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DS likes whole spinach leaves. He'll nom on lettuce that's in large chunks. He likes to rip it apart into pieces. lol. I think it'll work just fine just based on what Aiden does.

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Teagan likes big chunks of cucumber. I think salad would be awesome.

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I think salad would be very yummy if he is able to chew it up!

Tried mango today & mango squash mix. Loved it!
Also got him to eat actual chunks of mango and squash & even put a few in his mouth.
The beets from the other day have done a number on my cloth diapers...lol.

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I can't imagine trying to clean beet poop! You are a brave, brave woman. Lol

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The mess beets make going in and coming out are the reason I haven't tried them. I actually made them one night and then had second thoughts about giving them to Teagan.

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So I meant to post/ask awhile ago and completely forgot, but Sophie LOVES Arrowroot biscuts!! Has anyone else's LO's tried them?! She seems to be totally over the Mum Mum's lately, but she will devour an arrowroot! They are sooo messy; so watch out! Blum 3

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I haven't bought them for Ronin yet because we still have a few teething rusks I want him to use up, but he did steal one from one of the other kids at daycare and by all reports started gumming it to death very quickly.

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Hmmm I have to try arrowroots again. I tried them when he was about 6 months but was afraid that he'd break off a big chunk and choke on it, but he's much better at "chewing" or rather gumming now so I should give them a shot. Plus I like them too!! Biggrin

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That is totally my fear too Kitty. Everyone always wanted us to give them to DS1 when he was a baby and I just couldn't do it. I even made my own at one point and still couldn't.

My crazy baby that wouldn't each chunky stuff like a week ago is now refusing to eat a puree :rolleyes: I don't get him a lot of the time. Erin mention giving Teagan Kamut cereal puffs, I don't know why I never thought of that before, so I tried it out with Odin. The Kamut was a little big for him to deal with in his mouth, & I'm not too ready to give him a wheat thing yet, but the puffed rice was the perfect size. He loved it and actually got into feeding it to himself. Now he screams if I try to 'help' him with a puree. I've been having to put the leftover puree we have on chunks of banana and squash. PUree beets also makes an exceptional finger paint...lol!

So I've done soft chunks of banana, avacado, squash, apple, sweet potato, & carrot. I should to some beets and pumpkin as well. Pear is totally out of season here but stone fruit is coming up. Any other good fruit/veg. that can be softened and cubed I should think about? Might do tofu soon too.

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Lucas isn't outright refusing purees, but once i started giving him some things to hold and eat for himself he loses interest really fast and tries to grab the spoon and just makes a huge mess lol. since the purees are almost gone i have just been giving him stuff. Joy, I have given him avacado slices, banana chunks, peach slices, and bread. the peach slices you just slice thin and they are really easy for him to gnaw on and if he bites a piece off it is thin enough he doesn't choke. I tried giving him the kamut puffs and because they are small pieces i don't think he relizes he needs to chew them so he gums them for a second and then tries to swallow it. every once in awhile i try giving it to him to see if he has gotten the hang of it yet.

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It took a little while for Teagan to get the hang of the Kamut puffs. I tried rice puffs first but she did the same sort of thing Lucas did because of their size. We did softened cubes for such a short time that I don't really have any other ideas for for. She really eats anything now. Last night she ate tortilla chips and helped me with my burrito. I was a little worried about the tortilla chips but she handled them like a pro. We've discovered that she doesn't really care for sweet things such as fruit (and some cupcake frosting DH slipped her :rolleyes:). WEIRD! It's totally freaking DH out. He's like, what if she doesn't like her birthday cake?! I told him we should count our blessings that we have a child that will eat her veggies and worry about treats later :p.

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LOL at DH worring she won't eat her birthday cake.

Peaches are almost ready here (we even have our own trees) so I'll totally be trying those soon. Scoured farmer's market a few towns over today and picked up some blueberries, cherries, and figs. He loved, seriously loved, the fig! I just pulled off the outter skin and chunked the soft inside. Its a little stringy but he did great. Next time I'll give it to him whole. Also tried some corn kernals at a bbq tonight. Not a fan of those I think because of the skin. Still a few more weeks till corn is ready here so when it is I'll try the whole ear instead. I think after a few weeks of practice he'll be able to work the firmer solids and anything will go.

