Getting baby onto 'normal' food - any ideas?

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my baby has 3 meals a day (hes 10 months) and his breakfasts are normal (scrambled eggs, toast, weetabix etc) and i want to start introducing 'normal' (I mean not baby jars) food into his other meals but am not sure how to do it or what to give him!

Some people say keep back some of your dinners but we have spicy foods or things like fish and potatoes or spag bol and I dont think they are suitable for him yet. I am really struggling with this! wondering if I am trying to do it too early but he seems bored with baby jars and doesnt really chew the food cos its soo mashed up.

any ideas anyone??


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Melissa - posted on 06/27/2010




hi there well my little amn is 11 months nearly 1 and he eats meat,veg's and potato and all the trhings i eat or most of them anyway i just started to cook him noraml meals like i eat and i gave it to him to try and he loves it and i had no problem with it maybe just try and eay your little one on to food like u eat when u eat your dinner give your baby some to see if they like it...good luck

Jeanette - posted on 06/24/2010




my son really enjoyed carrots first - very cooked, soft and mashed with a fork - more texture than the jar
i use organic baby carrots and steam then but can get a bag of frozen and cook little bits ata time to mash up

same with peas, green beans

mine will eat banana and avocado mixed together - half of each mushed in a bowl - can save the other halves for the next days lunch

cottage cheese works as a finger food

the no sugar added fruit cups - mashed up if needed

Tasha - posted on 06/24/2010




This is bad but my son loves Franks Red Hot. I guess i should not be suprised I did crave it when I was prego and it was the only thing that worked for my heartburn!

Tina - posted on 06/24/2010




my daughter is 11 mos old and has been eating everything i eat for about 3 mos. lunches i do mac and dogs...lunch meet on tray,,, but whatever i do i always put fruit with it like a banana cut up. suppers its whatever i eat...tonight tacos now i have tried this before and she was not so keen on the idea so i will find something else for her

Genia - posted on 06/18/2010




fresh fruit is great for babies! My daughter likes strawberries, grapes, bananas, peaches, mango, watermelon, cantaloupe, pears, etc. Frozen peas or mixed veggies are a quick and easy real food to give baby. Also frozen broccoli (I boil it and cut all the stem parts off). You could make sweet potato fries. Plain yogurt is great for babies. cut up cooked chicken is something my daughter loves. Sauteed zuchinni, mushrooms, bell pepper. Cooked cubed potatoes. As far as parts of your dinner - just take some of the cooked food out before you season it. i made jambalaya the other day and just seasoned it in my bowl instead of the whole dish, then I gave her some brown rice, cubed chicken and kielbasa, cooked celery, etc. My daughter also loves sliced olives. HTH!

Jessica - posted on 06/18/2010




We just offer our daughter (10 months) what we are eating. If it's something spicy I might keep some vegies aside from the sauce and just steam them so if she can't handle the spiciness she can still eat mostly what we are eating. (Or if I forget to do that, we always have bread and bananas on hand - she will ALWAYS eat them!) As others have said, fish & potatoes and spag bol are fine - my baby's been eating that sort of food for months. It's amazing what they can handle if you give them the chance.

Louise - posted on 06/17/2010




I give my daughter lots of finger food like cheese or fruit. Shes also gets on fine with fish fingers and slices of ham. He'll let you know if he cant manage it!

Kripa - posted on 06/17/2010




hey, my daughter eats all the food we eat...except we give her those that are not too spicy.
A good idea would be cooking cut veggies along with rice, add a little salt & mash it only a little. you can change the veggies every day according to what you have at home...potatoes, carrots, beans, peas, beetroot, etc are good. Try cooking some pulses with water & salt. that will be yummy & healthy too. We also give banana slices fried a little in butter or ghee, with some sugar. Yogurt, bread & milk, cheese, arrowroot biscuits, etc are good. Fruits can be given and guide them how to bite from a big fruit...this will make it fun too.

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thanks girls! I think I am getting a bit paranoid about giving him too much salt and all that! But i guess hes getting to the age where he can have slightly more but just steer clear from overly salty foods.

Michelle - posted on 05/09/2010




I try to cook things that are healthy for my kids at dinner time esspachily and what iv noticed is my son likes what we like. Try less seasond foods and build from there. Youll never now unless you try! Good luck

Ashley - posted on 05/09/2010




My son is almost 10 months old and eats just about anything I eat. When we go out I feed him what I get and hardly ever order him his own meal or plate. Sometimes if we go out for mexican I order a side plate of rice and beans for him. I just introduced foods a little at a time and havent found anything he wont eat. Now he just eats the baby food out of the jars for snacks.

Alicia - posted on 05/09/2010




My daughter got sick of baby food really early she is also 10 months.....My partner and I give her what we eat and she loves it if we have chicken and veggies so does she...I just dont mash her veggies coz she likes them whole so she can pick it up herself..... To be honest with you Spag bowl and fish and potatoes are completly fine for him to try and start him on.....Good luck :-)

Vicki - posted on 05/09/2010




Put the food in front of him and see what happens? Maybe start with the not so spicy stuff lol. My boy loves spag bol, it's messy but fun. Fish should be easy, put a piece in front of him, he may pick it up and have a chew. Not sure what the problem is with most things?

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