Finger food

Melanie - posted on 01/13/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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Emily is now 7.5 months and I am going to start to introduce finger food, can anyone give me any suggestions..? I have looked online and it said bread, pasta, fruit, veg, cheese etc but worried she will choke , can anyone tell me what you fed your babaies?

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I highly recommend those little mesh bags that you put food in for the first while until they get the whole chewing thing down. All kids are different and will have their preferences for what types of textures and flavours they like in their mouths, so it is good to give them a variety to try. The main thing is give them LITTLE bits at a time initially until they have proven themselves to be able to handle larger amounts. As to what to give - I would give my girls little bits of whatever I was eating, except for meat. Some of their favourites were bits of baked potato, cooked carrots sticks, macaroni, spaghetti, strawberries, peaches, pears, banana, blueberries, peas, broccoli, and yams. Any food that posed a choking hazard went in the mesh bags, otherwise it was given in tiny pieces on their tray for them to experience with their fingers and their mouths. The mesh bags can be a pain to clean, but it is worth it for the few months that they use them. Other than having to watch out for potentially allergenic foods or choking hazards, your little one finally gets to explore the wonderful plethora of foods we have in this world now, so make sure to give her a wide variety of taste sensations! I found my girls loved the spices I use in my cooking better than the bland baby foods, so don't be afraid to expose them to all flavours. Enjoy!

Bethanie - posted on 01/13/2010

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My sons first "finger food" was mashed avocado on toast. I cut the ends off of the bread, lightly toasted it and after spreading the avocado on it, I cut it up into REALLY tiny bits and he loved it! I had some baby food at the time and would mix some mango baby food in with the mashed avocado, too. DO NOT give your child grapes at this age! They are a major choking hazard. I would wait until they are successfully able to mash it down with their gums or teeth. If you do want to try them, cut them up as teeny tiny as you can or remove the skins and mash them. I mostly did do the gerber snacks with my son to start until he got the hang of actually "chewing". Then I moved onto other things. A good site to check out is: www.wholesomebabyfood.com

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Theresa - posted on 01/23/2010

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Nothing hard. I'd star with things that moosh easily or disolve quickly until she gets used to it. Bananas sliced and quartered are great at first. Cooked peas are small enough to go down easily. Cheerios are great. Mac n cheese. Make shure pieces are cut small. Once she gets used to mushing things with her gums and the few teeth she may have you can start more things, but again make sure bites are small.

Alanna - posted on 01/23/2010

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Aurelia started solids at 8months. She really liked mashed up potatoes or steamed carrots. But we started using Organic Cereals. I think it tastes like cardboard but she loves them and has them all the time-shes a year now....

Susanna - posted on 01/21/2010

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7.5 mos is a little early for finger foods. She will probably gag on just about anything you give her at this point. You could try those dissolving puffs. My son is 9 mos and JUST starting to get the hang of mashing food with his gums...and he already has 7 teeth. He eats mushy steamed carrot, silken tofu, bread bits, TINY chicken bits..TINY TINY ones....avocado bits(ohh! That's a good one!), banana bits rolled in crushed puffs....otherwise they can't pick them up...to slippery. Buy this book: Super Babyfood. amazon.com.....very helpful. Good luck.

Yvonne - posted on 01/21/2010

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You supervise your child while they are eating...so, personally, some of the finger foods they say "not" to give are ok. Rule of thumb is anything soft...make sure they are in tiny, bite size pieces (not much bigger than a cheerio). They often swallow things whole, when just learning, before chewing....encourage to chew. BANANA's are the best. Start with a semi-ripe banana first. Bread is ok, but binding. Try CHEERIOS...or small baby biscuit snacks...add some PEELED grapes, sliced into chunks (yes, I said PEELED. You can pull the skin off each individual grape....lot of work, but the centre is soft & OK to feed them, it is the SKIN that can't be chewed). Same with mandarins (use the canned mandarins, they are softer) but watch for the thin filmy skin on the mandarin segment, that CAN be peeled off. Hotdogs (though I find these are JUNK food); you can peel the skin off a hot dog, after cooking, & cut into small segments. Or if you want to buy some prepared toddler food...they come in tukey dinners etc. Gerber has a good selection of small bite sized snacks for tots.

Pam - posted on 01/20/2010

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Fishfingers - believe me tyour little one has a really good choke reflex, just don't leave her alone whilst shes eating

Melanie - posted on 01/20/2010

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Thankyou all very much for your comments and suggestions.... lots of ideas... xx

Anthea - posted on 01/16/2010

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Choking, yes be cautious at all times.To prevent choking....
If you give her bread, toast it first, butter it and put marmite on it instead of peanut butter or jam. Cut it into finger strips. Rather feed your baby something savoury than sweet. Give Emily a long chunk of beef biltong to chew on, it helps with teething. Fruit: peel apple and cut into quarters, banana will make her constipated, so avoid that. oranges will make her choke, once she sucked out all the juice. Give little fish fingers, viennas (cut up into smaller pieces), pasta, peas, baby carrots, mashed potatoes...good luck

Polly - posted on 01/15/2010

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I have found some great snack options at walmart, in the baby food area. They have tons of finger foods that just melt in the babies mouth, i have actually been using them since my baby was six months, she has been able to feed herself since then. Yes, she is hefty!

