Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Finger Food

Ollie attempting to eat some toast

Many baby books encourage offering finger food to babies as early as 6 months to help with their hand eye coordination and overall development.  While we have mostly focused on feeding Ollie pureed foods with a spoon (I guess that's old school?) I have recently been attempting to get Ollie interested in self-feeding. It has not been going well, ha ha.

When playing Oliver puts everything in his mouth; toys, blankets, any piece of lint he picks off the carpet (yikes), but when it comes to food he simply grabs it and tosses it off the side of his highchair. We've tried toast, steamed carrot sticks, banana chunks, but barely anything makes it in his mouth. So odd! On a positive note he does enjoy playing with the food, so that buys me 10 -15 min of time to do the dishes or warm some food.  Still, I would prefer him to eat the food rather than wiping mushed scraps off the floor!

Next on my list of food to try is teething biscuits, and then I suppose I'll start back at the beginning and try toast again.  Has anyone had success with finger foods? Do you have any tips for me and my silly babe?

   

13 comments:

  1. You could try one of those mesh feeders. That would help contain the mess. We just spoon fed until Fi kept trying to take the spoon away and then we started letting her feed herself. Fiona liked the MumMum crackers (all flavors).

    Don't worry too much. Half of the finger food experience is all about the tactile experience.

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    1. I bought some MumMum crackers today and he totally ate them!!! Woo hoo - thanks for the tip!!

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  2. It's all about the Mum mums. They aren't too messy and they let kids master feeding themselves in no time.

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    1. Thanks! I tried them and he totally ate them - yipee!

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  3. Freddie loves the flavored rice cakes- especially the raspberry ones. You could also add some cream cheese to that toast- who could resist that!

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    1. I need to try the cream cheese on toast, maybe Ollie and I will both have that for lunch tomorrow =)

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  4. I have lots of friends who swear by those mesh feeder things...

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    1. I should try those, I have heard good things.

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  5. My daughter loved those mum mum crackers, and they aren't too messy. She went through that stage of throwing food off the side of her highchair also..ha ha, I miss her being so little. :) She's almost two now.

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    1. I just tried the MumMums off everyone's suggestions and he loved them! Thanks!!

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  6. I got Keeley one of the mesh feeding rings - "my" Finn loved it for "eating" and teething. Ask Francie how K liked it! :)

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    1. If I recall Keeley liked the mesh feeder - I'll have to order one!

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  7. Try some frozen peas. We would warm them up and throw them on their tray while making dinner, it keeps them distracted and its good hand/eye coordination.

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