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post #21 of 40
yep, we pretty much skipped pureed baby food. Letting ds feed himself ensures he can control how much he is eating.
post #22 of 40
we never did purees. we waited til alice was old enough to feed herself and went from there. the thought of spooning liquid food into a baby's mouth just sounded unnatural to me.
post #23 of 40
I dont even do mashed food for my nearly 7 month old. I just cut up chunks and put it in a mesh feeder for her. she loves it. well she loves bannana and mango anyway. I dont give her stuff I eat yet because I had issues with cow milk as a baby and I want to hold off on it for her, yet a lot of what I eat has cow milk in it now :
post #24 of 40
Originally Posted by majikfaerie

and did you know that baby food isn't made with real babies?


post #25 of 40
Well our ped told me that she should have rice cereal before anything else, and me being the paraniod, listen to the doc first time mommy tried that. Well, we dont follow all his advice anymore needless to say...lol...she had terrible reactions(at just barely 6mon), and we stopped that. Then at 8 mon, she had an alergic reaction to the gerber 2nd foods(puree chicken and apples). I had to stop the baby food al together, and bf her for almost 2 weeks. Then found out that her body just can handle the store bought stuff. I started just mashing/pureeing up food for her(peas, sweet poatoes, squash...etc). I couldnt just give her table food chunks cause she just inhaled food everytime she ate so we started with the puree stuff.
Now we are doing a mix, puree(which the stuff I make is a bit thicker than the store bought stuff), and soft small pieces(carrots and peas...etc).
She is 9 mon old on the 2nd, so I figured we could start her on table food since she is getting the pincher grasp down.
I do have a question about table food though-
When do I start it and what kind of meat should I start with?
post #26 of 40
I think it makes sense to introduce solids once your child can feed themselves and eat "real" table food. There's a reason we don't get teeth right away and it takes some time to sit up and grasp food and bring it to the mouth.
post #27 of 40
Guidelines for implementing a baby-led approach to the introduction of solid foods I this approach.

there is good reason to believe that babies are at less risk of choking if they are in control of what goes into their mouth than if they are spoon fed...the action used to suck food off a spoon tends to take the food straight to the back of the mouth, causing gagging. This means that spoon feeding has its own potential to lead to choking – and makes the giving of lumpy foods with a spoon especially dangerous.
post #28 of 40
Very cool, I like it too. Unfortunatly, since I listened to my ped cause he told me she needed to be on baby food when she was younger(think he said that cause she was "underweight"), we are on the mashed peas and sweet potatoes(her favs right now). We have been letting her feed herself, and she is getting much better at grasping and feeding herself. She does get lazy sometimes and grabs my hand and puts it in her mouth.. LOL but I would have loved to try that approach with her. I saved the link for future reference for our next baby.. thanks
post #29 of 40
My ped was who told me to go straight to table foods.... and I love him for it!

Both of my boys ate finger foods as their first foods... and mostly things off of our plates.... They both started at about 9 months (around the time they started to walk) and would only eat a few times a week and got into really eating more often at about 13 months....

We will do the same with this babe...
post #30 of 40
Originally Posted by MamaInTheBoonies
I'm so glad you posted that! I read that back when I was pregnant and it sounded so logical, but I couldn't find it again. What we do is pretty close to what it says, but I'm glad I can read it again anyway.
post #31 of 40
I gave dd rice cereal at 6 months a couple times and she got sweet potatoes and squash baby food some, but all in all it was so much more of a pain than just to nurse that she might have eaten baby food twice a week until she was about 11 months and discovered my spicy green beans. DH snuck her some and she's been crazy about them ever since, go figure. This time around, I'm thinking I'll just skip the baby food and just wait until he/she can eat table food.

