Finger Foods with no teeth?

Shannon - posted on 01/11/2009 ( 32 moms have responded )

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My daughter just turned nine months this week. Anyone have any suggestions what kind of finger foods are good for her age. She is just starting to get her first tooth. We tried cheerios cut in half, at first she spit it out, then when we tried again, she looked like we were giving her poison and gagged on it because her mouth was too wet to spit it out! Also I have been looking for something really hard for her to chew on for teething that is hard to break, we have tried Earth's Best teething biscuits, but she broke a 3/4 piece off in like 2 minutes and I nearly had heart attack that she would choke!!!!

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Ashly - posted on 01/11/2009

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As for something hard that she can't break for her to chew on....I used sticks of celery and large carrots with my children. NOT BABY CARROTS, but whole ones. Even when they get those first teeth, they might be able to scrape little bits of the veggies off, but not enough to choke on. Frozen waffles are also good. If you give it to them frozen, the coldness feels great on teething gums and after they get it all wet and mushy, it's easy for them to eat the soggy waffle! My kids all loved them! Kashi has some flax seed, multi grain waffles with blueberries or strawberries and omega 3! Very nutritious. I have given all 3 of my children finger foods from the time they could sit up. Even with no teeth, if they are soft enough foods, they can mush them with their gums pretty well. My youngest daughter is 13 months, but still only has 2 bottom teeth and she eats everything that we eat....just diced up very small. Start with something like bananas and dice them up really small. Also, steamed or boiled veggies like green beans and carrots work well for first finger foods also. Peas are great also. They are naturally soft once you cook them and already finger food size! Cheerios are a great finger food but no need to cut them in half. The sharp edges may be what she doesn't like. Rounded, they are much less painful to move around in the mouth. Good luck!

Gemma - posted on 01/12/2009

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there are far more than you think, the way i looked at it was what could i eat with no teeth and what did my gran used to eat with no teeth lol. My daughter is 1 now and has some teeth but when she didn't i gave her everything from cheese sticks to breadsticks, melon stick to cooked carrot sticks or peas and sweetcorn, strawberries and other soft fruit, tangerines with the segments cut in half, skinless sausages, chopped up cooked chicken or ham, the list goes on. i hope that helps.

Dawn - posted on 01/12/2009

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Try the gerber graduate puffs or yogurt melts.  They are good for snacks and melt in the mouth.  My daughter loved them.  Other foods would be anything you can squish in between your fingers.  Bananas, cooked carrots, peas, green beans,  different fruits in a can ( I buy the gerber), lunch meat.  My daughter was on people food at about 10 months because once trying bananas and american cheese she started to not want the baby food.  Hope this helps.

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Daniella - posted on 06/11/2012

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my 1 yr old only has 2 little nubs on the bottom for teeth now so I have only been giving him like gerber puffs... to afraid he will choke. I think I am going to start on mushed up gr beans, mash potatoes and stuff like that...

Shereen - posted on 01/12/2009

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when my baby was teething, i gave her a teaspoon to chew on. The cold metal seemed to relieve her sore gums... and i knew that she wouldnt choke on it, unless she turned it around and sucked on the handle... so I just kept my eye on her. Hope it helps you :)

Shereen - posted on 01/12/2009

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when my baby was teething, i gave her a teaspoon to chew on. The cold metal seemed to relieve her sore gums... and i knew that she wouldnt choke on it, unless she turned it around and sucked on the handle... so I just kept my eye on her. Hope it helps you :)

Coco - posted on 01/12/2009

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I have 4 "babies" ages: 6, 13, 17 & 19. I gave them smashed veggies like green beans and carrotts. Cheerios also work well because they melt in the mouth. My Pediatrician reccommended it and I was glad for it. Starting them out on veggies gives them a taste for veggies. All of my "babies" still love their veggies.

