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8 almost 9 month old -- need healthy finger food suggestions

I didn't face this with my first daughter who would still be eating pureed vegetables at 2 years old if we let her... but my second is nearly 9 months old and really wants to eat nothing but finger food. We're great in the fruit department, and she eats tofu, cheerios & other dry cereal, puffs, yogurt melts, crackers... I'm looking for other good healthy ideas, especially for veggies and proteins. What am I not thinking of??!!

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EmilySusan

Asked by EmilySusan at 10:42 AM on May. 25, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • what about cut up apple chunks with peanut butter....the peanut butter has tons of protein in it. Im not sure if she can eat apples yet...but i figured without the peal and cut up she could.
    angie_david

    Answer by angie_david at 10:49 AM on May. 25, 2009

  • No, she definitely can't chew apples yet, unless they're cooked. She loves to gum solids but I dont' totally trust her masticating skills yet! And we're avoiding peanut butter till after her 1st b-day. Thanks for the suggestion, though.
    EmilySusan

    Answer by EmilySusan at 10:52 AM on May. 25, 2009


  • I wouldn't do peanut butter yet. Steamed peas have protein. U can do little pieces of cheeses. Cut up steamed zucchini lentils avocado pears blueberries cut in half. For protein u can also do a couple tablespoon of plain yogurt =) I'm raising my dd vegetarian so this is stuff I give her. She's 9 months.
    calliesmommie

    Answer by calliesmommie at 10:57 AM on May. 25, 2009

  • Oh and she also loves veggie sausage which has protein!
    calliesmommie

    Answer by calliesmommie at 10:59 AM on May. 25, 2009

  • oh yea, i forgot about the peanut butter rule!! gosh how i forget things when it was just 3 years ago!!! plus with all the peanut butter issues.....im not sure its ever a good thing anymore!! I give horrible suggestions!! sorry!!!!
    angie_david

    Answer by angie_david at 11:02 AM on May. 25, 2009

  • You are rushing some of these foods. I would hold back on the allergy triggers (include wheat, soy, dairy, citrus, egg white for age one, include nuts, chocolate and honey for age two).
    Great finger foods: cooked beans, diced avocado, baked sweet potato, puffed rice,
    Remember, before age one, solids are for the experience of eating them; it is important that nutrition continues to come from breastmilk or formula.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 11:10 AM on May. 25, 2009

  • I forgot to mention the greatest book on feeding babies, toddlers and their families: Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron. You should be able to get it at your local library. There is more information on the wesite: www.superbabyfood.com
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 11:12 AM on May. 25, 2009

  • my 10 month old loves beets!!!, cooked beans, green beans, carrots, tomatoes, strawberries, peas, whole grain pasta, cheese crumbles, eggs< ask the dr first though, > gerber has those "meat sticks" avocado, aspargas,
    2cuteboysrmine

    Answer by 2cuteboysrmine at 12:09 PM on May. 25, 2009

  • my DD loves chopped tomatoes, small chunks of sweet potato, scrambled eggs, peas, & corn steamed super soft. i also steam/boil chicken & shred it really fine.

    also, Gerber makes some great soft finger foods packed in water...the carrots are my DDs favorite! you might want to cut them in half at first.
    okmanders

    Answer by okmanders at 1:07 PM on May. 25, 2009

  • Steer clear of the obvious ones (peanut butter, strawberries, citrus fruits) for which you should wait but other than that, start giving him what you're eating! Dice up some pieces of everything and give him his own little (unbreakable!) plate.

    As you do go towards table foods (now or later when he's ready) just be sure you still try each new food a few times before introducing another new food.
    TiccledBlue

    Answer by TiccledBlue at 1:40 PM on May. 25, 2009

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