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    Soup Lady
    Sat Mar 26, 2005 6:50 pm
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    Hello everyone, I am new to this site. I have a nine and a half month old daughter and she has been doing well with her baby food for some time now. I have started to introduce her to table foods such as macaroni and cheese and other small pieces of pasta, soups with small noodles or rice in them and cut up chicken, etc. Oh and of course Cheerios! What are some other good foods to introduce her to table foods? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much!
    winkki
    Sun Mar 27, 2005 12:40 am
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    What a fun age she's at ~ tiring, lol, but fun! (I have three dd's and a baby on the way) You've had quite the year, eh? icon_biggrin.gif

    Most small diced soft food will work well....carrots, beans, peas (well, don't dice the peas icon_wink.gif ), squash, tofu, bananas, peaches (might want to steam them briefly first to soften them). Probably better to avoid peanut butter (both for allergies and for choking) for now, and definitely no honey until she's over a year.
    Amanda Beth
    Sun Mar 27, 2005 4:17 pm
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    Mashed potatoes are good too, unless your kid is like mine, and won't touch them. Scrambled eggs, unless you worry about allergies. (We didn't, no one in our family is allergic.) Hope this helps, it's been so long since I've had a baby that age...but one is getting there, faster than I like, to be honest.
    Soup Lady
    Mon Mar 28, 2005 12:54 pm
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    Thank you both. Mashed potatoes were the first table food I ever gave her and she loves them. I have been wanting to try scrambles eggs but haven't yet. I think so many parents are just feeding their young children whatever they eat which usually is not good for them and I want to make sure I don't do that with her. Thank you again.
    ladypit
    Mon Mar 28, 2005 9:05 pm
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    Mandy it sounds like you are doing great! Because of allergies in my family I did not introduce my kids to eggs until they were much older (closer to 18 months). That said, I allowed milk products younger then is recommended so we all do what works for us. icon_smile.gif

    Fruits and veggies were big for us, plus things like cheerios in moderation. Cubed tofu is good... I too have been out of the "feeding a baby" thing for a few years and I have selective amnesia about what we fed them!

    Glad you could get some suggestions though... And I'd love to hear what else you are feeding and how it goes!
    teresaspindel
    Wed Mar 30, 2005 7:22 am
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    Hi! Im the happy mamma of a 15 months old! He started with table food when he was around 9 months old, and now he eats like a horse (I mean a lot! icon_wink.gif ).
    He loved to eat green beans: those that are long and thin, in the pod. He had them steamed with little bit of olive oil and some herbs. Depending on how many teeths your little one has and how good she is at chewing, she could eat them whole grabbing one in each hand like my son did, or cut in little pieces.
    When he was 9 months old, regular rice was too dangerous for him to eat, because of the choking risk. But he did eat a lot of rice porridge: brown or white rice cooked a long time in water and blended a couple of seconds in the food processor, just to make it little bit more porridge-like. He would eat this rice with chicken, fish, steamed vegetables in little bits, etc.
    He did have sandwiches: a slice of white bread without crust, with little bit of butter and a slice of cheese, cut in little pieces, will make a soft sandwich for a baby.
    Whole wheat bread is not advised in Sweden for children under 1 year old. Also, ham, salami, etc are not advised at all because of the nitrate content. No spinachs either for the same reason (nitrates) until they are 1 y.o. No honey or nuts, as winkki said. And no citric fruits either (not advised for babies under 1 y.o. either, for allergy reasons).
    Our son ate mini meat balls: we boiled grounded meat (organic for him) and we processed it in the food processor little bit (grounded meat can have rests of nerves, etc, that are very hard and a 9 months old could choke on them). We made little balls with this meat paste adding egg yolk, flour, mashed carrots, turnips, green peas, etc, and we fried them in little olive oil. He still eats them and loves them.
    I could write and write!! I have discovered that I love to cook for my son Benny and to talk about it!!! Better I stop before I get even more boring!! icon_lol.gif
    I hope it helps you to get some ideas anyway!!
    Best regards,
    Teresamamma icon_biggrin.gif
    AmyMCGS
    Wed Mar 30, 2005 3:04 pm
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    Yogurt! My pediatrician suggested yogurt at a younger age than most will recommend (I think she was 7-8 months), and my DD loved it. In fact, now, at age 2, she cries at the refridgerator door if we won't let her have yogurt. She also enjoyed the liquid yogurt drinks in her sippy cups.
    Soup Lady
    Thu Mar 31, 2005 2:18 pm
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    Thanks again to everyone! Yogurt is a good idea, I will have to get some. Today for her lunch I scrambled some egg yolks and also smashed up some peas with a fork. She really seemed to like it. I also gave her some baby food bannanas.
    winkki
    Sat Apr 02, 2005 1:37 pm
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    PinkFreakMandy wrote:
    Thanks again to everyone! Yogurt is a good idea, I will have to get some. Today for her lunch I scrambled some egg yolks and also smashed up some peas with a fork. She really seemed to like it. I also gave her some baby food bannanas.