Dawn - posted on 01/12/2009

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Try the gerber graduate puffs or yogurt melts.  They are good for snacks and melt in the mouth.  My daughter loved them.  Other foods would be anything you can squish in between your fingers.  Bananas, cooked carrots, peas, green beans,  different fruits in a can ( I buy the gerber), lunch meat.  My daughter was on people food at about 10 months because once trying bananas and american cheese she started to not want the baby food.  Hope this helps.

Beth - posted on 01/11/2009

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if mess is an issue but you are at home...just start out where you know they''ll end up...in the tub. I remember my son's first experience with a push pop, he was able to experience it without me hovering and worrying and we were able to rinse him and his swim trunks in the tub! We also used vinyl table cloths or even birthday/party table clothes under their places at the table.

Tracy - posted on 01/11/2009

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Cheese Doodles the big fat puffy ones is a great teething tool. They melt in their mouth. The white cheddar ones are best because they are not as messy. If you get the orange ones strip her to her diaper .

Trayce - posted on 01/11/2009

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You can try those flavored puffs in the baby food section.  They disolve in the mouth and it will help her to figure out to pick up food.  My child loves them!!

Marlysa - posted on 01/11/2009

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I wouldn't do the earths best for awhile, I know of a child that did choke on them. They break very easy. There is a popular baby food distributor, I can't remember their name, but you can find it in any grocery store. Anyway, they are finger foods and they look just like cheerios, but they dissolve. They have different flavors that are all made out of fruit. I am sorry that I can't remember the name, OH it's gerber. I knew it was a popular distributor.

User - posted on 01/11/2009

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My daughters favorite was canned green beans and mac and cheese

this is more for dinner i guess

bananas pieces are good too a little messy but they get it in and get the taste of a new food

experiment with anything soft

good luck

Beth - posted on 01/11/2009

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I have 3 boys ages 11, 8 and 4. we used to give them bagels to gum on. By the time a piece could come off it was already soggy and easy to eat. we also kept cereal bars (like nutri-grain) on hand. they are soft and have a lot of choices of fruit filling. my oldest son LOVED scrambled egg. we put it on his high chair tray and he would have a blast! I also remember the boys all liking to chew on melba toast. we have it in the bread section of the grocery store. They even offer it in diff flavors like blueberry. I liked giving it to them because it didn't get slimy like the biter biscuits. Good luck!!

Amanda - posted on 01/11/2009

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Hi. I have used a few things with my son. He is a little over 8 months old. He really enjoys the Gerber puffs and they make me happy because they dissolve. But still keep an eye out just in case. Also, Gerber makes Biter biscuits which are really hard to chew through but can be after so long. The brand Sassy makes the strainer food holder that Patricia is talking about below. I peel bananas and freeze them in the freezer. I then cut a chunk and put it in for him. Messy but no worries about him choking and he loves it! Hopefully this was helpful.

Carolyn - posted on 01/11/2009

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I used the little puffs with my son too, walmarts baby brand makes then too, there are a little cheaper and my son liked those just about much.  baby mum mum were pretty popular too.  as for the mesh feeder other moms have mentioned, i had one for my little guy that "Sassy"  makes, they are WONDERFUL!!!  I bought mine in toys r us, i think they have them in shoppers drug mart too.  my son was using it from the time i found it (age 7 months).  The one Sassy makes has a build in cooler bag and comes with a hard plastic cover, some of the other ones don`t have either.  The two pieces twist together  with a lock so you never have to worry about it coming apart, I actually got mine jammed once adn it took my father in law and I to get it apart.  you can put anything soft in there, even hard veggies pieces if you`re wanting something to help with teething pain.  the thing i really liked about the sassy one was the cover on it, then i could take it with me in my diaper bag, or put it back in the fridge if he didn`t finish it. i put everything in the one i had.  there are also biscuits that heinz makes that you will find in the baby department in most places that come in a yellow box with 2 packs in it, i can`t remember what they are called but they work really well, the only thing is they can make a huge mess, whenever my son had them he was covered in them.

