afraid to give 11 mth old son table food b/c choke

Ginger - posted on 05/19/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )

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I'm afraid to give my 11 month old son much more than dissolvable puffs and baby food from the jar b/c I'm afraid he'll choke on it. Does anyone have any advice or suggestions. He's got his 2 bottome front teeth and one partial side tooth up top. Maybe I just think he can't chew well enough or something. Help please.

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Ruth - posted on 05/23/2009

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My 3rd daughter wouldn't take dissolved or puréed foods, we tried for ages. Then when she was about 1o months, I gave her a sandwich, and she munched it up, and she didn't grow any teeth until a month later.

Every child is different, but they need to learn how to process different textures of food. Otherwise they will be eating baby rice cereal and yoghurt for their wedding meal!

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Ashley - posted on 09/20/2010

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i was the same way. and still get nervous. he choked his first time and it scared me so bad i didnt want to feed him table food again. my boy is 11 months now and loves table food. i steam all our vegetables. and he really enjoys shredded cheese. he also loved chicken sticks in the jar. since he hasnt had alot of experience i would start off slow and gradually give him harder food. once your baby gets the hang of it they will always want table food.

Mary - posted on 09/20/2010

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i see that this was posted like 6 months ago. What did you do to make it better? Im sure he's eating like a pro now.
but im afraid too!!!
my son is 9 months old. he's had a teething biscuit and i held it for him. if he holds it he tries to jam the whole thing in his mouth. or he just stares at it and throws it on the floor.
i gave him a few little pieces of my grilled cheese. i dipped it in his formula first to soften it big time. He didnt get too much in his mouth by himself. (he's still learning how to pinch food and bring it to his mouth.)
I see so many ppl saying to give them toast and that's my biggest fear!
i wanna cut it up into tiny peices (but have you ever choked on a crumb - I have)
and i I feel like strips of toast can get soft and get lodged in their throats and you can't even do the Heimlich to get it out bc its so soft.
i gotta ask my doctor. and i think im gonna take a CPR class too.

Holly - posted on 05/23/2009

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its going to be ok !!!!when he is eating make him sit down ,make sure u cut up in verry small pices ,dont give him a whole hot dog pice cut in half and long way ect ,same with grapes ...and when he eats stay rite with him !!if it makes you feel better call the local red cross or fire dept and ask them if they give infent or toddler first aide ....its not the same no wehen u have to do it to your own child but it is a pice of mind .....(if he does start chokeing dont dound on his back stick ur finger down or tip up side down or call 911 or what ever is you eemergency #is )as long as he is coughing and or babbling (talking)he is ok color chnage color ....he need to learn to eat regular food other wise youll be in trouble later good luck ...my son stoped breathing but it was cause he was eating it was cause he is 20 months and hold s his breath when he gets mad but every one one even babys have a ph level and it will be ok for about 5 min of no air ,after of 11/2-2 not breating you need help .......

Charlie - posted on 05/22/2009

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my son is 6 months and eats EVERYTHING! he eats fruit pieces , sandwiches , lamb cutlets , cheese anything and he has no teeth , they are pretty good at mashing with their gums and as far as choking i think babies have pretty good gag reflexs , just start of with soft veggies or somthing :)

Kimi - posted on 05/22/2009

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As long as the food is in pieces that will fit down his throught he will be fine. Ask his doctor if you're not sure how big the pieces should be. Stay away from slippery foods like hotdogs and grapes. Dehydrated fruits can expand once they get wet so be carefull with those too. There are these fun little feeders you can put solid food inside that only let the juices and food particles through that he can knaw on. It's like a tiny little net that closes up with a gripable handle on it. He will be fine if you want to wait a bit longer on the real food so don't feel pressured into it. You are the mommy and you get the first say in what he can eat.

Marci - posted on 05/22/2009

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its all up to u as a mother but I give my children soft food like banana's or carrots. just take the fork and smash it up tiny and give him small bites

Charlene - posted on 05/22/2009

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my son is 9 months old and he eats all sorts by himself i even gave him sandwiches 2day for the firt time he loved them he eats potatoes yorkshire puddings, broccoli, carrots he can eat almost anything. he has only his 2 bottom teeth and he can chew really well. he wont eat the jars anymore. its better to get your son on proper food now as the older they get the harder it is to get them to eat new thing i started my son on toast with no crusts and cut into four with spready cheese he loved it. i hope i have help.

Lindsay - posted on 05/22/2009

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A few things my daughter loved while switching to table food: cooked carrots cut into small pieces, mashed cauliflower or potatoes with cheese, shredded cheese, bread, whole wheat pancakes with strawberry cream cheese on them, very flaky fish, peas (easy finger food), check out wholesomebabyfood.com and wholesometoddlerfood.com they are REALLY helpful!

Ginger - posted on 05/22/2009

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Thanks again for all of the advice over the past few days from you all...You mommy's are awesome and so helpful..I'm going to go at it this weekend with table food...he always wants what we have anyways..lol..such a little man. Thanks so much.

