J.S. asks from Lake Orion, MI on December 07, 2008
What Do I Feed My Daughter??
Hi Mamas, I am asking another question about what to feed my daughter. I dont know why I struggle with this but my daughter is 11 months old. So far she takes a bottle, I breast fed until age 6 months, she also was eating the Earths Best baby food. All veggies, meats, and fruits. I just started a month ago giving her some finger foods, like fruit, cheese, crackers, etc. NOW all of a sudden she is pushing the baby food away and only wants to eat cheese and bannanas! I dont like this because I felt like she was getting all her fruits veggies and protien with the baby food. I am still giving her four bottles a day of 7 oz. so I know she is getting the nutrients. But soon I am going to start milk and start to take away bottles and I am at a loss as what is good to feed her now. Any suggestions of healthy finger foods that is not bananna, apples, or cheese and crackers??? Sorry this is so long! J.
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A.K. answers from Detroit on December 08, 2008
Anything in small bites is good. My son is also 11 months. He eats Cheerios, puffs, chicken, brocoli, carrots, peppers, rice (harder to pick up), noodles, animal & graham crackers, grapes, blueberries, peas (even though they are not his favorite :-). You have so many options. Just make everything small.
B.B. answers from Detroit on December 08, 2008
hot dogs (sliced length wise into quarters then diced into smaller pieces about 1/4 inch wide), spaggetti,( cut up into smaller pieces, and have a bath planned), Mac and cheese (cut up into smaller pieces)
Does she have any teeth? You could try diced up chicken and see if she can handle it yet...
Ravioli (small ones diced into 6 pieces)
apple chunks, peach chunks, pretty much anything that gets softish when introduced to a mouth. :-)
L.G. answers from Detroit on December 08, 2008
try other fruits, like berries, any veggies cooked soft, tortillas with cream cheese folded up, scrambled eggs, overcooked noodles...
L.O. answers from Detroit on December 08, 2008
At 11 months she can eat just about anything... feed her what you are eating..
Canned veggies are great right from the can. Or steam veggies extra extra well done and give her those..
Pasta and rice are great. small pieces of chicken turkey or ground beef.
Many babies are off baby food long before 1 year old..
Just put small pieces of soft food on her high chair tray and let her eat..
D.S. answers from Detroit on December 13, 2008
Ha! All I can do is laugh (sorry, don't mean it in a bad way), but it sounds like your 11 month old is exhibiting signs of rebellious toddlerhood already! Really, food is not something you should waste energy battling over. As long as your child is eating healthy foods (bananas and cheese are great!) it is totally fine if that's all she eats 24/7. Just keep introducing new foods along with her favorite and one of these days she'll surprise you and only want to eat pb&j!
At that age, my boys loved yogurt, too...
N.W. answers from Detroit on December 08, 2008
At 10 mos my daughter was eating only "table" food. She refused baby food. Give her what you eat.
My daughter is now 13 mos and loves fruit, canned and fresh, esp. grapes, cheese, crackers, chicken, spagetti (buy the bowties, rotini, mac so you don't have to cut), all types of veggies...just cut everything small and don't be discouraged.
H.H. answers from Detroit on December 08, 2008
It looks like you have been getting some great responses and I just wanted to add that part of the problem is probably that the jar baby food is pretty bland and now that she has gotten a taste of the good stuff she doesn't want to go back. One of the things that my daughter loved at this age (and still does) was avocado. I would just dice it small for her and I read a tip that if it is hard to pick up you can roll it in crushed cheerios for extra grip. We only did this once because it was kind of a hassle. Anyway, she loved that. We were giving our daughter just about everything that we were eating, just in small pieces, and she eats tons of different things now. She is not picky at all. Just remember to be careful about choking hazards, example be sure to cut grapes. I would cut them lengthwise and then into small pieces. You could even start by giving a chunky puree of table foods and slowly graduating to finger foods. Good luck!
H.S. answers from Detroit on December 20, 2008
Don't worry about her wanting regular food! My daughter (now 20 months) refused to eat more than 2 or 3 tiny spoonfuls of baby-food. I started giving her teeny tiny pieces of food off of my plate (at 6 months old) and she did fine ... she's now 25, almost 26 pounds. She may like adult hamburger or spaghetti a lot better than the jarred stuff, I mean, let's face it, that jarred baby food smells almost as bad as the cat food I feed my cats. lol
N.A. answers from Lansing on December 07, 2008
Advocados, pasta, cooked carrots, cooked green beans, grapes cut up into at least 8 pieces per grape, anything you are feeding her in baby food just cook it and cut it into tiny pieces.
D.N. answers from Detroit on December 08, 2008
This may sound strange, but my girls loved liverwurst when they were that age. I would buy a big chunk of it, unsliced and cut it into bite-sized cubes.
Their second favorite were cucumbers.
We had a little food grinder and whatever we had for our meals, the girls got the same thing, only ground up so that they could eat it. I'm sure the home-cooking was more appealing than the babyfood, as they never refused to eat.