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Finger foods?

Hey ladies

I've heard a few of you talking about finger foods. What finger foods would be safe for babies our babies ages? I'm paranoid about him choking, but he clearly wants to feed himself, but of course isnt too talented with a spoon. LOL!

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We've moved on to BLW. DS has had whole wheat pancakes, crackers, pasta, and bananas as finger foods. Tonight he'll try yellow squash, and whole wheat pasta. We don't have any food allergies on either side of the family, so other than the major no-nos like honey I'm letting him try some of whatever we're having if he's awake for mealtime.

ETA: I'm not too worried about choking since he's not shoving whole pieces in his mouth. He's picking them up and then gnawing. He's spending most of his time practicing chewing rather than swallowing and actual eating. I have to say, BLW is less messy than attempting spoon feeding with purees. At least with Aiden who was stealing spoons and perfecting his food fight skills.

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What is BLW?

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Baby led weaning. Erin's doing it too and probably has a lot more to say about it. lol.

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we've been doing pieces of avocado, mango, banana, we use the piccolini pasta for her, baby mum-mum crackers (rice husks) and other soft or melty foods.

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I always have a lot to say about everything Blum 3 Plus, I'm procrastinating about getting on my bike and going to school Wink

BLW, Baby Led Weaning, or as some prefer, Baby Led Feeding is the process of introducing solids without using a spoon. We were going to do it from the start but Teagan wasn't quite ready and we were trying to get her to take solids at daycare because she was refusing the bottle. She's not a fan of most purees so we've since reverted to BLW. Basically, you offer something and let baby have at it. At first, most of it ends up on the floor, in baby's hair, on the wall, etc. Eventually, baby figures it all out (or so I've been told :p). In the meantime, baby learns how to work those little pudgy fingers, learns to chew, gets to explore textures, and gets to determine how much to eat.

The basic "rules" are:
1- Offer foods baby can pick up. It's OK to give things with a spoon sometimes but the majority of things should be finger foods. When I give Teagan foods like oatmeal and yogurt, I give her a spoon too. I'll fill up her spoon and let her guide it to her mouth.

2- Let baby feed at his/her own pace. There's no rush and no need to worry about staying clean. If baby doesn't finish it all, that's perfectly OK. Even if baby doesn't eat anything, that's fine too. It's all a learning experience right now.

Otherwise, just follow the guidelines you've chosen to follow regarding when to introduce what.

On the note of choking, a friend of mine gave me a great tip. Their little gums are wicked strong. So, if you can break up the food with your tongue against the roof of your mouth, it's OK to offer. Teeth are definitely NOT required. You'll soon get a sense for what baby can handle. Baby may gag but they do that on purees too. In fact, Teagan gags way less on finger foods than she did on purees. I think it's because she's in complete control of the food. An added bonus is that baby quickly learns what's suitable to try to swallow. So, that penny under the couch might just be that much less tempting.

As for what to offer, we've tried a ton of things:

Good for beginners:
Oatmeal cubes (if you freeze oatmeal in ice cubes trays, they stay in nice little cubes when thawed)
Puffs of any kind (she chows down kamut puffs)
Scrambled eggs (or just yolks if you're going that route)
Avocado strips
Bananas
Any veggie that you can cut into soft baby-fist sized cubes (yams, potatoes, carrots)

Beyond that, you can pretty much give them anything! We've started giving Teagan pretty much whatever we're eating.

Some things she's done well with:
Chick peas
Blueberries (I cut them in half)
French toast
Soft wholewheat bread with sunflower seed butter
Pickle (with skin cut off)
Cucumber (with skin removed, all this skin removal is more because I don't like seeing them in her diaper than anything ;))
Pancakes (blue corn meal pancakes with blueberries, NOM!)
Pasta
Stickier rice
Zucchini sticks (raw and cooked)
Shredded cheddar cheese
Mini whole wheat pitas (with and without hummus)
Grapes (skin removed)

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Great info Erin!
I think I was paranoid with DS1 and choking until he was like 2. That is a hard one to overcome. I need to get going on giving Odin solids soon because I think he is so ready to eat.

