Q: I have a 20 month old baby girl that is still on baby food. I am looking for tips to get her off baby food and eating table food. My daughter was a year old when her teeth started to come in if that helps any. Thanks for your help, Nicole S.
A: Now that your daughter is 20 months old and her teeth have come in, it’s definitely time for her to give up the baby food and move on to table food. You can start by offering her some table food in addition to her baby food, so that you’ll be sure she’s getting enough to eat while you’re making the transition. Some foods, such as yogurt and applesauce, are very similar to baby food, so there’s a good chance she’ll be open to trying those right away. It’s easy to mash some of the foods that the rest of the family is eating, such as sweet potatoes or spaghetti, and give it to your daughter as well. The consistency of mashed table food will be similar to the baby food she’s been eating, and she might find that most acceptable early on. Once she’ll eat mashed table food, the next step is to offer her table food that is cut up into tiny pieces—foods like cooked green beans, apples, chicken, and pasta. One of the very best ways to get a child to eat nutritious table food is to sit down with her at mealtime and show her how much you and the rest of the family enjoy eating those foods.