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cheerio substitute for self feeding infant?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created October 06, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Our 9 month old is on solid foods. We are feeding her primal with lots of food through the baby grinder (beef, eggs, sweet potato, banana, avocado, white rice, cheese, etc). We let her feed herself which ends up working well (though quite messy).

With our first child (before paleo), we often gave her cheerios or puffs which was really good for helping her practice pincer grasp and a good snack on the go since it wasn't so messy. Anyone know of a decent primal alternative? Something that is small, not mushy and not a choking hazard?

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on January 05, 2013
at 04:01 PM

Rice cakes! That's a good suggestion, and comparable to the "idea" of Cheerios. Thanks.

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on October 06, 2012
at 05:02 PM

I kind of disagree with cheerios and puffs because I heard so many stories about that rat experiment when they lived longer eating a cardboard box. I am going to suggest green peas (I know, not Paleo), cubed carrots, cubed meat pieces.

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on October 06, 2012
at 01:38 PM

We will check those out. Thank you!

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at 01:38 PM

Great ideas. Thank you. We are going to try the frozen yogurt drops today.

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at 12:17 PM

Oh and their all organic! And the puffs are sweetened with fruit juice and have real powder from the item that is flavoring it, whether strawberry powder, sweet potato, banana, etc.

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at 11:48 AM

Soft cheese, or an all meat sausage?

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on October 06, 2012
at 11:53 AM

I was a nanny for 8 years but I have no kids of my own and I definitely haven't raised a paleo baby, so take this with a grain of salt...

Hard boiled egg yolks cut up into pieces seems like it would be okay, they might be just a bit crumbly. Possibly even the whites but they would stay whole, could possibly be a choking hazard.

Avocado cut up into pieces, depending on ripeness this could fit your "not mushy" criterion

You could also make a variety of veggie pancakes by cooking and mashing up veggies (anything, really, spinach, broccoli, sweet potato) and mixing with just enough beaten egg to hold it together, then press into a pan and cook them like pancakes. Once they cool you can cut those up as well. There are pancakes similar to these sold in supermarkets in the frozen section, I can't remember who makes them. I've given these to 2-3 babies and they have always seemed to like it. Similarly, I worked for a family where the mom made quiche a lot and cut that up and her son was maybe 10 mos at the time and he loved it.

If you do dairy you can make your own yogurt drops: line a tray with tin foil and put little dots of yogurt, then freeze. They're solid when you take them out and melt in the mouth. If you have the capacity to freeze-dry then these could be on-the-go, too.

In the past I have made a souffl?? using eggs (or maybe just whites) whipped with cooked squash or pumpkin, then baked it in ramekins (or you could use a muffin tin). It comes out very light and fluffy and would be an airy/light food possibly more similar to the "puffs" texture.

I think I'm out of ideas, now.

My last piece of advice would be to avoid any of the tempting "paleo flour" alternatives (coconut or almond) to traditional baked snacks... besides from both being common allergens, I doubt a baby's digestive system could handle that amount of fiber.

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on October 06, 2012
at 01:38 PM

Great ideas. Thank you. We are going to try the frozen yogurt drops today.

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on October 06, 2012
at 02:43 PM

I'm assuming you're looking for a cheerio type food, not just for practice of the skill, but for something picky you can bring on the road?

Since you do rice, I would crush rice cakes, or even organic brown rice cereal could work... we did our baby paleo, and kind of just did that... but the Cheerios were missed!

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on January 05, 2013
at 04:01 PM

Rice cakes! That's a good suggestion, and comparable to the "idea" of Cheerios. Thanks.

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on October 06, 2012
at 03:48 PM

I'd look at those little containers of dried veggie bits: peas, corn, etc. see if they are dissolvable enough. I had some dried blueberries that were almost airy and crunchy too. They came in a pouch but I don't recall the brand.

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on October 06, 2012
at 12:15 PM

The only thing that comes to mind are HappyMelts organic freeze dried yogurt bits. You can get them on amazon in bulk. The same company makes HappyPuffs which are gluten free puffs (rice flour): http://www.happybabyfood.com/ourproducts?page=shop.browse&category_id=12 The strawberry ones rock!

Aside from bulk on amazon, these can be found on other discount vitamin type websites like Vitacost (which I love for so many reasons) and is often on sale at some of my local health food stores. I am sure there are homemade versions of all of these that are probably cheaper, but these are convenience recommendations :)

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on October 06, 2012
at 12:17 PM

Oh and their all organic! And the puffs are sweetened with fruit juice and have real powder from the item that is flavoring it, whether strawberry powder, sweet potato, banana, etc.

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on October 06, 2012
at 01:38 PM

We will check those out. Thank you!

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