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My DS is very interested in solid foods. He grabs and whines whenever I eat a meal, I have been able to distract him with spoons and cups but it's not working so well now. He can sit unassisted, and is capable of self feeding.<br><br>
My question is, how do I let him self feed? Is he too young? I am afraid of him choking as he has no teeth to chew his food. Would I be better off pureeing food and spoon feeding him? When do I start to let him self feed? I just don't see how that works when he doesn't have any teeth and wont have a lot of teeth for awhile.
 

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Have you seen those little mesh things with the handle? You can put bananas and things like that in them and let them chew it through the mesh... i'll see if i can find a link...<br><br><br>
Okay here's one <a href="http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2404768" target="_blank">http://www.toysrus.com/product/index...ductId=2404768</a><br><br>
But there's lots of different kinds. I think we have a Munchkin one. Try putting some banana or avocado in it and see if he likes it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><br>
Here is Hendrix enjoying his: <a href="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v519/Sheepnumber97245/banana.jpg" target="_blank">http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v5...245/banana.jpg</a>
 

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Awesome, Thanks!<br><br>
That looks like it works really well.
 

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I found these sites useful when I was heading down this road with DD:<br><a href="http://babyledweaning.blogware.com/" target="_blank">http://babyledweaning.blogware.com/</a><br>
and<br><a href="http://www.borstvoeding.com/voedselintroductie/vast-voedsel/rapley-guidelines.html" target="_blank">http://www.borstvoeding.com/voedseli...uidelines.html</a><br><br>
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or <a href="http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/finger-foods.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/so...ger-foods.html</a>
 

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My dd was ready at 5.5 mos. She was grabbing food off our plates and objecting that she did not get to partake.<br><br>
We started with things that she could handle - avocados were a great early food, and bananas.<br><br>
Before long, though, we were sharing whatever we were eating with her. She was very curious and met all the milestones to be supposedly able to self-feed - great pincer grasp, sitting up without difficulty, etc.<br><br>
However, she still had some choking issues at times. While this is controversial, we just pureed her food whenever we were worried about it. It worked perfectly. We let her self-feed, with her hands or with implements if she wanted (she preferred hands until she was a bit older, say past a year old). Honestly, it was very easy, and though I took some criticism here on MDC (i.e. "your child can't possibly be ready for solids or can't actually be meeting the milestones if she ever chokes and you decide to puree; you shouldn't puree"), I just ignored it.<br><br>
Also, she sometimes WANTED a little help, so we would feed her a bit of avocado with a spoon, but watching to see if she wanted more or not. We still followed her cues, even if she wanted to be spoon-fed occasionally. (Normally she preferred to self-feed, but there were phases as there are to all things with babies.)<br><br>
We let her self-feed and pureed where we felt it was necessary. It was so easy. Good luck & have fun with it!
 

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here are some pictures of my ds's first "meal" at 6 months<br><br><a href="http://tristandavid.blogspot.com/2008/04/sweet-potatoes.html" target="_blank">http://tristandavid.blogspot.com/200...-potatoes.html</a><br><br>
he did great. he had been grabbing and stealing since about 4.5 months, but aside from the occasional piece of bread or something, we held off til 6 months. hes 9 months now, and is a little piggy. he eats what we eat. we help him with stuff like soup and applesauce and that kind of stuff, but hes a pro now. hes never really had baby food
 

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I agree with Romana. If you feel that your baby is ready and you have tried to placate him with other things and it's not working. . .let him try! He probably will have more fun than anything. I personally love it when my kids started feeding themselves, because they stay busy for such a long period of time trying to get the food in. Then you just clean up the mess and move on to other things. Just make sure the bites are small enough, your baby isn't going to choke on something the size of a cheerio, he might gag or whatnot, but can't possibly choke. The item actually has to be able to block his airway. So once again, make sure what you are allowing him to grab is small enough! Have fun and take pictures!!!
 
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