Posted: 29/01/2011 at 14:17
my attitude is that there is nothing to be scared of and to just go for it and go by your child and how they are. my dd is now 7.5 months
i started weaning at 23 weeks with mashed and finger foods so she always had them and took to it well then started to refuse a spoon so now is mainly all finger foods and it depends what it is/what kind of mood she is in how much she eats and what she throws on the floor lol.
anyway sbased on what you asked:
Cucumber - would you peel the skin off?
nope i just slice it - she usually spits the skin out but will eat it if its very thin slices (sometimes i cut them thicker than others lol)
nope cause of the salt in them - she just has normal chedder cheese cut into strips and i have given babybels recently but only one here and there.
Toast with margarine?
yes to toast but to butter rather than margarine as they need full fats til 2 and i cut it into soliders.
Marmite ( only a tiny taste as I know it has a high salt content)
prob not again due to salt and i dont see point in just a little but then its not something i like myself
Banana - I'm scared of her choking on this for some reason
yes i cut this into slices - i sometimes give her half a banana but she tries to feed the dog it if i do that lol.
yes i dont use jars or packets but do buy packets of baby snacks such as the rice cakes and corn rings etc as they are better some 'normal' foods she has been fine with the rice cakes since 6 months and since 7 months has been taking the bread sticks and crackers (that are meant to be from 12 months!) and she is fine with those (i dont go by ages as such)
would prob use this as a sandiwch filling or for her to dip crackers etc in havent yet as i havent got round to making any as again something i dont eat - shop bought again can have lots of salt
Sandwiches - what would you put in them?
i cut them into small triangles with either just butter, philadelphia or banana and i have also given tuna and grated cheese on them (very messy lol) my dd also has 'toasties' and chews them.
Grapes - the seedless ones, are these too small as I'm afraid of them being swallowed whole!
my dd loves grapes - i swear she will turn into one! i have never cut them in half and have never peeled them either and she has been fine even when she sometimes puts a smaller one in her mouth whole she has no probs with the skin but sometimes spits it out if its a really big grape.
from 6-7 months my dd also had/has cherry tomatos (whole) strawberries (halved) raspberries and blackberries (whole) pieces of clementine and pieces of melon etc.
she has never choked she will occasionally gag (usually as she is a grubber and tries to stuff too much in her mouth at once lol) but its never worried/panicked me as they have the gag reflex for a reason its instinctive so they dont choke and as a result i give my dd most things - she also has pasta etc she can also eat blueberries and tonight managed some raisins. like i said she has had most things and as she refuses the spoon now (apart from cereal and yoghurt) i had no choice but to go down a blw route and now in glad i did, i just put something down and she'll attept to eat it - its amazing really and i wouldnt have thought she could manage half of it so your baby might surprise you and if they arent ready for it just hold off and try again in a bit.
sorry this is a bit long...