My son is 10 months and doesn't really want jar food anymore. What should I give him now?

Maggie - posted on 02/03/2010 ( 107 moms have responded )

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He will still eat jar food sometimes...and I give him the gerber cheese puffs and cheerios. I heard you aren't supposed to give them certain things because of food allergies.

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Lisa - posted on 02/03/2010

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I never ever fed either of my 2 boys jarred food i always prepared extra food of what i was eating. My oldest was lactose intolerant so i didn't add milk or butter or anything dairy but my other has no allergies and they have grown up very healthy and enjoy all kinds of food now.
Like everyone else has said if you know of any allergies then steer clear of those foods otherwise anything that you can blend up.
I would stay away from cheese puffs and watsits as they are foods that can cause hyperactivity due to the amount of colouring that they use, i was told this by my dr.
Good luck

Kim - posted on 02/05/2010

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Why don't you look into Baby Led Weaning? You pretty much give them what you are eating and let them feed themselves. No purees. No spoons. http://babyledweaning.blogware.com/



We were doing this with my son and he was doing well then one day he decided that he will NOT feed himself. But I'm hoping that he'll get to a point again soon where he'll one day decide he will not let you feed him so we can go back to it. It's funny how they just decide one day out of the blue "I don't like this anymore."



Oh but I still make it all myself. I only buy store bought baby food for emergencies. You're not supposed to give them honey, egg whites, tree nuts, shellfish, citrus fruits, and cow's milk.

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Heather - posted on 02/07/2010

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I have 2 kids a 3 yr old girl and a 1 1/2 year old boy. I fed my children off the table when they was about 9 months. They did really well. I just put the food in a blender and they like it better than the jar food.

Deborah - posted on 02/07/2010

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My daughter is 9 months old and she has 8 teeth. Right now, I give her a little bit of everything. She hasn't had a reaction to any type of food, so I just keep sharing things with her. If you're worried about allergies, try 1 new food a week that way you can see if he has a reaction to it.

Sarah - posted on 02/07/2010

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hi my daughter is 7 months she eats mashed potatoes with broccoli or carrots now she eats most fruits now to she basically eats the same food as us! she went off the jars when she was 4 months old but there are so many different foods that you can give you just have to experiment with them to see what they really like for instance in the morning i give her reddy brek for breakfast or weetabix lunch time she might have spaghetti or beans and then at dinner time potatoes and broccoli or potatoes with carrots hope this helps!!!

JINNIE - posted on 02/07/2010

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my son did the same thing you shouldnt give them fish or peanut buter etc you can find out the foods but i gave mine mashed potatoes he really loved that and also maybe think about taking what you are eating even spaghetti and puree it in a food processor you can buy a cheap one at walmart small and compact to the big thing with my son at that age was he wanted what mommy and daddy had so we would let him watch us put "our food " in and chop it finely for him now he will eat just about anything. i dont know if this will help but it may be worth a shot.

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what i did for my daughter was started her on the gerber graduates, she didnt have teeth yet. but i just mashed it and she loved it.

Janine - posted on 02/07/2010

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When my son was at that stage, i started cooking his food separtely, he used to enjoy mashed potatoes with gravy and ved, i also would have gave him meat that was cut into small pieces. I think yor son is trying to tell you he is ready to be eating proper dinners.



Also wotsits are nice crisps mmmmm

Elizabeth - posted on 02/07/2010

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Blended vegetables my daughter loves them! She is 7 months and has been eating them for about 2 months and she is fine and healthy.

Joanne - posted on 02/07/2010

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hiya , if he doesn't eat the jar food why not give him the same food you are eating ? just blend it up for him .... he will love it ! i did with all four of my kids...if your worried about food allergies get a baby recipe book they are good to ...

Rebecca - posted on 02/07/2010

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Avoid things like peanuts and strawberries and egg whites, and seek medical advice if there is a family history of allergies, but if there isn't - your son should be moving towards eating the same meals as the rest of the family. Still sticking with softer foods, and cutting them into smaller pieces, but introduce the family diet as much as possible.



My baby is 10 months. She eats soft fruit and veg pieces, small pieces of meat, toast fingers, sandwiches cut into small (1cm square) pieces, pasta, chicken, fish etc. She prefers to feed herself, so finger foods are great. Just watch the sizes, especially if foods are hard (like apple and carrot - it is best to cook these). I go with fresh foods as much as possible. Experiment, and expose your little one to as many different tastes and textures as possible. Iron sources are extremely important for him now, for his growth and development (and for his sleep!), so meat is very beneficial.



