Scared to death of LO choking!!!!

Amber - posted on 06/11/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I am scared to death of feedig my Little ryleigh finger foods. She has 6 teeth but everytime i give her something i freak out and oull it out of her mouth, I am beginning to feel like she will never eat real food, and be traumatized from my freak outs. How did other moms deal with beginning finger food feedings and what foods did you start with? Plz help for her!!

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Sarah - posted on 06/20/2010

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also, there is the Nibbler, it's for fruit and veggies. you put them inside and baby can get the food out, but not enough to choke on.
http://www.amazon.com/Nuby-Nibbler-Food-...
at 9 months with 6 teeth, she should be able to handle just about anything.
my little one has no teeth and chomps down avocado, banana, gerber veggie puffs, biter biscuits, etc.
I had to take infacnt CPR b/c she was preemie and we had ot go overr choking. the important thing to remember is not to stick your finger in her mouth, that can actually force the food further into her throat. If she starts to choke, wait to see if she can fix it herself first. If she's coughing, she'll probably be ok. If she is making no noise, turning colors, etc then you need to help. You just grab her, hold her facing away from you and down and give her a good thump between the shoulder blades. that'll get it out. Your local red cross and/or ymca may offer first aid classes. It can be worth it to go and take the class, at least you'll know what to do if, god forbid, something should happen. Class only takes about 15 minutes and can save your child's life, I'm glad I had to take it, I wish that they offered it to all parents in the hospitals!
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Jahna - posted on 06/20/2010

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This has helped me out too...thank you:) I have two daughters, my youngest being 9 months and I still freak out. My hubby will give her biscuits to chew on and chunks of chicken and she manages them fine, but when he isnt home I just cant bring myself to do it..lol..bit of a sook really but it scares me silly! But knowing that they will gag on it but not choke has helped bigtime...thank you :)

Amber - posted on 06/19/2010

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thanks ladies! we have tried a few things avocado, gerber puffs, bananas, and small pieces iof boiled chicken!!!

Sarah - posted on 06/14/2010

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just start with tiny peices, she cannot choke on something like a tiny peice of banana. she will gag as is goes down, but not choke, there is a big difference. they will gag a few times before they get the hang of it. It is really scary, but as long as you know the peice is not big enough for her to choke, she and you;ll be ok...

Julia - posted on 06/14/2010

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My 9 month old doesn't have any teeth yet and can still handle some finger foods. Make sure they are small pieces and things that can be chewed easily. I give her blueberries cut in half, banana, toast without crust, crackers, rice krispies and will be giving her some scrambled egg yolk today. I have been giving her the 8 month baby food but soon will just have here on finger food for veggies and stuff as well.

Sabrina - posted on 06/13/2010

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i feel awful now, of course i worried about choking a bit but a had a toddler to feed too and i just couldnt get it all done so i started giving her finger foods at about 4 months, it made my life easier when they were both having sandwiches for lunch rather than a bottle or baby food. obviously i stayed with her but she never had any problems and now she will eat her way through anything faster than my son does!

Betty - posted on 06/12/2010

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Hi Amber, I feel the same way in the beginning (And this is quite recent as from about a month ago). But if she has teeth then its good for her to practice chewing.



If it worries you that she might choke, then give her small bite sized foods that will melt in her mouth or very soft to chew like Egg, inside of bread (without the crust), cooked beans and potatoes and just mash it with a fork. fruit like oranges, banana, melons are good. You can also do apple. (This is the trick my mum taught me with apples, get very ripe/soft apples, cut it in half. Using a small metal spoon and just scrape the flesh, you'll end up with small bits of apple flesh and straight in the mouth :)



I used to be freaked out just like you, but I was told if your baby can't eat it, they'll just spit it out, so I started trying to feed my daugheter a variety of foods as mentioned above and she love it.

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