Finger Foods Yet???

Teresa - posted on 03/27/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son is 9 1/2 months old and I am having a hard making the transition to finger foods. My son does not show an interest in chewing. I gave him little pieces of toast and he eats a couple and then gags. He is starting to get pretty good at picking little things up.

He is a good eater and eats all kinds of veggies, fruits, grains and meats but it must be puree.

Is anyone else having a hard time with this? Any suggestions to make it easier on him.



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Tiffany - posted on 03/30/2009

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Try the Gerber puffs.  They dissolve in their mouths so he shouldn't gag.  Maybe the biter biscuits because they're really hard and he can just kind of gnaw at it until it's really mushy.

Caramia - posted on 03/30/2009

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I started with cold things like cucumber and then breadsticks and rice cakes,sliced pear,apple and chunks of banana. They seem to come in their own when they ready.I just kept on offering my son it at meals and he is taking textured foods now and helping himself to finger foods.

Yvonne - posted on 03/29/2009

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he will do it wen hes ready!!!!toast an ritz biscuits or melty crackery type things r great,my little one 9mths too!!!! x

Sarah - posted on 03/28/2009

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Hi Teresa. Our sons favourite foods to eat by himself are pieces of pear, white flesh nectarine, avocado, sweet potato and grated cheese. Maybe you could try quite chunky sweet potato (not mashed but not whole chunks) first to get him used to chewing a bit and then try giving him pieces to chew on. Our son is fanatical about food but sometimes I find he eats better if I am not paying direct attention to him eating it? IE sitting right beside him but eating my own food or talking to someone. Maybe it has something to do with him not being distracted. Hope this helps and makes sense.

Sarah

Gillian - posted on 03/28/2009

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Grated cheese is great plus it has some kind of nutriants to lol
Cheerios are good for getting them use to eating somthing harder but have nearly no nutriant value
My son eats almost everything we eat now and minus the salty stuff (hes 9 months)
So Spag bol is great he loves eating the pasta
Bananas are fantastic first finger food as they are soft
Grated cheese as I said before, cooked veg are another great finger food, plain biscuits. It will come

Danica - posted on 03/27/2009

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Gerber puffs are great! Just remember that babies need to learn how to eat, just like they learn to crawl, walk, talk etc. Be patient and persistent. They need to learn how to use their gag reflex. Just make sure everything is soft and safe.
My little guy (9months) has been eating finger foods for about a month and a half and still gags sometimes.

Hollymace - posted on 03/27/2009

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i started mine out on gerber puffs that melt. And she didn't want most foods. She is not a good eater. But then one day I sat down while eating dinner and I gave her a piece of food off my plate. At first she made a face. Then I made a big production of eating and how yummy it was. So now as long as I am actually eatting the food in front of her she will eat it. Even if she makes the yuck face first. But I still give her pureed food b/c she is no coordinated enough to get a true meal from it.

Lauren - posted on 03/27/2009

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Cheerios are a good finger food starter. Also, Gerber Graduates foods are helpful but be careful and read the labels - Gerber tells what Stage is best. Eli likes Saltine crackers, teething biscuits. yogurt melts. I suppose my best advice would be to start with foods that melt quickly in his mouth (like cheerios). I hope this helps!

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