Have fun! And expect mess - and lots of it!

User - posted on 02/07/2010

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hi, well i gave my daugther fresh veggies since she was 3 months old and she loves her veggies very much she is 5 now, one of my friends told me her daughter ate jar food and now she doesn;t want to eat real veggies so try to give her mashed potatoes or mashed gems it helps believe me

Jess - posted on 02/07/2010

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my daughter is 10 mths and she will only eat what we eat steak and veg lots of fruit etc

Anna - posted on 02/07/2010

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my daughter will not eat jar baby food either. she hasnt since she was about 8 mnths. she can finger feed herself, so i give her pasta, cooked veggies(cut up small enough so she doesnt choke), jello, mandarin oranges and peaches(that come in the little individual packs), she eats rice on occasion. they are not allowed to have nuts, eggs, seafood, or milk. and i know their are a few more but im not certain about what the others are. i tried giving her little pieces of chicken or little pieces of hamburger but she doesnt like that yet.

Tye - posted on 02/06/2010

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start giving him table food lil by little start with soft items that u eat a variety so that he can get use to it

Jennifer - posted on 02/06/2010

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My son loves the Lil' entree's....he has been eating them since he ws 9 months.....they are amazing!

Sarah - posted on 02/06/2010

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With my second child I just mashed up whatever I was making for dinner because she wouldn't eat jar food. She wanted to be like everyone else I assume. You could ask the baby's doc what foods he can eat. I can't remember exact ages my two are three and four and I have a two week old but I do remember mybaby's doc giving me that type of info. Good Luck!

Annie - posted on 02/06/2010

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My daughter did the same thing....and I ended up giving her real mac and cheese mashed up (but with some chucks so he got use to it) and soft things like that, that tasted better yet I could mash it up to feed her with. She didn't eat jar food for very long. She was on table food at about 9-10 months. Those puffs that you find in the infant food isle are great too cause they melt so fast.
I also work in child care in the infant room and know for sure you can not give them these things till after they are one years old....
Peanuts
Honey
Lettuce
Hotdogs
Cow Milk
good luck

Shell - posted on 02/06/2010

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why are people saying no eggs? my daughter had scrambled egg at 4months and was fine, she loved it. people go abit over the top with what a child can and can not eat when really theres nothing wrong with it. children are humans the same as us, aslong as you can cook foods properly then theres no problem at all. dont read books or mags either as most of them that write these books dont really have a clue and prob aint even had kids, its just aload of scientific crap lol! u know your own child so go with your own instincts all children are different the same as all adults, we are all people. but we seem to treat children like there a different speicies lol!! they CAN eat wat we eat!! and i really dont see the point on obsessing with healthy eating, of course to an extent but as they get older they will eat what they want anyway. dont worry too much bout it just go with the flow of what your child likes. aslong as he is eating it dont matter. x

Shell - posted on 02/06/2010

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Hi, dont listen to the people who say not to give them stuff because of allergies, because how do you know they are going to be allergic if they have never had it? lol. At 10months my daughter was eating everthing that we had, because your son is used to jar food which is smooth I would mash everything up and gradually make it less mashed until he can eventually chew things on his own. My daughter had alot of things with mash as it easy to mash anything in with it. I did her fish, cottage pies, beans, rice, chicken...etc most things really. You could buy a blender and put anything your making for yourself in there for him to try.

Inga - posted on 02/06/2010

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well u can get your son an allergy test done and feed him anything thats his not allergic to and anything with nuts in it as they can choke. my daughter is 18 months n she will eat anything start him off with vegies that way he will eat them when he gets older

Rosemary - posted on 02/06/2010

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it all depends on your baby. my son started eating whole foods early. soft veggies like steamed carrots and such. i dont really go by what magazines and books say because every child is different.

