BABY BISCUITS/RUSKS

Jennifer - posted on 05/22/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My son is 6 months old and chews on everything! I was just wondering what age moms started letting their babies chew on baby biscuits or rusks?

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Brittney - posted on 05/22/2009

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I liked the rusks (Mum Mums) because they were super easy to chew (and dissolve). ALthough I didn't know about them when he was 6 mos, I started a little later than that. Probably closer to 8. At 6 mos, he was on baby food and being nursed. And as far as the biscuits go..I haven't heard good things about them.

Tara - posted on 05/22/2009

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I started giving my daughter the baby biscuits at around 6 months when she started chewing on everything, and have never had a problem with them. If you are really concerned about choking hazards, you could try some of the Gerber rice ones or Gerber puffs, they just melt in their mouth after a minute or so.

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Mel - posted on 05/24/2009

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6 months is fine as others said they can have them from 4 months. My dietician told us this. You can give soft biscuits and rusks if you like you can put spreads on them

Natalie - posted on 05/23/2009

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i started my daughter on them at like 4 months!! go for it!! The brand "Mum-Mums" is by far the best i think! no mess, quick and easy dissolve and plain, simple and yummy taste!!!

Go for it!!!

Brooke - posted on 05/23/2009

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My daughter is 4 months old and i give her rusk sticks to chew on.. they are recommended for 6months up but trust me when your bubs sticks her whole hand in her mouth and constantly makes herself sick you'll give anything ago. She really enjoys them and because they are so hard she cant chip them or anything.. (i struggle to bite threw one lol)

Jennifer - posted on 05/23/2009

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Thank you all for the help! I bought a box of the mum mums and I am going to try them!

Chelsi - posted on 05/22/2009

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my daughter ate biter bisquits from about 7 months on. As long as she was sitting up in her highchair and i sat there next to her while i was eating a snakc as well, becasue I was afraid of her choking too. She actually held the bisquit on the higher end so that she couldn't put more in her mouth b/c she owuld get to her fist and not go further.

Helen - posted on 05/22/2009

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rusks make an awful mess we use the Heinz biscotti (different flavours and easier to hold) also less crumbly so less likely to choke. My little man would have the occasional one from 4 months - didn't really eat it but it was good practice. also helped with teething.

Rhea - posted on 05/22/2009

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I see people recommending Mum Mums and I have to agree! They're the best. They dissolve practically right away! My son started at 6-8 months or so and at 1-1/2 years, he's still enjoying them. I've only found them at Walmart in my area, but I used to live in Canada and they were sold everywhere and in many flavours. Though I don't think the toddler mum mums are worth it since I think they have sugar on them, whereas the baby ones don't.

Stevie - posted on 05/22/2009

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we give our son baby (bitter) bisucits we started giving it to him when he was 6 months our doc had said he could have anything that he couldnt choke on and whatnot things like that and said something about a teething biscuit so we got some and he loves them he makes a huge mess but if he is hugry and were out of something we give him one and he is happy again or just needs a little something he has yet to choke on it so you dont have to worry about that either they are great to have

Nina - posted on 05/22/2009

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My daughter is 5 months and I give her mum mums, my mom gave her arrowroots but they get mushy and clumpy so I opt for mum mums. They basically melt away and my daughter loves them.

Morag - posted on 05/22/2009

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Very ripe chilled pear is a god send :) It almost melts in the mouth. The net thing that samantha mentioned is brilliant. They can chew on things, but have trouble holding things and the net allows them to do that.

Samantha - posted on 05/22/2009

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I give my son mum mums, and have done so since he was 6 months old. I also have this net thing with a handle on it and you can put frozen /fresh fruit and such in it and the weaving on the nets are so tiny ot keeps all the pulp in them/

Jamie - posted on 05/22/2009

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the biter biscuits always scared me, and my son choked on one when he was about 6/7 months old...but the baby mum mums (have only found them at walmart) are GREAT! (rice rusks) My baby absolutely LOVES them and has never had a problem eating them. Hope that helps!

Jamie - posted on 05/22/2009

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the biter biscuits always scared me, and my son choked on one when he was about 6/7 months old...but the baby mum mums (have only found them at walmart) are GREAT! (rice rusks) My baby absolutely LOVES them and has never had a problem eating them. Hope that helps!

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As a health professional in early child health & development and parent of a 2 1/2yr old, I highly caution the biscuits! They are a HUGE choking hazard. They gum up in baby's mouth and become a big ball of gummy mash. Young children do not ration the amount that go into their mouths like older children & adults do, thus they cram way too much in there all at once before they're done swallowing. If you feel you MUST feed them, you control the amount & break them into little pieces. But I agree with the above post(s) about the little ones that dissolve in their mouths. Or how about some fresh fruit instead? My son's almost 3yrs and he still crams way too much in his mouth all at once, so this choking thing is always in the front of my mind.

Kristin - posted on 05/22/2009

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I started my little guy at about 6 months with rice cakes called mum mums, he loved them and they dissolve quickly in hismouth and are healthy also.

Sara - posted on 05/22/2009

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I gave mine biscuits or bananas but only in these mesh things you can buy for feeding your baby solids. They hold them in their hand like a lollipop but you can put almost anything in them. They mush them up and it comes through the mesh. That way nothing big enough to choke on comes through. I LOVED them with my twins. I either got mine at Walmart or Target as that's pretty much all I shop. Good luck.

Krista - posted on 05/22/2009

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They're supposed to be safe once your baby is eating solids, but they scared me the first time I gave my 6 month old one, this week, so I'm going to wait a while. He gummed it up pretty good and was really enjoying it, but then a mushy little chunk broke off in his mouth and when he tried to swallow it, he started to gag and scared the crap outta me! I think it's really the texture that he's not used to, and it was more that he didn't want to swallow it than that he couldn't. You could always try a little piece and supervise him really closely to see how he does.

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