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9 month old wants to feed himself...

Lately, my nine month old son has been refusing baby food and crying until he gets finger foods on his tray instead. Anyone else's little one like this? What types of finger foods do you give your 9+ month old? We have done diced apples, carrots, potatoes... What else can I give him so he is still getting enough food during the day?


Asked by TsMommy428 at 12:17 PM on Feb. 3, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • you can give him just about anything that you would eat, cut up really small. avoid a lot of dairy products & choking hazards like nuts, etc. try to stay away from fried foods as well. but remember his main source of nutrition should still be breastmilk or formula, his table food is only practice for now. so even if he doesnt eat any real food, as long as hes getting enough breastmilk or formula, hes fine.

    Answer by tnm786 at 12:19 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • My son was getting finger cereals at 7 mos. He's almost 9 mos and loves to snack on cheerios and frozen waffles in the morning. I also give him yogurt bites, baby cookies, frozen watermelon, bananas, etc.

    Answer by KairisMama at 12:22 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • My children never got pureed foods. We followed "baby led weaning" that is fairly popular in Europe. At 9 months old their main nutrition should still be coming from breastmilk or formula NOT the little bit of food they get for practice. I gave my kids whatever we were eating including meat diced small and/or steamed to eat with their fingers and also gave them a spoon around 9 months old to start practicing with. Yes it was messy, but they loved it.

    Answer by aeneva at 12:53 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • u can give him meats too just cut them small...they also have lil tv dinner things for toddlers that have all the bite size stuff

    Answer by suhweetness at 12:20 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • my daughter was like that she wanted bannanes and peaches cheeses and hotdogs it happens 2 all kids its a form of independecy

    Answer by sophia237 at 12:20 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • My DD really enjoyed noodles at this age and they are soft enough to be gummed or chewed with a few teeth. She also loved rotiserrie chicken cut up really small

    Answer by MaryMW at 12:33 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • at this age ds loved pancakes, waffles and french toast. I also steamed apple slices and carrot slices, I made sweet potato fries

    Answer by Owl_Feather at 12:52 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • Give him what he wants. Make sure the food is soft enough that he can mash it and swallow with out problems. Also, give him a spoon. My youngest was feeding herself at a very young age. She is almost 2 and can use a spoon better than some preschoolers I know.


    Answer by krissyvelazquez at 12:52 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • Give him whatever you are eating - provided you have a healthy diet of course! Just cut it up small. I never did pureed foods, I just cut up really small or mashed with a fork what we were having. Frozen veggies are a good option to keep in the freezer and don't take long to cook if you don't have fresh. My son loved cheese melted on whole wheat toast and then cut into small pieces. Personally, I would stay away from the prepared meals for toddlers - the Gerber graduates and those frozen tv dinners, they have a LOT of sodium. And it doesn't take too long to steam some veggies or dice some fruit.

    Answer by missanc at 1:31 PM on Feb. 3, 2011

  • Whatever you are eating, as long as it is healthy (and not a top allergen).

    He doesn't "need" any solids at this age, so whatever he manages to get in is fine. Don't worry about how much he's eating.

    Answer by LeanneC at 2:29 PM on Feb. 3, 2011