Soft Cheese

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Nita_ - March 8

When can you give cheese to your lo? my dd is 8 months and i've been thinking of giving her some more finger foods but dont know what kind of cheese to give. All the books I have say soft cheese, what the heck is that? Mozzarella? cheddar? I'm assuming feta, brie and other real 'soft' cheeses shouldnt be given right? They aren't good for pregnant moms so obviously shouldn't be good for little babies??

 

Jennifer28 - March 8

I think you're right - soft cheses like feta, brie and cream cheese (?) aren't safe but I'm not 100% positive. Do a search on Google for soft cheese - I bet that will give you a list longer than your arm. ;)

 

Nita_ - March 8

It does, and that's the problem! I dont know which one of those soft cheeses is actually good for the baby.

 

piratesmermaid - March 8

My guess would be mozzerella. Maybe Monteray Jack? Is that soft? I can't think right now. I know Gretchen's always right behind your dd, Nita! And Gretchen's got the pincher grasp down pat, and I know I could probably start some finger foods now. Maybe test the cheese yourself? So long as it's pasturized, that's the main thing, I'm pretty sure. Just test the consistancy of the cheese before offering your dd some....

 

Nita_ - March 8

I gave her a tiny bit of mozzerella one day when I was making pizza and she seemed to like it. But I wasn't sure if she's old enough to have it or if it was OK to give to her, so didn't give her anymore. Wow, Gretchen's got the pincer grasp already? Neha just points her finger at things to even pick up! So she uses mommy's fingers to finger feed herself. LOL! I hope someone who has older kids can answer my question!

 

austinsmom - March 8

Hi Nita......My lo is 14 months and I think that I started letting him have shredded cheddar, american, and mozzarella at around the 8th month mark. My lo won't really eat it though cause he can smush it with his fingers but if I give it to him he will eat a little. I would stick with shredded though for the time being cause it is so small.......I do recall I gave him cottage cheese that young and he loved it. Mine loved the multigrained cherrios, puffs, small pieces of bread, and biter biscuits at that age when I could get him to eat solids. To help her develop her pincher grasp you could try the puffs broken in half.....that is how I did it ......got the idea here........I then would show him with my fingers how to pick up the pieces and put them in my mouth and it was not long before he had to do it too.......

 

Nita_ - March 8

Thanks so much austinsmom! I'm going to try what you said about the pincer grasp, hopefully she'll get it. As of now, all she does is push it around with her pointed finger until it falls off my palm/cup whatever is holding! It;s funny to watch though. LOL! I have some cheddar at home, am going to try and see if she'll like it. I tried some bread the other day but it was getting all mushed up into lumps of bread which I thought she may choke on! I'm so scared sometimes about these things.

 

Nita_ - March 8

hey that reminded me, piratesmermaid is also scared about Gretchen choking on finger foods. Did you start giving gretchen broken up gerber puffs?

 

austinsmom - March 8

Nita...I put the broken pieces of puffs on his highchair tray and worked with him that way......I felt it was important to always put him in the highchair when it was time to eat so he knows he gets fed there .....so...when he is in the highchair he knows it is time to eat.......now that he is 14 months he goes to the highchair and says "eat" "eat" and wants to be put up there and get fed. Don't feel bad about the worry of choking.....I was terrified (austin is my first and last) and I found the only thing that did not worry me as much when it came to the early food was the puffs broken and the biter biscuits cause they are so hard he just gummed it......if you give her the biter bisquits watch closely cause they can break off (it is rare but happens) take it slow and if you are really worried make sure someone is with you when you give things that worry you so you will have help. Remember with choking ....if they are making noise it is ok and they will work it out but if they are not gagging etc then it is time to really worry cause they cannot breathe and the food is blocking the pa__sages. Girl I just stuck to the puffs in half untill I saw he was chewing really good and played it safe.....

 

Nita_ - March 8

Thanks again austinsmom! The first time I gave puffs, I made sure my dh was with me. She ate one fine and the next one, started to choke/cough. So I didn't give again for a few days and then later started to break the puffs down..unlike you, I went further! I broke EACH petal of puff! LOL! I looked at the biter biscuits and thought there were for bigger kids and also the wagon wheels, they seemed bigger sized too. I feed her cereal and all in her high chair but puffs, I just give in between as something to snack on..i should probably have her play with them as you say on the high chair tray. I rarely use the tray except when we are having dinner (and she didn't sleep yet!), then I put her toy tree (that attaches to the tray) for her to play with. One thing that worries me when I give finger foods on high chair is, if she starts to choke, how am I going to get all those straps loose and get her out in time. hmmm...I worry too much, dont I?

 

austinsmom - March 8

No...... worry is what us mom's do best!!!! I actually did not use the seatbelts around that age I just did not leave his side when he was in the highchair......I did have to grab him up once or twice quickly and so your worry is not unfounded.....your lo will probably not really "eat" the biter bisquits but gum them and chew on it .......it seemed to help my lo with teething pain some and once it got really soft and messy I threw them away........I felt that once the bisquit got in that condition it was more a choking hazard......never had any problem with them though but you never can be too careful huh?

 

Nita_ - March 8

the biscuits helped the teething pain? hmmm i might try them then! My dd has 2 teeth coming out so this might be something I need to try out. High chair with no seat belts...hmm I would be definetly freaked out if I did that! As is I think she might just jump out of it if I let the setting upright rather than inclined! LOL

 

austinsmom - March 8

I always had the tray snapped into the highchair when I did this and actually I do not think my lo knew he was free if he wanted to be....I have never reclined mine either.....we must have vastly differant highchairs? Oh well .....have a good one Nita I have enjoyed conversing with you.... :-)

 

piratesmermaid - March 8

We haven't done the puffs yet nor any other kind of finger food, with getting ready to head back home and all. Probably next weekend we'll try the puffs. She'll be 8months old then......... Yeah, I discovered she was practicing the pincer grasp when I found her crawling around on the floor and she picked up a single cheerio that had fallen from breakfast. She had it between her pointer finger and her thumb and she was just staring at it. I'm very glad she didn't put it in her mouth then!

 

Nita_ - March 8

I enjoyed reading your posts as well austinsmom! Piratesmermaid -- Yeah I read about your move and Gretchen getting into boxes etc! LOL! Hope your drive(am a__suming) goes well!

 

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