Shelby - posted on 01/11/2009

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I used the biscuits as well and they were for 12 months olds and my daughter is 8 and a half months. Same thing happened, it broke and I was having a heart attack. But my daughter HATES when I rub orajell on her gums so I put it on a dropper but the part that you squeeze. She enjoys chewing on that if I watch her. She never has choked herself using it. Its big enough for her to hold and easy for her to chew on.



For finger foods, I give her the fruit puffs. She has a hard time grabbing them because they are small but they disolve in her mouth and she loves them. Again they say 12 months and I bought them for my first who is a year and a half. But my youngest enjoys them. Umm, Im trying to think of whatelse I give her.... Nothing is poping into my head. Oh, another thing, there are the large jars of baby food, I make my own but they say 8 months on them. They have little piece of carrot and potatoe in them. I was warry when I first gave it to my first daughter because she hadnt had any teeth then. She ended up guming it. Which I had no problems with. I also give my first daughter some potatoes mashed, which some piece arnt totally mashed. SHe doesnt have a problem eating that either..



Hope this helped,  different people do different things.

Zissi - posted on 01/11/2009

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Hi.I gave both my Kids from about % months hard Foods to suck and chew on whilest teething.wen they are as old as yours they are able to eat a lot of thing withought teeth.it might take a while but the will manage it.ofcourse you should watch your child whilset eating but it helps to massage the gums and make the teeth strong if you give them hard things.dont kut the krusts off or they will get spoild and not want to eat them later wen they are bigger.give her the same food as you have but not so many spices in them.they will get used to all the food and not play up later.it is normal that they spit things out first but dont give up and keep on offering it to her.Most important is that you keep calm and to let her try things out.get her a chew ring that you can put in fridge to get cold and rub her gums with a soft tooth brush as she will get used to that too and like it.Good luck and greetings from germany.

Teneshia - posted on 01/11/2009

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My daughter is 7 months with two teeth and we use Gerber's Puffs, Zwieback toast and the mesh bag thingie for fresh fruits like banana, peach, and mango.  Someone mentioned trying carrots, celery and apples---if uncooked, these are considered CHOKING HAZARDS for young children.  I know every mom makes the best choices for their own children and I respect that, but I just thought I'd let you know what I've read.  Anyways, enjoy the messes and take lots of pictures!

Kristi - posted on 01/11/2009

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I gave my daughter the gerber teething biscuits and she liked them but they made such a mess so I tried the Gerber graduates Zwieback toast.  She did really good with it especially when she was cutting a teeth and it doesn't make a huge messand you get 16 in a box. Also the gerber puffs are great

User - posted on 01/11/2009

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The baby mum mums are great.. I was so nervous giving them to my baby too for fear of choking but he hasn't and seems to love them.. he is six months old no teeth but it teething.
http://www.babymummum.com.au/ there is a link to there website in case you don't know what they are...

Erin - posted on 01/11/2009

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gerber makes "puffs"...my son doesn't have teeth yet, and we're getting ready to start the finger foods.  our pediatrician recommended those to try since they dissolve...he won't have to chew anything yet.



 

User - posted on 01/11/2009

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I'd try the cheerios again, but just put them on her tray and let her get them into her own mouth. She'll drop them most of the time! She won't choke on a cheerio.



 



Those teeting biscuits are no good for us, either.

Stephanie - posted on 01/11/2009

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hi, i have a 9 mnth old son. he has been eating finger food for a while and still has no teeth. we started him out on things such as bannana, tea biscuits and soft steamed vegetables such as carrots and brocelli. he's had no problems what so ever. hes curently sat eating a sausage! lol



i also found that the crusts from Plain bread (ask in your supermarket) are great for him wen his gums are sore, it takes him a while to break through which is good an also doubles as a nice finger food.



hope this is of some help to you. x

Danielle - posted on 01/11/2009

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She can handle the cheerio's it is just that she will have to get use to the texture of them and she will learn how quickley. You can offer cooked veggies cut up small ie/ cooked carrots so they are soft and she can mush them with her gums, arrowroots, farleys,mashed potatoes. Just cup up what you are having and offer her some...it is good fine moter practice too - picking up cheerio's etc ( pinser grasp: thumb and finger) even if she puts things in her mouth and spits them out. Take care.



