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How much food for a 9month old

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ExBrightonBell Wed 04-Sep-13 00:14:28

Oh, forgot to say that it's easier for babies to pick up finger sized batons of food rather than bite size bits. Gives them something to hold onto whilst they munch.

ExBrightonBell Wed 04-Sep-13 00:12:05

Finger food can be anything really -

Carrot batons (steamed)
Green beans (ditto)
Courgette (ditto)
Avocado slices
Broccoli trees
Steamed/poached pear or apple slices
Roast sweet potato/butternut squash wedges
Soft fruit eg strawberries, raspberries
Mango slices
Melon slices - watermelon is nice
Cheese batons

Or anything suitable that you're eating that you think she could pick up! Doesn't have to be finger food per se - let her use her hands to pick up anything. Noodles and spaghetti can be quite entertaining!

Tagz269 Tue 03-Sep-13 23:20:14

She will take smooth purées ok (not 7+ as she throws up with them) but I would rather steer away from them as they must be very boring for her! She picks good up fine and puts it in her mouth ok but has one bite, mushes the rest and then chucks it (dog then eats it)
I think I will stick with bite sized pieces and finger food and only take jars with me when out and about.
Does anyone have any good finger food options? I've tried toast, sweet potato, pasta.

TempusFuckit Tue 03-Sep-13 21:45:51

They're all so different - my giant DS ate like a sparrow at that age, but nursery have just asked me to send in more food for tiny 9mo DD.

I did blw with both, but found just letting them get on with it and allowing up to an hour sometimes (if possible) helped. It's like anything else, the more they practice the better they'll get. Pasta twists, toast soldiers and omelette/frittata fingers have proved the most popular this time round.

HerrenaHarridan Tue 03-Sep-13 21:36:57

When dd was this age I used to account an hour for meal times as age would often play with her food that long, while occasionally actually eating some grin

JiltedJohnsJulie Tue 03-Sep-13 21:15:19

So will she take smooth purees but not the lumpy ones? Does she gag with the lumps?

ExBrightonBell Tue 03-Sep-13 21:09:20

Can she pick up finger food herself and put it in her mouth? It might be worth letting her play around with soft finger food - sometimes babies can be better with lumps if they are in control of what they put in their mouths. At this age it isn't a huge problem if not much goes in as nutrition still mainly comes from breast/formula milk.

The thing is to try and be relaxed during mealtimes and keep trying. She will get there in the end. There isn't much point comparing babies as they will all have different appetites and be better/worse at feeding themselves.

Tagz269 Tue 03-Sep-13 20:54:43

My dd is quite fussy with her food! She will take puréed food well but I don't want to just give her this! She will easily take bite sized pieces I feed her but take AGES To eat! She doesn't take 7month jars as it all just come out- over me sad
My question is: How much food do you give you're 8-9 month old? And what??
Thanks smile

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