Its official! My baby is definitely not a baby anymore… she’s a fully fledged toddler! The signs have been there for sometime, the toddling around, the desire to drop her afternoon bottle and only have two bottles a day.

The last week she seems to be off eating “mush” and yesterday, despite only having two full teeth and three (half) teeth she happily munched her way through 3/4 of a toasted cheese samie, while sitting in a high chair at Spur, proudly waving her samie to passersby.

So from today we will start introducing one meal a day that is a “grown up” meal. I was thinking chicken nuggets, fish fingers, meat balls and “finger” veggies. Any suggestions are most welcome… I’m quite nervous about this, so I’m battling with idea’s, convinced she’s going to choke at any moment, each time she puts finger food in her mouth, she has to eat it with me leaning over her, hand poised ready to snatch said finger food from her grasp and dig out the half chewed food from her mouth!

Meal suggestions?


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  • Reply lolly

    Awesome sharon! I love finger foods for the kids. So much fun!

    Spagehetti is awesome as its soft, easy to swallow and so much fun!
    With fish fingers, in the beginning, I peeled off the breadcrumb bit as it can be quite sharp.
    Oveb chips that are baked to just under crispy.
    Mini-pizzas, cheese, chicken breasts, burger patties with cheese. Basically all sorts!

    November 29, 2010 at 11:36 am
  • Reply lea2109

    Toast with marmite, cheese cubes, cooked peas, cooked macaroni, seedless grapes, banana pieces, oven baked chips, cherry tomatoes cut in half – all those make great finger food.

    November 29, 2010 at 11:43 am
  • Reply mayflowerladybugs

    Cute! And it gets so much easier when you don’t have to cart along mush, and can just order form the menu!

    Perhaps google ‘baby-led weaning’. An interesting concept, one that makes me a little jittery but as it turns out, in some ways quite accurate.

    November 29, 2010 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply natasjap

    I started with softer finger food, like Avo’s cut into long fingers, Rainbow chicken nuggets (the crumbs are soft on the gums even after grilling), tomatoes, 2-minute noodles, banana cut into pieces, baby corn (those in the can are softer) and cucumber.
    My boy LOVES grapes, and then I also gave him not such healthy food like mini-cheddars, those biscuits with the jam inside???, dried fruit sticks to chew on and also fish-in-sauce that I cut in big pieces and mix with mash. He can then pick out the pieces of fish with his fingers.
    Also peas and corn mixed in a small container – he eats it like sweets!!!! (I bought a small pack of each found in the frozen section – he loves it still frozen!)

    Congrats on the toddler, it does get a bit easier now, except for the days when not even chocolate dipped in chocolate will do! You will soon realize all her likes and dislikes!

    November 29, 2010 at 12:40 pm
  • Reply jonivdw

    Adam basically started eating off our plates and now eats whatever we eat otherwise for lunch he has four or five of the following items:
    cherry tomatoes
    cucumber strips
    carrot strips or those baby carrots from Woolies
    raw broccoli florets
    raw mange tout or snap peas (he loves loves these)
    cubes or strips of grilled chicken breast
    meatballs (those woolies ones are very convenient)
    cheese cut into sticks or cubes
    grilled thin boerewors
    toast with either cheese, cheese spread, peanut butter, marmite, bovril, sandwich spread (he loves this) etc.
    watermelon & all types of melon
    apple (quite big pieces)
    banana (quite big pieces)

    He is starting to feed himself with a spoon and fork and this is messy as hell but part of the process!! We haven’t introduced nuggets or fish fingers as the one time we ordered them he hated them… he also prefers raw veg to cooked veg!

    Supper he eats whatever we’re eating.

    November 29, 2010 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply natasjap

    Ooh, I nearly forgot! A firm favourite in the house is Laughing Cow Cheese Triangles. Not too keen on the Melrose ones, though.

    November 29, 2010 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply Nisey

    muffins are a great one! a good book on the subject is feeding made easy by gina ford… great ideas and beautiful easy quick recipes…

    November 29, 2010 at 1:11 pm
  • Reply coachmarcia

    Toast with anything – cottage cheese, peanut butter (if no nut allergies), avo, cheese spread, marmite. I cut into fingers…

    My kids LOVE carrots – cooked and I slice them into rounds. They think they’re “sweets” – we don’t do sweets at all. Raisins also.

