Originally Posted by MsDolphin
DS has 3 (maybe 4) top teeth coming in at one time. The bottom 2 have been there a while.
He doesn't eat alot at meal time (stage2 baby food) and the doctor said to supplement with formula. But I am wondering if he is just ready for "real" table food, not the baby food? Anyone have thoughts? This is my first child and I think I am nervous about what kind of table foods to give him. He has had small bites of table food, but not enough t be a meal.
Both my kids were different when it comes to eating at this stage. Em ate baby food for a long time. Loved it. But I think even with her, by 10 months or so she was eating table food. Ozzy only ate baby food for like two weeks, he just wasn't that into it, and he has been eating table food ever since (he started solids a bit late at 7 months, has been eating table food since before he was 8 months).
A baby's stomach is the size of his fist. I think a lot of people worry about not feeding enough, but they are giving HUGE portions. A little bit of food goes a long way with them. The key is frequent feeding. Offer five (SMALL) meals a day, if you can. He may devour some of the meals, and some he may do nothing more than throw it on the floor. Just keep offering at fairly regular intervals. There are two minds about this, but I've found that relatively regular meal times work well for babies/toddlers.
What to feed him-- are you still introducing and checking for allergies? [standard advice-- any new food, wait 3-5 days to see if there's a reaction before doing another new food]. Ozzy just finished with being introduced to all the "allergenic" foods (strawberries, peanut butter, shellfish, eggs, etc). If you have a history of allergies talk to your ped, but if you don't I don't think you have to worry about introducing anything, just follow the spacing of a few days and watch for any signs of allergies. Only thing that is really a NO for any baby at this age, is honey-- risk of botulism under a year.
Stuff that I feed Ozzy:
Any kind of fresh fruit-- if it's soft I just give it to him, something harder like apples I either steam until it's soft, or cut it up very small (cheerio-sized).
Veggies-- same as fruit
Grains-- cheerios and other "grain" cereals, toast cut into thin strips (with butter, peanut butter, cheese melted on top, etc), pasta noodles (with a little bit of sauce or just a little butter)-- I tend to stick with small rotini or elbow pasta, easier for him to grab and eat-- and rice on occasion. I try to stick with whole grain for everything, but it won't ruin his life if he has some non-whole-grain mac and cheese at his great-grandma's house or something.
Dairy-- cheese, yogurt, just cut the cheese up small
Protein-- any cooked meat you eat, cut it up small enough to swallow (cheerio-sized). babies normally don't need a whole lot of meat, if they get protein from dairy (include your breastmilk if you're nursing) and whole grains
Once all the foods are introduced, you can get creative with things... really usually you can try to give the baby anything ya'll are eating for meals, just cut it up small if you're worried. Most kids are really into self-feeding at this stage with their fingers (god knows they want to self-feed any speck of crap they can find on the floor).
Good teething snack for this time of year: Cut up a watermelon into thin strips like little shoestring french fries, freeze them (spread out on a cookie sheet, and then throw them in a freezer bag), serve frozen. Both my kids are nuts for frozen watermelon and it helps teething when nothing else does.
Good website: http://wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com/ always good for ideas and info on what specific foods work for kids, plus if anything is known to be allergenic.
So... there's my Food Novel. LMAO.