What do I feed my toothless wonder?

By Leca
@lecanis (16664)
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
April 7, 2007 3:52pm CST
My son is 10 months old now, and he still has yet to have a single tooth. He has teeth that are close to coming through, but even though he's been "teething" since he was 2 months old, none of them have come out yet. This has me in a bit of a quandry. Most of the parents I know are feeding their kids a lot of table foods by this age (though still with some formula every day)... and I wonder what I should be starting my son with. He does eat baby foods some, but I'm afraid to give him any regular food really because of his lack of teeth. What were you feeding your child as this age? Did they have teeth? What do you think is gummable?
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@ricknkae (1726)
• United States
8 Apr 07
I would use a food processor or a blender to get the hard food like meats or apples ... But you can feed him most food just by cuttng small bites Your lil one will enjoy pickig up some sliced bananas or pears (ripe) ... ground beef is pretty easy to eat as well ... broccoli, cauliflauer ( a little overcooked so it is softer )... actually almost everything that you could mash down with a fork, your kid can "chew" it with his gums!
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
8 Apr 07
"actually almost everything that you could mash down with a fork, your kid can "chew" it with his gums" This is a very useful observation. I've been mashing things for him just to be careful, but he'd enjoy it much more if he could just pick up small pieces and eat them. I'll have to try some of your suggestions! Thanks. =)
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@ricknkae (1726)
• United States
8 Apr 07
Anytime...
• United States
10 Apr 07
Sweet Lecanis, Most Certainly Under No Circumstances NEVER PEANUT BUTTER OR MARSHMALLOWS Everyone that has responded has given some really great advice. You can mix just about anything chopped up small enough in a heap of mashed potatoes, put him in his high chair, place a bib on him, and let his little fingers do the work. I would stay away from offering him too many sweet things because they taste soooooo good. If he develops a "taste" for sweets it may be hard to get him to eat his spinach later on. I would stick with applesauce, ground/chopped/mashed fruits, etc. You also have to be careful to give fruit in moderation or the poor fellow will get the poops. Oh dear, darling, I've forgotten how complicated being a mum for the first time can be; when it's really very simple. It's people like me that make it sound so much more difficult. Mothers have been raising babies for centuries. Listen to what others tell you when you ask for advice, but do only what feels right to you. I will end by saying that my oldest daughter did not get her first tooth until she was over one year old and she was over two years old before she walked. I was sure that she was going to be the only one in her graduating class wearing knee pads! Fortunately the teeth came in and she began to walk upright when she was ready. We are all different, just like snowflakes! Relax and enjoy that little boy ~Donna
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
11 Apr 07
I knew about peanut butter, but why oh why couldn't I have seen this BEFORE I let my son eat some of my Peep? He didn't seem to have any kind of reaction, but I do hope the marshmallow wasn't too bad for him! You have a good point about sweets. We hope to save those for only very special occasions. =) Thanks for all your advice. And thanks for sharing about your daughter! I'll try to remember that everyone goes on their own timeline, and not worry so much. And to relax and enjoy him... the wonderful beautiful little creature he is! =)
@creematee (2810)
• United States
8 Apr 07
Hi Lecanis! you have received a lot of great advice! Don't fret about your little one not having teeth. My girls were both 13 months old before they even got their first one! I did feed them table food, lots of diced chopped fruits & veggies. Frozen waffles and frozen french fries were awesome as teethers!! If your son is ready for meats, I would suggest deli ham or turkey diced up. My kids all loved this treat! Just about anything you would eat would be OK for the baby. Just make sure it isn't HARD or sharp--Like raw carrots or potato chips! Good Luck!!
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
8 Apr 07
I have gotten lots of great advice. So many helpful people on mylot! I'll try not to fret it. I'm so glad to hear my baby isn't the only one this late in getting his teeth. I don't have that much baby experience, honestly, and all the ones I know had pearly whites already by his age, so I was very worried. Thanks for sharing about yours! =) Thanks for your suggestions, and the warning. You're very helpful!
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
8 Apr 07
Actually, they make these little snackable treats for babies that come in a tube like Pringles and it looks like Lucky Charms cereal without the marshmallows. And they dissolve on the tongue. I got some for a baby I was watching for a while...she LOVED them! They come in fruit flavors and one is even sweet potatoes! I even tried the strawberry and banana one to see if they would be too hard for her...since she did not have any teeth either but expressed interest in table food. And wow! It really did great at dissolving! This is something I would highly suggest!!!! Give the baby a handful in the high chair while you are in the kitchen cooking dinner...and it will keep him busy and happy! :)
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
8 Apr 07
We've tried some of the puffs actually, and he does love those. Thanks though! You're very kind and helpful! =)
@coolcatzz (1587)
• Canada
8 Apr 07
First of all it is actually a good thing for them when they teeth late. My son (who is now 18) was very slow teething and I was getting worried. Then the doctor/dentist told me the later they come in the better. Actually they were referring to the later the permenent teeth come in the better because the older they are they are more likely to take better care of them. I would just keep him on soft stuff, foods that they can suck on and have melt away. Cheese, eggs, toast, veggies that have been mushed up. Even stuff that is cut really small. Even though he doesn't have teeth showing their gums are pretty tough and they actually can chew food with them.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
8 Apr 07
Thanks for your response! That's very helpful advice. Thanks for sharing your experiences with this too. =)
@moodycow (42)
• United States
8 Apr 07
My daughter's first tooth just started coming in when she was 10 months 1 week. She has been eating small pieces of what we eat way before her tooth ever appeared. Babies chew in the back with their gums, not the teeth in the front so those don't matter when it comes to feeding.
@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
8 Apr 07
Thanks so much! I'm glad to hear my baby isn't the only one! And that's useful info about babies not really using those front teeth anyway. Maybe now I can relax and stop fretting about them!
