Self Feeding and when to start

Jessica - posted on 07/26/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My 8 month old has recently been throwing fits everytime I try to feed him. Im just curious when he should start self feeding himself because Ive noticed that hes very happy and content to eat the gerber puffs but he cant eat those all the time. I worry about him eating the right things, what he shouldn't be eating, choking ect.

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Laura - posted on 07/26/2009

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As soon as they can pick it up and put it in their mouth, they can start self-feeding.

Ashley - posted on 07/26/2009

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Just because he is feeding himself the gerber puffs doesn't mean it's the only thing he should/can have. Gerber also makes plenty of finger foods for babies. Mine liked the raviolis with the chicken and veggies in them. Anything you would give him just let him feed himself. This time of year especially there is a lot of options. Zucchini, carrotts, green beans, berries, bananas, anything soft and cut small. I used to cook the baby carrotts and slice them small and they loved picking them up. Zucchini, grill and cut into slices then quarters. Like I said, soft and small. If he can do it it's not too early.Don't hold him back. And be ready for a mess!

Carrie - posted on 07/26/2009

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My son started refusing a spoon around 9 months. It was like one day he would eat pureed foods, the next day he didn't want the spoon anywhere near him. This was also about the time we started giving him puffs. I thought the transition was very easy - I started cutting up fruits and veggies into bite sized pieces, steaming them with a steamer basket to soften them up, started cooking ground meats for him and giving him torn up bits of bread - he loved feeding himself! I found the my son could chew up and eat a lot more things than I thought he could. Babies definitely have a way of telling you when they're ready for something and when they're not, and it sounds like your son is ready for self feeding!



You should go to www.gerber.com, scroll down, and click on "Nutrition & Feeding." Then scroll down and click on "Nutrition Guide: Toddler" and it'll give you a lot of food ideas and suggested serving sizes of each food group. If you browse around the nutrition part of the website you'll also find list of foods that are choking hazards and other tips on finger foods. Good luck!

Carrie - posted on 07/26/2009

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My son started refusing a spoon around 9 months. It was like one day he would eat pureed foods, the next day he didn't want the spoon anywhere near him. This was also about the time we started giving him puffs. I thought the transition was very easy - I started cutting up fruits and veggies into bite sized pieces, steaming them with a steamer basket to soften them up, started cooking ground meats for him and giving him torn up bits of bread - he loved feeding himself! I found the my son could chew up and eat a lot more things than I thought he could. Babies definitely have a way of telling you when they're ready for something and when they're not, and it sounds like your son is ready for self feeding!



You should go to www.gerber.com, scroll down, and click on "Nutrition & Feeding." Then scroll down and click on "Nutrition Guide: Toddler" and it'll give you a lot of food ideas and suggested serving sizes of each food group. If you browse around the nutrition part of the website you'll also find list of foods that are choking hazards and other tips on finger foods. Good luck!

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I let my son start self-feeding as soon as he started solids at 6 months. You'd be surprised how well they can gum food. He's 10 months now, and can eat pretty much anything we do. You can try some soft fruits (chunks of banana and avocado, baked apples and peaches) or soft, steamed veggies (my son's favorites are broccoli and carrots).

September - posted on 07/26/2009

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My son is 9 months and has been self feeding since he was 6 months old. We started with finger foods and now we are letting him practice with his spoon too. It's really cute to watch them learn :)

Vicki - posted on 07/26/2009

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My son likes to feed himself too. While he turns away if I am offering the spoon, if I let him hold it, he puts it straight into his mouth. I have recently discovered the "airplane spoon" tactic to be rather useful LOL. It distracts him and he forgets he had just been fussing. He also just recently cut his two top teeth, so he's been wanting to eat less, which is understandable. He does like to chew on the spoon, and then will hold it out for me when it's empty. Baby foods can get VERY messy, but it is important to learn to feed oneself. Don't worry so much about choking. Baby will likely gag on a new food, but that is a reflex to prevent choking, and it is a part of learning. If you can take a class on children and infant's first aid, it can help you to feel more confident to know what to do in the event of actual choking.

Ashanti - posted on 07/26/2009

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I think you should start now introducing finger foods now, lol! But if your trying things like yoghurts then give him a rubber spoon as well as you having one and you can feed him also while he is trying to learn to feed himself also. :-)

Renee - posted on 07/26/2009

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I haven't started self feeding but this website helps me with all my feeding questions:

www.wholesomebabyfood.com

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