    Oh yes, yogurt was a big hit here! Ooh, and dd#3 went crazy for cut-up avacados at that age; go figure! icon_wink.gif
    ladypit
    Sat Apr 02, 2005 3:18 pm
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    winkki wrote:
    PinkFreakMandy wrote:
    Thanks again to everyone! Yogurt is a good idea, I will have to get some. Today for her lunch I scrambled some egg yolks and also smashed up some peas with a fork. She really seemed to like it. I also gave her some baby food bannanas.

    Oh yes, yogurt was a big hit here! Ooh, and dd#3 went crazy for cut-up avacados at that age; go figure! icon_wink.gif


    So did my daughter, come to think of it. It was one of the ones that really shocked me. But she is the kid who, at 2.5, loved raw mushrooms the very most. icon_smile.gif
    Tallmom25
    Mon Apr 04, 2005 8:56 pm
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    Thanks for those tips! I have 5 kids myself and the 2 youngest are twins who are 11 months old.

    I'm having a tough time figuring out what to feed them! The meatball idea looks awesome!

    How long do you cook your rice? I've considered doing the same for my boys! Dh says rice is cheap and they may eat us out of house and home!lol!

    Tallmom25
    winkki
    Mon Apr 04, 2005 9:38 pm
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    Tallmom25 wrote:
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    Thanks for those tips! I have 5 kids myself and the 2 youngest are twins who are 11 months old.

    I'm having a tough time figuring out what to feed them! The meatball idea looks awesome!

    How long do you cook your rice? I've considered doing the same for my boys! Dh says rice is cheap and they may eat us out of house and home!lol!

    Tallmom25

    11 mo twins...gee, you aren't busy or anything, are you? icon_wink.gif icon_biggrin.gif How old are your other kids??


    I hear you about being able to afford to feed the kids (we have three dd's who eat like locusts, and a baby due this month, and dh is working on his PhD so budget is very tight). We live on rice...you can get a 50 lb bag at Sam's for under $10 icon_eek.gif ...one bag lasts us about a semester, and I cook about 3 cups (dry) at a time. icon_biggrin.gif

    I do roughly 2:1 water to rice, actually a little shy on the water....ie: approx 1-1/2 or 1-3/4 c water to 1 c dry rice. Bring to a boil, cover. Reduce heat as quickly as possible while retaining boil, eventually down to low (about 1.5-2 on a dial)...if you do it too fast you'll lose the boiling. Cook about 18 min (including time it takes to reduce heat).

    When water is gone and rice is soft, remove from heat. Lift lid, fluff, and replace lid while leaving a little side open to release steam. It may not be haute cuisine, but it's a basic part of our dinners at least 3 nights a week. icon_wink.gif icon_biggrin.gif
    Amberngriffinco
    Mon Apr 04, 2005 11:55 pm
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    I was brought up on mashed bananas with sour cream and some sweetener.

    Cottage cheese too.

    amber
    CO
    froglet
    Tue Apr 05, 2005 3:08 pm
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    hi! My daughter enjoyed partly pureed vegetables , gradually getting less and less pureed as she got better at eating solids. She really enjoyed chewing on a big piece of cucumber, especially during teething. (Even though she couldn't actually bite any off at first.) When she got a little older we gave her little sticks of cucumber to eat properly.

    She is now 18 months and for the last 12 months she has enjoyed pears a lot. I slice a little of the wide end off to get her started(and peeled it half way when she was younger) and put it in her hand upside down, like an icecream cone. Babies love to hold them.Yum! Initially we peeled grapes and other fruit too. OOh! and mashed banana was a hit!

    Also, if you can get hold of small baby yogurts made of fromage frais, they freeze really well, so you can put a plastic spoon in them and baby can eat them like an icecream, holding the spoon. Really nice when they're teething.

    PS. There is actually a baby book of fiction called something like "the avocado baby"! About a baby who loved them and would eat nothing else!
    froglet
    Tue Apr 05, 2005 3:11 pm
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    I forgot....I got a little worried abut the amount of sugar in the cheerios I was giving her, so I gave my daughter pre-soaked cornflakes. I soaked them in a little warm milk for a few minutes, then drained the milk and they were good to eat! icon_biggrin.gif
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