Looking for Snack/Finger Foods suggestions

Nicole - posted on 08/02/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 7 months and eats 5 times a day - a bottle when she wakes, then breakfast w/bottle, lunch w/ bottle, dinner w/bottle and a bottle at bed. She's eating Gerber 2nd foods and doing great but sometimes I feel like she could use a snack in the afternoon between the lunch & dinner feeding. Plus I feel like it's time to start her on finger foods - but I am a little nervous about her choking. What did you start your baby with? Do people still use Zwieback crackers? I've heard Gram Crackers also work well. Do you break them up into small pieces or leave them whole and let them chew it down? Thanks! :)

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Jessica - posted on 09/08/2010

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my son loves his gerber puffs that melt and i just found gerber pinwhells in apple for 9 month olds they melt fast too. There is also mum mums on the market they are a cracker for the babes in differ flavors that are crispy to bite into but melt on the tounge.

Barb - posted on 09/05/2010

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My son loves his biter biscuits and saltine crackers. The saltines get mushy quick enough for his little teething mouth so he doesn't choke on it. The puffs are great for learning the finger food hand/eye coordination. I personally wouldn't do the Gerber Graduates yet cuz they don't have enough teeth to actually chew and you have more of a choking hazard. Graham crackers also don't get mushy enough fast enough for their mouth. My 8mo also loves having cooked carrots. They are mushy enough for him to chew and swallow and he is able to pick them up. Sliced work better for their hands. Just be prepared for the carrot face and the carrot all over the place.. lol. Good Luck!!

Candice - posted on 09/05/2010

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My 8 month old's eating toast fingers (sometimes with a lil melted cheese, avocado spread on it, vegemite - yes we are Aussies lol) so you could try that if she copes ok with biscuits. Crackers/ biscuits however contains alot of additives, salts and sugar bub doesnt need so try stay away from them and try real food. Banana sticks, pieces of oranges to suck on, avocado stick, cheese, steamed vegies sticks, little pieces of diced vegies steamed too, etc etc. My son eats just about anything now which is great. He has 5 teeth though to help chew a lil.

Katie - posted on 08/05/2010

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My daughter loves puffs and wagon wheels. She eats toasted bread, cooked pasta, pieces of soft fruits and veggies. I moved her to third stage foods and she LOVES them. They are more filling and have tender pieces in them to encourage chewing

Rita - posted on 08/04/2010

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my baby girl loves those gerber puffs and yogurt melts. she can't get enough of those things. she's a big eater too just like my son :0) we've actually started giving her some table food like mashed potatoes, refried beans, and avocado. she loves it!

Aneta - posted on 08/04/2010

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Fow now i give Heinz and Hipp cookies, when she turns 8 months i will continue with cooked pieces of veggies and raw fruits.

Angela - posted on 08/02/2010

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Hi there

just posted to another thread so thought it would be easier to copy/paste ha ha lazy me ...

I started with toast - breaking bits off my toast and squishing it a bit - then worked up to toast fingers. My son (7 1/2 months) now has soft fruits and steamed cauliflower and broccoli, grated carrot and apple, cold roast veges whole- potato, pumpkin etc, fish fingers are great too - I just take the crumb off and Cohen eats the middle.

When we started he had no teeth and now he has just 1 lonely tooth.

Some info / tips ..

Avoid foods that are hard as hard pieces may break off (such as raw whole carrot or apple, nuts etc)

The gag reflex is normal and important for children to be allowed to do it - it's the bodies natural safety mechanism.
A baby won't get upset or react to it unless you do.

Always have your child sit when eating and sit with your child while they are learning.
(most choking accidents happen when a child is moving around)

Mimic chewing - eat with them.

Mash their main meals rather than puree to introduce new textures and lumps to motivate the chewing.

This stage is very important for developing fine motor skills and independence.

It is scary at first I'll admit but so rewarding (and hilarious) to watch as my determined little man gets vegemite toast up his nose :)

All the best xx

Gina - posted on 08/02/2010

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Farley cookies are by far the best and they can eat them all by themselves and are super healthy

Valerie - posted on 08/02/2010

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I also just started my son on the Gerber graduates. He loves them! He doesn't crawl yet, but he knows how to chew which I think is more important when it comes to eating... I agree that graham crackers could be dangerous. Whenever I'm eating fruit or bread, I'll give Bronx little pieces.

Stephanie - posted on 08/02/2010

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I was in the same boat about 3 weeks ago....MY BG always wanted to be on or by me so I introduced Gerber graduates...They start at crawling stage...but she wasn't quite crawling yet (3 weeks later she's everywhere!!) But the best ones to start with are the mini puff things they disolve reallly fast so they can't really choke on them. She started crawling this week so I got the yogurt bites and the star bites (like cherrios only flavored and disolve quicker) If you want to start off with something that you have at home try putting some fruits or veggies in a mesh feeder...those work wonders!! They can even suck on pieces of fruit that dont' break off easily (don't try any kind of melon or anything really juicy cause it's easier for them to bite and choke on )...Gram crackers work also but you have to keep an eye on baby while they are munching...a large piece could break off and they could choke...and breaking them up doens't help as much cause then they just put it in their mouth and try to swallow without chewing. I'd say your best bet is fruits first until baby can crawl and then u can introduce graduates! GL!!

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