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good finger foods for baby who wont eat from a spoon!?

my daughter 10 months has decided she will not even try anything unless she herself puts it in her mouth. I am so worried she wont get what she needs. she loves cantalope and peas and blueberries and of course cherrios. i would love a list of good food ideas for my baby that is totally healthy and makes me not worry about her not getting enough! do you think its ok for her to only eat by herself? i try twice a day to feed her she just wont take it even rice cereal is a no!

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LadyDahl

Asked by LadyDahl at 5:17 PM on Aug. 16, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • avocado, baked sweet potato, egg yolk, cooked beans, brown rice


    Be sure to avoid the allergy trigger foods. This is not a complete list: before age 1, no soy, dairy, wheat, citrus, egg white, strawberries; before age 2 no honey, chocolate, nuts.


    The best book on feeding babies, toddlers and their families is called Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron. You should be able to find it at your local library. There is some great information on the website: www.superbabyfood.com


     

    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 5:21 PM on Aug. 16, 2009

  • My son went through a phase like that and they need to learn to eat with their fingers without putting a spoon in their mouth. It's messy. Put a sheet on the floor around their chair to avoid staining your carpet if you have one LOL and let her eat. Anything she can chew and grab with her fingers is fine.....if it's a food she is able to eat at 10 months. My son then decided one day at 11 months he wanted to feed himself with utensils. That's early for most, typically doesn't happen till around 18 months but he wanted to put his spoon and fork in there himself and now at 12 months tries to pick the food up with utensils. They want and need to learn their independence.
    MissHeidi0304

    Answer by MissHeidi0304 at 5:24 PM on Aug. 16, 2009

  • We have a lot of experience with this because our daughter has declined the spoon since about 7 months (!!)
    Here are some ideas for breakfast: we usually combine a bread or cereal with a fruit or sometimes yogurt -- waffles (We get whole grain blueberry waffles sweetened with fruit juice only from Whole foods) -- no butter or syrup required!, toast, wheat bagels
    fruits: blueberries, bananas, raspberries, watermelon, grapes (peeled and quartered), ripe pears, ripe peaches (peeled and cut small), beans, vegetable soup (strained of the broth). She loves hummus, too.

    lunch and dinner, usually she gets what we're having if it isn't too spicy. But some things she loves are: avocado, tofu, veggie burgers, egg yolk omelettes (she eats the whites now, though), deconstructed sandwich (lunchmeat, cheese and bread, all in bits), homemade meatballs,
    EmilySusan

    Answer by EmilySusan at 5:34 PM on Aug. 16, 2009

  • My daughter did this beginning at 9 mo. and we switched exclusively to finger foods. A little while later, I started giving her spoon type table foods and let her do it herself (gave her the spoon but she usually used her fingers...big mess but some kids just have to learn to do it themselves...let her be a mess!). Good foods....steamed chunked fruits/veggies of any kind. I usually do a steamer basket full of fresh veggies and one of fresh fruits every 2-3 days, dice them and put them in the fridge. Microwave a portion size for each meal. They'll stay good in the fridge for 3-4 days. (Carrot, Broccoli, Green Beans, Cauliflower, Snap Peas, Sweet Potato, Squash, etc...Apple, Pear, Nectarine, etc.) Banana and Avocado don't even need to be steamed and if you wait long enough, pear and nectarine will usually get soft enough to eat as is too. Fish is good, whole grain crackers, toast with cream cheese, whole grain pasta, ...
    ANGIE409

    Answer by ANGIE409 at 10:39 PM on Aug. 16, 2009

  • Beans are a great source of iron, protein and fiber...just squish them before serving. Get some gogurt (yogurt in a tube) and freeze it...then just let it soften slightly and chunk it...baby can feed herself (with some mess). *Also great when teething!!! Yogurt covered cheerios is another good option...you can even mix in some fruit. Its a little messy but baby can do it herself! Good Luck
    ANGIE409

    Answer by ANGIE409 at 10:41 PM on Aug. 16, 2009

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