Bored with Baby Food?

Leave a comment

January 17, 2013 by Kimberly Beauchamp, ND

Dear Doctor Mama,

My six-month-old wants to feed himself but I am terrified of him choking. I had a bad experience with one of my older children choking so now I am paranoid. Pureed food isn’t working, though; he’s bored with that. I know CPR as a back up but could use some reassurance.  Thanks for your time!

~Jeanette in California

storyvillegirl (flickr)

storyvillegirl (flickr)

Hi Jeanette,
Even though your baby is eager to eat whatever he sees others enjoying, he still isn’t ready for most non-pureed foods.

In general,

  • Before 6 months, babies should only have breast milk or formula.
  • From 6-8 months, they can start to enjoy pureed foods like apples, carrots, and sweet potatoes. Babies should be able to sit up on their own before starting solids.
  • Babies are usually ready for some small finger foods by about 8-10 months. Good choices include soft, partially mashed beans, tofu, bits of egg, fish, and small pieces of cooked, cut-up veggies like broccoli.

Remember to introduce about one new food per week to your baby. Look for any signs of adverse reactions. In addition to serious warning signs of food allergy (hives, vomiting, difficulty breathing, coughing, swelling of the tongue, face, or lips), watch for changes in the stool, rashes, tugging or scratching at the ears, and any unusual changes in behavior.

You’ll see your baby demonstrate his finger foods readiness by becoming a “human vacuum cleaner;” he’ll use his pincer grasp to pick up tiny pieces of just about anything (and often eat it!)

Every child is different, so if you son has a good pincer grasp and seems ready to feed himself “big kid” food, you could try giving him very tiny things, like wild blueberries (not the big cultivated type). Avocado and banana mash up easily, so maybe he’d be okay with lumpier versions of those foods, too. Watch him carefully to make sure that the texture is okay for him. Even if he has teeth, he’s just not ready for larger chunks of food yet. Soon enough, little one!

Best,

Doctor Mama

Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog is for educational and/or informational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any condition. If you have any concerns about your own health or that of a family member, you should always consult with a healthcare professional.

About these ads

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Doctor Mama’s Picks

For professional-grade supplements from Emerson Ecologics, enter ACCESS CODE: 1heal1

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 298 other followers

Copyright

© 2012-present. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Kimberly Beauchamp, ND and Ask Doctor Mama, with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Disclaimer

The information contained in this blog is for educational and/or informational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any condition. If you have any concerns about your own health or that of a family member, you should always consult with a healthcare professional.

Affiliate Link Disclosure

Some posts contain affiliate links to various products or services that I recommend. You are not obligated to purchase through these links, but when you do, a small percentage goes to supporting this blog and my family.
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 298 other followers

%d bloggers like this: