At what age can table food be introduced to babies??

Navneet - posted on 02/13/2011 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone!
My baby is 8.5 mnths old (may 29th 2010). I give him stage 2 baby foods. he gets cereals for breakfast, veggies for lunch and recently i've started giving him fruit yogurt for dinner. He gets half a jar of each veggies and the fruit yogurt. He gets formula for about 3-4 times in daytime and for 2 times at night. He still gets up for night feeds.
Now my main concern is that for how long should i continue baby foods. i mean when is the right time to give him normal food which we eat?
your suggestions will really be appreciated!
thnx

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Jessica - posted on 02/13/2011

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we staretd giving our daughter mac n cheese, mashed potatoes/gravy, soft fruits like peaches cut up in small peices, green beans mashed just alil, cheese, cottage cheese. when she was about 6 months old but she also didnt have but 1 tooth at the time we didnt try other food that require teeth until she had most of them

Katie - posted on 02/13/2011

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My daughter started table foods at 8 months. She's now 10 months, and doesn't eat any baby food. She eats whatever we eat. However, she's getting over being sick, so I can only get her to eat chicken. (she loves chicken. lol) Once she started eating more table foods, she started not liking baby food. I used to do a mixture of homemade baby food, as well as jarred since I got it free from WIC. Some babies are different though. My neice couldn't eat table food until she was 14 months old. She didn't do much chewing, and would throw up whenever she would get table food.

Mel - posted on 02/13/2011

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I started giving my lil man normal food at 5 months and by 6 months he was eating what ever i was i would just wack it in the blender . By 8.5 months your lil one should be more then ready for real food. The only thing you may find is if he is on bottled baby food he may not like the extra flavour in freshly cooked food.Some great ideas i found is to cut veges/fruit into rectangles and steam them untill they were soft enough for him to eat. Good luck with it :)

Terri-Lynn - posted on 02/16/2011

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my little boy is 8 months old, he eats alot, he has 5 teeth now, so eats whatever we eat. He's been eating hot dogs(peeled) since about 6 months, and arrowroot cookies aince about 7 months, eats chicken, and all the veggies we eat, mashed potatoes. I don't recomment gravey though, alot of salt in that, unless you can find a way to make it with very little salt!

Caroline - posted on 02/13/2011

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HI- mother of my third, my youngest is 11 months, and i started her on "normal food" when she started eating around 6 months. I feel it depends on what you're having for dinner/lunch/breakfest. If you're having roast, potatoes and carrots for dinner, then puree that food, or cut it up into small pieces (give him finger food, he'll never go back :)) Smash peices of banana for him in the morning, and you'll be able to tell if hes ready for picking up his own chunks. Sometimes it depends on the amount of teeth they have too!!!

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Tiffany - posted on 02/16/2011

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you can give it to him now! no hotdogs however unless finely chopped, even then they are a choking hazard for little ones, most babies love fresh cut fruit, no whole milk just yet or peanut butter I would wait til he is about 1 to introduce milke and eggs, 2 for peanut butter. :)

Rebecca - posted on 02/16/2011

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By about the age of your son, my daughter was eating the same foods as us. We just offered her a bit everytime we ate (made sure the portions were cut well to avoid choking) to see if she liked it and then filled her plate. Go for it!

Kimberly - posted on 02/16/2011

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My daughter is 8 months and she no longer eats any baby food. She will have toast, pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, cream of wheat or cheerios as well as a fruit for breakfast. Canned peaches, pears, banana, watermelon, kiwi. Any kind of soft fruit. For dinner she will have rice, potatoes, pasta, sweet potatoes, peas, carrots, zucchini, green beans, corn, avocado, chicken, sausage. Everything we eat she eats unless it is spicy or is a choking hazard(hot dogs,grapes etc.).
Start off giving her some toast with her jarred fruit for breakfast and slowly introduce other things. Just break it up in small pieces. Puffed wheat and cheerios are awesome for beginners. She doesn't have to have teeth to be able to chew foods. Their gums are very strong. Good luck and be prepared for a little bit of a mess!

Sharlie - posted on 02/16/2011

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you can give him them now!!! just dont add salt!! my son is months old and my health visitor last week told me he can now have anything i eat, i asked if he could have our lasagne and shepherds pie etc and she said yes! he has roast dinners, pasta, anything i can mush up or blend really! obviously i will only give him healthy foods, no junk or anything!! :)

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