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Any suggestion on how to get my 10 1/2 month to eat finger foods or chunkier foods? She is not interested in it. She likes her pureed foods. Should I just be patient and keep putting foods in front of her and eventually she will put one in her mouth?

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Asked by whogoo at 5:26 PM on Jul. 19, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Be patient. My daughter was the exact same way.
    Just keep offering it to her and trying it.

    Answer by NOLAmommaKRYS at 5:28 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • The Gerber puffs and yogurt melts worked pretty well for us at that age, and also Cheerios. They were a bit older before they could handle anything that didn't melt pretty easily.

    Answer by TweenAndTwinMom at 5:31 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • Keep putting them in front of her, and maybe even show her how Mommy eats it. Maybe she will copy.

    Answer by TweenAndTwinMom at 5:33 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • Just keep offering her whatever is soft that you are having. She'll get there. Yes , be patient.

    Answer by elizabr at 7:33 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • This is one of the reasons why I dislike spoon feeding purees, it bypasses all the baby's safety mechanisms and gag reflexes so that it takes them so much longer usually (not always) to learn their limits and to pratice tongue manipulation because they suck food off the spoon when they are spoon fed.

    Start with fork mashable foods like avocado, ripe pear, baked sweet potato, and butternut squash. These things are naturally soft and a baby can squeeze them into oblivion. Put some on the tray and just let the baby play. Eventually they learn that its food especially if you don't have separate isolated meal time, but mealshare with your baby. Watch your baby's want to see the tongue moving the food around and chewing motions. Does your baby have a good pincer grip? If so you can experiment with small soft peices of food that can be picked up with thumb and forfinger. Gerber puffs aren't good for...

    Answer by amileegirl at 9:35 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • ...for antyhing. Nothing but air, starch and sugar. You don't want things to melt, you want things the baby has to learn to move and chew. You may notice some gagging...this isn't choking...babies who are spoon fed tend to have a more sensitive gag reflex. Don't panic. Gagging is a safety mechanism designed to prevent choking.

    You'll be surprised at how fast they learn control when given the chance to self feed. You should read the book Babyled Weaning by Gil Rapely and visit

    I never did purees or cereals or spoon feeding. At 7 1/2 months we went direct to samples of table food and mealshared. People are surprised at what my baby ate at 8 1/2 months old and now at 10 months we've tried things from asparagus to persimmon to kiwi to raspberries to guacamole. There is nothing that we don't trie apart from meat, dairy, and hard nut

    Answer by amileegirl at 9:40 PM on Jul. 19, 2010

  • She's so young, she doesn't have to eat chunky foods yet. They can live off of breast milk until their 2 years :)
    Our 11 month old only eats finger foods every now and then. He's a chunky butt too.

    Answer by SpiritedTigress at 4:33 AM on Jul. 20, 2010

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