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Aiden eats whatever I give him these days. Tonight he had 2 green beans, few bites of meatloaf, 2 strawberries, a teething biscuit, and a handful of puffs. For lunch he had peach slices, cherries, grapes, couple of bites of pork BBQ, and a strawberry. This kid has really taken off with food recently. He'll sit in his high chair and seriously eat for a good 30 minutes (so no throwing food on the floor, etc). I think part of it is because it feels so nice to his poor gums. He prefers cold food like fruit. Wink

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Sophie likes green olives, probably because of how incredibly salty they are Smile She's eating a lot of what we eat now. Pasta's and all that... She LOVES seafood pasta and cold crab salad. We tried scrambled eggs and she ate them all up too, without any problems!! Biggrin Not that I expected there to be but still... She's had cheese slices as well... She seems to really have the hang of gnawing on food when it gets into her mouth... Biggrin

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Ronin loves cheese slices. I will often give him one when he is being a bit difficult while I cook dinner. Last night I gave him one while I cooked and it went all over the room, but he was entertained and I got tea cooked.

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i'm going to try cherries soon. what did you guys do, just cut them in half?

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If he has got the hang of chewing stuff up you could 1/2 or 1/4 them depending on how big and firm they are. I've been pitting them and then just pulling them apart into a few pieces. Odin still has a hard time with firmer things so I pull each one into like 1/8 ...lol.

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Teagan's been refusing just about everything but cheese, pasta, and rice. So, she's a little constipated. I've tried everything to get her to eat some fruit, including hiding it in cheese. She will eat fruit if it's store bought puree, the kind in the squeeze pack :rolleyes:. So, I'm going to try pureeing fruit again. I picked up some less sweet fruit as my bizarre child doesn't like sweets. Anybody know what to do with figs?

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Nope never had them. Isn't it strange we will often try things with our babies we haven't tried before. I make cheesy pumpkin polenta bites last night ( my Mum rang and thought I was in the middle of tea and asked what we were having, she was very impressed by my steak, polenta, corn and beans meal).

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oh ya, i have given him tons of stuff i have never even tried before. i have tried everything i have given him now though

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Alright, so I ventured into foreign fruit territory here. I tried to get them to a consistency that I know she'll like. Here's what I did:

Figs- pureed raw figs and ran them through a strainer. Figs are super seedy and I'm thinking maybe it's the seeds that's throwing her off about fruit.

Prunes- in a medium pot, I threw a large handful of prunes into about a cup of water, added a cinnamon stick, and squeezed in a whole orange. I let that stew for maybe 40 minutes. I dunno, I forgot about it at one point. Then i fished out the prunes, pureed them, and ran them through a strainer. I wanted them to be the same consistency as a mashup packet. I think I succeeded. Man are pureed stewed prunes ugly. They look an awful lot like the stuff I'm trying to get Teagan to produce ;). Anyway, they are super tasty. I hope the little fruit-hating runt likes them.

Pears- I went a different route with the pears. Instead of trying a really smooth texture like the mashups I went for the consistency of cottage cheese because she'd eat a gallon of cottage cheese if I let her. I took 2 pears, one ripe one and one really ripe one. I pureed the ripe one and ran it through a strainer. Next, I skinned the really ripe one and cut it into little pieces. I mixed the two and voila, cottage cheese-like pear concoction!

Now if only the monkey would EAT them. We'll see tomorrow ....

ETA: I saved the stewed prune juice and poured it into ice cube trays for later use.

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So your frozen stewed prune juice made me think. What about making frozen fruit puree pops? Maybe should would eat more fruit in a popsicle form. Might be refreshing given its like a zillion degrees where you live.

Also what about smoothies? DS1 was hardcore about smoothies starting around 10 months. I would make them with fruit, tea or rice milk, and some herbal powder junk. I would just make sure to use room temp stuff vs. frozen to avoid brain freeze. We put them in a straw cup as smoothie kinda clogs valves in a sippy cup. Also during food strikes I would hide extra pureed veggies and stuff in the smoothie, like carrot, spinach, sweet potato, ect.

