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My son is 8 months and I am giving him only Gerber veggies and fruits. Can I start give him finger foods? What kind,he has only 4 teeth? :-)

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barbara404

Asked by barbara404 at 11:30 PM on Jun. 19, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Try Gerber Puffs. They let him practice picking up little things, let him feel something solid in his mouth, but dissolve very quickly if he doesn't actually chew them.
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 11:34 PM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • Gerber has a lot of great starter finger foods.  They have those things called biscuits... they are really hard, but instead of breaking off they just kinda dissolve and get mushy (very messy but ds loved them).  they also have gerber wagon wheels (they come in a little canister type thing).  those dissolve and get mushy quickly also.

    jamie8506

    Answer by jamie8506 at 11:41 PM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • My 10 month old only has 2 teeth he eats lots of table foods. Cheerios, saltines, soft fruits or veggies mushed up, etc. Also when he was about 8 months I started him on Gerber 3rd foods. They're chunkier to get them used to chewing their food. I don't recommend Beech Nut or Del Monte 3rd foods at first though, their chunks are a lot bigger than in the Gerber ones so they're harder to eat.
    Braydensmommy25

    Answer by Braydensmommy25 at 11:42 PM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • Yes, think about it, their first teeth don't help with chewing they are in the front, they use their gums to chew. That being said, try the gerber puffs, teething toast, bitter biscuits & any other finger foods you can find. My daughter is 9mths old and she eats pretty much the same foods we do, just cut up small. And obviously don't ever leave him alone to eat, I know "duh" but I just thought I'd throw it out there! LOL
    Lisa7177

    Answer by Lisa7177 at 11:44 PM on Jun. 19, 2008

  • You know you can start him on meats also at this age. And if he's teething you can give him the gerber teether cookies. They are hard but they melt into the child's mouth. You must supervise. Also, I have learned that I do not need to buy store bought baby food. If you have a good blender, you can blend the food that you normally make for dinner for the rest of your family, just as long as there are no spices and no salt. I found it to be more convenient and resourceful.
    Sexymom75

    Answer by Sexymom75 at 12:07 AM on Jun. 20, 2008

  • My 10 month old with 2 teeth loves cheerios, rice puffs, bits of raw and peeled apple, little bits of cheese, cottage cheese (verrry messy), small bits of boiled veggies, but his favorite is plain rice cakes - he can hold big chunks without me worrying about him choking. I don't like the gerber stuff - too much sugar. Try the Earths Bests orgainc teething cookies - they're really good.
    NaomiMonster

    Answer by NaomiMonster at 12:31 AM on Jun. 20, 2008

  • Don't give a child mashed or whole food until eight molars develop at approximately twenty-eight months(development is individual). Food should be well pureed or it can irritate the stomach.
    Toast(Gerber or other brands) and things he can hold with both hands and suck on are perfect.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:47 AM on Jun. 20, 2008

  • my son is now 10 months and he loved the Gerber yogurt melts they dissolve very fast compared to the biter biscuits and stuff
    prettyeyes412

    Answer by prettyeyes412 at 2:00 AM on Jun. 20, 2008

  • I would start to introduce some finger foods like the biscuits, he'll love it.
    sunshinecalimom

    Answer by sunshinecalimom at 3:20 AM on Jun. 20, 2008

  • I don't know where the answer came from about molars, but my 12.5 mo old still has NO teeth and he eats whatever we do. He can even "bite" off pieces of cheese or bread with those gums! He has no stomach issues and is a very healthy boy. He started chicken (obviously ground at the time) at a little less than 8 months. He has been off of the bottle for 3 months and hasn't had any "baby" food for at least 6 weeks or so.
    cletus

    Answer by cletus at 6:57 AM on Jun. 20, 2008

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