finger foods

Debora - posted on 10/05/2010 ( 10 moms have responded )

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when do you introduce finger food to your baby?? and what can I considered finger food if she does not have any tooth.

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Signs of food readiness are sitting up independently, lateral movement of tongue, absence of tongue thrust and pincer grasp for picking up food. It has helped me to remember that any food besides breastmilk or artificial milk is just for experimenting before at 1. Their is a great section in the newest "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding" that talks about the introduction of solids and good first foods. The more close to their natural state the better. Babies don't "need" rice cereal as we all have been led to believe. good luck!

Trang - posted on 10/05/2010

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When your baby start showing interest in holding her own food. I trained my LO at 7 months buy giving her Cheerios or Organic Puffs (by Happy Baby). She played with them at first while I showed her that she can eat them. Then gradually she started putting then into her mouth. Rice crackers are really good, I use Baby Mum-Mum. They melt in her mouth so you don't have to worry if no teeth, also its easy for then to hold. My LO loves rice crackers!

Now she is 8 months and loves to feed herself so I'm trying to give her cooked/ soft veggies for her to hold and feed herself.

I've read that babies gums are very strong so teeth or no teeth its good to introduce them to finger food for them to learn how to chew. Having said all this don't force you LO to eat anything their not interested. Just try again another time, their ready when their ready, take your time, and enjoy your moments and milestones as they come.

I hope this helps.

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Kristy - posted on 10/16/2010

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I started with BB Mum Mun's and Earths Best teething biscutts (which works wonders)... once he got the idea of that I introduced the Gerber puffs to him so he can learn to physically feed himself... oh and my LO has no teeth too... Good Luck on how every you start :)

Melissa - posted on 10/13/2010

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My baby also loves the baby Mum-mum's. I have to watch her carefully, though, because she also bites off large chunks. I also have given her pizza crust & bagel, but I watch her very carefully.

Trisha - posted on 10/13/2010

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I love baby mum-mum. I started giving them to my daughter last week and she loves them and really enjoys feeding herself...It just scares me because she will bite off big chunks!

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Charlotte, you are right that rice cereal can be a way to learn how to handle different consistencies, but there are a lot more whole food natural options besides rice cereal. Rice cereal is essentially an empty carb without the same nutritional value as, for example, mashed potatoes or mashed avacado or banana.

Charlotte - posted on 10/05/2010

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Every baby is a little different. Mine for example has wanted food since four months. I waited until almost 6 months to give it to her. Now she wants real food, but she chokes evry single darn time I give her a rice cereal puff. In my case,rice cereal is important because it teaches her how to handle lumpy or thicker consisteny food! The more rice cereal I have her on, the better she gets at eating her rice puffs. She can now have like four until she gets so excited,and tries to swallow them whole LOL Good luck! :o)

Eglet - posted on 10/05/2010

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yaa when yo baby just love to reach and grab things then thats a sign,sooner or later she will be putting to her mouth, rice crackers are really good and my baby boy loves bread sticks too,you can slightly dip it in baby juice or just water if you would like to soften it a lil, my baby started finger foods just after 7months,all the best!!!

Debora - posted on 10/05/2010

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thanks. well my LO its interested in grab my dinner plate but I dont know she's interested in the plate or the food. but I'm gonna try giving her some cheerios.
thanks

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