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Hello, all,
Looking for some new ideas. My little one has his favorites, but we need to throw some variety in there or he'll wind up as picky as his preteen sister.
So far we've done purees of: apple-pear-blueberry, banana-strawberry, banana-justabouteverything, sweetpotato-apple, yam-apple, sweetpotato-cream cheese, carrot... and in the beginning, peas, green beans, peaches, pears, and anything else Gerber made that I felt like duplicating at home.
My son is nearly 14 mo now and, since I have no local friends, no sounding boards, I'd like to know what you feed/fed your kids at that age. I try to make his purees very chunky at this point (total of eight teeth so far). Every now and then I sneak a well-boiled egg into his pureed oatmeal or rice, but I don't think he's getting enough protein. He doesn't always go for pureed mom-and-dad food (i.e. pot roast works okay, bulgogi does not), and small chicken pieces is hit-or-miss depending on the tides, alignment of the planets, etc.

Would love some feedback.

(Now I'm all hungry!)
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chrispina
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Time:2006-05-04 12:18 am (UTC)
avocado. try mashing it with banana at first. if he's eating wheat and eggs without problems, start offering soft cooked pasta. we did elbow macaroni and spaghetti at that age. my son likes ham and pork more than beef or chicken, but you have to watch the sodium.
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celticelff
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Time:2006-05-04 02:26 am (UTC)
Ah, I should have noted that whenever we go out, he devours mac&cheese or grilled cheese!
Yes, I should add avocado back into his diet. That was one of his first foods :)
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kianacao
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Time:2006-05-24 04:18 am (UTC)
Avocado also has protien in it.
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chrispina
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Time:2006-05-04 12:33 am (UTC)
could you change the settings on this post so that comments won't be screened? i would like to read what other people say.
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celticelff
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Time:2006-05-04 02:29 am (UTC)
The mods have it set to screen as default. Don't worry; I'll unscreen any that are posted to this entry... I hope folks post more often!
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kianacao
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Time:2006-05-24 04:19 am (UTC)
Sorry folks, I haven't been around to check on the list, thinking it was dead. I will take a look at the settings.
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kytiina
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Time:2006-05-04 02:34 am (UTC)
have you given him yogurt? as far as meat- it took our daughter a while but she's finally catching on to meat. every now and then she'll go a week or two w/o eating it still though. I did meatballs (more like mini-hamburgers/meatloafs) and put a lot of oatmeal in it and veggies and she liked those, plus they're kinda fun to munch on when they don't have so many teeth.
-just thought I should add- my daughter's 17 months
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celticelff
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Time:2006-05-04 03:02 am (UTC)
My son appears to be sensitive to yoghurt-- it gives him INSTANT diaper rash. Which is a shame, because yoghurt is *wonderful* for the digestive system. I've tried the drinkable kind and the container-kind.
(I've not been brave enough to try home-made yoghurt yet)

Thanks!
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kytiina
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Time:2006-05-04 09:53 pm (UTC)
ugh, that stinks. my daughter is sensitive to something the parent in laws use to cook with b/c she gets a diaper rash usually when we go there (not sure what it is though...). never heard of home-made yogurt, how does that work? have you tried the baby yo organic stuff?
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celticelff
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Time:2006-05-04 09:59 pm (UTC)
Yep, I drink "Yo! Baby" myself, since the son can't have it.
Homemade yoghurt-- it's in this great (albeit a bit "granola") book I have called Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron. I really like it because it's more than just food. There's a recipe for homemade baby wipes that I swear by. Anything that's tried to crust itself on doesn't stand a chance (and I don't have to scrub his delicate derriere) if I spritz it on him before wiping the tush.

:)
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kianacao
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Time:2006-05-24 04:20 am (UTC)
Does he manage cottage cheese ok? My son love it. Get the whole kind, not lowfat.
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celticelff
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Time:2006-05-04 03:04 am (UTC)
And meatballs-- great idea! I'll try him out on them next time I cook 'em!
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ex_roomette173
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Time:2006-05-04 03:03 am (UTC)
We do a lot of zucchini and eggplant. I grate it with the cheese grater and cook it until soft in a skillet with a little bit of vegetable broth (no salt added) for flavour. Sometimes I add garlic and onions because he likes those but a lot of babies don't. Sometimes I cook it with organic ground sausage and add spinach finely chopped.

