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Talking Food

My son is 8 months old he will be 9 months on the 27... he has two bottom teeth and one incoming top tooth He HATES baby food and wants real people food. What are some options for food? Friends say to give him Cheerios but he’s just not old enough to me to have them yet. I do give him stuff that we eat like little pieces of ground beef mashed potatoes bananas. But what are some ideas of things I can prepare ahead of time just for him to eat. Helppp

  • Lynn
    Feb 13

    Cheerios, yogurt, crushed nuts, carrots, endless options. He should be able to gum many things. I did blw with both of mine.

  • Kendall
    Feb 13

    We started real solids at 6 months :) you’d be surprised how strong those gums are! beans, steamed veggies, Cheerios, avocado, ground beef, fruit like blue berries, pears, bananas, raspberries, noodles, shredded chicken, shredded cheese, yogurt, eggs. Really the only thing I’d say not to give is the obvious stuff like nuts, hard crackers and stuff like that.

  • Beatrice
    Feb 13

    Baby’s gums are stronger then u think u can give him solids

  • Bailey
    Feb 13

    Yup! Whatever you’re comfortable giving baby, chances are he/she can eat it. My daughter didn’t have any teeth until after 9m old and she still ate whatever I gave her. Purées were not her thing at all.

  • Courtney
    Feb 13

    Hi my son has the same birthday😊. I give him lots of veggies: broccoli, squash, sweet potato,... I also give him beans and fruit. The newest food was scrambled eggs, the pediatrician advised starting with yolks as children with egg allergies are more reactive to the white. Most of the food I purée and freeze in cubes so it is easy to thaw a couple at a time.

  • Ivy
    Feb 13

    Stews are great. I like to freeze them in small pouches or cubes. Frozen veggies are easily steamed and softened. I also like making beans and having them in the freezer or a batch in the fridge that will last a few days. Sweet potatoes are yummy as well as avocados. I like mixing bananas with avocados for a bit of sweetness. Cheerios can be a good start. My first did very well at 7 months with cereals, however, my second would choke and vomit, up until he was 2 years old.

  • B
    Feb 13

    Do some reading on baby led weaning. It’ll give you some good ideas. But he can basically have anything you want

  • Julie
    Feb 13

    So there’s an 18 month old in my daughters toddler classroom that has only three teeth and he eats like a champion...so don’t worry too much about the teeth. Just make sure the food is soft and small, your boy will figure it out!! My daughter started hating baby food around 7-8 months and then she full on refused by 8-9 months. Of course it was right after I went on a buy two get one free food pouch shopping spree 🙄. I’d say feed him whatever you eat (just in soft, small pieces he can eat with his hands). Good luck, mama!!

  • Terah
    Feb 13

    When y'all have your LO whatever you ate did it have seasoning on it? Or do you recommend making some separate without seasoning?

  • K
    Feb 13

    All 3 of my babes started with finger foods at 6 months. Kendall is right about how capable they are, mine didn’t have any teeth in the beginning. Start with foods that are the length and size of your finger softened. Sweet potatoes, broccoli, cooked carrot, cooked apple slices are all good options to start. Mine also enjoyed avocado, which is a powerhouse and super easy (but also messy). Over cooked pasta is also great. Don’t be scared to add some spices like cinnamon (stay away from salt). Last thing...Bamba. If you don’t have family allergies to peanuts and want to introduce it, these are great! Trader Joe’s carries them.

  • Janna
    Feb 13

    Definitely research Baby Led Weaning (don’t worry it’s not about weaning off of bf it’s more of weaning onto big people food)

  • Kendall
    Feb 14

    Terah- only thing I watch for is extra salt and spice. Some babies like spice though! Just not my dude.

  • Alexis
    Feb 14

    At 8 months he could eat most anything you eat as long as it's not a choking hazard (no nuts, hotdogs unless they are cut up really small, etc). Youd be surprised what they can manage to eat. Just stand close by the first time you offer him something just in case. And also remember gagging and choking are not the same thing. Gagging means hes learning how to eat his food. Choking means hes not able to breath and wont be making any noise. Most babies catch on pretty quickly. :)

  • Kaya
    Feb 14

    Baby led weaning has worked well for my baby who likes to feed herself. She is 8 months old. She also eats well from the pouches of baby food by just sucking it out. She mostly refuses a spoon. Her 2 teeth do fine with anything soft like banana, avocado, steamed carrot, etc

  • Taylor
    Feb 16

    fruits! any and all fruits and veggies chopped into tiny pieces steamed soft but not super soft my baby loved anything with no skin so anything you can peel and steam is perfect unless they dont like veggies idk what soft meats there are but if you give them a lil tiny piece of whatever ill think he would love it ✨ u can never go wrong with mashed potatoes!