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Natalie - posted on 04/09/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Hi my son is now 8 mnths and i want to try start him on finger foods but im too scared to incase he chokes, my sisters baby who is now 9 mnths has been having finger foods since she was 7 mnths old any ideas what i should start him on

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Leslie - posted on 04/09/2009

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Try Gerber zwieback toast.  It is hard enough so he won't bite off a chunk but it also gets him used to the chewing and swallowing motions.  If he does alright with that, try Gerber puffs, they dissolve in your mouth.  Then try steamed diced carrots or other veggie, ripe banana chunks, and other fruit.

Emily - posted on 04/09/2009

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Realy ripe fruit and veggies like peach, avacado or steamed and cooled chunks of squash or sweet potato.

Meghann - posted on 04/09/2009

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Once my sons bottom teeth came in, i started him on cheerios, the biscuits from gerber graduates (they are great especially when he was teething more, they are messy but I would put him in his highchair and let him go to town on it), geber graduates have puffs and my son loved them. Small pieces of bread was great too, my son liked that. Babies have the reflex in them to get the food up if they took too much and just keep an eye on him. He will probably enjoy the finger food. Good Luck

JULIE - posted on 04/09/2009

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Try with bread fingers. Things that he can pick up with his finger's. he will love it, the feeling of all the new stuff. May even squeeze some of it. J ust make sure he don't put to much in his mouth. Have fun.x My two boy's are fine. 13 yrs and 7 yrs, so j had to be doing something right.

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check out the baby stores and toys r us. There are feeders available for finger food, They are like a small nylon bag on the end of a pacifier back. you open them up, put the food inside and the baby can't bite off pieces to choke, they get all of the flavour of the food and as they chew it they get small bits that are safe for them

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Natalie - posted on 04/09/2009

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Thank you evryone for the ideas i will give it a go,see how he gets on,Thanks again Natalie

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Hey Natalie, sometimes it depends on teeth & how many he has to how well he is going to be able to chew it up. I am sure you will now when he is ready and gradually build him up to finger foods. I am in Australia, i am not sure where you are from but here we have biscuits which are different to those in the USA, they are hard but with a bit of dribble they start to go soft. They are usually a plain milk biscuit and from there i go to cheeses and fruit other biscuits as well. it is a little nerve racking at first but after a couple of goes u cans usually tell how they handle it and make a decision from there, but dont leave them alone with it until mastered. hope it helps you a little bit.

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Both my girls loved soft bread with liver pate on it, cut into small pieces. I know some people don't like that sort of thing, but its really good for the little ones and they seem to like it a lot!

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Quoting Natalie:

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Hi my son is now 8 mnths and i want to try start him on finger foods but im too scared to incase he chokes, my sisters baby who is now 9 mnths has been having finger foods since she was 7 mnths old any ideas what i should start him on



Rusks are always good although they are pretty crusty if they get on your upholstery :-) . Our son loved sucking on fingers of meat - like steak, or chicken. If your child eats meat then that's a good one as they can't really bite pieces off it. We had finger foods at 7 or eight months and we never had a choking incident. Just watch how they chew when you go from really pureed to more lumpy foods and you'll be able to assess what he's ready for. Pieces of steamed vegies that are fairly soft are good too - carrot, zucchini, etc. Have fun!

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