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My 8-month-old eats and eats and eats and gets mad when I say "all done!" I make 95% of the food he eats. He can eat more than one cup of pureed baby food in one sitting. I feed him solids three times a day, and breastfeed 4 or 5 times a day. He weighs about 21 or 22 pounds, and is pleasantly filled out but not excessively chubby.<br><br>
All the books I've read say something like, "Your baby will know when he is full and turn away," but I don't see my baby doing that. Any thoughts?
 

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you are feeding him WAYYYYYY too much. at 8 months most of his food should be breastmilk. spoonfeeding him pureed food is a good way to overfeed him. you should nurse before offering food and only give him tablefood that he can feed himself.
 

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My son is 8.5 months old, and he too has a voracious appetite. He literally will eat until he throws up. I posted about it a few weeks ago, and I didn't get much advice. Basically feed them until they are full, regardless of how much they eat.<br><br>
One thing that I've done in the last week, though, is to feed him in larger pieces. If I feed him apples, for instance, I'll give him 1/4 of the apple now instead of itty pieces. He seems better able to self-manage with bigger pieces. Since doing this, he hasn't thrown up any. I think the smaller pieces were just too easy to shovel in faster than his hunger sensors could catch up.
 

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Hi, thanks for the replies so far. I have never given him anything other than breastmilk and pureed baby food, because I am paranoid about him choking on finger foods. What kind of foods should I let him try to feed himself, and should<br>
I chop them in little pieces, in long strips, what? I've never done this before! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:
 

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Some info on self feeding:<br><a href="http://www.borstvoeding.com/voedselintroductie/vast_voedsel/rapley_guidelines.html" target="_blank">http://www.borstvoeding.com/voedseli...uidelines.html</a><br><a href="http://kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/finger-foods.html" target="_blank">http://kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/finger-foods.html</a>
 

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Here is our experience, for comparison. At that age, she nursed about 6-7 times a day, and possibly a few times at night, depending. She self-fed some of whatever we were having that was allergen-safe for her (food allergies, so we are more careful than some will tell you to be) at lunch and dinner. No purees. I think you could safely add a nursing session or two and ease up on the purees and let him try some finger foods.<br><br>
Definitely check out those self-feeding links that were just posted. Sometimes a baby will make gagging noises and try to move food around the mouth or out of the mouth, but that is not the same as choking, where the airway is blocked. So watch carefully, but trust the baby to learn his own limits.
 

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just give him fruits and veggies and let him go to town. you can give him bite sized pieces of your food off of your plate, i just avoided the allergenic foods.
 

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Ok, I might be dense but how does a baby eat finger food if she only has two teeth? (We're still mostly breastfeeding.)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ok, I might be dense but how does a baby eat finger food if she only has two teeth? (We're still mostly breastfeeding.)</div>
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Its truly amazing to watch. My son just kinda sucked everything. They know how to do it, its instinctual. Try it!
 

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We just started self feeding a week and half ago. She is about 8 months and hadn't had anything but breastmilk until then. She has eaten avocado, carrot (steamed lightly) apple, asian pear, brown rice cake, cucumber, banana, lettuce, tomato, spelt bread crusts. We have had no problems and amazing how she goes to town on it and is having so much fun. It is really low stress and amazing to watch. She has had a few occasions when something isn't quite right and she gags up a piece. Trying not to freak out is our problem because you want to react but it isn't choking. We sometimes use a hand slicer that put ridges into her chip size pieces so easier to hold. She had some oral aversion problems early on from being in the NICU with a feeding tube, so wanted her to be in control of exploring solid foods. She swallows some, spits out others and drops some when she reaches for something else. We are so happy about it all.....
 

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My DD is 8.5 months and she just started self-feeding a few days ago. I've put food in front of her prior to this but she just played and pushed it onto the floor and looked for a better "toy". <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Yesterday, she put mashed potatoes in her mouth and said "mmmm" and I let her eat until she no longer wanted to put them in her mouth. I'd say she ate about half a teaspoon of potatoes. The day before that I gave her banana and she will put it in her mouth but then spits it out and makes a face, she will NOT swallow it. She has sucked on watermelon, but won't bite it, chew it or swallow it. She has also sucked on disc shaped, cooked carrots, but won't bite, chew or swallow them either. She just sucks on it so the disc slides in and our of her mouth like a party favour! It is hilarious to watch.<br><br>
But ya, I agree, your 8 month old is eating way too much. Food right now is just supposed to be to learn how to chew and swallow and get experience with different textures. Breastmilk is where they should be getting their nutrition from. I would ditch the purees.
 

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I wouldn't worry about it unless he gains or losses a significant amt of weight. Kids know when they are full and not better than we do <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">. I'd say she ate about half a teaspoon of potatoes.</div>
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This amazes me. Kids are so very different. The very first day I gave my son food (at about 5.5 months old <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">: ), he picked up and ate 1/2 a banana. He hasn't looked back since. Half a teaspoon-full is about how much he eats after he decides he's finished--when he keeps eating more, just to make sure he's really done.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ok, I might be dense but how does a baby eat finger food if she only has two teeth? (We're still mostly breastfeeding.)</div>
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My DD has only one tooth. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> But really though, she barely eats anything. More just sucking on it and playing with it in her mouth to feel the new sensation. She does mimic chewing, but hasn't really mastered it yet.<br><br>
I bought her some baby, organic, whole grain brown rice cakes tonight to see if she'd be interested in hacking those up. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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My little guy has always self-fed, and by 8 mos. was definitely eating more than a cup of food at one sitting (he grabbed a whole pear and ate it down to the core at 6 mos!) He also nurses hourly still, at 17 mos. He was 21 lbs. at 13 mos. so I know he's not eating too much, especially since he isn't replacing nursing with solids. He's just a piggy!<br>
I would switch to self-feeding and let him eat as much as he wants.<br>
The first foods we offered, when our baby had only 2 teeth, were sweet potato fries, whole bananas, sliced avocado, sliced peaches, chunks of watermelon, whole chickpeas, whole blueberries, organic cheerios, etc. By 8 mos. he had 4 teeth and we were giving him everything we eat, except for meat and peanuts.
 

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our ds was trying to get at our food from 6 mo on...<br><br>
i say a doubter ought to give a very large slice of apple to babe and watch them suck and naw on it... then feed it to the dog<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Wow, it is amazing the difference b/x different little ones. I have been making purees for my 8 month old as well as offering some earth's best organics cereals. I am lucky if I can get him to eat one-two teaspoons! 2 days a week I am away at my office and he does eat much more from the woman who comes to watch him (I think he drinks less milk on those days because he's less interested in the bottle than in mom, so he makes up for it with the solid foods). I have also been really paranoid about choking with finger foods.<br><br>
Anyway- what about the iron issue? From what I understand breast milk doesn't have enough iron for them after 6 mos so I've been worried that he barely eats any cereal and might be getting anemic...
 
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