    November 29, 2010 at 2:26 pm
  • Reply TJ

    Pretty much what everyone else has said. You can try corn on the cob and barley balls as well.

    And if you have a very messy eater then try the Mum2Mum full sleeved bib. I just got mine because he’s now wanting to feed himself with the spoon.

    Good luck and enjoy this time!

    November 29, 2010 at 3:07 pm
  • Reply hollielee5

    Congratulations! Let the food fun begin! We have pretty much always fed our son table food. When I seems to have difficulty with it, my husband (Registered Nurse) reminds me that “IF he’s coughing, he’s okay and can get air.” But we haven’t had much problem with that, thank goodness. He eats really what we eat; peas, beans, carrots, bananas, grapes (cut in 4ths or 8ths depending on size), pears, mandarin oranges, sliced sweet potatoes, shredded or cubed cheese, baked or roasted chicken, broiled white fish, he just really eats what we eat with exception to super spicy foods.

    November 29, 2010 at 4:27 pm
  • Reply suestuart

    I am going to copy all these answers for me to use too! Though I am also paranoid about choking and am still happily feeding Katy mush, with the odd TINY piece of this or that thrown in! Anything bigger and she shoves it all into her mouth and I panic! And we STILL have no teeth with which to chew 🙂

    November 29, 2010 at 4:42 pm
  • Reply orbit365

    Love this phase. It is especially fun if you have a child that likes to experiment with new flavours/textures. You can try toast with anything (avo was a favourite in our house), grapes, grated apple, banana slices, watermelon cubes, sweet baby carrots, blocks of cheese, cauliflower and broccoli florets. There are a lot of resources and some really cool ideas on Google. Check it out when you have some time. And enjoy this fun phase!
    ps..get a plastic bib as well.

    November 29, 2010 at 7:37 pm
  • Reply darylfaure

    Welcome to the wonderful world of toddlerhood. It really is such a wonderful phase, but be warned, you have to up your game now to stay one step ahead of your little sponge.

    November 29, 2010 at 7:47 pm
  • Reply pandoragelb

    I was watching the video last night of the first proper meal, the faces that she was pulling were so funny! She had this little yuk face, and a shiver, yet she ate everything. I have had a few little chokes, most she manages to get out herself. Lots of ideas above, so I will just say she choked most on spagetti if not cut very small, raw carrots and applea. but I think it also depends on the child. I see others her age happily munching appleas and carrot sticks, it must be the way they eat. I didn’t do mush for more than 6 weeks, then just lightly mashed it. At the beginning, those tiny little pasta pieces you can get are great, as they don’t need any cutting, just cooked them with the veg and then drained. You get little flower shapes etc.
    My own biggest mistake was giving her tomato sauce, now she wants matie with everything, even with her salad! At least its relatively healthy.
    Nice snacks are those mini cheddars, mini marie biscuits and the kids in the church group love the oatees cereal rings! Its a free for all every sunday! Jelly is also nice for them.
    What I have learned! It is messy! Food is found in far flung areas of the kitchen. Tomato sauce stains! Should not have bought baby blue high chair (at least it is washable). Spitting is apparently great fun, especially Naartjie pips.
    I love every minute!

    November 29, 2010 at 8:52 pm
  • Reply Hanneke C

    Haven’t got much to add as we feed them what we eat although in bite size pieces. On the choking thing, the worst part I find is the stupid harness in the highchair! I know that they are for safety but how fast can you undo the straps while they are choking?

    November 30, 2010 at 1:29 am
  • Reply ttcnot2easy

    I love this post – made me chuckle!

    My friends would always put a mish-mash of things on their kiddies plates so that they could randomly ‘choose’ their own food – grapes, peach/apple/pear/banana slices, cheese cubes/slices, fried haloumi (no oil), vienna, varied bread (I think french loaf was a fave) – and fish fingers ALWAYS made an appearance!

    December 1, 2010 at 6:35 am
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