Finger Foods

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Finger Foods
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Fri, 04-17-2009 - 10:40am

When did you introduce finger foods?

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Registered: 09-23-2005
Fri, 04-17-2009 - 11:13am

I introduced finger foods when Ruth showed me she was ready by picking stuff up with her fingers.

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Registered: 11-29-2005
Fri, 04-17-2009 - 11:41am
I started Elliot on finger foods around 8mo. He wouldn't eat baby food at all so it was borne of desperation. Now at 10mo he pretty much insists on feeding himself, strange baby. I recommend soft foods to get Caden started. Smashed bananas, mashed potatoes, shredded cheese, broken cheerios are great too. Over cooked pasta is good, but I chop it first. Smashed peas, smashed black beans, chopped overcooked broccoli. I dunno, I sort of feed him everything. HTH


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Registered: 05-17-2004
Fri, 04-17-2009 - 12:18pm
We started with the Gerber puffs too. Gerber also makes yogurt melts now, but I have no idea how they taste. Crackers was a big hit with Nick. He loved the Ritz crackers. I agree with Betty on the smashed foods. It's messy, but that's how they learn.








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Registered: 05-31-2006
Fri, 04-17-2009 - 1:07pm

Caden is a very messy eater -- loves to sticks hand and toes in his mouth while he's eating - lol.


I am making his baby food right now and I make it thicker than the stuff in stores.

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Registered: 11-29-2005
Fri, 04-17-2009 - 4:08pm

"should I let him be as messy as he wants?"

A THOUSAND times YES! This IS the shortcut to their learning how to feed themselves. I promise, letting him go for it will advance his eating skills AND his fine motor skills. Plus, IMO, it will give him positive self esteem, particularly when you praise him for a job well done.


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Registered: 06-18-2004
Fri, 04-17-2009 - 5:50pm

Sam -


Since you are making foods anyway, you can try giving him some small pieces of whatever he's already eating. Sweet potatoes, carrots, whatever. I was also going to recommend avacado as a great early finger food if he likes it.

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Registered: 04-06-2007
Fri, 04-17-2009 - 8:54pm

I really depends on the baby - Sara started with the puffs and other very soft small things (like cooked sweet potato) at about 7 months. She progressed quickly up over cooked pasta and mushy peas within the week! I basically stuck with the flavors I knew she liked in puree form and went with those first. I also combined small bits of food into a puree and fed them to her. Like cooked peas in a pea puree. That type of thing. It really is up to Caden if he is ready - go slow - give him ONE piece of one thing at a time - he may have some trouble first so watch for his swallowing and be sure the pieces aren't big enough to get stuck. I had to do the baby hymlc twice!

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Registered: 09-12-2003
Tue, 04-21-2009 - 10:09pm
gerber puff are all the rage at our house and just like his big brother he was introduced by finger foods at day care, course for him it was cherrios. She keeps some on a small table and a kid snuck him one and the sitter freaked and watched him like a hawk but he did great. That was maybe around 6 months??? This guy was about 5 months same situation sitter looks over and a 2 year is giving him a puff. Course for the first month he mainly played with them and got more on the floor then his mouth but now they are EVERYWHERE. As for table foods every kid is different. My oldest was on jared stage 2 and 3 food for well over a year. If you gave him table food he'd gage and spit it up. It was texture issues. The other my oldest used to get alot was those teething biskets but they are just messy and heard a story of a little choking on 1 and it scared me.

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