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Hi Mamas<br><br>
I have been mostly frequenting the breastfeeding forum since Em was born, not so much here, but I thought this topic made more sense over here ...<br><br>
Anyway, on that forum I've noticed a lot of people talking (in threads that are mostly about breastfeeding) about giving and not giving solids, and it seems like there are a lot of people who are vehemetly *not* giving purees to their kiddos. I'm curious why not?<br><br>
I am totally into extended breastfeeding, gave no solids of *any* kind until after 6 months and when he showed interest on his own, and have gone very slowly when it comes to introducing non-breastmilk foods (plan to bf as long as possible/child-led, etc). However, my 10-month old son doesn't have any teeth (I didn't get my first tooth until after 12 mos, and he seems to be on that track), so we puree/fork-mash his (homemade) baby food exclusively until recently when it was clear he was ready to try self-feeding.<br><br>
So, now we feed him purees *and* give him tiny bits to self-feed (o's, bits of cooked sweet potato/squash, avocado, banana, etc.). It just seemed safer for a baby without teeth (who really wanted to eat) to spoon-feed while encouraging self-feeding skills as much as possible with safe tiny bits of foods. (BTW - our BF relationship is still going strong, even though I work full-time ... pumping at work sucks but it is worth it knowing he's getting the very *best* food possible from me.)<br><br>
Am I missing out on something? Curious if others have resources to point me to to learn more about the "only self feeding" vs. "purees" debate?
 

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I think it's just part of giving the baby's digestive system more time to mature. And it's just not necessary. Gums are actually pretty good for mashing up soft foods.
 

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My daughter didn't get her first tooth until she was 12 months old, but had been eating pretty much everything I did for months. You'd be amazed at what gums can do!<br><br>
I just don't think babies were meant to eat purees. Fork mashed, yes, but liquified, no.
 

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my son started demanding solids (meat) when he was 4 mos... for a long time he would only eat little chunks of things (no puree, hated the texture) but well after he was a year old he would go, and STILL goes (at 18 mos) through phases where he doesn't want chunky food!! I'll make him dinner and he'll act grossed out. I'll puree the same food and he'll very happily chow down. And no, just breastfeeding is not an option since I'm due in a few weeks and have not been making milk for several months.<br><br>
It might just have something to do with people stuffing their babies full of rice cereal and other junk before they're ready.....as a rule of thumb it's a good way to prevent that.
 

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When you spoonfeed purees baby tends to be overfed. Self feeding lets them regulate their own intake. It's important to note too that if the baby cannot yet self feed they are NOT ready for solids of ANY sort.
 

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I just never did because I never wasted my time with "baby" foods or jarred food. Whatever was being served to the rest of the family, the babies got too, at 6 months.
 

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I just like the idea of letting my DD experiement with solid foods on her own. I don't think I'd much like having someone shovel mush into my mouth - it sounds much more fun to me for DD to be able to pick up however much she wants and taste it, mush it, smear it in her hair, etc. We started with slices of ripe organic avocado. The first 3 or 4 times DD didn't really eat any. She tasted some of it off her fingers, but she mostly made a huge mess. If she gets too big of a piece in her mouth she makes a funny face and spits it out. She doesn't have teeth. Gums and tongue work plenty well for most semi-soft foods.
 

