When can I give finger foods to my 6month old?

Loris - posted on 03/18/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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And what kind of finger food?

I get a bit nervous that he might chock or something...any ideas?

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Emily - posted on 03/20/2009

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They do have that Baby Safe Feeder too, it might lower your choking fear quotient!

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Emma - posted on 03/19/2009

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i was always adivised not to give finger food until approx 9mths, but i give rusks and dissolving plain biscuits for now. if you want to offer foods now, wrap in some muslin cloth or if you can get a tommee tippee feeder they are heaven sent items! some ideas i have can 1st be wrapped in muslin cloth and then later given to baby when he/she can chew...



1. banana



2.cooked / steamed carrot sticks



3. nectarine (skin off)



4. apple (wrapped for young baby)



5.cooked / steamed brocolli



6. marmite, vegemite toast fingers



7.avacado slices



8. orange / mandarin segments



etc etc



 

Emma - posted on 03/19/2009

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i was always adivised not to give finger food until approx 9mths, but i give rusks and dissolving plain biscuits for now. if you want to offer foods now, wrap in some muslin cloth or if you can get a tommee tippee feeder they are heaven sent items! some ideas i have can 1st be wrapped in muslin cloth and then later given to baby when he/she can chew...



1. banana



2.cooked / steamed carrot sticks



3. nectarine (skin off)



4. apple (wrapped for young baby)



5.cooked / steamed brocolli



6. marmite, vegemite toast fingers



7.avacado slices



8. orange / mandarin segments



etc etc



 

Kristin - posted on 03/18/2009

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As long as they have had it in a jar or cereal you can give it to them in chopped up chunks. Veggetables to be cooked or steamed as do hard fruits like apples, shredded ckn and meats are great as well. cheerios are a great starter or other cereal like finger foods. just make sure you are with him or her, and that you don't freak out if they kind of gag at first. there is a difference between choking and gagging. Gagging is natural since they are not used to the new texture of the foods. Good luck!

Emily - posted on 03/18/2009

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I gave my children finger foods at 6 months and 7 months respectively. We never did cereal or baby food at all. Dylan's first food was very mushy avacado and Ava's was steamed and cooled sweet potatoes. They got more in their hair and faces than in their mouths which is fine and cute too! Just supervise closely and make sure everything is very mushy. These are some signs to look for before giving your baby any food



-Sitting unsupported



-drooling or teeth



-pincer grasp when picking things up



-interest in eating



-it comes out looking somewhat different than it went in!

Sarah - posted on 03/18/2009

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My son started with baby mummums! they are great! they melt in his mouth, i dont really worry about him choking on them

just make sure hes ready, can he hold himself up, etc..

Michelle - posted on 03/18/2009

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Is he a good eater? Is he taking interest in what your eating?



He's still a bit too young for chunky foods so I would just give him steamed/boiled veg thats really soft, Fruit puree's/ mashed potato/banana etc...



Dont give him anything that you cant crush with your finger.

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Quoting Loris:

When can I give finger foods to my 6month old?

And what kind of finger food?
I get a bit nervous that he might chock or something...any ideas?


You can start now.. you can buy rusks from supermarket, they are hard and don't break so they don't choke, i was giving mine streamed carrot fingers, broccoli heads,,, cooked so they are not too mushy but soft enough to squash with their tongue if don't have many teeth... Also cruskets are good cos they dissolve unlike bread,,  good luck ...

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