All About Finger Foods

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piratesmermaid - February 26

What age did you start giving your lo finger foods, and what did you give them? I'm a little scared. Gretchen's choked on the little pieces of pasta in the 2nd foods mac&cheese. I choked a lot when I was a kid because I had huge tonsils. I'm just a little leary, but I want her to learn at the same time, ya know? Oh, and she's 7months 2weeks old.

 

Brittany - February 26

I started later with my son, he was either 9 or 10 months since he didn't have teeth yet. I just wanted him to get the feel of using his tongue and gums to mash things up and swallow. It took him awhile, as with any child when you introduce something new. I'm sure there are women who start trying food like that early but I would wait another month or two. My dd is 8 months and doesn't have teeth yet, I tried a tiny little cracker crumb today and she did really well. Your daughter will get the hang of it, she just needs practice. Good luck and congrats to her with a new milestone hehe!

 

austinsmom - February 26

I felt the puffs were great and I broke them in half and it worked just fine for him to learn and they dissolve very quickly.

 

BusyBee - February 26

My ds is 10 months and he has no teeth, so we are moving really slowly with the finger foods. He choked on HALF a cheerio a few days ago. He seems to be OK with soft foods like bread and pasta. But, really, there is no rush. I'm sure I will be brave enough to give him more finger foods by the time he is 5. LOL.

 

Danielle19 - February 26

i gave my son the berry rice krispis, there so little, so i don't worry about chocking, i also give him puffs broken in half, otherwise everything else i put in the mesh feeder, he got 2 teeth about 3 weks ago so i much try cheerios in a couple weeks, oh hes 8 months

 

Emily - February 26

my dd will eat almost anythign I give her. She only jsut got one little tooth pokinf out now but that jsut ah[ppend this past week and she has been "eating" (okay gumming) gerber wagon wheels, cherrios, pasta, cheese, toast. but she is very good about not choking. just make sure what you give her is very small peices.

 

Emily - February 26

sorry I ment she has been eating those things for a couple mos since she was about 6.5 mos. She is 8.5 mos now...

 

ashtynsmom - February 26

I started puffs with Ashtyn at 6 mos, we slowly introduced bits of Ritz crackers, then pieced of banana, just mushy, soft stuff at first, then slowly introduced harder stuff. She was completely on table food by 11 mos.

 

AnytimeLittleone - February 26

I was wondering about this too piratesmermaid.... Eva is almost 7 months, and she'll eat teething cookies.. but if she gets a chunk in her mouth (even a small piece) its gag city! I think Im going to wait another month, and then try some mashed noodles.. and then chunky noodles.. then full size noodles... As of right now, she gags on anything that isnt a puree...

 

Nita_ - February 26

Piratesmermaid - i'm scared of Neha choking too when it comes to finger foods! But I finally started giving her the gerber puffs about 2 weeks ago or so..the first puff, she was fine, but the next puff she kinda swallowed it whole and gagged! I was scared and didn't give anymore. But then I started to break those puffs into tiny pieces and giving her and she very quickly learned to roll them around in her mouth and then swallow after they melt! I was amazed, now I don't even break them, she's fine with them. I've also started to give her pasta(Really boiled a lot, soft!) and she LOVES the munching around. She's always been watching me and dh chew so I think she figured it out. But go slow and start with puff broken down into 4-5 pieces. Good luck! Neha's turned 8 months today(YEAH!). :)

 

Nita_ - February 26

Oh, and just this mrng, I gave her a bit of egg yolk and she seemed to love it too! And yday some shredded mozzarella cheese. Looks like finger foods aren't that scary anymore (for me at least!). LOL

 

shelly - February 26

Piratesmermaid,i think my ds was born the day after gretchen so they are the same age and im having an issue with this as well. ds gags on anything that isnt puree. ive tried rusks which have been great but i tried a slice of bread and b___ter cut into strips but he bit half of it off with his gums and started gagging. i dont know what else to try. i started using a mesh feeder that my friend sent me[cant get them in the uk]to get him used to different tastes but i want him to have the proper finger foods. i might just carry on with the rusks and wait a while for other finger foods. my health visitor had told me pitta bread in strips is good. banana is supposed to be a good first finger food as well.

 

piratesmermaid - February 26

We tried the gerber wheels a bit of time ago she was 6.5months and she got a tiny piece in her mouth and started choking really really bad. I thought they'd dissolve faster than that, so I just don't know. I don't want her to get behind...

 

piratesmermaid - February 26

Oh yeah, and teeth isn't really a problem. Her third tooth(top right) is halfway in and the fourth (top left) is coming in almost the same time.

 

Brittany - February 26

after reading all of these gabbing responses, it occured to me, maybe they aren't ready. They only need b___stmilk/formula for the first year of life. Hearing about a 6 month old eating a small piece of something just scares me. Even having two front teeth and no back teeth yet, doesn't mean a baby is more ready. I know as an adult, I use my back teeth to chew, babies don't have that. Whatever though, a parent will do what he/she thinks is best. A baby will get used to eating food with practice, but a 6 month old still has time to be a baby, don't make him/her grow up so fast.

 

shelly - February 26

I dont think my ds is ever going to get any teeth lol. yes its scarey starting with the finger foods with the gagging,the choking bit frightens the life out of me. do you get the farleys rusks where you are,they are the only finger food i feel safe with as they are so hard and they have to really suck at them to mush them up and its the only one he can hold properly by himself as they are so big.

 

piratesmermaid - February 26

Yeah, I also wanted to bring this up because we were grocery shopping yesterday and I was looking at the gerber 3rd foods for 8month olds, and Gretchen'll be 8months in about 2weeks, and I know the 2nd foods isn't quite filling her up most of the time anymore. Anyway, I saw the spegetti dinner for 8month olds and it had long chunks of noodle in it and I instantly got this vision of Gretchen choking on it and turning blue! It scared me!

 

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