Mel - posted on 05/22/2009

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at 11 months he can eat almost everything :) try water melon/ small ieces of fruit, sclices of cheese, fish fingers, crackers with spreads, toast or bread with spreads, icy poles, biscuits, fruit bars things like that

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My son is almost 7 months old and he eats real food. He has no teeth. I haven't given him purees in over a week. If you make the vegetables mushy enough and let him try he'll be fine. He might choke on a few things the first few times around but will soon learn to chew properly instead of swallowing it right up. Don't worry they learn quickly.

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I started giving my daughter table foods around 9 months. I started out with just soft fruits and steamed veggies because she didn't have any teeth. Once she seemed to have that mastered we moved her up to chicken and ham and what not she was eating that no problem with no teeth, mind you we did cut it up into teeny pieces for her. Just start off slow and watch him closely. I think you'll be amazed at how well he'll do. Good luck!

Helen - posted on 05/22/2009

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my little man has eaten everything we have since 6 months ( stopped mashing at that point too) even when he had only 2 top teeth and one bottom he could manage chicken and pork in small pieces. If you stop them trying things thats when fussy eaters develop. yes he may gag a bit until he gets used to it but generally they cough it up and have another go. I have only had to pat my sons back twice. Babies should be introduced to finger food from 6 months so start today before he becomes afraid to try. also try not to show you are worried as he will pick up on it.

Penny - posted on 05/21/2009

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You wanted to start with mashable foods, nothing that has to be bitten really. But you do want to start because once he gets his teeth then he will know how to chew. My son didn't get his first tooth until almost 12 months but I had already started to give him table foods like scrambled eggs he loved those and the flavored oatmeals bananas are also really good.

Candace - posted on 05/21/2009

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if you are afraid try something simple and soft. they also make these things you can put food in and they can hold it, it has a net around it and locks into place so it cannot be removed. i gave my daughter a french fry first to see what she would do

Ginger - posted on 05/19/2009

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Just wanted to say thanks to all who gave their input and those who may..I'll definatley beef up...no pun intended...and try some of your ideas...I'm sure he'd be okay...just first time mommy jitters I think. Thanks again to you all and have a great day.

Tabatha - posted on 05/19/2009

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as long as its soft enough to mash with ur fork its fine! but i know what u mean, i still worry :D lol but my 10 month old boy eats ALMOST anything we do! what i found that was nice was i use my slowcooker almost every day for my meats! its nice grab some frozen meat lightly season add a little water turn it on low and forget about it till dinner time! the meat just falls apart and my boy loves it and i dont worry as much! just watch him and i asked a nurse to show me what to do "if" he chokes! iam happy to tell you i havnt had to do it once ;) the foods i used to get him eating table food was: baked yams, steamed carrots, mashed potatoes!! good luck i hope this helps :D

Mishael - posted on 05/19/2009

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My son is 13 months and has 10 teeth, he got his first at 3 months. He's been chewing on teething cookies since then. Just watch to make sure he doesn't bite off a chunk. Also try the baby fruit snacks, cheerios, and gerber yogurt bites(they dissolve). Also try giving him little bites of what you are eating. That seems to work better than the really chunky baby food.

Abby - posted on 05/19/2009

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my son can eat fish cakes, with veg and jacket potato, he's 9 months old and has one front tooth,

he also eats breadsticks, rice cakes, sandwiches etc, without any trouble.

if ur worried, do not strap ur little one into their high chair then if they do choke u can whip them out without struggling to unstrap them xx

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You'll be surprised what they can chew. My fourteen month old can chew chicken nuggets, bread, even animal crackers with only 3 teeth.



Since you haven't given him much yet, start with pasta. Cut it up (don't process or blend) until it's tiny, and I mean tiny. He is also probably perfectly able to chew up well cooked rice and other small grains like that. Bananas are also good to start with.



Just start giving him table food, because he needs to practice chewing. My husband will do the same thing, he'll cut up my daughters food so that she doesn't have to chew it, and I always tell him that he's not doing her any favors, she needs to chew her food. Just remember to watch him, and even if he does start to choke, just relax and do what you need to do. They won't be afraid as long as you don't panic.



Hope that helps. :)

Tiffany - posted on 05/19/2009

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my daughter is 9 months, and has no teeth, and does the puffs, but today for instance she had tore up pieces of grilled cheese, and cut up pieces of green bean for lunch. as long as she can mash it with her gums, its fine. She eats fish and chicken also...

maybe try some very soft cooked green beans, and cut them up in bite size pieces.. to get things started or try torn up pieces of toast.. just watch closely and you'll be fine!

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You'll be surprised what they can chew. My fourteen month old can chew chicken nuggets, bread, even animal crackers with only 3 teeth.



Since you haven't given him much yet, start with pasta. Cut it up (don't process or blend) until it's tiny, and I mean tiny. He is also probably perfectly able to chew up well cooked rice and other small grains like that. Bananas are also good to start with.



Just start giving him table food, because he needs to practice chewing. My husband will do the same thing, he'll cut up my daughters food so that she doesn't have to chew it, and I always tell him that he's not doing her any favors, she needs to chew her food. Just remember to watch him, and even if he does start to choke, just relax and do what you need to do. They won't be afraid as long as you don't panic.



Hope that helps. :)

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