Appropriate Foods for my 10 month old.

Kathleen - posted on 06/25/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any suggestions for foods for my 10-month old who has no teeth? He has ZERO teeth, but is willing to gum some things. As a first time mother, I guess i'm nervous about him choking on some foods. A friend suggested I can give me a piece ofa banana but I'm afaid he'll take off a chunk and not be able to "gum" it enough to swallow. Are toast & cheerios really okay at this age? Should I still be pureeing his baby foods or is mashing it enough?

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Rebekah - posted on 08/08/2009

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Cut up cooked veggies like carrots, and sweet potatoes into small chunks. At first you can give him one at a time to see how he chews/swallows, and soon he will be feeding himself. Cut up banana, mango, and avocado are easy to eat and very healthy as well.

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Kristie - posted on 12/06/2012

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My 10 mo old has been a food monster.... At 6 months I started with baby foods but since she likes food so much she started getting other stuff soon after... Mushed fresh banana, etc She has been getting Cheerios and similar stuff for months now and with her first two teeth in, I'm looking for some new things for her.... My first was more of a liquid eater so it's new to me trying to figure out what to give my food loving monster ;)

Ashley - posted on 11/05/2012

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I would encourage you to try juicing! It is a great way to get important vitamins to picky eaters, babies without teeth, or babies that just need an extra boost of nutrition. Start of juicing stuff that he already likes. Juice carrots and apples together for a sweet juice. Over time add green leafy veggies in there like kale and spinach. Have fun with it. Juicing is amazing!

Andrea - posted on 11/02/2012

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My baby is almost 8 months and I feed him everything. Introducing it one at time of course. I wouldn't reccommend mum mums because if you look at the ingredients there are no nutrition to them. Farley biscuit by Heinz are rich in iron and dissolve as soon as they get wet.

Babies are very capable of mashing things with their gums too (any breastfeeding mom knows) so don't be too afraid to explore. Babies have excellent natural gag reflex that helps prevent serious choking, and gagging and choking are all apart of the learning experience.

Just make sure you are near by and if you really feel threatened ou can alway grab him and wack on his back, though I have never needed too.

Jennifer - posted on 10/17/2012

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I guess it depends on the child. My son hated chewing anything - he still does and he's over 2. My daughter who is almost 10 months on the other hand, loves chewing. In fact she has refused to be fed by me recently. Both my children were quite late with getting teeth. My son got teeth at 12 months and I am still waiting for something to surface with my daughter. That being said, my daughter will eat pretty much everything I give her. Somehow she is able to gum up the food and swallow it without choking. Try experimenting with all the foods you eat with your son. Just break off a piece of whatever your eating and see if he likes it. Hope that helps.......

Carmen - posted on 10/08/2009

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My daughter (10 months) got her first teeth 2 weeks ago. I was giving her bites of finger foods and table foods that are about the size of a pea. I started when she was almost 8 months because one day she bit me when I was nursing and it felt just like she had teeth! OUCH! I give her cheerios, and pasta and other finger foods that are found in the baby section. She would crunch the cheerios and sound just like she had teeth. Most of the foods in baby section are okay. Make sure that if they say toddler on them you read the package carefully. Some toddler foods dissolve easily and will work okay for no teeth. Then, some are too big for babies with little or no teeth, or don't dissolve. I would skip the teething biscuits until your baby has teeth though. And make sure to always supervise.

Stacee - posted on 10/02/2009

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My daughter's almost 10 months and her first tooth has just broken through. I always feed her the same cooked veggies that my husband and I eat & we don't puree them for her. Potato (roasted & mashed), pumpkin, sweet potato, broccoli & carrots she does very well with. Tuna is an easy first solid(not pureed) food too as it's soft to start with! I also buy her these rice cakes from the baby section @ the supermarket - they're great for snacks!

Brittany - posted on 09/26/2009

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We did cheerios and chex and corn flakes. Also we did the Gerber snacks because they dissolve. But do not do biter biscuits. They can really come off in hunks or get stuck on the roof of their mouths. I was at another moms house and her son got a gob stuck on the roof of his mouth and when it came off it choked him badly and it was hard to clear. Soft veggies like the ones in ABC soup are great. mac and cheese noodles. green beans, corn, peas, peas and carrots in the frozen bag or cans because the carrot is cubed so little. Toast is a little too hard. I'd stick with runny oatmeal over toast. Applesauce.Aand fruit cocktail is great. Just make sure the chunks are small.

Jo - posted on 09/25/2009

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my son has just turned 10 months and also has no teeth! he eats bananas, peach, oranges, kiwi... allsorts really and has no trouble breaking them down with his gums. its amazing how much the lumpy food helps them with teething. don't be scared about him choking, as long as the foods you give him aren't too hard then im sure he will be fine and you will be supervising anyway. toast is a great first finger food and an easy way to introduce new flavours like jam (i buy sugar free). mashing is definately better at this age/stage. good luck xx

Crystal - posted on 09/14/2009

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It's still a good idea to give your baby some solids. Its good chewing practice for when he starts to get his teeth in. I was giving my daughter solids at 6 months. I was getting tired of all the bottles! just make sure you always supervise eating time. Bananas are always a favorite. You can also try home made chunky applesauce.

Tina - posted on 07/31/2009

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My oldest got his first 2 teeth during his ninth month. We did baby food only until one year. (Except for what grandparents gave him of table food like mashed potatoes and ice cream) I wouldn't do hard like cheerios without any teeth. He would have to suck on it to get it soft enough to gum and might choke. My current 10 mth has gotten mostly homemade baby food that is less pureed and more diced now. He is eating banana bites, small pieces of peaches, peas one at a time but he also has 6 teeth. There is nothing wrong with still using pureed foods if he has no teeth to chew with. If you choose to give him "real food" as my older two say, keep the diced pieces no bigger than a pea. Also place it in the front of his mouth so he has to pull it in instead of on the back of the tongue where he is more likely to swallow it without chewing. Hop this helps.

Marcia - posted on 07/09/2009

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My son is 9 months but he has 6 teeth, I still mash most of his food, but I do supervise when he eats small pieces of bread of fruit.....the mum mums are great

Jennifer - posted on 06/26/2009

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Cheerios were fine for my daughter, and Baby Mum Mum's were awesome first foods. Then I started letting her try things like bread, pancakes and noodles. She has 2 teeth now and she eats nearly everything, but I do chop everything into small bites. I still watch her eat too in case of choking, but she does great with mashing things up.

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