Finger Foods

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Last Monday, we took Nora in for her nine-month well-baby doctor's visit. I always look forward to these appointments (especially now that they're three months apart, which seems like forever!) because it gives me the opportunity to ask 10 million questions. It also reassures us that we're not total screw-ups as parents, so that's nice.

Oh, but before I say more--Nora is now 16 lbs., 4 oz. and 26.75 inches long. That's approximately the 7th percentile for weight, and 18th percentile for height. Still technically a peanut, although she certainly seems huge to us!

Anyway, at the appointment, we spent a lot of time talking about eating habits and what the next three months will look like. Nora's a great eater. She gobbles everything up like a champ, and does not seem to be a picky eater--at least not at this stage of her life. She pretty much eats whatever we give her.

Lately, though, she's been grabbing the spoon when we try to shovel in her purees. It's like she'd rather take the puree off the spoon and feed it to herself. You can imagine how well THAT goes (HUGE MESS). Our pediatrician said that this is a sign that she's done with purees and ready to strictly feed herself now.


We had been giving her teeny pieces of some real foods--banana, watermelon, peas, green beans, cheese shreds, breads, and of course, puffs. She'd been doing well, but I wasn't expecting to be completely done with purees just yet. And, well, to be fair, we're not. I still have a bunch of frozen puree cubes left in the freezer, so we're at least going to continue until those are gone. Plus, sometimes it's still EASIER to feed her purees because we've become quite efficient at it over the last three months. Letting her feed herself is a whole different ballgame!

But now that Nora has been "cleared" to eat anything, it's been fun to do a little experimenting the last week or so. We've started giving her pieces of whatever we're having. I still cut everything up into miniscule pieces because I'm paranoid like that (the girl still doesn't have any teeth!), but she's handled it all well. She didn't seem to be TOO big a fan of our slow-cooked mexican chicken dish (too spicy?) but she DEVOURED dinner tonight.

Peas, green beans, leftover pasta with meat sauce, chicken french, a little sausage... girlfriend was eating it up faster than I could lay it down. This was her first meal during which we didn't give her ANY purees.

My baby is growing up so fast!

Now, we are officially entering the wonderful world of finger foods. We'll continue to give her things that we're eating, but I wouldn't mind having some other things in the rotation for her. Anyone out there have any advice/suggestions for good (nutritious!) things for her to eat?


Kristin {Sea Cow Circus} June 27, 2011 at 9:56 PM  

Our LO didn't have teeth when we started solids, either - we started BLW at six months and she always mashed/nommed/gummed everything in to workable bites for her. She only has three teeth now (at almost 11 months) - they've definitely helped her become more efficient with her eating, but we haven't really introduced anything different just because she has a few chompers. She loves pretty much all fruits and veggies and can't get enough of breakfast carbs (waffles, bagels, French toast, etc.) and foods like pierogi, grilled cheese sandwiches, tortellini, meatballs (we cut them in half) and string cheese. She hasn't met a pasta she doesn't like, and she's a big fan of ham, too. She also loves yogurt (we get an organic baby one).

Music June 27, 2011 at 10:44 PM  

One of my go-tos is pancakes! You can make them from a mix, and even add the purees you have to them, then cut them up into small pieces for the baby. Pancakes also freeze well, so they're a mom-friendly food, too.

basebell6 June 27, 2011 at 11:22 PM  

we are trying to get my son to gain weight so we actually give him bites of unhealthy things too. LOL. pizza, tacos (with sour cream of course), bread (definitely have to put butter on it for more fat), cheese ravioli's, lasagne, perogi's, but yeah he's a huge fan of fruits and veggies too!!

Lisa June 28, 2011 at 12:46 AM  

Confession... Collin still eats some purees. There is something about the texture of fruits and veggies- he won't even touch them, let alone eat them. At this point, I just mix them with cereal to make them thicker and let him feed himself.

Gia June 28, 2011 at 7:23 AM  

I had no idea that was what grabbing the spoon meant. Interesting because Logan (6.5 months) does it constantly. Hmmm...

Beth June 28, 2011 at 9:06 AM  

We make a lot of "burgers" for our 9 month old. Black bean and quinoa burgers are a huge hit (and great sources of protein) and we like to eat them as well. He even loves ground turkey and chicken.

Krystie June 28, 2011 at 6:49 PM  

Individual sizes of macaroni and cheese, avocado (both good fat/calories for her!) english muffins, fruits, veggies, string cheese, pieces of lunch meat (turkey, ham, etc) rice based stir fry, ground turkey, oatmeal, beans (chili, black beans) quesdillas. So many options!

Tonya June 29, 2011 at 11:22 PM  

i thought nora looked bigger then that! my baby was born in december 13 weeks early and weighing two pounds and is already 15 pounds and 26 inches. These kids grow like weeds! she sure is a cutie!

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