@blueyes (56)
• Canada
8 Apr 07
hi, well i have 4 kids. I think mine had some teeth. I always think the longer it takes to come in the stronger they will be. Can't you grind up food in a blender. I use to do that. Like some potatoes with milk an butter. My boys loved it. Buy some can fruit and blend it.I use to buy teething cookies. My mom use to do blend some of her meals. as long its not to thick or chucky. Something he can gum it. I hope this helps. :o))
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
8 Apr 07
Thanks for your response! You know, we bought a blender and just haven't gotten around to using it. He's been eating baby food. But I think I will start taking whatever we're eating and blending some up for him. I'm sure that would be much more exciting for him than always eating baby food!
@cyntrow (8524)
• United States
7 Apr 07
Frozen waffles are great at that age. Once they gum them down into a digestable form they are wonderful. Prior to that, they seem to be a natural drool catcher. I would aslo suggest Cherios, which are quick to gum to soft form and the cheetos cheese puffs, also easy to gum and quite tastey. Hope this helped.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
8 Apr 07
Ooooh cheetos! I'm sure he'd make a right mess with those! *giggles* Thanks for your suggestions! =)
• United States
7 Apr 07
Lecanis, my grandson is now 19 months old and like yours was slow to grow in teeth. I can't remember exactly but I think he was about 9 10 months also but then he cut 4 at a time. I mashed up most of his table food, just so he could eat what everyone else was. Still even now he is lazy in the chewing department and I have to be careful that his food is tiny bites because he just gets in a hurry to swallow, and most of the time everything is whole. Baby food is great for awhile but then want to start eating from your plate and taste everything. Hard crusty baked breads was one of the things that Ash loved and still does for that matter along with those Gerber biter biscuits. Vegetables especially makes a big difference when its regular cooked. he just enjoys them so much more than the bland jarred baby foods.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
7 Apr 07
Mine looks like he's going to do the same thing! He has several teeth that look like they're going to pop through any day, so hopefully it'll be soon! Thanks for your suggestions. I agree with you on the baby foods. I usually taste things (just out of curiousity) and they're pretty bland all right. I'll have to start giving him more veggies when we eat them instead of feeding him just the baby food ones.
@wendee (359)
• Canada
7 Apr 07
try bits of cooked veggies. LIke diced cooked carrots and potatoe's. small pieces of banana are ok and other soft fruits are good as long as they are small. I fed my children popcorn twists when the were about 8 months....they loved them! the melt in their mouth. Cheerio's were also a big hit.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
7 Apr 07
Thanks for the suggestions! Very helpful. I have given him bananas before, but I mushed them first. I'm sure he'd rather I cut them up small so he can pick them up himself. I'll try that next time. =)
@mrsturner (519)
• Canada
7 Apr 07
There are quite a few things that babies can eat, but all the ones I can think of have been mentioned. Babies (as you've noticed) teeth when they are good and ready. My son got his first one at 5.5 months and my daughter at 4.5 months. Give him things that ush when water hits them like Baby Mummums or cookies made from arrowroot. They make a good old mess and enjoy every minute of it. My kids liked crusty bread because they could chew at it, but it doesn't easily break apart for them to choke on.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
7 Apr 07
Thanks! Wow, your kids got them early. I was thinking my son would, because he starting acting like he was teething at two months old, but the teeth just aren't breaking through yet. The doctor said not to worry about it until he's at least a year old, but of course I worry anyway. =p Thanks for the suggestions!
• Canada
7 Apr 07
I work cusual in a nursing home and many of the residents don't have teeth but they manage with regular food just fine. Also with my children it wasnt long before I just put everything I ate into one of those small food choppers and they ate what I ate. It's really about what your feelings on it are every parent has to make their own rights and wrongs.
@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
7 Apr 07
Thanks for your response! You have a good point that I should pay attention to my feelings too. Very helpful.
@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
7 Apr 07
Hi there! Don't be afraid if you think he is ready. Most studies have proven that infants chew with gums, not with teeth! I worked in daycare and a little girl there was 1 with no teeth but was able to eat table food just fine. By 10 mos, my kids were mostly on table foods diced very small. Foods that are gummable, would be Gerber puffs (a great starter food) well cooked pasta cut up very small, diced peaches that are very ripe and soft, cooked carrots made small, little tiny pieces of cooked chicken, cheerios. I would avoid biter biscuits. I know a few moms that had choking incidents with those.
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
7 Apr 07
We have tried the Gerber puffs, and he loves them! I didn't think of any of these other options though. Thanks so much! So far we haven't given him anything that wasn't either baby food or mushed, so I think he'd like some variety. He loved the puffs because he can eat them on his own, so maybe if I cut things up tiny that would work too. I just worry too much I think!
@cjthedog64 (1553)
• United States
8 Apr 07
Well, my DS has 16 teeth at almost 16 months, so he knows how to use them by now. :) But the gums are firm enough to "chew" most anything that's kind of squishy in texture. Watch out on meats because they don't break apart as quickly as other things. Our doctor said that even when they have teeth, until the molars come in and they learn how to use them, babies still swallow most things whole. The gums/teeth kind of squish things up, but most digestion happens in the stomach. You'll see lots of "whole" foods in the diaper for quite a while, regardless of the teeth. So go ahead and let baby experiment. :)
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@vanities (11387)
• Davao, Philippines
8 Apr 07
you can feed him mashed vegetables its the same as in the adult food ..thats what i feed to my toddlers..
8 Apr 07
Infants can chew food with the help of gums.But you can start with soft food just like mashed banana,Mashed boiled potato,ready made food which made specially for infants.These foods are easy to chew.You can also give him boiled mashed vegetables.