B.M. asks from Chandler, AZ on May 18, 2008
Finger Foods for a 9 Month Old
Hi! I have a 9 month old son that is just starting on finger foods. He has mastered the little Gerber star puffs, and can pick up any little thing on the floor to stick in his mouth, ha ha, so I want to try to get him feeding himself a little bit. I need some ideas of what are good things to try. The Gerber Graduates things are SO expensive for what you're getting, so I wanted to try some regular foods with him that if he turns his nose up at them we can still eat them so they won't go to waste. Any suggestions? Thanks for any help you can provide!
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S.P. answers from Phoenix on May 19, 2008
Del Monte or grocery store brand canned veggies (no salt version) are easy and convenient. Normally the canned veggies are too high in sodium for babies, but these are just like what you get from Gerber, but in a big can which you can save the rest for another day or feed to the rest of the family. They are great to have on hand when dinner is on the table and what do we feed the baby!
C.S. answers from Phoenix on May 19, 2008
One of the best finger foods is puffed rice cereal. Millet puffs are also good, and really teach fine motor development, since they are ever so tiny! Both the rice and millet are soft and dissolve in babies' mouths very quickly, and not likely to cause any allergies. Any soft food, such as avocado or cooked sweet potato cubes, works great too, tho a bit messy, but hey, that's what bibs and water are for! ;)
B.B. answers from Tucson on May 19, 2008
My kids pretty much ate whatever we were eating. I liked getting the cans of diced potatoes, manderine oranges, canned peaches, spaghetti, mac & cheese, etc. I also gave my little ones goldfish and cheerios. I agree that vienna sausages are a great option too. You just have to keep an eye on how he does with different foods. I had one of my children who used to steal food off my plate when I wasn't looking and gum EVERYTHING to death.
H.K. answers from Phoenix on May 19, 2008
A few ideas I used with my 10 mo. old daughter when I was starting her out - now she eats great - pretty much what we have she'll have (w/o seasoning) -
* shredded cheese
* cottage cheese
* cooked & cooled peas
* over cooked pasta
* finely shredded chicken & fish
* over cooked veggies - potatoes,yams,broccoli,cauliflower, zucchini,carrots, etc....
* hard boiled or cooked egg yolk
* cut up ripe pears,bananas,mango,etc...
* whole grain bread (in chunks)
* whole grain "Joe's O's" from Trader Joe's (or Cheerios)
There are some great books out there too with really good recipies for getting your little one used to "big kid" food :)
T.A. answers from Phoenix on May 18, 2008
Here are some to try - I started giving these to my little guy around that time:
- boiled egg (yolk only)
- small pieces of soft chicken or diced up lunch meat
- any vegetables that you either want to boil or by canned and dice up (carrots, green beans, potatoes, pinto beans)
- fruit cup or again canned fruit just make sure the pieces are small (doctors say to avoid citrus, corn, strawberries because they are high allergen)
- if you grill any veggies you can dice them up
Hope this gives you a start!
K.G. answers from Phoenix on May 19, 2008
My girls always started out with little cut up bites of watermelon, bananas, peas, soft bites of sweet potato, grapes cut into 1/4s, soft bites of carrots. Just make sure everything is cut up really small and give one at a time for a couple of days to make sure there are no allergies. I also remember buying one of those safe feeder things (one step ahead catalog and Babies R Us sells them) and I would freeze bananas and put them in there and my daughter would go crazy with it! She LOVED it! If you look on Baby Center they have a lot of good suggestions too. Have fun!
B.C. answers from Phoenix on May 19, 2008
I use to do cheerios, sliced cheese cut up into small peices, bananas, soft fruit, noodles, soft veggies like green beans or carrots.
D.P. answers from Tucson on May 19, 2008
You can give your child anything you would eat cut into tiny pieces at this point. For snacks I liked to give my son cheerios and Kix cereals dry. He also loved veggies liked cooked corn cooled to a luke warm temp and peas, carrots, potatoes, macaroni and cheese where the macaroni is a little overcooked, I gave him pasta (any kind), Lasagna was his favorite at that age. You just have to make sure what you give him is cut up into small pieces and such. My child had a lot of his teeth at that age too, so, I think anything that can be gummed is good if there are no teeth
G.A. answers from Phoenix on May 19, 2008
Gerber graduates has the mini meat sticks.... so an equivilent to those would be the vienna sausages. They are small enough for the hands and fall apart easy so as less a choking hazzard than hot dogs.
T.D. answers from Phoenix on May 18, 2008
Now is a good time to start introducing him to whatever you normally eat. I cut up whatever we are eating into pea-sized pieces and place them on the high chair while we are eating dinner. I do it every night whether he eats it or not. Eventually they will eat more and more of it. You can also shred your food in a food processor and give him shredded chunks that way--kind of as if it were "pre-chewed". You want to get him used to what you eat so that he doesn't have a hard transition when he is older.