What to feed my 10 and 1/2 month old daughter

Jess - posted on 05/10/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My little girl is 10 & 1/2 months old and she is very very interested in solid foods. Shes interested in it more than shes interested in her formula or rice cereal. We give her food off of our plates, but I mainly just feed her formula, and rice cereal with baby food. Should I try cooking her meals? If so where do I start? We have thought about the Graduates meals, but I am unsure because she only has 3 teeth. If anybody has any suggestions, or ideas please let me know!

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Bridget - posted on 05/11/2010

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Hi Jess, my little man has been eating solids since 6 months and eats just about everything now! It is so much fun experimenting to see what he likes! Start with some pureed veges and fruits to see what she does and doesn't like - remember though to always retry foods she rejects a number of times (they say 10 but gees that's a lot of food wastage). You can add rice cereal also to add iron to it. Take it slowly with complex carbohydrates - bread, pasta (can sometimes block them up) but otherwise let her try just about anything, a little at a time (avoid anything if there is a family allergy history and no honey until after 1).
Normally my little man eats the following:
Breakfast - oats with milk and fruit pureed (apple/pear), a weetbix with milk or a piece of toast (lightly toasted with butter or cream cheese)
Lunch - he like to have 3 fingerfoods to choose from: usually a fruit (banana chunks, watermelon, mandarin, grapes - seedless, pear/apple - slightly cooked, avocado), some grated or cubes of cheese, a meat sometimes (tuna or sliced meats -ham or chicken). Cheesy vegetable muffins are ideal for both lunches and snacks!
Dinner: again fingerfoods - cheese, veges or fruit, a carbohydrate (wholemeal pasta, rice balls or a piece of toast), pureed veges that I feed him whilst he pigs out, and some of what we are having - spag bol, slow cooked meals with chunks of meat and veg (loves chicken and zucchini in tomatoes), pastabake, just about anything!
Snacks: fruit, rusks, yoghurt.
Your bub will guide you with what she wants to eat and how (feed herself or have you feed her or both). My bub only has 2 teeth (he's 11mths) but he manages to eat everything (except has trouble with red meats) and as Shannon said they have an amazing gag reflex!
Have fun!! Oh and make sure you have a sheet or a lot of baby wipes around when feeding - it can get very messy but great photo moments!!

Cynthia - posted on 05/11/2010

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I had to start feeding my son solids at about 7 months, he would not eat baby food anymore and he eats better if he can feed himself. Here's what he normally gets.
Breakfast- Dry cereals (cheerios, rice krispies, fruit loops), pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, toast, bananas, yogurt melts, scrambled eggs.
Lunch- Grilled cheese, lunchmeat (cut into small pieces), soda or ritz crackers, applesauce, gerber graduates raviolis, soup, cheese cut up, hot dogs (I take the casing off and cut up to avoid choking).
Dinner- Anything pasta, steamed veggies, mashed potatoes, rice, chicken, hamburger, just about anything we are eating except for spicy foods or things like steak. Desserts are jello, pudding cups, ice cream or cookies. Cookies are broken up because he will try to fit the whole thing in his mouth. He also likes to drink milk or juice out of a sippy cup during meals.

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Tiffany - posted on 05/15/2010

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my son started solids at 4 months old once a day then 3 times a day when he got to about 6 months. he had farex in his milk at 7 weeks old because he would finish his bottle in 30 seconds resulting in bad colic and reflux and would power spew his bottle back up everywhere ! and he was always hungry btu then when i did give him farex in his bottle he would go longer without feeds. now he is 11 months old and has 1 bottle a day and has food that we eat, he has never really liked the baby food just the custards and when we did give him the custards he could eat 3 tins ! i was concerned giving him so many tins and it was really costing us so we started giving him normal food and he absolutey loves it ! he wil eat pretty much anything, he only has 4 teeth (more comming through though) and he eats sausages and chicken and he loves pasta and vegetables. we always keep an eye on him when he eats and he has never choked we try to teach him to chew his food really wel, for lunch he usually has sandwiches if we are out or he'l have hot potato chips from red rooster or something. he loves food LOL

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My little boy loves spaghetti bolognaise. I just chop up the pasta finely so that it is more easily eaten. I also tend to pop in extra vegatable like grated carrot, tomato and corn so that he is getting some more vegetables and sprinkle a little of grated cheese on top.

Thanuja - posted on 05/14/2010

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So true, Baby food is the last thing my son likes. Give him anything other than baby food. like boiled vegetables with rice. He loves food with tinge of salt. I have been feeding him boiled and mashed carrot, rice and ragi since he was 5 months old. I have such difficulty feeding him baby food but no issues with any other food. He loves to keep the food in his mouth, feel the texture and then swallow. I dnt feel like taking this feeling away from him by giving him baby food.

Emily - posted on 05/11/2010

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my little girl has been eating solids since 6 months. Baby food isn't even in the picture. she LOVEs fruits, frozen raspberries the best! They melt and crumble, even with no teeth.

best of luck to you!

Liz - posted on 05/11/2010

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Once they taste table food they don't want baby food...not even the gerber graduate stuff. My son is almost 11 months and gags if I give him baby food. I think it's too bland compared to regular food. He still eats the cereal with fruit but small bits of regular food for his meals. Those gums are great at mashing food.

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my daughter has been eating regular old people food for a while now, because she got tired of her jarred baby food. mashed potatoes are good, steamed carrots and other veggies, chunks of chicken or any other soft meat. you'll be amazed at how well they can chew even with only a few teeth. just make sure you watch her, and dont freak out if she's gagging on food for the first bit, because babies have sucha wonderful gag reflex that they can generally push the food back up their throats before they choke on it. google "baby-led weaning", that might teach you more about meals for babies. theres a lot of finger foods they can eat too. it may be messy, but its fun too lol. good luck!

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