the freezer.

Tamara - posted on 06/18/2009

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Have you thought of simply feeding him what you eat? Just make sure things are soft enough for him to gnaw on.

Sharon - posted on 06/17/2009

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You can cook things like carrots, or greenbeans or other vegetables until soft. My kids liked finger foods they could pick up and eat at that age. They can gum them even if they dont have many teeth. Even Macaroni, or Cherios, or rice. Peices of boiled meat or chicken just cut it up in little pieces.

Jennifer - posted on 06/17/2009

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My daughter is 14 months with 7 teeth. We feed her the same meals that we eat just cut up. If it's too big she or too much chewing she just spits it out. She won't eat baby food any more. The only thing that seems to be to hard or choking hazard are chips and hard crackers.

Tara - posted on 06/17/2009

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Quoting Amy:

instant cream of wheat always worked for my daughter its very filling especially if you make it with milk. plus it only takes a minute or two to make.


I agree with this one too, my daughter loves cereal, she's more of an instant oatmeal fan though LOL. She's almost 15 months and only has one tooth that's broken through (super tough gums my pediatrician said), but she's able to pretty much eat anything we eat, just cut small, or mashed a bit. She really likes oatmeal, yogurt, toast, ham, eggs, mashed potatoes, hash browns (or country-fried potatoes), any kind of veggie. She's been eating what we eat since she refused to take any of the baby food from jars at about 6 months old.



Definitely just try a little of everything you eat, the more you give your baby, the more likely they will like a variety of foods as they get older :)

Amy - posted on 06/17/2009

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instant cream of wheat always worked for my daughter its very filling especially if you make it with milk. plus it only takes a minute or two to make.

Jessica - posted on 06/17/2009

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also try putting his food in a food processor and try feeding him like that.....He will learn to chew but he doesn't have to really work at it that hard......

Jessica - posted on 06/17/2009

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Get the bitter biscuits and one of the mesh pacifiers and try that for like his snacks and continue giving him mashed potatoes and try meat loaf......My son is a year old and he has 12 teeth but when he had just four he was able to eat like meat loaf and any kind of beef and chicken......cut his pieces into very small pieces but try tender meats and see if he can at least figure out how to eat it.....it might take him a few times of kinda choking but he's not really choking he's just trying to learn how to chew......While he's eating continue to encourage him in chewing.......Just keep telling him "chew buddy, chew" and that's what helped my lil guy to chew.......if he learns how to chew with just his four teeth by the time he gets more he won't have problems with pork and stuff that a little tuffer to chew......My baby likes fish too and that's pretty easy for him to chew up.......I hope this helps......Please get back to me and tell me what happened with everything....Thanks Jessica Perkins......My email address is jessiep_srb@hotmail.com.....Thank you.

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