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i am kinda interested in blw. i get jealous reading what all your babies are eating!!:p we are still sticking to purees for now. he occasionally reaches for the spoon and i just let him hold it and guide it in, but he doesn't do it a lot so i don't know how much he would be into it. i have also given him bits of baby cookies before and he just gnaws on it, but won't hold it himself:rolleyes: i have a lazy baby! haha.

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Janis, that's funny because I was so excited about making my own baby food. I have all these cubes of pumpkin, butternut squash, carrots, and sweet potato in the freezer. I guess I'll have to break out the mesh feeder and let him use them that way. But man that mesh feeder is a MESS. I only like to give it to him right before I take a shower. THAT'S lazy. Lol

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Simon ate really good tonight and I think it's because we ate with him. I usually feed him before or after we eat just for convience, but tonight decided to feed him during. I think he loved it! I'm going to have to try some finger foods so he can do it himself while we eat.

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Oh wow, I'm really behind on solids apparently! I haven't given Luke any finger foods yet. I've barely started solids at all, b/c I was being lazy, LOL Smile He's had rice cereal, sweet potatoes, and carrots so far (purees of course). As for finger food, I'm just going to stick w/ Baby Mum Mums to start w/. My DD LOVED them!

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I just started Tobey with finger food. I was worried he would choke but he nommed it down like it was normal. I could see him thinking "of course I can do it mummy, what were you worried about" Lol

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Wow!! I am feeling like beyond behind in the whole baby food thing!! I have some green beans, apples, and butternut squash pureed up that we've been giving Sophie; but that's all she's really ever gotten. We tried sweet potatoes like a month ago, and it didn't go well... I want to try some of these finger foods so badly, cause I know how much Sophie would like it too...

I'm SO PARANIOD that she's going to choke!! Sad I remember DD1 trying one of those puff things that are supposed to melt almost instantly and she choked on it; to the point that I had to intervene (sp?) and I ended up doing the j-hook thing with my finger to get it out of her throat. Her face was purple and my ex was screaming at me saying I was killing our baby. It was a REALLY tramatic experience for me... Cray 2 Soooo I think that has really freaked me out to the point that I'm 'certain' that it'll happem to Sophie but I won't be able to 'save' her ...

When you ladies are giving her foods, are they cooked or steamed or anything, so that they are really mushy??

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The majority of Aiden's food is cooked (steamed if I'm willing to eat the food that way too). I have to say that BLW has made a difference in my eating habits. Lunches are a lot healthier since I know Aiden is going to eat some too. Lol

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I've heard of the BLW too, I like the idea of it. But we will probably ease into finger foods around here. Each baby of mine has been different as far as choking goes. Jacob has never really choked on anything...Josiah still chokes on everything, and always has! They are all so different.

I've never bought Baby Mum Mums, I'd love to get some of those for Owen! Where can I get those?

We use the mesh feeder, and I've also pureed some apples, pear, sweet tater, squash, and today I'll do some parsnips.

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So I tried the mumums. He seemed to like them. Although I am all paranoid as he shoves so much in his mouth and bites off big chunks. THough he didnt choke, so that's a plus. LOL!!

When feeding them other food, say like banana chunks, do you have pieces that are small and bite size for them, or bigger ones they can hold and gnaw on?

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lucas had some of a farley cookie today and bit a piece off. i was afraid that he would choke but he just looked at me and started chewing it. now we just need him to pick it up himself and stick it in his mouth. i am not going to hold everything while he gnaws on it:p

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OMG! So I saw a video on youtube about a 6 month old baby having a banana. They left it whole and just cut the skin off the top portion so that the little boy could eat it... well, he did a great job...

So I thought "Hey, Sophie likes banana's! I'm going to try that!" Well her for VERY first bite, she the jammed the WHOLE banana in her mouth & gummed the piece off. I threw up in my mouth. She looked at me terrified and opened her mouth wide, like she was begging me to get it out. So I pulled as much as I could out and then she thankfully managed to spit pretty much the rest of it out and then gag a bit...

I think I'm not ready for BLW ... Sad

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:bigarmhug: I'm so sorry you've had such scary experiences w/ choking Stacy! I'm glad both of your girls are okay! If I were you, I'd be delaying finger foods for awhile as well.

