How can I get my daughter to try finger foods more often than baby food?

Kandace - posted on 04/21/2010 ( 3 moms have responded )

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She is almost 11 months old and since she is getting 4 teeth on top and she already has two teeth on bottom. So when i feed her her baby food she doesnt really like it as much because there isnt anything for her to chew up. But when I chop up fruit like bananas she hates it because of the texture i think, so i am kinda at a loss right now because I want her to have what we have but since she doesnt eat much of it i feel like she isnt getting enough. Please any suggestions!

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Kandace - posted on 04/21/2010

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thank you so much girls! I really really do appreciate this advice I am going to try all of this! Tonight we made beef stew and we gave her little pieces of the potato, carrot and celery and she did really good with all of it! So it may be looking up! I definitely am going to try all of these great ideas thanks again!

Danielle - posted on 04/21/2010

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Be patient and keep offering different foods for her and she will eventually go for it. My 1st son was a little hesitant with table foods, but my 2nd son wanted it earlier and my twin daughters were practically on table foods from the time their tummies could handle it. Bananas is a good idea but maybe you can mix it with some yogurt (and cut it into little tiny pieces in there), spaghetti is always fun (just with butter and cheese for less mess). I know mine enjoyed munching on ice cream cones (without ice cream--the wafer kind) because they melt easily and it feels good on the gums and teeth. Sometimes as a little treat I would put a little dab of cool whip in there (since it is non dairy) and they would go crazy over it.They also have those little fruit puffs from gerber and vienna sausages are nice and crumbly so they are not a choking hazard. Steamed veggies was a big hit with my daughters and they enjoyed all of the colors. They would chomp on steamed carrots, zucchini, squash, broccoli, green beans and peas. The veggies were nice and soft and it offered different textures and colors. Little ones don't need to eat too much either, so any little bit she is getting into her is good. You can always supplement a little after your family mealtime with some formula/breastmilk or some yogurt or 3rd stage/toddler stage baby foods. It just takes time. And if she keeps pushing it away, keep offering it! Good luck and let us know how you make out.

Tracy - posted on 04/21/2010

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Try some Cheerios or Kix at first because those are a little crunchy and will melt in the mouth in pretty short order. Also, you can add some rice, barley, or oatmeal baby cereals to applesauce or vanilla yogurt to make those things have a little texture but not chunky like the mashed bananas. You can also puree the bananas and add the cereal to those. Be patient because at 11 months old, she really cannot eat all the things you are eating yet. She will be able to do that more at 18 months. For now, if you have rolls at dinner, you can pinch off small pieces for her. Also, you can puree her some of the veggies you have prepared for dinner, but not so much that they have no texture.

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