Erin - posted on 02/06/2010

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it is time for u 2 move ur child to the next stage which is soft adult foods like applesauce,TINY pieces of hot dogs,crackers,yogurt bites,yogurt,puddings,mashed potatoes,corn etc,make sur item is soft or tiny pieces on there tray.let the child eat with fingers then when 1 or so start with silverware etc.they need all main food groups daily they r at very high growth rate right now n needs more than cheese puffs.u give the kid everything u want it to try n if the kid dont breakout in a rash/fever from the food then it does not have a food allergy.my son is two yrs old n luvs chinese food so they can have anything.let them explore.good luck :)

Jen - posted on 02/06/2010

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when my son was 3 months, I was giving him smashed potatoes, smashed carrots other veggies ect. if we were eating it he ate it most of the time too. I still kept him on jar food, and the baby cereal and formula at that age. at age 4 months, he had gerd, doctor recommended swithchin to whole milk in sted of the formula at 6 months due to him not being able to tollorate the formula. and at 7-8 months I quit jar food, he would not eat if for anything, so he basically ate what we ate... as long as there are a few teeth and the food isnt too hard, he should be okay. make sure to watch him carefully tho. My son acted like he was in hevan when it came to eating adult food.... :) spaghettie, porkchops, chicken, roast, veggies, hamburger, rolls, sandwiches, fruit and grain bars yogart, fresh fruit, crackers, cookies, ect.... we also seasoned it normally, we didnt make special dishes without seasoning or anything like that, Just make sure it's cut up small enough, but not too small, for it CAN cause a chocking hazard.... also encourage using a todder spoon and fork. Also, if your not comfortable with the "normal" food that you are eating, they do have in the baby section todders entrees... Yes it says for toddelers, But if the jar food isnt cuttin it anymore, I would suggest that. I was such a young mother, single mother at that, I found out that the "age range" thats marked on the jar food, toddeler food, ect.... is just to be a guideline.... it's not set in stone when you can switch your child from one "age range" food to the next.... Good Luck, Best wishes.... Hope this advice helps! :)

Jessica - posted on 02/06/2010

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infant rice is good , and u can add the jar food to it, YA most like anything milky to , no peanut butter, but as long as is mashed up i dont see the problem

Amanda - posted on 02/06/2010

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My son did that too. I figured out that he really just wanted to feed himself instead of my spoon feeding him. I started giving him a spoon or a baby food feeder that he could suck it out of on his own. I also started exposing him to soft grow up foods. He loves fruits, fun shape noodles, an any kind of cereal.

Samantha - posted on 02/06/2010

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my daughter is 10 months and she doesnt like the jar foods so i to give her the same foods as we eat as long as its low in salt and she eats lots of it. example of foods:mash potatoes and spagetti try it he may like it.

Danielle - posted on 02/06/2010

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I introduced my son to soft foods such mashed potatoes/sweet potatoes, apple sauce, pastas (mac and cheese), rice. He loved cereals...kix and cherrios. Also try bananas.

Courtney - posted on 02/05/2010

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I started giving my little girl table food at 9 months because of the same reason... its not going to hurt to go ahead and give him table food.. just dont give him anything with peanuts.. thats the only thing i would worry about..but my little girl eat just about anything....

Katrina - posted on 02/05/2010

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I think for the most part as long as you don't season your food or lightly season it, you should be able to share whatever you are eating with your baby. The exception to the rule is of course peanut butter and Honey and of course I don't give my son sausage or bacon or hot dogs or anything like that. Too salty plus all the other hazards. Otherwise, like I said in my earlier post he should be ok to eat what you are eating as long as you grind it up or smoosh it to the right consistency. My son even loves to feed himself cut up bananas and apples. And yes I have given him fish too, though only tilapia, you have to be careful to only give them seafood that is low in mercury. Just be smart about what you are feeding your baby, and remember that their little tummys are alot more sensitive then ours.

Desiree - posted on 02/05/2010

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give him what ever you are eating but blend it or smoosh it with what ever milk you are using with him. With my 2 1/2 year old I had never used jar foods, I got myself a had blender (about 10 dollers ) and when we eat I blended a little for her, I have never had any probiblems with her eating and she was about 4 months old when I started. For allergies the only thing that I have herd was to wait with peanuts till about a year just in case but if you don't have any allergies already don't keep away foods in fear of them, just keep an eye on what,and when you are giving him so if there is an allergy you can catch it.

