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Feeding a baby food other then mama milk is new to me since dd6 didn't start eating until she was almost 3 because of health issues. We just started solids recently with the baby and the kid is a pig! Seriously! She doesn't do well with purees because of oral motor problems but she can chew like there's no tomorrow so I've been giving her steamed veggies, mashed banana, refried beans, stuff like that. Tonight she ate about a tablespoon each of my grilled chicken and broccoli from my plate. She fed herself and I just cut it into little 1/4in pieces for her. She indicated she was done (baby signs) then had a full nursing session too. She will eat like that at least 3 times a day if I let her. Isn't that a bit much for an 8 mo old?
 

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I think it's fine as long as she is still nursing just as much as always. I would imagine that not all of that will get digested -- some of it, you will be seeing again in her diaper pretty soon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I am not sure about the eating thing since my ds is seven months and just barely eating bits of pureed food. BUT, I saw that your 8 month old signs...and that is so exciting. We have been using the milk and food sign for two months now just when he is nursing or watching us eat...any great books or tricks that you could suggest. How long did it take your baby to start to sign....<br>
I am amazed by the whole signing thing,<br>
Thanks,<br>
Sarah
 

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If she is nursing first or still often than she won't over feed herself <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
You are doing great. Self-feeding is the BEST way for her to regulate her own food intake.
 
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