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Foods for baby with no teeth

My 11 month old still has no teeth. The wic office wants us to give her more table food and when she turns 1 we lose baby food on wic so she will need to eat real food. Not sure what to give her since she has no teeth. Any ideas?

  • Julie
    Apr 30

    Soft things, like make a stew in a slow cooker and cut the carrots and shred up the meats and let her go to town, hard boiled or scrambled eggs, bananas, any fruit (apples are harder so I shred them) to be honest anything you eat she can too as long as it’s soft and cut small. My daughter is 20 months and there’s a boy in her class who just got his front teeth in but he’s been eating regular food since he was 10 months or so.

  • Lily
    Apr 30

    Even if they have teeth around one they don't use them. Mine didn't really want to eat anything until about 1. She has always just gotten whatever I was eating. Food before one is just for fun, so don't stress too much!

  • Suzy
    Apr 30

    Just cut everything small enough that she doesn’t choke. My little girl is 20 months and still cutting teeth. I started to offer her tiny pieces of everything I eat at 9 months. So far she has only spit out tomatoes and anything with vinegar.

  • Anonymous
    Apr 30

    Food before 1 is important. It helps promote healthy eating when they try different flavors and textures. WIC should give you lots of things you can feed your baby. Look at what frozen vegetables it offers. The mixed vegetables are perfect for babies,they are cut very small and perfect to help develop their pincer grasp. My 8 month old has been eating stuff like peas and carrots for 2 months now. Frozen peas are great for teething. Canned beans are also great. Scrambled eggs, noodles in tiny pieces. Frozen fruits and vegetables are also easy to make in to purees. Boil them until they are soft, drain blend in blender, or even mash with a fork and they are ready. Oatmeal with peanut butter, or apple sauce. Some times I give him half of a soft banana and he does the mashing for me! Never leave her alone, and if she takes a big bite scoop it out and try again. Plain yogurt with flavors added. You could even do shredded cheese. And remember gagging is ok, they will regurgitate it.

  • Julie
    Apr 30

    So I’m not looking to start a debate or derail from Amanda’s question but I just wanted to say that the whole food before one is just for fun quote is not true. Food before one is important. If you want to avoid food texture issues and allergies, please don’t hold onto the food before one thing. All children develop on their own schedule but for us, my daughter was only drinking 20 oz of breastmilk and the rest of her nutrition was coming from three meals and at least 3 snacks a day. She also drank a cup of water a day. But before that she was drinking 35-40 oz of breastmilk or formula daily!! I know the volumes because I exclusively pumped. I spoke with my pediatrician about it because it worries me that her volumes were dropping and she said she was doing great but to set my mind at ease she also connected me with a pediatric nutritionist who told me that the food before one is just for fun thing was almost as dangerous to our babies nutrition and development as the breast is best campaign. She also told me that at a recent pediatric nutrition conference there was an entire session about the “food before one is just for fun” quote. No one could figure out who started the saying and they were all discussing how to change the mindset to avoid issues associated with it.

  • Lily
    Apr 30

    Doctors change what they tell you is best all the time, a few years ago it was no fish during pregnancy and now it is eat fish a couple times a week. People are different and everyone has to thier research on what is best for thier family. For my family doing only brearkmilk until almost one was what my baby needed. Have to do what is best for your family, and leave others alone because you never know the whole story https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/starting-your-baby-on-solids-the-three-new-things-i-tell-parents-to-do-2XXX-XXXX7

  • Julie
    Apr 30

    Exactly!! Every child is different 😃

  • Emily
    Apr 30

    Something super easier for you is veggie soup — unsalted chicken or veggie stock, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, etc. Boil until veggies are really tender. Great for baby to ‘chew’ on and drink the broth to hydrate. I also take baby purée (like carrot or pumpkin or veg mix) and mix finely chopped chicken and rice together. Daughter has 4 teeth but doesn’t need them to eat this.

  • K
    May 04

    I feed all of my babies table food from 6 months, no purées. You just have to make sure you soften it enough so that she can mash it with her gums. Things like sweet potatoes and broccoli are a good start.