Sam - posted on 02/05/2010

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u shouldnt really be givin him cheeses puff and cherrios otherwise he'l only want that stuff and u dont really want to get him into bad food habbits at his age. i wouldnt want to eat that jar stuff either . y not start pureeing fruits and vege's but slowly introduce each one to ensure he doesnt react try and avoid citris like stuff cause tat can upset them. dont add sugar or salt as they dont need it . even if u have meat maybe puree that to .i wouldnt be overly concerned with allergies to food the only main ones u have to watch is egg, peanuts, soy and maybe cow milk but if he is havin formula and he ok then that wont be a problem. avoid soy as much as possible yeh they use it in everything but it aint good for u. all u can do is slowly introduce things. hope this helps.

Melissa - posted on 02/05/2010

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You can try other fruits/vegetables. Cook/steam them well, so they are soft, and cut them into small cubes. Gerber also has these pre-packaged... carrots, apples, meat sticks, etc. There are also some pre-packaged fruits and veggies in the canned food isle. Gerber also has teething cookies. If he isn't eating the jar food because of the texture, you could also add some dry oatmeal (or other baby cereal of choice) to make it thicker. If the food you eat is something you would feed your baby then you could also mash that.

Tanya - posted on 02/05/2010

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when my 1 and 2 year olds were that age they both started eating regular foods that i ate, i just pureed them because they taste better....as for allergies we never had any problems and my pediatrician told us that as along as they were enjoying it no reason to worry...we also started our kids on homo milk around the end of 10 mths old

Stacy - posted on 02/05/2010

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when you do start giving table food, just give one at a time for a week, thats how you tell if there is an allergy...then you can move on to something else. of course you will notice a change in stool also....another reason to stick to one thing at a time.

Amanda - posted on 02/05/2010

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Katie, it's good to see someone else knows their research on health.

Anything processed should not go into our bodies and definitley not a babies, and when I say processed, I am talking about boxed dinners, frozen meals, unnatural deli meat, fast food, even most soup unless found in your health food section contains tons of sodium and preservatives that aren't healthy for adults and especially infants.

I am not trying to offend previous posters, but I am just amazed by how unhealthy people eat and if they knew what the ingredients actually were and how it affects a body and a growing body at that is just unsettling, a few years ago I ate the typical American diet, kraft mac and cheese, chicken nuggets any fast food and processed boxed meals and I felt pretty gross,For over 4 months I've switched to Organic meats, fruits, veggies, pastas, grain, bread, everything and make all meals from scratch and have quit eating fast food all because my daughter who is breastfeeding had a dairy and soy allergy, after reading all ingredients on the foods I was eating, I realized there are tons of chemicals and fillers in so much of what I was eating. Since I've started my healthy eating I have lost 30 lbs of fat, I was 160 at 5'1 and am now feeling the best I have in my life.


Anyway, didn't mean to change the subject, but I just thought I'd share my input.

SARAH - posted on 02/05/2010

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my son is 8mths and he doesn't always enjoy jar foods. we make a seperate pan of what we eat and blend it to the right consistensy for him. x

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Crystal...hot dogs?! Are you serious? Yuck! Hot dogs are terrible. I don't know why anyone would even think to give hot dogs to a baby. Here's just one little blurb I found for you about hot dogs...

"An American Institute for Cancer Research report found that consuming one 50-gram serving of processed meat — about one hot dog — every day increases risk of colorectal cancer by 20 percent. The Cancer Project group filed a class-action lawsuit demanding warning labels on packages and at sporting events. Hot dogs are high in fat and salt and have preservatives sodium nitrate and nitrite, believed to cause cancer"

Anna - posted on 02/05/2010

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well the trick is to look at the labels they usually tell you what ages and stages tare appropriate for them. my daughter didnt like them at bthat age so i gave her the cereals n soft real food. like bananas strawberries potatoes fries etc etc. peanuts are a choking/ allergy hazard so unless hes got special restrictions go for it

Marie - posted on 02/05/2010

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I started giving my daughter soups such as chicken noodle and other solid food at 6 months, of course i crushed the food with a spoon or fork since she didn't have food, I would at times mix some rice with steamed veggies such as carrots or potatoes and she loved it...I guess it was a good idea because now she loves veggies, and that's always good.

