B.T. asks from Lewisville, TX on January 04, 2010
Healthy Finger Food
Ok I feel like this is a dumb question but I have a daughter that is almost a year old and is not taking to the jar food anymore. She only has two bottom teeth so I'm not sure what would be safe to feed her. She does love cheerios and we found some wheat cheetos. But would like to try more nutritious ideas. Anything would be great. Thanks in advance.
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J.T. answers from Dallas on January 05, 2010
My son always liked to eat cooked red beans and black beans. Also, avocado is great too! It's nutritious and its firm enough for a finger food, but soft and creamy enough for a little one to eat on her own. Very cooked vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower are usually a good choice too.
G.A. answers from Dallas on January 05, 2010
My daughter did not have teeth until she was 15 mos old. She gummed everything anyway, even meat.Fresh is best, if she can not eat it so hard cook a little but today veggies do not need to be cooked to soft. The more we cook the more we lose what we need in the food. Canned food is the last of the three to serve. Too much salt or sugar. Frozen is next in line with fresh. She should have a ton of to chose from. At some point some children become picky but let her try it. She needs to be limited to new foods so you can see if she is allergic one at a time but try it all. G. W
L.S. answers from Dallas on January 05, 2010
J.R. answers from Dallas on January 05, 2010
Hi B.! Looks like you got some great suggestions and ideas already but I wanted to add that I would give my daughter pieces of sliced deli meat. Have them cut it pretty thin. I would also back chicken and give her, essentially, shredded chicken, as well as hard boiled eggs.
Another good one that you may want to test, is a grilled cheese. Most of the time I would even add a slice of turkey or whatever. I would change it up but my daughter really loves a grilled cheese with munster cheese and turkey. :)
Have you tried small pieces of avocado? I would also do small pieces of oranges. (When she was really teething and in pain, we would let her gum orange slices in the bath to cut down on the mess lol)
Feel free to message me if you need anymore ideas! Good luck!
K.B. answers from Dallas on January 05, 2010
At age one, babies are allowed to eat most anything. Just be sure that it is cut up into small pieces and don't leave them unattended while they are eating. Most any fruit or vegetable that is cut into small pieces and soft - potato, sweet potato, carrots, peas, banana, cooked apple, etc. I would make meatloaf that had grated veggies in it and feed my children small bites. In the baby food aisle, they have lots of junior foods. They are kind of pricey, but might give you some ideas. Also, in the cereal aisle, you will find some unsweetened cereals like wheat puffs or corn puffs.
V.B. answers from Dallas on January 05, 2010
Avacado, cooked pears, banana, sweet potato, steamed squash, peas, green beans, etc. Small bite of chicken and just watch her. My 11 months old granddaughter loved it all and is the best eater now, even salad and she is 27 months old. Try it-she may like it or maybe next time you give it to her. Just go slow and enjoy.
One thing I caution you about that I saw below-gummie treats are very bad for thier teeth as it is sticky and has sugar. I was a dental assistant and it is to be avoided as well as juice, unless you water it down to 1:3 or 1:4 ratio with water. If they have a bottle at night, be sure and hold them as the milk stays on their teeth and gums at night and isn't a good thing either.
A.O. answers from Dallas on January 04, 2010
we did mixed veggies, well cooked. He even liked them leftover. I would make a good portion, steam them til super soft, give him a few, then save the rest.
Bananas and super ripe, peeled pears, shredded cheese...hmmm, I will think some more and repost!
B.C. answers from Dallas on January 06, 2010
TUFU - I give my 1.5yr daughter cubed tofu spritzed with BRAGG's Liquid Amino Acids. Bragg's taste's like Soy Sauce, but is really just pure Amino Acids, which are awesome for all of us. We use it in place of Soy Sauce on everything. I buy the tofu pre-cubed in the Produce section and only lightly drain it, so that she gets some H2O intake with it. Evie loves it and can easily gum down with only a few teeth. The already cubed is firm, but you could buy softer and cut it yourself if you want it easier for her starting out. You can find Bragg's at any health food store, Sprouts, Whole Foods, or local smaller ones.
SWEET POTATOES - cube and steam them, they are very soft and she can finger eat.
HARDBOILED EGG YOLK - is also a great choice. Egg allergies are usually to the White part, strangely, so our allergist okayed the yolk just lightly crumbled and Evie loved it just plain!
AVOCADO - cubed is awesome too, as long as your Pedi/Allergist okays it. Just plain, and cubed.
RIPE BANANA - just sut into bits
PASTA & RICE - Well cooked
Will let you know if I think of more...
M.S. answers from Dallas on January 05, 2010
There is a great book about what to feed a baby when, including nutritional information and when to introduce different textures. I highly recommend it.
I always gave my kids whatever I was eating and they are really great eaters now at ages 6 and 4.
Peace and Joy,
V.T. answers from Dallas on January 05, 2010
once they are one they can eat anything but honey i think. you've had great suggestions. don't get carried away with how small to make each little piece. they can eat more than you think. when my girls were one i was starting to give them some of whatever i made for dinner. a piece of bread, the veggies, chicken cut up, noodles. their gums are pretty tough.