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I'm soo confused! When do you give real solids? (not pureed babyfood)...

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Our girl is 8.5 months old and I read in some developmental book about 7 month old kids "should be able to pick up their food tidbits with two fingers" listing cherios, peas, and raisins! I was shocked! I'm still mostly BF'ing, with some organic pureed babyfood in the evening...I didn't think babes could eat things like that till closer to 12 months or so - am I wrong? Wouldn't she choke on bits like that?

What has everyone else done? Tips/advice, PLEASE!!!!!!

Confused mommy
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Depends on the child but I think I started offering cheerios and soft finger foods around 7/8 mo. I would offer them more for entertainment than food value. Banana strips (quartered lengthwise) are great for an early solid, and once they master the pincer grip, brown rice, beans, lentils, cooked carrot diced are all fantastic. I remember offering meatball too around 8-9 mo (crumbled). Pureed meat is good too - it kinda shreds and it easy for them to pick up and shove in their mouths

I very quickly went from organic baby food to finger food because he enjoyed it and it enabled him to be entertained while we all ate. DS has never really been fed separately or had separate meals - I always offered him whatever we were eating just prepared for him (pureed, chopped, etc.).

Just follow baby's cues and don't be afraid to try something new. If it doesn't work, you can just back off a bit or try something else. Good luck!
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NAK*I clicked on this post by mistake buuuuuuut while I'm here! I would say that raisins are still a choking hazard but O's practically disolve in your mouth. I'm not sure about peas. We were feeding dd a lot of pureed foods at 9mos, too. She did have a thing for (organic)O's, we got them for car trips & she just loved em!
HTH! No worries mama, breastmilk is still best for your little one! I think they use the raisin/peas as an example of their manual dexterity... ....
Good advice. My dd is 10 months now and will only feed herself so she eats things she can pick up.

every child is different. my ds didn't really start on pureed food until he was about 10 months. he just wasn't interested. and after that it was gradual with real solids.

just go with what is working fo rher. if she shows interest, try new stuff out. you also need to take into consideration how many teeth she has. if she is a late bloomer, she won't be able to chew it anyway.
Yes, I think that book is using the food as an example of the baby's developmental level, not a menu suggestion, you dig? Being able to grasp these foods with two fingers (as a PP said, it's called the pincer grasp) is just a marker for how the child is developing...the food is a good example because, one hopes, no child will have other small objects to pick up (buttons, coins, poisonous insects, etc.) at their disposal.

That said, I wouldn't feed raisins to an infant. I haven't even given them to my toddler.

With dd, we skipped the pureed babyfood altogether and put her straight on table food. If I had to guess, I'd say she was between 8 and 9 months.
I started cheerios at 7 mos. because my friend said a nurse had told her 7 mos. was old enough for cheerios, toast, banana etc. (her baby's same age as mine) I also started giving a couple tiny banana pieces on his tray whenever I would mush him a banana.

It took him a good couple of weeks to get the idea of putting it in his mouth. We've never had a choking problem.

Once he got the idea of putting it in his mouth, I started giving him tiny pick-upable chunks of toast with mashed avocado spread, tiny chunks of sweet potato, basically anything really soft and easy.

To prepare him, I also quit using the blender on sweet potatoes and squash and used a fork to mash--for getting used to more of a 'chewing.'

I bake things like sweet potato and squash a little longer for him than I would for myself too.

Soon we're going to start soft fruits other than banana....mangoes were on sale this week
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I didn't puree anything with my youngest- cooked extra veggies or whathaveyou when I did his brothers lunch and let him feed himself. This would probably have been around the 7 month mark- I figure once a baby is old enough to feed themselves grass, they're old enough to feed themselves real food. I did do some disgusting things to vegetables in the name of choking hazards, though.
: For me, avoiding nursing strikes and keeping him breastfed for a while was very important because of his allergies, so we deliberately chose to limit the quantity of solids he ate in this way.
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Thanks everyone for the info! I guess I've just been overly nervous/protective and should start giving her a few bits of things that aren't pureed. So, about how big in size are the items you're giving (such as toast?) Also, she doesn't have any teeth at all despite being a very big baby for age (20+ pounds). Another question...we do a mostly NT diet, so our bread is sprouted vs. regular and it has seedy bits in it, & we don't do cereals at all (like cheerios and such). Anyone doing the NT diet? If so, what did you do for starter solids?

Again, thanks so much to everyone!!!!
I can't give ideas specific to NT since I don't know much about it beyond the very, very basics but here are some of the things that my 8 month old eats- sometimes he'll let me spoon fed him a couple of bites of something but for the most part if he can't pick it up and feed it to himself then he's just not interested!

peas (unthawed organic)
sweet potato (baked and cut into little tiny cubes)
Purely O's (an organic version of Cheerios)
black beans (from a can, but rinsed first due to sodium content)
green beans (also canned, but an organic variety- canned has the advantage of being softer/mushier)
banana (ripe and fairly soft)
diced fresh pears (maybe even a tad bit over-ripe so that they basically melt in his mouth)
avacado chunks
watermelon- his favorite!
diced steamed carrots

We haven't tried them yet, but there are plenty of other softer fruits that I'm sure he'd love as well as other stand-bys that have been mentioned such as toast, lentils, and brown rice.
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