We also have apples and onions- again he like onions. I make a lumpy porridge for him.

This sounds weird but it gets the protein in him: cheese souffle. It isn't half as hard to make as it sounds, there's a lot of basic recipes out there. I also feed him quiche because usually the veggies are finely sliced and the eggs are easy for him to eat and again- it gets the protein in. Hummus is great if you don't have allergies in your family- we do hummus as a dressing on very softly steamed veggies.

My son is 13 months, has about seven teeth, just for reference.
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celticelff
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Time:2006-05-04 03:07 am (UTC)
Thank you- I hadn't even thought to try zucchini or eggplant.
Onion porridge? 0.o Onions make me very gassy, which is probably why my son hasn't had them yet (he had fierce colic until he was about 3mo old; I'm probably just paranoid). I'll have to try out onions on him.
Hummus-- haven't had that *ever*, either. Will have to try that as well.

Thank you for all your wonderful ideas! Your son's birthday must be close to my son-- 13 March. :)
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ex_roomette173
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Time:2006-05-04 03:43 am (UTC)
Mine was born on the 18th! He also had colic- I was eating too much dairy. Isn't it so lovely we're finally past that part? I love toddlerhood. Even if my house is now perma-sticky and he drew on my sheets with a ballpoint pen today. Anything is better than colic!

The onions can be fatal- I boil them and then cook them again but sometimes he's still farty. I've also cut up dates and raisins in there- he loves the taste but they um...come straight through.

The grater is the Amazing Tool in our house. I'm on a mission to grate everything because it means he can eat it and I am sick of having little tiny cuts on my fingers and cleaning out the blender. :)
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kianacao
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Time:2006-05-25 06:34 pm (UTC)
Hummus is yummy stuff. You can add different things to it too. Let me know if you ever want a recipe for it.
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kytiina
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Time:2006-05-04 10:02 pm (UTC)
lol yah, you can definitely tell when she's eaten raisins, or corn, here too. have you tried peanut butter? i just thought of that too, i know i waited with my daughter until she was close to 15 months and then did only realllly thin layers of it so it wouldn't be too sticky on the roof of her mouth.
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celticelff
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Time:2006-05-04 10:07 pm (UTC)
Our pediatrician (military, mind you) said no nuts of any kind, and no honey until he is at least 24mo.
Supposedly this will lessen his chance of developing food allergies to nuts, and the honey is just because of the botulism possibility.
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kianacao
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Time:2006-05-24 04:24 am (UTC)
Peanut butter isn't recommended until at least age three (I have heard some say five). Because it is such a condenced form of peanuts it can be serious if the child ends up being allergic.
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kytiina
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Time:2006-05-24 03:56 pm (UTC)
hmm I hadn't heard that. Our pediatrician told us to wait until after a year. We waited a little longer than that but she isn't allergic luckily!
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kianacao
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Time:2006-05-24 07:09 pm (UTC)
Cool. It is more important for families with known allergies or eczema and stuff like that. Also as a choking hazard. SOunds funny, doesn't it, choking on peanut butter.
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kianacao
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Time:2006-05-24 04:32 am (UTC)
For puree I have always found cauliflower to be good. Mix it with green beans or peas or brocoli. It has a sweetness to it that mixes well with the greens. My son loved it with spinich.

For toddlers. Puree is simply boring. Quiche is good if eggs are not an issue. Scrammbled eggs themselves can be good. Kids seem to either love or hate bread. Steam veggies until very soft and cut them into little peices. My son was ape for frozen peas for ever. As mentioned before: avocado, cottage cheese, you already have the fruit thing going, mac and cheese or little pastas with or without filling.

I chose not to use gerber for baby food but I did use some of their toddler foods. Mostly the cracker snacks and the breakfast bars. You might take a look at them for ideas.

There are also grahm crackers, jelly sandwiches...one of my son's favorites was a turkey-avocado-muenster cheese sandwiche made and cut up into tiny peices that he could handle with his few teeth.

Oatmeal is fantastic... I use steel cut oats and cook raisens in it. They are pretty soft by the time it is done. He used to gobble that down. It also has protien.

Tofu is another good food for tots. Easy to eat and it picks up the flavor of the dish it is in.

Many toddlers are not into meat for awhile. Keep offering but don't be suprised if it goes uneaten.
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