Karen - posted on 01/15/2010

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Hello

I started off giving oliver slices of apple (peeled) just so that he got used to holding food and different textures and he put them in his mouth and most of the time he spat it back out until he got used to having solid food in his mouth that he actually had to chew.

i also gave him very well cooked twists of pasta which he was able to hold easily and chew on till his hearts content, soldiers of toast are also very good, they go really soggy after plenty of sucking on ! and most of all have fun with food, make loads of mess and investigate new things

Susan - posted on 01/15/2010

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My kids all loved macaroni and cheese. It was messy, but they loved chasing the noodles around to pick them up. I made sure the noodles were almost "over" cooked so that there was absolutely no chance of choking, and I served it at room temperature. My doctor thought it was a great idea, and he even suggested adding cut green beans so they got a balanced meal as well. Both foods are great nutritionally, and they're soft enough that there's no choking risk. My kids also loved sliced bananas. All three are great for growth and development - finger dexterity and chewing skills.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 01/15/2010

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YES!!!!!!! I cut up bananas into round quarter sizes, then 1/4 pieces of those. I sprinled wheat germ over them for the exact reason you are concerned...choking...it also let him grip them easy to pick up! He still loves them to this day! I would stay away from apples, but ripe pears are alot softer for them! You can try cheerios also (just not honey nut yet...cannot have honey until they are over a year!) I have a wonderful book to recommend also! "Super Babby Food" by Ruth Yaron....gives great finger food idea, and maps out what babies can eat month by month! Good luck!

Deanna - posted on 01/15/2010

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bananas, frozen peas, baby mum mums, cheerios, shredded cheese, puffed wheat cereal, cooked cubed carrot, shredded cooked chicken, firm tofu

Michelle - posted on 01/14/2010

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I started my son with yo baby yogurt and a mesh feeder by munchkin first at about 6 months and also with doctor approval. This allowed for him to suck and chew and mash the food (apples, grapes, pears, mango, pineapple, peaches, oranges) into pieces that were small enough to get through the mesh and not be choking hazards, and the skin stayed in the feeder. Next was Gerber graduates for crawlers (puffs, pinwheels, yogurt melts). Now my son is nine months old and eats banana, bread, a little bit of cheese, fruit cups, mandarin oranges, egg. He will want to sample anything thats on our plates. We just make sure the food size is small enough and watch him to make sure he doesnt choke.

Cristy - posted on 01/14/2010

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I went with the baby led weaning approach, my bub eats pretty much everything we eat and hasn't choked, she's almost 7 months. She is also breastfed and for some reason this is meant to make eating finger foods easier for them then when they are bottle fed, has something to do with the sucking action of breastfeeding helping them figure out chewing. You could google baby led weaning for ideas.

Lisa - posted on 01/14/2010

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There is a feeding pacifier-looking type of device made by Gerber (I think) that is a net that you can put food in, veggies, fruit, etc. and snaps shut. The baby chews on the net and cannot choke on the food. This may be a way to start, until baby gets the hang of eating.

Salome - posted on 01/13/2010

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I started giving my youngest (boy) solid food when he turns 11 months...he never wanted to eat somewhat like Gerber or the same...its funny...but all my children doesn't want to eat likewise...his favorite is papaya and also banana...right now hes eating rice and soup...

Katie - posted on 01/13/2010

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I started giving my daughter finger food around that age. Her favorite was banana's, because they are sweet and still pretty soft so it's less likely that she'll choke on it. Try just giving her little pieces at a time. Also avocado's and bread are good. My daughter LOVES cheese but we have to be careful not to give her too much because it can make babies constipated.

Maria - posted on 01/13/2010

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I always start with bananas cut small, toast with butter(they normally at first just suck on it), and peas. Then I watch how they do with those foods and start tyring other soft foods. If she is ready, she will do great. She might gag at first, but she will figure it out.

Darnisha - posted on 01/13/2010

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Try dry cereals like cheerios or you can give her grapes cut into halves anything like that....she is going to be fine but you should watch her the first couple times until she gets the hang of it...just make sure she doesn't try to put the food in her mouth all at once....

Kieya - posted on 01/13/2010

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Gerber has snacks that soften as they chew! (I liked the apple ones) Pretty much anything you try, you'll have to watch them her. GOOD LUCK

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