Have you ever noticed how much sodium are in the baby food meals like spaghetti, etc??? It's crazy!
post #32 of 40
We used those child-led solids guidelines, and started giving Luka regular food at 6 mos. He's 8 mos. now and eats a good bit of solids- it only took him about 2 weeks to become an effective self feeder. His first food was sweet potato fries.
His fave foods at the moment are cheerios, raisins, rice cakes, beans, peaches, watermelon, bananas, bread, raw broccoli, etc. And mama milk, of course!
Babyfood seems bizarre to me now. I can't imagine pureeing his food, it seems almost insulting since I know how capable he really is of feeding himself.
post #33 of 40
So if a baby is able to hold a pear and put it to thier mouth and suck off a bite, they won't choke? I have been offering my almost 7 mo old small pieces of soft fruit but she hasn't mastered the pincer grasp and doesn't get much in her mouth. I can just give her a larger piece and let her bite/suck off a chunk? She has no teeth. I've waited longer with each kid to offer solids and this approach makes a lot of sense, I'm just so anxious about choking.
post #34 of 40
Originally Posted by hottmama
Babyfood seems bizarre to me now. I can't imagine pureeing his food, it seems almost insulting since I know how capable he really is of feeding himself.
Really! I cant imagine adding that extra work in! Its hard enough to get some food in MY tummy some days! Why do more when you dont have to. I try to keep things simple in all aspects of our life It makes a big difference on my sanity.
post #35 of 40
Originally Posted by Bookworm?
So if a baby is able to hold a pear and put it to thier mouth and suck off a bite, they won't choke?

I don't know about that. I still have to chop up canteloupe and hard fruits for my 2 year old 'cause if I don't she'll get in too much of a hurry, stuff her mouth too full, and start choking.
post #36 of 40
Yeah I wouldnt necessarily do that. I let ds play with the core of a pear once because he was demanding it, and he choked on a small piece. So I make sure to watch him carefully when he's eating anything. I make sure he gets small bits of things. I dont let him eat crunchy things (especially pretzel-like stuff) because he chokes on the crumbs and they seem to scratch his throat. He gets bits of softer stuff, and he LOVES soup, especially split pea.
post #37 of 40
my baby wont eat babyfood anymore.

i think tablefood is ..........scary......

im so afraid he is going to choke all the time.

it freaks me out.

but. i have no choice, he wont let me do babyfood now.

ive enjoyed reading this post
post #38 of 40
With DS I started home made pureed food around 7-8 mos but he had some allergic reactions so I stopped and held off until about a year. By that time he was only eating small bites of food. So he never had much pureed food. He's fine with food now--he's a skinny little guy but he'll try anything. He eats quite a bit but he also has a very fast metabolism and moves all the time.

DD had pureed food for a couple of weeks but she totally prefers real food. She's only 9 mos and sometimes I wonder if I'm giving her too much. She doesn't get much though--just some bites when we are eating. She will not feed herself but she yells for me to feed her when she sees us eating! She LOVES the bites I give her though--I know she wants it.

We NEVER fed either kid baby cereal.
post #39 of 40
Dd is almost 10 months and has never had any baby food. We started giving her tiny tastes of what we were eating starting at around 7-8 months and now she's actually able to eat little tiny bite sized bits of most things. She has five teeth in the front (of course) and has figured out how to gum/chew up front till the food is small enough to swallow I never pureed anything or bought anything pureed. She had a bit of applesauce at a friend's house, but that's about it. She loves to teethe on a whole apple (and the dog loves cleaning up the chunks she leaves on the floor!) and that'll keep her busy for hours. Thankfully our rental has apple trees in the backyard so we get free organic apples :

We went out to a Thai restaurant last night and she had what we had, except we cut it up into tiny bits that she put in her mouth, on the floor, and on her clothes She was happy and sat still through the whole hour long meal too!

love and peace.
post #40 of 40
For pears, peaches, apples, etc. I just slice them as I would for my 3 yr. old or myself, then peel Luka's slices. Peaches are his favorite! He had 2 teeth before he started solids at 6 mos., but I don't think that really matters much. He sometimes chokes a little bit, but he's never had a problem coughing it up if he bites off too big of a chunk. I remember my oldest doing the same thing when he started table foods much later.
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