My 7 month old loves to feed herself....
Cari - posted on 08/24/2009
What all the other moms said are very good ideas. Also you can buy in the same section as the gerber graduates (not sure the exact names) but there are little snack foods for 6 months to 9 months etc. My son is 7 months and he is the exact same way. He loves them because he can hold them and they dissolve on their tongue so you don't have to worry about them getting choked. You should check them out!
Amanda - posted on 08/24/2009
Oh I know target sells this things for babies that has a little handle on it and a mesh part where you can put food into it. I had one for my daughter around that age she loved grapes and it was so safe for her to just be able to suck the juice out of it and not choke on the peel. I definately reccommend buying one they're fairly inexpensive and great for safely going babies new foods. Apples and oranges are great in them too!
Jen - posted on 08/24/2009
We drain the juice out of fruit cups and my daughter loves to pick the fruit out and eat it. Manderine oranges are her favorite. You can also try the Gerber snacks. They have a lot of finger foods. Believe it or not celery sticks. My daughter stole one off my plate at 7 months old and it was great for teething because she more gnawed on it than actually eating it. My daughter loves crackers so we buy the saltine with no salt and she loves those and graham crackers, but I probably wouldn't give those to a 7 month old. You're on the right track with the veggies so just add in some fruits and she'll be a good healthy eater. :)
Hanna - posted on 08/24/2009
chopped up carrots, zucchini, squashes -- basically all first foods u've been giving her, now instead of pureeing them, chop them up finely. except now watch zucchini & sweet potatoes -- if you over-steam them, they'll be too mushy to grab. also, you can start introducing regular potatoes and berries (except strawberries, those they tell you to wait on because they're potentially high-allergy foods -- however, i gave my 6.5 month some about a week ago and he was fine and he loves them -- i didn't even bother to puree or strain them -- just let him suck on a strawberry & he couldn't get enough and they're in season now so even better). in about 2-3 weeks you can start on the cheeses (simple ones) as well as dips with crackers, for now you can do whole yogurt, cottage cheese, oatmeal, teething cookies with veggie/fruit puree. and you can slowly start on simple pastas with tomato or veggie sauce (maybe wait until she turns almost 8 months, but you can definitely start introducing). also, pieces of steamed broccoli, beans (except watch out how she takes on them -- some kids get really gassy from them).
just make sure foods are cut up no bigger than cherio to make them easy to eat. speaking of cherios, some people will tell you to start those as well, me personally i'm going to wait with those until later because all our cereals are very high in sodium content. good luck!
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