BLW seems so strange to me. I think I'll stick w/ purees for now. Plus I don't cook, so I don't have anything to make that would probably be appropriate for Luke to eat right now. Wink

"misskaci" wrote:

I've never bought Baby Mum Mums, I'd love to get some of those for Owen! Where can I get those?

I've found them at ToysRUs and Wal-Mart. Although there is one flavor I liked to get for DD that Wal-Mart never carried. I think it was the Strawberry Toddler Mum Mum though.

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Stacy- Oh man, that had to be scary! An experience like that would make me hold off on finger foods for sure.

"KittyRN" wrote:

When feeding them other food, say like banana chunks, do you have pieces that are small and bite size for them, or bigger ones they can hold and gnaw on?

It depends on what I'm giving her. Teagan doesn't have the pincer grasp down quite yet so she can't really pick up "bite sized" pieces. She kinda has it but she more frequently mushes whatever she picks up into her cheek than anything. She does best with things she can grasp and nom on. Like tonight, I gave her slices of raw yellow squash. She loves squash (weird kid). I've also given her big slices of skinned cucumber. She noms pieces off. I give her 3-4 inch cooked carrot nubs. I also give her whole pieces of whole wheat bread, which she tears into strips and then sucks on. Mostly, I'll give her things that she can either grab well and nom bits off of or something that sticks to her little sticky fingers like rice or puffs.

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Stacy, i would be scared too!!! anytime i give him anything that is a little chunky i am right there waiting for him to choke but he has been doing ok.

Erin, when you gave Teagan the Kamut puffs how did you do it? did you break it up or anything or give it to her whole? i know they are small, i bought some today but my mom has now scared me saying he is not ready for them yet and he will choke:rolleyes:

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I just throw a bunch down on her tray and let her have at them. They basically melt it her mouth so even if one got into her throat it would melt quickly. She actually does better with slightly bigger things. It's like she can more easily coordinate her tongue and gums to wrangle them. Tiny things just get lost in there.

ETA: This is clearly a "every baby is different" topic. So, go by what he seems to be ready for. It takes a little experimentation and close supervision. Even though I know she's a pro at eating her puffs, I'm never more than 3 feet away when she's eating.

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Yes, I am always right there when DS has food. Aiden does better with bigger things too. He just noms a bit off and goes from there. Some kids are not ready till closer till 1 for this though. As we all know, every baby is different!

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Lainey refuses all solid food in all forms. She has yet to have a positive reaction to anything. I thought maybe it was my homemade purees, so I bought 2 jars - hated them. Decided maybe it was purees in general, so I tried the mesh feeder, and some BLW style stuff. Nope, hates it all. She cries now when I try to put her in her highchair, even if it's just to sit with us while eating dinner. If she sees a baby spoon, she clamps down and refuses to open her mouth.

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Take it as a sign to keep life easy for a bit longer! Food is messy. Wink I'm sure sometime in the next couple of months she'll come around.
Aiden doesn't even get food everyday. He was asleep when I ate lunch and dinner both today, so no food for him. lol.

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ITA with Jackie, don't worry! She'll eat food eventually, we all do ;). Teagan was starting to have that reaction to the spoon about 1 month after we first started. I just put it away and then only offered finger foods every few days. She has always eaten purees well at daycare but her teachers say that's really common. Just in the last week she's started to warm up to the spoon again so I can feed her yogurt and other such soupy things. We introduced solids nearly 3 months ago. So, these things can definitely take time!

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I'm not really worried about it, just....frustrated, I suppose. New food is supposed to be fun, and instead it's like we're torturing her.

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Inspired by this post, Emma tried pancakes this weekend. She loved them! She loves all veggies, minimal fruit, baby mum mums (thanks Erin for mentioning those on one of your posts), puffs, and oatmeal. We're gettin' there!

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Wow! After reading this entire thread, I have to say, Gavin is the puree KING! LOL! We are just thinking about trying the puree meats... so now we're going to try this BLW thing. He and I sat at lunch with a dill pickle spear and he "held" it with me as he gnawed on it, so maybe he'll like it, who knows. I'm scared he'll choke, but I'm also pretty sure it'll be okay.

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