Best first finger foods?

@4cuteboys (4102)
United States
April 20, 2007 1:02pm CST
My infant and I went to a nutritionist the other day. She said since he's 6 months, he should now be starting solids at least 2 times a day and finger foods. She kinda made me feel bad for not having done the finger foods yet, so I ran out today and bought gerber puffs. He ate three pretty good, then gagged on the fourth. So now I am thinking he isn't ready reguardless of what she said. Or do they just need practice? I guess my question is, should I keep trying now, or wait? And also if there's a better finger food for him to start with so he doesnt gag. thanks!
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@shorva (923)
• Philippines
21 Apr 07
oh no, what do I do? My baby is already 10 months and she doesn't eat meals. I started to give her solids on her 4th month, and she use to eat 1 meal a day until she reached 8 months. From then on she didn't eat meals anymore. When I give her food she only eats 2-4 spoons and spits the rest of it. And your nutritionist said your baby at 6 months should eat finger foods? How about my baby? I don't know what to do, she doesn't like solids that much.
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• Australia
22 Apr 07
This is because you only allowed her 1 meal each day from 4-8 months - as i have mentioned before - the informtion i have been given says you need to persist & from 6 months or so onwards they should be having 3 meals a day & 4 bottles containing 8oz. My daughter is 10 months - she usually has 4 bottles, 3 main meals & occasionally she'll have snack in between as well. You need to find things she'll eat - dont feed them to her, let her do it herself & try things that are nice - pieces of banana, slices of orange, mashed potato - anything they can pick up in their little hands & smoosh in to their mouth! Keep trying but don't feed her yourself, let her do things her own way & she'll eat!
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@Gemmygirl1 (2870)
• Australia
22 Apr 07
Little ones will always gag on their first foods, my daughter used to have porridge at 4 months & she would even gag on that occasionally. Try toast, add a little butter or some kind of spread to it, cut it into strips & cut off the crusts. That makes a GREAT first finger food - my daughter still has it every day for breakfast! You could also try mushed up banana - mush it in to small pieces, put it on the high chair tray or wherever he eats & let him pick at it. He might not eat much but he'll eat as much as he feels like! All i know is the formula my daughter uses, has information on the side of it which says that at that age they should have 4 bottles of milk - 8oz each plus 3 main meals! The formula is from 6 months! Try mashed potato, orange slices, mashed anything really! Also, my daughter loved chips - she could hold them & suck out the insides! There are also bread sticks here in Australia called Rusks - they work a treat as well as soft fruit sticks!
@cynddvs (2950)
• United States
21 Apr 07
Some of the things I started my daughter on were banana pieces, cheerios, potatoes, and my daughter did ok with the gerber puffs after she got used to them. I was really paranoid about giving my daughter finger foods for a while. She didn't get her first tooth until she was almost 9 months old and I was always afraid she was going to choke on something. But with stuff that really soft you don't really have to worry to much. Just let her practice and take things at your own pace.
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@student7 (1002)
• United States
21 Apr 07
I have two children that I started them with Cheerios. It is good for their eye hand coordination. They will also get mushy when they get wet so they don't choke on them. Also they are great for the boys when you potty train them. They can aim at them, it would like a game for them. Anyway try Cheerios or even zweiback bread.
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@tater03 (1765)
• United States
21 Apr 07
I would try a few more times and see how it goes. I will say both my boys gagged the first couple of times I tried finger foods but I think it is just because they are not sure what to do. One thing my kids liked was Cheerios.
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@addysmum (1225)
• Canada
20 Apr 07
They need practice. Is he taking cereal yet maybe that is all he can handle right now. I started my son on cheerios and fruit. My son loved melon, water melon was the best because he could smash it with his tongue. A really good cookie to try is the baby mum-mums, or cereal cookies. The cereal cookies are great because if you add a little formula or other liquid they turn to cereal. One thing you should know is that while the doctors are giving you the best advise for your child you as the parent knows when your child is ready for things. Don't give up on the finger food, put out a little at each meal and he will get the idea.
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@harwoodkp (285)
• United States
20 Apr 07
I would suggest cherrios. It is a small simple food with a lot of differenet vitamsins. M son realy enjoyed this food in he first year.
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@Dana5881 (609)
• United States
20 Apr 07
He just needs practice so I would say keep trying it every day, at least once and he will get used to it. For finger foods I liked cheerios and those gerber puffs. They were great and they melt in the child's mouth so he cannot choke on them. Same with cheerios which are also good for him. Good luck!
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@semak76 (187)
• United States
20 Apr 07
when mine was young, i would give him just plain bread. he could hold it in his hand, and if he got too much, it would pretty much just disolve in his mouth, nothing he could really choke on. Favorite snack to this day is a plain peice of wheat bread.
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@mememama (3077)
• United States
20 Apr 07
Just wait awhile, I don't think my son was on finger foods until he was closer to nine months, he'd gag. The first thing he could not gag on was those gerber puffs, then it was cereal like cheerios. By ten months he was on table foods full time, 3 meals a day. You shouldn't feel bad for not giving him finger foods, it's recommended that you wait to start baby foods at six months, so I think finger foods can wait.
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• United States
20 Apr 07
Just like everything else a baby has to learn to eat. You should start off with soft foods that squish easy. Like ripe bannanas, canned fruit (sugar-free or low syrup). My son and daughter both loved hard boiled eggs cut up in little pieces. I think some of the gerber foods are a little over processed, and smell bad like the meat sticks yuck! You might also try looking at baby websites they often have good ideas.
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• United States
20 Apr 07
They just need some practice. Just continue to observe him when he's eating. Some other things you might like to try : 1. Bananas. Just mash them or cut them into very small pieces. 2. Sweet potatoes. Boil them till soft, remove skin and mash. 3. Applesauce. You can buy ready-made ones or make your own. 4. Small pieces of cheese (if he has no allergies) or tofu is also good. 5. Well-cooked and mashed vegetables - peas, carrots, green beans, etc. 6. Well-cooked pasta. Just try a new thing every few days. Make sure they are soft enough and bite size. Also, watch out for any kind of allergic reaction.
@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
20 Apr 07
They definitely need practice with the finger foods. I used to give my kids cooked macaroni, grilled chicken, cut up into small pieces, cheerios, baked potato (again cut up into small pieces). Neither one of my kids liked baby food so I had to improvise a lot with them.
• China
21 Apr 07
hehe,That is the bad habit,
@babyangie27 (5177)
• United States
20 Apr 07
Every child is different,try talking to your ped's doctor,or trail and error. Try the geber biscuits my daughter did best with them. Speak with your friends and family who have been through this. Don't get discouraged, I have had plenty of people make me feel bad it's all a part of being a new mommy. Good luck.