Found my focus. Need your help. - Baby Steps in High Heels

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Found my focus. Need your help.

So, I need your help. It’s a little silly, but I’m in somewhat of a state of shock.

You all know that Baby is in day care. For all intensive purposes, we like this particular day care (though I’m not too crazy about the current class she’s in, that’s another issue altogether).

We generally do like this place, except that it is located across town from where we live. We are on the waiting list at a couple of other places that are just down the street from our house.

We’ve been on those waiting lists since this time last year!

I stopped in recently to follow up, make sure we were still on the waiting lists …. and to also check out the next classroom up from the ‘infant’ class. Since Baby is 9-months-old now, it’s very likely that she won’t get into one of these new places until she passes the one-year mark.

I took a look at those older classes: 12-18 months and 12-24 months. Wow. Those babies are MUCH bigger than my sweet little 16-pound girl. And they sleep on mats on the floor.

As if that weren’t enough to throw me for a loop, they’re eating things like chicken spaghetti!



My child still barely gums down mashed bananas without gagging. How the heck am I going to transition her in the next 3 months to a place where she can eat meals like that?


So, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. Yes, Baby does have 6 teeth. Yes, she loves her food, and she handles Puffs pretty well. But, I’m kind of at a loss. I guess I need to start a new Google search, but I’d also love to hear from all of you. Any ideas? Suggestions?

Please note that just because I currently make Baby’s pureed food, this does not mean that I’m opposed to store-bough options.

I just need to know where to start.



  1. Start making her little things like diced carrots, mix diced fruits into plain organic yogurt....that will begin to transition her to food. Although my nearly toothless 1 year old will be stuck on dices for awhile.

  2. a lot will happen for her in the next three months. I know it's hard to believe but it's true.

    I agree, start dicing up some softer fruits (bananas are a good one). Is she picking things up yet? You could place a few pieces on her tray she may get interested and try.

  3. cooked carrots, cut up into cubes. cubed cheese. We started feeding Noah whatever we ate, just cut up small enough for him. As long as he's been introduced, I say try anything. It's amazing how quickly they get a hang of it.

  4. My youngest started eating the same foods as us when he was a little younger than your baby. He just started grabbing off his brother's plates.

    Try it with whatever you happen to be having for dinner. Still give her her baby food, but give her small pieces of what you are having.

  5. In 3 months she could be eating all that too...a lot can happen in that time.

    Hang in there it will be ok!

  6. MP JUST got her second tooth...she'll be a year in a little over a month. I don't give her much of anything other than mushy stuff and baby food. She's eating puffs and I freak out when she chews on a teething biscuit. I don't remember it being this way with Will. In fact I'm pretty sure Joey gave WIll a slice of pizza when he was her age and he did fine with it. They are all different :) She'll be fine :)

  7. I agree with Corinne! Marlee handled things very well after I started giving her more solid foods! You can pretty much give her anything...but I would start with cut up soft fruits, and some steamed veggies. You can also try less "Solid" foods, but more real foods...aka mashed potatoes that aren't as soupy, or other things like that. Soon she will be eating everything on your plate, and you won't know how it happened! :)

  8. I agree with what the other moms said. They make a lot of progress from 9-12 months. Evan was on stage 3 baby food at 9 months but slowly started working up to more finger food after that. Like the others said, just try some diced up soft foods and see what she can handle. Evan learned pretty quick to spit out stuff he couldn't eat (or didn't like). He only has about 8 teeth now but it's amazing all the stuff he can try to eat (he's pretty picky). He loves hummus on small cracker pieces and is starting to like small pieces of fruit. She'll get there, no worries!

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  10. you'd be surprised at all the changes that happen between 9 mos. and 1 year. Loads! Don't worry, your babe will surprise you with things that she can handle at daycare that she wouldn't touch at home. My daughter REFUSED to eat raw peppers (or cooked for that matter) but at daycare she gobbled them up like candy!! Go figure!

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  11. Just to let you know Monkey just barely hit 20 pounds and she is 20 months, so try not to worry too much. As far as the eating that will come too...she is going to surprise you how much she is going to gobble up in the next three months! *hugs*