D.W. asks from Jackson, MI on March 08, 2008
Finger Foods - Jackson, MI
My son is 7 months old now and we feed him Gerber 1 and 2 foods and rice and oatmeal. I want him to start finger foods but he doesn't have any teeth yet so I'm hesitant to give him crackers or something like that. Does anyone have any suggestions? I've tried mashed bananas and he spit it out and Ive heard of mashed potatoes but I want to hear some suggestions before I take on the mess. Thanks!
So What Happened?™
Thank you everyone for all the great advice! I actually have one of those mesh nets! I bought it a long time ago and forgot about it but I found it and he does use it a little. I tried the can mixed veggies and he just mashed them with his hands. He did like the carrots but I had to put them in his mouth..lol
I wont rush it. Hes just starting to kinda reach for our food now so im thinking another month we'll try again more often. He also started drinking out of his Nuby cup. Those are great and he was so proud of himself. Thanks again for all the great advice!!
D.M. answers from Wilmington on March 10, 2008
It's nice to see another D.!! Anthing mashed up is fine, and any of the crackers made for babies are good also, becasue they're made to crumble up with just a little bit of gumming. My daughter used to like the Gerber veggie/fruit puffs. Have fun!
A.W. answers from Charlotte on March 10, 2008
I would think you will be fine giving him something that can desolve in his mouth, like crackers or something soft
A.D. answers from Nashville on March 10, 2008
Like you, I was really apprehensive about starting any kind of foods that weren't the consistency of baby food... I started out with this little stars - they come in all flavors - sweet potato, banana, corn, etc. and they melt in their mouths. Also, Cheerios work really well too. Sweet potatoes and green peas make really good mushy pick-up foods as well.
I also bought this solid food feeders that look like a pacifier with a mesh pocket. These are GREAT to put any solids in that you're worried about - and a wonderful way to introduce fruits and veggies. I put everything in them and my son could suck the juices out - melons, citrus, veggies.
C.H. answers from Parkersburg on March 09, 2008
I know the gerber fruit & veggie puffs are wonderful fingerfoods... they turn to mush almost instantly. They worked for our little guy
N.G. answers from Fayetteville on March 12, 2008
D., the mess is coming whether you like it or not. I suggest plastic mats for the carpet, magic erasers for the walls and large bibs that catch food for the clothing. My son was a super messy eater...actually, he still is messy! You may want to try giving your son unsalted corn on the cob. My mom gave it to me, and I gave it to my kids. They like to suck on the natural juices that come out. You can try cutting the niblets off with a knife and giving him just the cob. That will get him comfortable with holding food in his hand (it's just the right size). It's also great for teething babies. Good luck!
A.B. answers from Charlotte on March 09, 2008
I also have a son who is 7 months old (July 26 also named Nicholas, different spelling though!!) and I make his own food, but I also have a 22 month old little girl, and I wouldn't rush the finger foods just yet. Teeth aren't always a must in order to eat certain finger foods. Gerber makes these veggie and fruit puffs which melt in your mouth and plain cheerios do too. I wouldn't rush on to crackers just yet, they do make certain cracker/cookie like foods for little guys like our boys - Biter Biscuit, or Zweiback also by Gerber are good ones to try. Careful when giving it to him as some of the crumbs that he will bite off might cause him to choke/cough. Always sit with him when he has one until he is older and is use to eating those. As he gets his pincer grasp going then you start with the small finger foods. Remember no raw vegetables until after a year, you can do cook soft carrots and other soft veggies as he gets older, but again, there is no rush on any of this! If you want look into making his own food, not that I'm against buying food, b/c I did with my first, but it's so much fun, easy, quick and way cheaper than buying those little jars of food. I do have a small stash of baby jars when we happen to go out somewhere or in case I don't have a particular vegetable or fruit that is not in season. If you're interested in making his food, email me and I will gladly suggest some books or give you any advice in how to start. Again don't rush to the finger foods just yet, baby steps when it comes to food, as the lactation center told me it's not about stuffing him with foods as it is introducing the different foods there are and the different textures. Mamas milk (or formula) is the priority before the foods. And if you're worried that you don't have time, believe me it takes as much time as it does to cook and clean up after your dinner to make his food. I will usually pick a vegetable that we are eating, and make more than what we would normally consume, and after dinner take what is left over and throw it in the food processor and within a minute I have pureed vegetable of choice. It's going to be so much fun as he gets older and we can start to combine vegetables and I can throw most of whatever we don't eat and he'll have dinner or lunch for several days! Check out http://www.wholesomebabyfood.com/ for some great tips/ideas etc...
Hope that helps!
S.M. answers from Raleigh on March 09, 2008
I liked all of the canned vegetables. They are all soft and gummable. Greenbeans, carrots, peas. Have fun!
M.W. answers from Raleigh on March 09, 2008
I have three children, and from my personal experience with three vastly different personalities, I have always gone by the rule, you can start "finger foods" when your child has started to crawl. I wouldn't recommend offering or suggesting finger foods until you have a crawler. In fact my daughter crawled at six months and she never touched table food until she was a year! She spit it out.
There is a correlation between crawling and eating and I would hate to have your child choke on even smashed bananas (yes, it happens). Really, there is no hurry. They grow up fast enough, trust me! ...every child is vastly different, all three of mine are.
Enjoy spooning him his foods and once he's ready, get him going on smashed table foods.
It's really risky at seven months to go further. Seek advice from your pediatrician too. They're very helpful.
I am actually very shocked after having just read so many "helpful" responses to be anything but! You have a 7 month old infant! This is a little baby. Please Do NOT give him cheerios or crackers! I can understand the mesh food net that they gnaw on, but certainly those Gerber "puffs" are FOR CRAWLERS, please read the labels and warnings. PLEASE, before you offer this baby anything.
K.H. answers from Charlotte on March 09, 2008
Those biter cookies by Gerber are great for now. They are extremely hard, so he'll mostly suck on them and make a big old mess, but he will have fun AND get used to something of substance in his mouth.
K.G. answers from Raleigh on March 09, 2008
Don't worry about no teeth. The front ones they get first are very little use for them for eating solids anyways.
Like others have suggested, just start small and soft. Cheerios, Gerber puffs, fruits, veggies, bread. I stay away from the bitter biscuits because my daughter gets chunks of them off (but she has teeth).
Good luck and have fun! Don't worry about the mess either...no matter what or when, they will get messy. :)
A.A. answers from Greensboro on March 09, 2008
Gerber and Beechnut both make little puffy snacks that look almost like cheerios. Some are star shaped, some heart shaped. They melt very quickly in baby's mouth and don't clump like crackers. I think they come in either banana or sweet potato flavors. My eight month old LOVES them! If you use small cut up pieces of fruit that are slippery, try coating them in dry rice cereal of groung wheat germ. Slippery stuff could slip right in to baby's airway. Most importantly, baby isn't ready for finger foods until he tries to chew or gum them when in his mouth. If he's pushing his tongue foward, pushing the food out, he probably isnt ready developmentally. Good luck with the mess:)