Amanda - posted on 02/05/2010

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With my first, when he was 10 months I started feeding him plain toast, there is something called apple butter, it is pure apples and it comes organic, you could spread that on the toast, break the toast up in little pieces, small enough so baby can pinch the food with his fingers. You can also start feeding him scrambled eggs if he has no allergy to eggs, any meats that are soft or cooked soft except hot dogs, hot dogs pose as a choking hazard. Soft noodles, string cheese works well if you cut it up in small bites, it is soft. And like previous posters said, you can mix up what you ate for dinner, as long as it's nutritious and was not made with too many fats and spices. I would avoid tomatoes and anything else acidic though, might hurt babys tummy. Another thing is beans, great source of protein and very soft to chew and a good size for babys fingers, as long as baby is feeding himself and using his gums/teeth to chew, any of these foods should be appropriate.

Kelly - posted on 02/05/2010

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There is a book called Super Baby Food, it helps you make your own baby food from birth through three years. It tells you at what ages to introduce certain foods, how to make it, and even recipes for toddler snacks. I used it for my son starting at 9 months and it saved me a lot of money. I now use it for my 6 month-old. When you get into the graduates jarred foods there is a lot more sodium and less nutrition than what you would make for yourself.

Sarah - posted on 02/05/2010

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My daughter is 9 months apart from curries and chilli I just blend up what we have for dinner, such as tuna pasta bake, cottage pie, roast, spag bol etc, and it helps to be able to adjust lump sizes so she manages to chew food as well, at least you know 100% whats in there food as you have prepared it

Anna-Jo - posted on 02/05/2010

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Other than rice cereal and oatmeal cereal, Jack has always eaten the same foods as us. We have a baby food mill and I just grind up some food for him. Lately he hasn't wanted me to feed him (he's 7mths). I heard of Baby Led Weaning from another discussion on Circle of Mom's and went searching on google. It's really easy and a great concept. I would suggest you look into it, Jack has been so much more happy at meal times since I have been letting him feed himself! I also love the concept because it supports the fact that it is so much better for them as individuals if you allow them to decide how much they eat, it teaches them to trust their feelings and to be able to know when they have had enough.

Melanie - posted on 02/05/2010

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My son did the same thing. I gradually just tried to introduce foods. Try apples in little pieces first, which is what I did. My son basically went straight from nursing to table food. As long as he's still drinking enough, he should be fine. I just tried to give my son different foods gradually, and he learned to eat like a big boy early.

Michelle - posted on 02/05/2010

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hi my health visitor was out last week and said a ten month old should be getting everything an adult eats just in small sizes and u may need to cut food into small pieces until they get used to it, this includes veg, meat and fish

Da'Mesha - posted on 02/05/2010

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My son started wanting what everyone else was eating when he was 6 months (he's a chunky one lol)...So i started with mashed potatoes and peas cause they are soft enough fo the gums...After a while i started giving him maccaroni and sppon cut the noodles...If you dont know his food allergies just keep Benadryl cause my son is now 1 and we're still learning new allergies

Sarah - posted on 02/05/2010

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I started giving my son soft veggies and fruit around 9 months he had like two teeth and the doctor said it was fine too, but with in a week he wouldnt eat baby food at all. Id check with your doctor to see if hes ready first tho

Katrina - posted on 02/05/2010

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My 10 month old son eats whatever we are having. He hardly ever has jar food. I only keep some jars of fruits and veggies on hand to mix in his cereal, or if we aren't having some sort of veggie for dinner he can still have some green beans or peas or whatever with his. That way he is still getting a balanced meal. I have a mini food processor that I run his meals through and it works out great. He is a great eater and loves everything he tries, I have yet to find something he doesn't like.

Maggie - posted on 02/05/2010

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When my daughter was that age I bought a food processer (sp?) and starting feeding her things we were eating after putting them in the food processer. It does take more time though and we are all short on that I think so the other thing you might do is buy some of those toddler meals that are premade cause most of them come in soft little pieces or you could just mush them up. As far as allergies go I don't think you are supposed to give them eggs or any peanut products before the age of 1 and definitely no honey until age 2 I think. Hope this helps you:)

Crystal - posted on 02/05/2010

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i feed my daughter mac&& cheese, cut up hot dogs very small so they cant choke, mash potatoes, anything that is not really hard my daughter quit eating baby food at like 9 months so i had to find something plus i helped raise my little cousin && i have 3 niece & 2 nephews so i learned before i had a baby u cant feed them seafood until they are 2 and peanut butter if give to young they can become allergic to it i have read all this stuff but i cant remember wat website my daughter is almost 3 now

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