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Well, as usual in these threads I'll be the voice of dissent and say that we've always done purees and I'll probably do them for this baby too. For one thing, I just like doing it, which I know puts me squarely in the "freak" category, but I don't know, it's just fun for me. Now, I will say that we've never made the thin runny liquidy purees. Mine are on the chunky side, and we usually do go ahead and let the baby self-feed with them, which can be a messy proposition, but is also fun for the baby.<br><br>
I've sometimes spoon-fed also, but may or may not do it for this one. I do find that I get a lot more laid-back with each successive child. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I just like the idea of letting my DD experiement with solid foods on her own. I don't think I'd much like having someone shovel mush into my mouth - it sounds much more fun to me for DD to be able to pick up however much she wants and taste it, mush it, smear it in her hair, etc. We started with slices of ripe organic avocado. The first 3 or 4 times DD didn't really eat any. She tasted some of it off her fingers, but she mostly made a huge mess. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCDP36GUtuc" target="_blank">Here's</a> video of my DD self-feeding avocado. You can see that if she gets too big of a piece in her mouth she makes a funny face and spits it out. She doesn't have teeth. Gums and tongue work plenty well for most semi-soft foods.</div>
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Adorable video! How old was Hannah in it? Was that one of her early forays into the world of avacado? When did you start her on solids? Did she show an interest in them? What size did you cut up the food? My DD is just 5 months and that video made me realize that perhaps we need a high chair...not just the Tripp-Trapp we have...that high chair table is a good thing...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Adorable video! How old was Hannah in it? Was that one of her early forays into the world of avacado? When did you start her on solids? Did she show an interest in them? What size did you cut up the food? My DD is just 5 months and that video made me realize that perhaps we need a high chair...not just the Tripp-Trapp we have...that high chair table is a good thing...</div>
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Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> The video was taken Sunday, so Hannah was about 6 months and 1 week old. That's the 4th time she's had avocado. The first few times she mostly played with it and just tasted a bit. As she's had it more she's experimented with putting more in her mouth. Sometimes she'll take a good sized bite and mush it around and actually eat it. Other times she spits it out and makes a face <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I take half an avocado and cut it into 4 lengthwise slices. They're a good size for her to pick up and grip (until she destroys them). She really likes her highchair a lot. My parents bought it for her since I was always holding her at dinner time. I honestly didn't think we'd use it much, but she thinks it's the cat's pajamas! She loves to sit at the table with us and "eat" her avocado with us.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">She really likes her highchair a lot. My parents bought it for her since I was always holding her at dinner time. I honestly didn't think we'd use it much, but she thinks it's the cat's pajamas! She loves to sit at the table with us and "eat" her avocado with us.</div>
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ummm...off topic....<br><br>
Thanks for the tips! What kind of a highchair is it? Is it easy to clean the table/tray? Could Hannah sit up unaided when you first used it? (My DD can't sit w/out support)...<br><br>
I'm seriously thinking of getting a high chair...today!
 

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That is such a cute video!!!!!!!! Ahhhhhh...so sweet & funny. I'm rethinking the whole high chair thing suddenly as well (we have the tripp trapp) I was sure I didn't want a plastic chair...now, after the video...I'm wavering....
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">That is such a cute video!!!!!!!! Ahhhhhh...so sweet & funny. I'm rethinking the whole high chair thing suddenly as well (we have the tripp trapp) I was sure I didn't want a plastic chair...now, after the video...I'm wavering....</div>
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Exactly!
 

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Never OWNED a high chair. Booster seat is so easy to clean, portable, baby sits at table with us, doesn't take up floor space...
 

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To the OP - sorry for the hijack!<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">ummm...off topic....<br><br>
Thanks for the tips! What kind of a highchair is it? Is it easy to clean the table/tray? Could Hannah sit up unaided when you first used it? (My DD can't sit w/out support)...<br><br>
I'm seriously thinking of getting a high chair...today!</div>
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It's some sort of Graco. I don't have the box still. We got it at Toys R'Us - and I remember it came already assembled and claimed to be one of the flatest folding out there. I remember that because we travel a lot and wanted a flat-fold to put in our SUV when we go to the condo for 3 weeks. Hannah had been sitting up unaided for quite some time - she started it around 5 months and by the time we started using the high chair she was a pro at sitting. It is pretty easy to clean, considering the amount of mess DD makes. The fabric is coated so it just wipes clean, the lighter colored tray pops out and goes in the dishwasher. DH gripes about cleaning it - but I think he gets the easy end of the deal... I have to get all the avocado off the baby <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> HTH!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Never OWNED a high chair. Booster seat is so easy to clean, portable, baby sits at table with us, doesn't take up floor space...</div>
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That's exactly why I pitched the high chair this time around. We'll get two boosters when the twins can sit up. I just got so sick of cleaning the stupid high chair. In a pinch, you can even put a booster in the dishwasher!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It's important to note too that if the baby cannot yet self feed they are NOT ready for solids of ANY sort.</div>
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Hogwash. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/disappointed.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="disappointed"> When my kid is trying to intercept my spoon with his mouth and throwing a tantrum because I won't give him some, he's ready for solid food, regardless of whether his pincher grasp or ability to life a spoon has developed.<br><br>
I find my 9 month old does best with thicker purees like 3 foods or foods mashed off my plate. He has trouble keeping the thinner stuff in his mouth.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well, as usual in these threads I'll be the voice of dissent and say that we've always done purees and I'll probably do them for this baby too. For one thing, I just like doing it, which I know puts me squarely in the "freak" category, but I don't know, it's just fun for me.</div>
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I guess I'm there with you in freakland Jan. I also like spoon feeding whether it's highchair, bumbo seat, or sitting in my lap sharing my dinner. My little squirts love to eat. (And I'm not too concerned about overfeeding when my 9 month old boy is 14/15 lbs, and my girl was 15 lbs at 1 year.)
 
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