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Jacob is only almost 6 months old, we started solids because he was literally grabbing things off our plates and spoons and trying to chew them. We had planned on delaying until that happened <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy"> . Anyhow, so I'm wondering when you can start giving finger foods. He has four teeth on bottom and is getting two on top (but on the sides, not in the middle).<br><br>
Just curious <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
Thanks mamas<br>
(oh and by finger foods I mean maybe like steamed veggies...or something)
 

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we started finger foods as soon as they could grab and chew.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">we started finger foods as soon as they could grab and chew.</div>
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May sound stupid (first time mama here) but how do you know that they can chew? I know he chews on his toys so I'm guessing he can...? Because I KNOW he grabs lol
 

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We don't do purees. We start solid foods when they start solids.
 

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At that age my DD liked to gnaw on a whole banana...she would only get mushy parts of it so could not choke. Maybe try giving him something like that to gnaw on?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">At that age my DD liked to gnaw on a whole banana...she would only get mushy parts of it so could not choke. Maybe try giving him something like that to gnaw on?</div>
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Oh wait, duh, I just had an idea. We have one of those mesh feeder things- would that work??
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">May sound stupid (first time mama here) but how do you know that they can chew? I know he chews on his toys so I'm guessing he can...? Because I KNOW he grabs lol</div>
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Give him something easy to eat and if he appears to chew before swallowing and doesn't choke, then you know he can chew. Something easy would be a bit of banana or avacado or sweet potato. Banana is great because if you break it right you can sort of break it in to 3's.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Give him something easy to eat and if he appears to chew before swallowing and doesn't choke, then you know he can chew. Something easy would be a bit of banana or avacado or sweet potato. Banana is great because if you break it right you can sort of break it in to 3's.</div>
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I'll try that since we keep a TON of bananas around the house <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">. We'll see how it goes!!
 

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I know the feeling, only mine is only 5 months old and is grabbing stuff of my plate and is looking at me, watching me at, and "chomping" as I eat.<br><br>
She'll cry when I don't give her any, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: That is starting to bother me a little, to tell the truth.<br><br>
And she has no teeth. <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 know the feeling, only mine is only 5 months old and is grabbing stuff of my plate and is looking at me, watching me at, and "chomping" as I eat.<br><br>
She'll cry when I don't give her any, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: That is starting to bother me a little, to tell the truth.<br><br>
And she has no teeth. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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I could have written that post!<br><br>
DS does the same thing, watching every spoonful get to my mouth and lunging for it if he's in the right distance. A few weeks ago I started to let him chew on my apples when I was eating one so he'd feel like I was sharing with him. He would grab the apple in both hands and go for it! Until one day he started choking, and on finger-sweeping his mouth I found a huge chunk of apple in there! He wouldn't let me take it out though, so all I managed to do was drag the peel out between clenched gums -- and the next time I got my finger in there there were no more apple pieces. So his first solid food was apple at 1 day short of 5 months. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> No more apple chewing for us, and we will all be heartily glad when 6 months rolls around.<br><br>
One thing that's helped -- we got a highchair that has an inner tray with toy food, and we put him there when we have family meals. That way he's at the table with us and has something to chew. it works for a while...<br><br>
ETA: no teeth here either! How did he bite into an apple without teeth?
 

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If they're ready for solids they're ready for finger foods. If they're not ready for finger foods they're not ready for solids.<br><br>
-Angela
 
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