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I've tried frozen fruit, frozen fruit purees, frozen juice, and smoothies. We have smoothies every morning with breakfast. You're right, if she would drink those I could hide just about anything in there. I thought she just didn't like really cold things but yesterday she grabbed an ice cube out of DH's water, chowed it down, and demanded more. She's freaking weird!

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Bummer. That girl is trying to keep you on your toes! LOL

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I gave Simon some chunks of chicken for the first time tonight and he did really good with them!!!! I'm surprised because he seems to gag on things that are a big harder/dense but seemed to do really well with them!!!

How is everyone doing meat?

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Aiden gets small hunks of meat. I usually try to just make it really tender pieces so that the meat falls apart a bit more. He's had chicken, pork, and beef.

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so I keep an "emergency" jar of organic prunes in the cupboard in case we need them. Well the past couple mornings Lucas has been having "nugget poops" followed by a regular one a couple hours later. He doesn't seem to be in any kind of discomfort, but i thought i would give him some today and he ate almost the whole jar:eek: he probably would have but i stopped him lol. He seriously loves them and was wiggling his feet and grunting at me for more. He is currently in his bouncy chair farting like crazy. dun dun dunnnn

still havn't given him any meat yet. hoping to sometime this week

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Hehe. I'm careful not to let Teagan have more than say an ounce of prunes. They work!

So, it seems that Teagan is a little stinker. I've been raving about how she WILL NOT eat fruit. We saw Rowan and company last night and what does Teagan do? She eats one of Rowan's peach slices. She's just trying to make me look like a liar ;). She completely refused the pears I made for her. She gobbled up the prunes though. We're trying the figs today.

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Hey Erin, I was just thiniing as Ronin was practically hurling himself at his yoghurt, is there a food she loves that you can sneak the things she doesn't love so much into. I know the prunes were a hit but for the pears and stuff to maintain some regularity

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Been there, tried that. :rolleyes:

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Has anyone tried citrus fruits with their bubs? I am worried it will still be too harsh for Ronin's system but it's winter and not a lot of fruit variety (and because of cyclones and floods even less affordable variety) and he refuses puree so any fruit has to be soft enough for him to self feed or can be cooked and hold it's shape a bit. I just feel like he has to be getting sick of pears.

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not yet. he has had tropical fruits but i don't know why i havn't given citrus yet. He hasn't had any reaction to dairy, eggs or strawberry...i think i am going to get some next shopping trip and try.

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Yep. Aiden loves lemons (weirdo) and mandarin orange slices. In fact, the kid thinks oranges are the best food ever. I figured at some point I'd have to bite the bullet on these, so I introduced them while I was at home and there wasn't much food variety there (my parents tend to pretty much only eat foods that come prepared out of the freezer which I mostly wouldn't let Aiden eat). The lemon happened at a restaurant. One of my college friends thought it would be funny and she gave him a lemon slice without the seeds. The funniest face was hers, not Aiden's, cause Aiden thought it tasted fantastic! lol.

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Teagan will chew on lemons and limes as well. But only if she's stolen one off your drink. I've tried to give her orange slices and grapefruit. No go.

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Gave Odin some taste of orange yesterday and today and everything seemed good.

Anyone ever made Kale chips? I think I'm going to try it out and see if Odin will eat it. Basically just Kale sprayed with a little olive oil and some salt and then baked until light and crispy. I might do a no salt one for him and see what he thinks.

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I've seen those at Whole Foods but I didn't buy them because they had some sort of nut oil on them. I hadn't thought to make them myself. I bet the monkey would gobble them up!

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Yeah, saw the ones at the store with cashew oil. Not sure what that is about?

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Just sharing, we were given a dozen small eggs from people I know who have chickens ( these are from silky chickens or something like that) anyway they are perfect for a boiled egg for Ronin, however when he eats them I'm not sure where to start cleaning up

None of that includes what was on the floor and the seat of the high chair

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Too cute! TFS! He's getting so much hair.

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