My son is 11 months and really would prefer to feed himself. However, we are very cautious about chocking and limit what we let him feed himself. However, I need some new ideas. We've been letting him feed himself pease, puffs, baked apples, baked sweet potatoes, ground chicken and rice. Does anyone have any other ideas of great foods he can feed himself and what's the best way to cook them?
meat balls cut up a bit, bananna, toast , frenchtoast, omelettes,potatoes, just a few my son enjoys.
meat balls cut up a bit, bananna, toast , frenchtoast, omelettes,potatoes, just a few my son enjoys. oh a good website is weelicious.com
Some great ideas were mentioned already! There are lots of easy-prep foods for babies - I know because I don't enjoy (nor am I good at) cooking, and unfortunately for me, my little foodie 12 month old decided he despised pureed foods at about 7 months, so I've served him all kinds of finger foods already. (Plus, he's my second child...I'm quite a bit more adventurous this time around as my older son got way picky with food after age 2...in hindsight, I'm realizing it probably has a bit to do with the very limited menu we served him as a toddler.) You could offer pretty much any type of vegetable steamed soft or canned fruits. Trader Joe's sells jarred peaches and pears that are super tasty - my LO's go through a jar a week of each. (I found I have to offer fruits like a dessert for my baby, though - after he's already filled up on non-sweet foods - or he won't really want anything but fruit the whole meal.)
Your little guy will be able to wield a baby spoon and fork soon, so you could even start letting him try to feed himself yogurt, applesauce, etc. (Just be sure to get one of those suction bowls before you get started with that so he doesn't figure out so quickly that he can throw it all on the floor. ;)
Also, maybe you could venture out to some combined foods with all-natural ingredients. Of course talk to your doctor, but at his age he's probably ready to move on a bit as long as you continue to chop to pea-sized bites and limit him to just one new food every three days. (I saw your blog post...maybe do it on a day off from work so you'll be with him?) Trader Joe's sells a great rotini-type organic vegetable pasta you could chop and add tomato sauce...messy (but very cute!) and nutritionally pretty darn good. One unusual thing my baby loves are the Dr. Praeger's brand veggie patties you bake in the oven - the California one is very good, but he even likes the broccoli one and the Southwest one (which is spicy!) Those can be found at Trader Joe's and Henry's...maybe mainstream grocers too.