How to Introduce Table Foods to Baby with No Teeth

Updated on April 09, 2008
L.C. asks from Dover, DE
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Our daughter will be 1 year old in May and she only has two teeth. She is fine, just a slow teether. All of my last three have been but I gotta give it to her. She wins as possibly the slowest teether ever.

It is time to start introducing table foods and I am worried about what I can feed her. I want her to have protein, but I am scared to give her meat when she has no grinders. She is too young for nuts, so peanut butter isn't an option.

Any ideas on what I can start her on that will be easy to eat that isn't ground to a pulp?

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answers from Cleveland on

Here is a list of foods other than your meats that have protien and the amounts, just be careful, soy is listed and to much soy can be bad.

Egg, large - 6 grams protein
Milk, 1 cup - 8 grams
Cottage cheese, ½ cup - 15 grams
Yogurt, 1 cup – usually 8-12 grams, check label (yobaby makes toddler friendly yogurt)
Soft cheeses (Mozzarella, Brie, Camembert) – 6 grams per oz
Medium cheeses (Cheddar, Swiss) – 7 or 8 grams per oz
Hard cheeses (Parmesan) – 10 grams per oz
Tofu, ½ cup 20 grams protein
Tofu, 1 oz, 2.3 grams
Soy milk, 1 cup - 6 -10 grams
Most beans (black, pinto, lentils, etc) about 7-10 grams protein per half cup of cooked beans
Soy beans, ½ cup cooked – 14 grams protein
Split peas, ½ cup cooked – 8 grams

also chicken and fish if cut into small pieces and cooked till very tender are going to be much easier to chew without teeth than say beef, and your ground meats are going to be easier to chew as well. good luck

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answers from Lafayette on


I like to use the whole wheat or whole wheat blend pastas. They are so much better for you! You can cook them till tender then add a little sauce that has meat and veggies pureed in it. We also make the Aunt Jemima Whole Wheat Pancakes. My kids love them! You can pinch off small pieces and place a drizzle of syrup across the plate. What fun and it is good co-ordination practice!



answers from Cincinnati on

My son had one tooth when he turned one. (We got ya beat! :) lol) I personally didn't get my first tooth til I was 13 months according to my mom. I fed my son all sorts of stuff, we just cut it up so small that he wouldn't really have to chew it. He did awesome. We stuck to hot dogs and chicken because he didn't really like meat anyways.
My mom said she would go as far as giving me steak and I LOVED it. I would put it in my mouth and gum on it for like 10 minutes, spit the piece out and get a new one. I personally could not bring myself around to do this with my son, but just goes to show that everything is possible I guess.
The gerber graduate meats work but my son HATED them. Once they get a taste of real food they don't like to go back! Best of luck! Use your mommy judgement, you know your child best!



answers from Muncie on

My son just turned a year old and still will not eat table food. All he wants to do is pick it up, play with it and drop it on the floor. He loves to eat his baby jar foos still? Any advice on how to get him to actually eat? I am going to try the things listed above, which were all great ideas :)



answers from Columbus on

I started my daughter on table food at about 10 months. She only had 3 teeth then. She still only had 3 at 12 months. She eats anything we do. I tried for awhile to cut up her foods, & she kept grabbing for the food before it was cut. She does just fine with everything. She has even tried eating carrot sticks & apple slices. She actually does better when I leave it whole for her. Just because there are no teeth back there, doesn't mean that they can't grind things with their gums. Some things take long, sure, but they can do it.


answers from Columbus on


Any day now, my little guy will get his first teeth in.

...And I've been saying that for three months now. He's nine months and those pearly whites are still hidden. So I'm with ya on lack of table food ideas.

My sister in law is a vegetarian and uses various beans in yogurt with her one-year old. Plenty of protien. The softer bean the better.

My Sam is still a little gaggy, so I'm feeding him the biter biscuits (total mess) and something called Baby Mum-mums which are a rice husk thingy. This is all in-between the jars of baby food. Your little girl is probaby beyond the melt away stuff by now though.

Good luck to your family and Happy Birthday to your 2 year old!!



answers from Fort Wayne on

You can give her anything! Just make sure that it's in littly tiny pieces. If she does happen to swallow it whole, it needs to be small enough that it will go down easily. Chicken breast is really tender and easy to chew. Pasta is a good one too. Most kids don't even use their front teeth to chew anyway. My dd has three teeth on the top and bottom and she still uses her gums for everything!

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