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#13109 - 11/30/06 08:42 PM Solid food?!
CShell Offline
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Just saw our new Texas GI doc (who was really nice, I was sort of apprehensive b/c in general GI docs aren't so nice lol), and he suggested doing solid foods with Jules - NOT just the jarred foods that we give her now, but actual table food.

Any suggestions? I'm at a loss. She doesn't really *chew* the jarred solids, sort of smooshes it around and swallows it. I'm afraid if I give her a piece of something solid she'll choke! She's done mashed potatoes fine, but that's about the same texture as jarred baby food.

::sigh:: She does have almost 7 teeth though lol So I suppose it's about time we started...
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#13110 - 11/30/06 08:52 PM Re: Solid food?!
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Registered: 03/21/06
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hey i have some thoughts. I had spoken to my mom she said to use the food processor to things like beans and carrots ect. Make it like mash potatoes. She also said try not mix to much things toghether just in case julia is alergic for example if she is eating sweet potatoes or peas dont mix in corn and carrots that way if julia has an allergic reaction to anything you will be able to keep track. As a kid i know that eating solid homemade food is what kept me healthy to this day I rather have a home made meal than anything fast food. Try a bit of everything rice, beans, chicken. Be careful with fruits be do try it out one fruit at a time. Good luck and if u have any questions for my mom (she probably a beeter resource than me) please let me know.

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#13111 - 11/30/06 09:21 PM Re: Solid food?!
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Registered: 02/10/06
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Loc: orange park, florida,usa
Bananas are always good to start off with. they are solid but soft and easy to chew. you could also do a beef stew of something like that and let her eat the soft veges. like carrots and potatoes. Good luck, jennifer

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#13112 - 11/30/06 09:39 PM Re: Solid food?!
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Registered: 05/13/05
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Loc: PA
Good first foods for us have been small bits of watermelon, chicken and stars soup (we drain the broth out when they are tiny), bananas, Gerber fruit puffs, small bits of hot dogs (cut small...not in circles), Mac and cheese (cut in half at first) and small pastas (small shells were a favorite). Things like that teach them to chew without a huge risk of them choking. Once you see what she can do you will have a better idea of what she can eat. It's hard to say until you try. The biggest thing is to make sure she's siting up while she's eating.
BTW...Glad you like your new GI doctor!
Lisa
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#13113 - 12/01/06 12:20 AM Re: Solid food?!
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Registered: 09/28/06
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Loc: Brooklyn Park, MN USA
Emma loves to eat block cheese cut up in small pieces, cheese slices work well also. I steam broccoli and get it really soft, and she loves that, she also loves waffles, with butter, oatmeal, I cut up any type of meat in really tiny pieces. I found canned pears are really easy for her to eat, and canned peaches, and mandrin oranges. I would maybe try giving her small bits of your meals to let her get used to real table food. Emma won't even touch baby food anymore. The Gerber Graduats meals are ok also. I especially love the fruit and veggie puffs. Give me a call if you have any questions.

Becky

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#13114 - 12/01/06 12:34 AM Re: Solid food?!
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Registered: 11/08/06
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Loc: Wollongong, Australia
Hi all,

I have been reading this board for about 4 years now, but I haven't written much.(and needed to get a new profile)

I wanted to just say that babies and toddlers have great gag reflexes, So if the food isn't chewed enough it won't get far before they vomit it back up. My son really like dried fruit bars and chucks of soft pear to chew on.

By the way, my son,Tobias, will be 4 in march and has x-linked Ichthyosis. However they are about to start genetic testing in Feb because the pead. derm. thinks he might have another genetic condition as well as the Ich. I also have a six month old daughter, eleanor, who also has a long list of medical problem, but more about my children later.

Hope things get better with Julia's eating.

Sarah.

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#13115 - 12/01/06 01:08 AM Re: Solid food?!
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Registered: 12/23/05
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Loc: Austin, Texas
Jules has teeth right? Jared only has 4 and has been eating solids since he was about 7 months old. I pretty much tear things into tiny bites. I started out with oatmeal and applesauce, can fruits and veggies (becasue they are tender). As for meat I gave him mainly shredded meat that was in other foods util I really knew he wouldn't choke. Good luck.
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#13116 - 12/01/06 01:33 AM Re: Solid food?!
Laurensmom Offline
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Lauren loved mashed squash. We just made it lumpier and lumpier as time went by.

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#13117 - 12/01/06 03:09 AM Re: Solid food?!
CShell Offline
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Registered: 11/10/05
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Loc: Fort Meade, MD
Thanks! I'll give all those suggestions a shot!

I still think that the GI doc is over-estimating her abilities right now. I had some stage 3 carrots/veggie dinner, that had chunks of carrots in it, and she just swallowed it like she does the stage 2 banannas and choked. She doesn't even really make *chewing* motions when she eats, but rather smooshes it around with her tongue. I know she has to learn how to eat, but I just don't think she's at that stage yet...developmentally she's at a 6 month old level (gross motor, small motor, verbal, etc...although cognitive they said she was at about the right place)...and I wouldn't expect a 6 month old to eat table food, ya know?
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#13118 - 12/01/06 03:38 AM Re: Solid food?!
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Registered: 11/08/06
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Loc: Wollongong, Australia
Just had another thought, Have you tried giving her Rusks to chew on?

Sarah

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