Finger foods

Laqasia - posted on 09/23/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son is 9 months, and he has two bottom teeth. I still get nervous about feeding him finger foods. When I am feeding him his stage 1 foods he tries to take the spoon and he is very eager to eat and I read that is a sign he is ready to eat. But I still get nervous is their other type of finger foods because I would usually get him the gerber graduate finger foods for crawlers(he crawls). Any advice will do thank you.

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Briten - posted on 09/23/2010

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My son is also 9 months and has his 2 top teeth! He loves finger foods, he was eating them even before he got his teeth with no problems at all! I started with easy stuff like gerber puffs that melt in the mouth and bananas. Peas and shredded cheese are great too! Now he eats everything, brocolli to whole wheat pasta, chicken to strawberries... I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how well they can actually eat on their own! :D

Sharleanne - posted on 09/23/2010

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I was the exact same way about him choking. But he is new in the world and needs to learn how to use his mouth. He needs to feel different food in his mouth and be able to know how to chomp them down to swallow them.. Trust me its hard,, and of course you dont let him choke till he is purple they have have an automatic choking reflex just like anyone else. it will come back up and its not as if your giving him a penny (something that can get dangerously lodged into his throat)

Sharleanne - posted on 09/23/2010

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My son also has 2 bottom teeth and he eats everything we eat. Even steak. Of course he cant chew it but he likes to gum it till he has all the bbq sauce off. When I started to bring in th chunkier foods into his diet, I gave him the stage 12 months baby food in a jar to get him used to the whole sized peas and he choked at first but then he learnt how to chew and now he chews like such a grown up its cute.

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Mary - posted on 09/28/2010

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I'm the same way! I was on here last week looking for the same answers.

I decided to try him on those dissolvable puffs and yogurt melts.

also bananas cut up small.

He doesnt know how to feed himself yet, so i dont have much experience, but what i have given him to chew, he chews.

i also saw these gerber graduate chicken sticks (i would cut them up though) and gerber graduate mac n cheese. Im gonna get those next shopping day.

I guess if they melt with a little spit or they can be easily crushed with your fingers, you can give it to them.

cut up small though, i would say no more than the size of a half a penny to start.

i even crack the puffs in half.

i'm afraid to give him any of our meat (steak? omg! maybe if i threw it in the blender 1st...)

and i dont wanna give him toast yet either. I know they say it's the 1st thing you can give them, but i have choked on toast crumbs before and i'm an adult.

and plain bread is TOO soft.

we're gonna try cherrios moistened with juice next.

Jo - posted on 09/28/2010

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thx for posting bout this - its been helpful reading these posts! :) my son is 9.5mths and i only give him tiny tiny finger foods like peas or sultanas cut in half - i'm too scared to give him anything bigger because i have a cpl of times before and he chokes and it frightens me! it doesnt seem like he's able to chew properly yet! i guess i just have to keep trying so that he can learn. thx for that - and good luck to you also :)

Sharleanne - posted on 09/23/2010

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:)!! Im glad. I give my boy toast and jam sometimes in the morning. I just cut the crust off. At first my son just looked at the food and didnt no what to do but eventually he learnt that he has to put it in his mouth himself.. and now he is like a garberator!! Good Luck!!

Laqasia - posted on 09/23/2010

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you are so right! I gave him toast today he just stared at it, so I put it in his mouth and he ate it. Chewed it and everything

Laqasia - posted on 09/23/2010

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thank you, I am afraid he will choke. his father says I am too paranoid and that he will be find. is there anyway i can get over my nervous willies? haha probably not i guess that is part of being a mom

Teisha - posted on 09/23/2010

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My son is 9 1/2 months and since he has wanted to start eating the "finger" foods he spits any type of baby food out. He only has 5 teeth, but will eat anything we give him. Whole wheat bread, pasta, bananas, steamed vegetables, rice, etc. As long as it is cut up small enough and supervised your son will let you know if its good or not.

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