Finger foods

Sarah - posted on 01/25/2010 ( 15 moms have responded )

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When should I start my little one on finger foods? He is 6 1/2 months and seems interested. He has been on solids for about 2 months now.

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Mel - posted on 01/26/2010

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finger food is fine at 6 months. I dont remember all the exmaples because our daughter is 21 months now and we got the lists from the hospital but some things I remember them suggesting were rusks with spreads (or without), mashed avacado, toast, thinly sliced cheese and thats about all I can remember sorry



and to Debbie bananas are good as a first food the dieticians told us to give her mashed banana aroud 3 months

Debbie - posted on 01/26/2010

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yes bananas are good but doctors say not till 7 months for bananas as they contain too much protein and give a stomach ache as hard to digest for under 7 months

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That's totally fine Lana. Breast milk or formula should be the primary source of nutrition within the first year anyways. There's a saying that goes, "food for fun until they're one". So don't stress if he just wants to play. I would encourage it. Eventually he'll put it in his mouth and realize, "hey! this tastes kinda good!". But until then, be content with letting him explore and experiment and don't put any pressure on him. You want eating to be a positive, stress free experience for everyone.

Lana - posted on 01/25/2010

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how about a bay who just wants to play with his food? hes 8 months, and all he wants to do is mash it into his tray!!!!!! so far i have tried bananas and multigrain cheerios. i will try toast and cheese i guess.

September - posted on 01/25/2010

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Thanks for sharing that article with me. I read similar articles while I was pregnant which reinforced the fact that I would never feed our son jarred baby foods or baby foods in general. (Nothing against those that do) I'm with you...I'll stick to the really good stuff :) Plus I love to cook :)

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Hah:) Thanks September. I think my son would probably eat those puff things...in fact, I don't think there's much that he wouldn't eat. So what better reason than to give him the really good stuff!?
Here's an interesting article I found recently...

http://www.nationalpost.com/life/health/...

And although I wasn't exactly shocked when I read it (and maybe you won't really be either) I still found it interesting and I like to share it now and then.

September - posted on 01/25/2010

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I like you Katie! :) I'm right there with you! My son would rather have some fresh chopped fruit or nice steamed veggies opposed to those silly puffs things...what's the point of those things anyhow? Just another person out there trying to make a buck in my opinion.

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Stacey, all those foods that you mentioned that are geared towards babies/toddlers are not so great. They're all pretty processed and there are far better options that you won't find in the baby aisle. Personally, I have never bought a single food item from the baby aisle.

September - posted on 01/25/2010

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I just have to add that at 6.5 months old our son had no teeth and still was able to eat all of the things I listed above. You just have to be sure the food is cut/mashed small and the foods that need to be steamed are steamed well. It's amazing how well he could gum his foods :)

Stacey - posted on 01/25/2010

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yogurt metls found in the baby section are good...my son loves them still he have been eating them since about 5 months they just melt in there mouths, and the gerber puff snacks dissolve pretty good (also there are the parents choice brand and the targert brand depending where you shop walmart or target) Mum Mums are also really good and dissolve pretty easy too they are like a rice cake. Regular green beens, peas would be great too becuase they are easy to gum as well. Eggs are also good, but my ped. told us to wait because of allergies...they can be allergic to the yoke....i didn't know that it was news to me.

Lindsey - posted on 01/25/2010

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I don't think there is any set time or day to start with new foods. Your child will give you the cues. If you think they are ready, start slowly and keep a watchful eye!!! Cheerios are an excellent first finger food. They are small and good for practice plus the whole in the middle helps moms with the fear of choking. Not to mention they dissolve quickly in their mouths. Bananas are usually well liked by babies, and they mash easily with or without teeth. Good luck, and use your best judgement.

Nakita - posted on 01/25/2010

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Sarah i in the same boat, my little girl is 6 1/2 months, but she has no teeth yet and i keep thinking that she is going to choke or not be able to eat it . Debbie, would toast be good to give my 6 1/2 month old with no teeth yet?

September - posted on 01/25/2010

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Now :) Our son started eating finger foods around this time. Here are some things that our son enjoyed...Cheese cubes, steamed veggies, avocado, fresh fruit such as melon, banana, papaya, grapes, mango, blueberries, lightly toasted bread or bagels, dry cereals, cooked pasta, tofu, rice, scrambled egg yolks. I love cooking for my family and have always homemade our son's food. I hope this gives you some good ideas. Enjoy :)

Debbie - posted on 01/25/2010

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i would try now. toast is a good place to start just make sure u dont leave the room just incase he needs help as they usually choke little at firstt until they get the hang of it.good luck now the fun starts..

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