Introducing Solids - BLW question

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Introducing Solids - BLW question
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Mon, 01-31-2011 - 10:26pm

I mentioned this in the Baby/Kid Chat, but felt it was worthy of its own thread. Avery is about to hit 6 months so I'm going to be introducing solids soon. I'm reading Baby-Led Weaning right now and it makes so much sense, so that's really how I'd like to go about it--skipping purees and just going to good, whole foods and letting her experiment.

DH and I got into a little disagreement tonight about it because he's afraid she'll choke. I don't think he has any idea that for a long while, she's going to have a hard time even getting anything into her mouth, and that it's mostly about experimenting with tastes and textures this early. Any words of advice from BTDTs on the choking risks with BLW? Or any words to make me feel better and like I'm not choosing a feeding equivalent of giving her knives to swallow as her first food? :)

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Tue, 02-01-2011 - 1:47pm

You gotten some great advice already, I just wanted to add that the food you will feed her at this stage can easily be mashed up with a fork before you give it to her.

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Tue, 02-01-2011 - 1:03pm
Also, Ash makes a good point that there are plenty of "whole foods" that are sort of "natural purees"--applesauce, yogurt, hummus, soup, oatmeal, etc. If DH is really concerned maybe when he feeds her he can do more of these kinds of foods.
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Tue, 02-01-2011 - 12:58pm

Erin--There is a section in baby-led weaning that goes through why choking isn't a general concern--I don't know if you read that part yet, but it made a lot of sense to me and eased my concerns about it.

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Tue, 02-01-2011 - 10:19am
Oh yeah - good point, Ash - there is a big difference between gagging and choking and people get the two mixed up all the time. Gagging is actually the body's way of safeguarding against choking, so while it may look scary to a parent (I still jump when Eliza does it!), it's a good thing and is way different than choking.

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Tue, 02-01-2011 - 7:52am

Why don't you do both? We did a combo of purees and whole foods and it was great to see Teddy get skilled with chewing while also at the same time enjoying the texture of something like porridge or homemade applesauce- now he chews everything even things which don't really need it LOL. There is a difference between gagging and choking which is explained really well in a book called "child of mine"- maybe you could check that out from the library?

I would write more but am sick and getting a bit dizzy. Basically the best thing to do is just see how Avery reacts and follow her cues:)

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Tue, 02-01-2011 - 7:44am
Yeah, the choking question is a big one I heard from people, too. I would just read DH the section in the book that addresses choking - I think Rapley does a good job explaining why there is no more risk of choking with BLW (done correctly/safely) than with purees (and in fact they make the argument that there is actually *less* risk of choking in the long-run).

Basically, no matter what method of solids introduction you use, you should always follow the basic safety rules -- don't give baby "plug shaped" things that they won't be able to mash in their mouth (e.g. slices of hot dogs, grapes, raw carrots, etc.). Giving baby a piece of banana to mash in their mouth is safe - giving baby a whole grape is not. Babies will easily mash up foods like banana, avocado and steamed veggies in their mouths.

HTH! I didn't have much time to write this... sorry! Let me know if that didn't make sense :)