If you are worried about choking, take a infant/child cpr course. That way you will have a peace of mind. :)

Tricia - posted on 01/11/2009

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I gave my kids the fruit wheels and puffies that are found in the baby food section at the grocery store. The wheels look like they are big however they dissolve very easily plus it's a great thing for kids to learn how to bite and chew. The puffies help them w/fine motor skills in being able to pick them up, they also dissolve very easily. I believe these are of the Gerber brand. I also found with my kids I would have to give them the same food at least 3-5 times before they would actually eat it and like it. The texture and taste takes them awhile to acquire.

Alisha - posted on 01/11/2009

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carrots and celery are good. . .  yea that bag thing is great too and the puff things my children just loved.  just try things and be around to watch however its true if your scared about it she will feel that and be scared too so try and relax.  i know its had ive just recently gotten over PPD and i have axnity and panic attacts apples are great amlost anything really helps just look in ur fridge and see what you ahevthat is safe.  Every mom thinks different things are fine for there babies so just got with what you think is best

Sarah - posted on 01/11/2009

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bananas could even take skin off wrap in cling film and put in freezer that would help with teething. bread and jam or butter they suck it.

Amanda - posted on 01/11/2009

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My daughter is 8 months with no teeth. I give her crackers called "baby mum mums" (I find them in the health section of our store) and they dissolve fairly quickly. I also give her tiny pieces of banana, steamed carrot that's really soft, and I also gave her some soft tofu as that breaks up quickly. The teething biscuits scare me since they are so hard. Good luck, and remember, no kid ever went to kindergarten without teeth or still eating baby food!

Jill - posted on 01/11/2009

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just give her soft mushy foods.  Dont worry about cutting up the cheerios.  At nine months my lil one was eating chicken, steak, vegetables like broccoli, carrots, potatoes, rice, cookies like rusk and biscotti, etc.



 



If you seem nervous about the food, your lil one will feed off of that energy.  So be calm and relaxed and let her explore.  She is quite capable of eating anything the size of her pinky just now.  So keep that in mind when you are cutting the food.  As I said no need to cut the cheerios.



 



This is the age they learn to gag and to swallow.  So, dont panic, and let her learn.  Put it on a matt in front of her and let her play with it.  Yes the floor will get a bit messy, but feeling the texture and being able to explore the new item BY HERSELF... you will be surprised at how much she will start to feed on her own.  



 



Again dont worry about the choking.  My little one is only 11 months now, but started eating table food long before 9 months.  I think he was about 6 months.  Also, switch to water when giving solids.  We use boiled cooled water sometimes with a drop of juice in it just to give it a bit of flavor, but not always.



 



Oh, and my little guy only has two teeth on the bottom, and is working on two teeth at the top.  It will take you little one about two meals to sort out her gag reflex and you will be fine.  Biscuits breaking arent a big deal, but if you are worried get  DILL PICKLES/GHERKINS  and chill in the fridge. they have flavor, she can hold in her hands and if she manages to get a bit off with gnawing on it, it wont be enough to choker her 



 



Hope I  helped.

Annette - posted on 01/11/2009

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Hello, try freezing mini bagels and giving her 1/2 at a time,  it will do 2 things give her something to eat and if teething it will take some of the pain away.  The straining thing is good to it is made my MUNCHKIN and you can find it down the baby aisles were you would find the sippy cups and stuff.  Gerber also makes things that will melt her her mouth.  My kids loved the strawberry/ banana ones

Patricia - posted on 01/11/2009

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There is a thing out there, I forget the name but it has a handle on it that a strainer like baggie attaches to. My son loved it as I put in all kinds of foods like fruit, especially watermelon and he sucked it through the wholes. I've seen it at a lot of pharmacies.

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