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Starting finger foods

Hi everyone! I recently started giving my 8 month old finger foods banana, raspberry Dissolvable crackers. Any recommendations foods, fruits and veggies of which ones to give? She has not teeth I worry that she will choke. I want to give her corn kernels of course boiled but I’m not sure if she needs to have teeth to chew? First time mom. I appreciate any recommendations in advance thank you! :)

  • Marisa
    Jan 13

    Anything puréed is good. Prunes, banana, apple, pear, pumpkin, sweet potato...nothing overly thick yet.

  • Kalen
    Jan 13

    If you look up baby led weaning, you will find a wealth of info and recipes out there. We did a lot of steamed or pan fried veggies (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, squash) cut in small chunks or in stick shapes that she could hold and feed to herself. I found that some things like strawberries or blueberries were easier to eat if I squashed them flat with a fork so she could keep them in her mouth and gum them. Otherwise they just kept rolling out of her toothless mouth. ;-)

  • Anonymous
    Jan 13

    Baby doesn’t need teeth for foods. Even once they begin eating things like chicken. Their gums are strong :) They can eat anything pretty much that you can squish easily between your fingers. So corn is great. With my first I did purées first then solids. This kid I started straight with solids via baby lead weaning. So much easier! Everything s steamed well and I just squish a little with my fingers so she can easily put in her mouth and enjoy.

  • PK
    Jan 13

    Their jaws and gums are strong. Our pediatrician advised us to prepare the food so that it’s squishable between your index finger and thumb. For size and hardness reference

  • Lynn
    Jan 13

    I did baby led weaning with both my kids and my youngest didn’t have any teeth until she was 12 months old.

  • Christa
    Jan 13

    My kid is all about Avocados. Like LOVES them! You can use the pinch rule too! If you can pinch it and smash it, she’s going to be fine!!! And also, hard boiled eggs are awesome for her too!!

  • Lisa
    Jan 14

    Cut grapes, steamed veggies of any kind (carrots, peas, and corn my daughter loves the best), cantaloupe... anything moderately soft is good. My daughter with very few teeth even does burgers and chicken nuggets cut up

  • Christa
    Jan 14

    I really followed the book “French kids eat Everything” when I started really weaning my son into more solids and less purées. He’s almost 1, and eats things like broccoli, fish, beets, zucchini, olives (sliced), pickles, hamburger, chicken, noodles, lemons (seriously loves them), clams, shrimps, bacon, pickled artichokes, and the usual things kids love too. But set the rule, as you start educating your child on foods, that they eat what you eat- even at 8 months old, and you are her education for food. If you eat it- and show an interest in it, or your partner shows an interest in the food, she’s going to eat it without thinking about it being “icky”. They start this concept at a super super young age, so also, make sure as you start the adventure of new foods that it’s not a toy, it’s to be enjoyed and a pleasurable experience, when she’s done, she’s done, and if she doesn’t like it today doesn’t mean she has too- but she at least needs to try a bite!!

  • Bailey
    Jan 14

    My daughter didn’t have any teeth until 9m old and she still ate a lot of what I ate. If you can squish the food with your fingers easily, then she will be able to chew it with her gums no problem ☺️