Joe doesn't eat a ton of solid food at this point. Okay, actually, he hardly eats any solid food at all. As soon as he sees us coming with a spoon, he clamps his mouth shut, turns his head away, and holds up his hand to block the attempted feeding. He will, however, eat (and then spit out) tiny amounts of a few finger foods. He will eat dry cereal and bits of raw tofu, and on a good day, he'll eat some soft-cooked beans or pieces of butternut squash or sweet potato.
Since Joe clearly prefers to eat food that he can hold, I wanted to try giving him some teething biscuits. I've made most of the food he's eaten so far from scratch (I know what you're thinking, but it's really easy!), so I figured I'd try to bake some teething biscuits.
I found lots of teething biscuit recipes here, at my favorite home-cooked baby food recipe source. I used the "Nutritious Teething Biscuits" recipe, and it turned out great - once I added a ton more flour, the egg white, and cooked it for about three times as long as recommended! So, anyway, here is my adaptation:
Nutritious Teething Biscuits
1 large egg
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp molasses
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup milk
1 tbsp oatmeal
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tbsp wheat germ
1 tbsp nonfat dry milk
Beat egg and combine wet ingredients. Whisk dry ingredients and pour in wet ingredients. Mix well with a rubber spatula. Dough should be stiff and pull away from the sides of the bowl. Roll dough on a floured surface to about 1/4 inch thick and cut into strips or desired shapes. (I did this very randomly, ending up with a cookie that was shaped exactly like the state of Illinois.)
Bake on an ungreased, parchment paper lined cookie sheet at 375°F for 35-40 minutes. Flip biscuits over halfway through, and bake until fairly hard and dry.
Disclaimer #1: These biscuits contain eggs, wheat, and dairy. I'm clearly not too concerned about food allergies - Joe doesn't eat a lot, but he seems to tolerate everything just fine.
Disclaimer #2: Joe obviously likes them, but I think they taste absolutely awful! Teething biscuits are, by definition, dry, bland, and health-foody. They taste like bland, unsweetened graham crackers. Not my thing, but Joe went to town on his - poor kid, he doesn't know the difference. But then Rebecca wanted one, so I gave her the Illinois-shaped biscuit (of course!). She ate the whole thing and even complimented it - I think her exact words were: "Well, they do have a nice mouth feel." However, I don't think we need to worry that she'll polish off the jar when Joe's not looking.