L.M. asks from Katy, TX on June 05, 2008
R.T. answers from El Paso on July 31, 2008
Start letting him use the spoon. It won't be perfect and it will be messy. Steamed veggies are good if they are toothless.
N.F. answers from Albuquerque on June 09, 2008
Give him a spoon now. He won't really use it correctly, but I think he should have a spoon and a sippy cup at meals right now.
I recommend pasta cooked til it's really soft, english peas that have been squished, rice, mashed sweet potatos.
A. answers from Houston on June 06, 2008
Avacadoes, extra firm tofus cut up into small cubes are also a great source of so many good things that babies and everyone needs. You'll find it in your produce refrigerated section. Don't be intimidated by it, and don't pass your preconception of the item onto your child's virgin palettes. Steamed veggies cut up into small cubes or pieces. All these things should carry your child well through their 2 &3 years old. Just bc they push it away once, you need to try giving it to them again at least 10 times b4 you should concede that they do not like it. Your child is still very young, do not fall into the trap that "oh, my child is a picky eater". No, they are only picky if you allow them to become picky. Don't shy away from introducing new things and always continue to do so. Your child does not know what's available, only you can control that. So always try to be inventive and think outside of the norm so that your child will benefit. If you raise a "picky" eater, you are setting them up for a life of mac & cheese, chicken nuggets, pizzas, hamburgers, french fries and that can only lead to child hood obesities. Not good, you do not want to go down that route. Take what you offer your child very seriously. Don't take the attitude that "oh, my hb is not home today so I don't really have to cook". No you need to cook for your child. Sorry for the rant, but too many moms out there think that this is not an important subject. And I look around my son's school and see so many "fast food" raise children who are so fat and out of shape and so are thier parents. And kids missing school all the time bc their sick. Both my kids were at school everyday this past school year. Good luck and don't fall into the trap.
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C.B. answers from Houston on June 06, 2008
We gave our 13 month old table food about 2 months ago. I make her food seperately, putting less sauce or whatever on hers. I also smash it with a fork or cut it into small pieces. You can let him feed himself with his hands. If you eat something that can be cubed, let him try and pick it up. Don't give him the spoon until 2. :)
J.R. answers from San Antonio on June 05, 2008
There's a book called "Mommy Made and Daddy Too: Home Cooking for a Healthy Baby & Toddler" (Martha Kimmel, David Kimmel, Suzanne Goldenson) it has lots of good and easy ideas and recipes, I know they have it at Borders and I think at Target too. Also there's a cute thing called the "Baby Bistro Box" that's like a recipe box, but I think that's a little more expensive.
J.M. answers from Austin on June 06, 2008
This might sound odd but my daughter LOVES miso soup with tons of tofu. It started when she was really little and ate some tofu from our soup. when we go to a sushi place we order her a bowl of rice and miso w/ extra tofu. You can make this at home. The asian market off 183/mcNeil/Spicewood springs sells miso. She still likes it better from the resturant better including the rice.
I also have these spinach bites you can get at Costco and she loves them.
Good luck. It's hard! :)
K.H. answers from Houston on June 09, 2008
My son is 9 months old and I don't even give him baby food anymore. My pedi told me when i asked about switching from 2's to 3s on the baby food to skip over them because they are used of sucking the food off the spoon and when you give them 3s alot of the time the will choke because of the chunks in the food. I give him pretty much everything we eat for dinner now. When I first started out giving him "real" food though, I would do like the little sausages that you can get in the jars for toddlers, with green beans and mashed potatoes or something like that. As far as the spoon I would go ahead and let him start using it. What I always do is feed my son most of his food then let him try to feed himself after I think he is almost done. At first you are going to want to take his clothes off because they get very messy. He will probably need a bath afterwards. Hope this helps.
P.S. Make sure to have a camera he will be making alot of cute expressions trying to figure out what to do.
B.M. answers from Laredo on June 06, 2008
I have 11 month old twin girls. The LOVE this recipe. Hope it helps. I sometimes give them a spoon but they really just play with it and eat the food with their hands. Why not? :)
1 box of macaroni
1 box of velveeta cheese
1 1/2 jar of Alfredo sauce
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp garlic
1 tsp toni creole seasoning
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp italian seasoning
1 cup grated mixed cheese
1 can vegetable broth
1 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 1/2 cup milk
Boil water with vegetable broth and seasoning. After water is rolling boil, add macaroni until soft. Put half of macaroni in bowl with alfredo sauce and mix up.Leave other half in pan and add cubed velveeta in with hot noodles along with milk and seasoning. Add to large cake pan and mix in the noodles with alfredo sauce. Make sure there is enough milk to cover bottom of bowl when the cheese melts. Add bread crumbs and grated cheese to the top and put in oven on 350* for about 30 minutes or until it is bubbly and melted.
A.L. answers from Austin on June 06, 2008
Hi, my name is A., I have 3 children of my own. I would gave my children a spoon at 6 months. Granted they played with it, but it also help them learn what to do with it. So, I would say give your beautiful blues a spoon now. As, far as for meal I loved the baby food. I was in now rush to get them off of that.
D.B. answers from Killeen on June 05, 2008
My son was a very "healthy" eater. I started with easy to swallow foods like rice with peas and carrots and mashed potatoes. I started out very slowly with the spoon because I am overly cautious. Each child is different and can be ready for a spoon at different times. The only way to find out is to test it. If they aren't ready they either spit it out or you may have to sweep their mouth with a finger and give them some water. My son started solid "real" food at six months (just the rice and mashed potatoes), then moved on to more foods by about one or two a month. I kept it spaced out in case he had an allergies to foods and/or to give him time to adjust to the changes in the style of eating. Hope this helps.