We've landed in finger food land, and we're having trouble meeting the natives.
Elliot is all about feeding himself these days and I feel like we're stuck in a rut on offerings. He's got a great pincer grip, but he's not a superstar chewer/swallower just yet. Part of this is due to the fact he only has two teeth, but mostly it's because he prefers filling his cheeks like a chipmunk to swallowing the large quantities of food he eagerly puts into his mouth. We've started putting only a piece or two of food on his tray at a time and trying to wait for him to swallow that before we give him another one, but he fakes us out sometimes. Last night, I watched him like a hawk and made sure to check his mouth between bites and I STILL found half a dozen pieces of chicken breast in his mouth after I took him out of his highchair. This boy could give any psych med cheeker a run for their money. But all of this is a tangent and not what I came here for advice on - I'm sure this will sort itself out as he gets more practice eating chunky foods.
What I'm looking for are suggestions on what you feed (or fed) your new finger-food eater? So far, we have tried: Cheerios, Rice Krispies, steamed apple, peaches, banana, peas, chicken, pasta noodles, crackers, and our favorite discovery to date - veggie Pirate's Booty*. I'd love to give him avocado but he hates it, despite repeated exposure. Ditto for cooked carrots. I know he's supposed to be able to eat other steamed veggies but the couple we've tried in chunk form (sugar snap peas and broccoli - the same ones we were eating at the time) were too fibrous for him to break down. We're going to keep experimenting. I have cantaloupe, zucchini and acorn squash on deck. I just thought I'd put the question out there and see what tips the wise Internets could provide.
*If you haven't tried this, consider it my contribution to the brainstorm. It's big and firm so it's easy to pick up, but it dissolves easily in their mouths and Elliot LOVES it.