I love watching his little fingers pick up his Cheerios and the look of concentration as he slowly brings it to his mouth. When he likes a particular taste he nods, rocking his body forward and back while making a "Num Num" sound. We've been slowly introducing Satchel to finger foods. We've tried 3 teething biscuits before we found the perfect one. The first one we tried was a wheat free biscuit by Earth's Best that was made from barley, but it was too soft and kept breaking off in Satchel's mouth. The second was Healthy Time's maple teething biscuit. It was hard enough and didn't break apart, but the smell was so strong that Satch still smelled like maple the following day. I love the way my baby smells...I don't want him to smell like maple. Finally we tried Healthy Time's vanilla biscuit and this one was just right.
We checked out the Gerber fruit puffs and noticed that not only did they contain a lot of sugar, but they also contained strawberries! We were surprised as strawberries are an allergen. We found that Gerber Graduates makes an apple snack that is simply freeze dried apples (no sugar) and disolve quickly in the mouth, but Satch has a hard time maneuvering them in his mouth and often gags.
One thing he's wild about is YoBaby yogurt...and of course, Cheerios.
The lovely Joan Davis (a pediatric dietician in NYC) sent me this wonderful book, "Child of Mine: Feeding with Love and Good Sense". Our beloved Rochelle Sirota, also a registered dietician...and also known as "Shellsteak" sent us a video related to the book.
I also really like, "The New Vegetarian Baby". Both books are packed with excellent information.