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When is it ok to start giving my son real food?

He is almost 9 months old, but he has no teeth. I only give him baby food and gerber puffs. I keep reading that he can have pasta and veggies and cheeses but i am nervous about the no teeth. Can he really gum everything? I'm kinda a nervous nelly. I guess i just wanna hear what other moms do rather than what text books say> thanks

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Asked by kelka24 at 10:20 AM on Sep. 25, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • I'd keep him on very soft foods till he gets a couple, like stage 2 and baby cereal still. Your gonna hear all kinds of opinions but the best thing to do is ask your baby doctor.

    Answer by MommaRox4683 at 10:22 AM on Sep. 25, 2009

  • If he's interested, you can offer now. Soft, small foods.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 10:32 AM on Sep. 25, 2009

  • If you get those mesh things they make you can stick soft foods in there and let him gum that.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:34 AM on Sep. 25, 2009

  • Um...he doesn't chew with his front teeth anyway. So he'd be eating the same way if he had his front teeth or now that he doesn't!

    He could have been totally on table foods by now, to be honest. No, not all are ready for it...but a lot are.

    Start making a plate for him at each meal. He can eat the same stuff you and your husband are eating (with the obvious exceptions)

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:05 AM on Sep. 25, 2009

  • Yes he can gum soft foods, I would start him off with scrambled eggs and some veggies. Just make sure everything is cut up small.

    Answer by sammiesmom2000 at 11:41 AM on Sep. 25, 2009

  • Rice Krispies, Cheerio's one at a time. Yougurt, baby gold fish, just make sure everything is teeny tiny, he should learn to gum food soon. You will be fine.

    Answer by salexander at 11:53 AM on Sep. 25, 2009

  • Yes - my son is 10 months with 2 teeth and those just came in last month. He has been eating table food since he was 7 months old. Just cut it up small. My son now is to where the things I cut for him are in big enough pieces for him to pick up (slightly larger than cheerios). He loves whole wheat pasta "twirls" (rotini)!

    Answer by missanc at 12:25 PM on Sep. 25, 2009

  • Like someone above said, they don't chew with their front teeth so it doesn't matter if he has teeth or not. He wont get his molars until after he turns 1.
    By 9 1/2 months my youngest daughter was completely off baby food and eating only table food. She ate whatever we were having just mashed or cut up small (within reason, she wasn't eating steak or anything but could have chicken and stuff).

    Answer by justanotherjen at 4:30 PM on Sep. 25, 2009

  • My daughter was completely on regular table food by the time she was 6months old. She wouldn't eat the baby food at all. So I had to basically puree everything and chop everything real small for her to eat it.

    Answer by kathynej7142007 at 7:20 PM on Sep. 25, 2009

  • I started my sons on soft table foods at nine months; mash potatos, green peas, green beans, mac and cheese and tiny bites of chicken or hamburger. Just give small bites and watch him close to make sure that he is chewing good. I was nervous at first to but both my sons where big eaters and were going through baby food like it was nothing, table foods as long as you don't load them up with salt and sugar are just as good.

    Answer by dylansmom08 at 8:52 PM on Sep. 25, 2009

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