So DS2 is nearly a year old, and I really need some creative ideas for solid foods he can feed himself. His favorite foods, hands-down, are cheerios, teething biscuits, and really hard toast (I use ww sourdough peasant loaves from a local bakery, slice and toast, break into pieces, and let them get a bit stale - he can work on one of those pieces for 30 minutes, which is great). In other words, basically, bread. He also likes bananas, especially if I can hold the banana for him and let him nibble off the end. Needless to say, this combination leads quickly to one plugged up kid if we don't vary his intake!
He will sometimes consent to eat soft foods (applesauce, prunes, pureed veggies etc. ) off a spoon, but 90% of the time he wants to do it himself - and yet if you hand him a foodstuff that is neither bread nor banana (e.g. cooked carrots or sweet potato bites, both of which he used to love), he will throw it, smush it, feed it to the dog, or just outright refuse to touch it (he will literally hang out the side of his high chair to get as physically far away as possible!) He is breastfed, and nurses consistently, so I'm not overly worried about his nutrition. And his babysitter is able to spoon-feed him just fine at her house, but she has also remarked on how he refuses to feed himself anything that is not bread (after an initial honeymoon period of self-feeding soft-cooked fruit and veggie bites).
I'm really thinking I need to spark his interest with new foods, but the kid only has 6 teeth, so I'm feeling stymied. For the record, finger foods he has occasionally eaten include cooked carrots, peas, sweet potato, banana and broccoli. What have you tried?