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Food ideas for 12 month old transitioning to "real" food

pamelak52 | Sep 15, 2011 08:13 AM

My daughter is finally starting to show interest in "people" food as opposed to baby food. I usually just mash or puree fruits or vegetables, sometimes adding some mild spice to what she's eating. (While I would prefer to give her what we're eating, we don't just yet - we'll start soon. Long, boring story.)

Anyhow, now that she is starting to demolish Praeger's veggie burgers, tortellini and waffles, I'm looking for interesting, healthy foods for her. Any suggestions?

Preferably things that could be prepared in advance (night before, or pulled out of the freezer - I work, get home around 5, take her to the park or out for a walk and she has dinner at six - her dad's not home til 7 pm or so.

Fruits and veggies are easy but I would love to get her to start trying "real" food. Ideas for interesting food that could be shaped into little chunks or balls for her to handle herself? She allows me to spoon feed her, but if I reach for one of the morsels on her high chair tray she smacks my hand. She wants to do it herself.

Thanks in advance!

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