Not so good with Finger Food

Candace - posted on 08/20/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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Ryleigh will be 9 months old on the 26th. She's been on solid food since 6 months... trying cereals, fruits and certain veggies. I hear a lot of moms talking about babies eating finger foods, but Ryleigh can't quite seem to grasp the whole, picking up and putting it in her mouth, thing. She can pick it up no problem, but then she'll stare at her hand and throw it on the floor. lol. Anyone have any tips as to what I can do to help her get the hang of Finger Foods?

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Brandy - posted on 08/24/2010

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I am having a little issue with it as well. My doctor actually said that if he doesn't get it soon, that she would recommend me to a therapist to help with his fine motor skills, but he is getting a little better at it. He can at least get it into his mouth every once in a while.

Jennifer - posted on 08/24/2010

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My babe was having a hard time for a while, but the Gerber cheeto crunchies helped a lot. When he picks it up in his fist, it's still hanging out so he's able to eat it since he's not so good with his pincher grasp yet. But he worked his way to smaller foods like the puffs, little pieces of banana, cheese and bread. Just keep giving it to her. She'll get the hang of it!

Angela - posted on 08/24/2010

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my son only eats organic puffs (looks like cherios) and his teething biscuit as a finger food. i tried to give him banana, mango, avocado, and cantaloupe too. For bananas and avocado, he just kept rolling it in his hands...i think he liked the soft consistency of it....For mango, he got irritated a bit, because it was too slippery for him to pick up from his table....As for cantaloupe, he kept squeezing the life out of it...his hand was shaking and face almost turned red :-)

Julie - posted on 08/23/2010

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I don't have any suggestions...my son is having the same issue. He gets the food in his fist and then can't get it into his mouth. Every once in a while, he gets lucky, but for the most part I just end up feeding him and then prying food out of his little grip for the next 20 mins :) I am trying not to worry. Just like anything else, they'll get it eventually. All we can do is continue to offer it to them!

Cherie - posted on 08/22/2010

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Ritz crackers work really well because they crumble very easily, and they are bigger so they tend to hold on to them longer, the salty taste is very intriging to them as well, which makes them want to taste more.
practice makes perfect! :)

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Just keep giving them to her and show her what to do, she'll get there. Just be prepared to keep the broom and mop handy...lol. I started my son with cheerios first because they tend to stick to the hand a little which helps, it also helped him develop his pincer grasp.
Good luck!

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