What fun snacks and recipes can I feed my toothless 10 mo. old?
My toothless 9-month-old loves small-curd cottage cheese, chopped banana, cubed toast, cubed grilled cheese sandwich, and those Gerber puffs. Just make sure the pieces of food aren’t too big and keep a constant eye on baby. I also make great use of my baby food mill… most meals can be ground up in the mill and my baby loves eating what the rest of the family is eating. Different makers include Happy Baby, KidCo, and Munchkin and I’ve seen them at Target, Babies R Us, and on ebay. A mini-food processor works well too!
Babies’ food preferences and feeding skills go through stages, just like other developmental skills, and other areas of development influence how babies attack their food. First came the introducing solids stage where parents’ main goal is to get baby through the transition from liquids to solids and from sucking to mouthing and chewing. In this stage, baby gets used to mouthing and swallowing different tastes and textures. Most beginning eaters only dabble in solid foods, taking only a couple spoonfuls of a few, select solids. An important principle of feeding is both the food and the method of feeding should match. From seven to nine months, babies develop several developmental skills that make mealtimes more interesting: They begin to pick up objects with the thumb and forefinger. They develop a fascination with tiny objects, such as morsels of food. They want to “do it myself.” You can capitalize on a baby’s developing fine motor abilities and growing curiosity by adding new tastes
My son is 9 month old with no teeth yet either. We just started feeding him those Gerber Finger Foods: flavored puffs. He seems to love them and he actually feeds them to himself. We also purchased a thing from Walmart. It looks kinda like a pacifier and it has a fabric mesh bag on the end, so you can put a piece of fruit or meat in there, close it up and the baby can suck on it and not choke. It’s in the baby department with the feeding things and costs less than $3. We just started him on Stage 3 baby food, which has the small chunks in it or thicker textures. He seems to be doing very well with that also. Good Luck with all you try and I hope I helped.