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toast and bagels

Taylor - posted on 12/19/2010 ( 41 moms have responded )

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my daughter is 10 months and reallyy loves to feed herself so i've been making a list of new finger foods to offer her now that she's good at it and i can get more creative.. i feel like i read a lot about people giving their babies toast or bagels, but honestly the idea of it scares me!
she only has two bottom teeth and i guess i just feel like bread would muck up and be easy to choke on. does/did anyone give their baby bread with no incidents?
just need some reassurance :)

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Anna - posted on 12/27/2010

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My son loves toast. I cut the crusts off since they're a bit harder to chew and then cube the bread into little pieces after putting some spreadable fruit on them. Granted, he spent a month practicing chewing with graham crackers before I tried toast, but now at almost a year old he's handled everything I've given him. He seems to chew really well, even with only his four front teeth, and as long as he doesn't stuff too much food in his mouth at once, he's totally fine.



I would make sure you're giving whole wheat or grain bread, not white; not only is white bread nutritionally insufficient, it's also prone to getting stickier and pasty when wet than wheat or grain.

Rachael - posted on 12/24/2010

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bagels (especially the mini ones) are great for babies! I gave my son frozen mini bagels while he was teething and it worked like a charm. Babies do not use their teeth for chewing until they get their molars anyway. Good luck!

Louella - posted on 12/24/2010

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i gave my daughter toast and as for bagels i would help her with that. but then again my daughter had 6 teeth at 10 months. i had no problems with the toast.

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i read a book on baby safety which was issues in dec 2009, a team of pediatric doctors, nurses, midwifes and parents got together to write it. It said that babies should not be fed bread because it sticks together when wet and can cause choking. Some children dont have issues with it, but i wouldnt take the chance.

Karen - posted on 12/22/2010

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my son didn't like toast until he was almost 1 but he loved bagels! i would cut it in half and toast it and give it to him like that. he would only be able to "bite" off little bits at a time that way. he's been having them since about 7 months like that and he's never choked - not saying that is the case for all kids, but if you're sitting with him you'll know if his bites are too big.

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Emma - posted on 12/28/2010

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hi my son is coming up for 11 months now and he loves toast and he loves bagels . he began eating foods like this at 8 months and he only had 2 teeth . it depends on how comfortable you are with it but i gave him small pieces and gradually gave him bigger pieces . its almost like weaning him onto it . good luck x

Heather - posted on 12/27/2010

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If you are worried about giving foods like bagels and toast, try baby mum mums. They are rice rusks that baby approved. They come in original which is just plain rice, or you can get them made with vegies, which makes it even more of a healthy snack. My son is almost 8 months with 2 teeth, and he eats them all of the time. I havent had any problems with it. If they do take too big of a bite, they disolve very quickly.

Heather - posted on 12/27/2010

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Toast is ok, however, bagels are harder than toast. Since she only has 2 teeth, I wouldn't give her bagels, but toast is ok. Maybe cut crusts off too

Rachael - posted on 12/27/2010

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ok, so as far as the fear of choking goes you have to be smart, but it has nothing to do with the number of teeth a child has. Even those without any teeth can gum bread products. Since carbohydrates begin the digestion process in the mouth with salivary amylase breaking down the carbs mastication simply makes the peices smaller. What do you feed her if you are worried about bread? By 10 months old my son was eating everything we were in smaller sizes and portions (except for honey and raw fish)

Tiffany - posted on 12/26/2010

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I only have given my daughter small bits of the inside of the bagels, and that's rare. Bagels are pretty sticky, so I would just start with toast first before bagels. She does get whole wheat toast with our spread on it and she does just fine. She is 14 months and has 14 teeth and two on the way now, but we started that when she had 4 or 6 teeth I believe...you can also try the baby puffs they sell...those melt right in the baby's mouth. Just try little bits and see how she does.

Bonnie - posted on 12/24/2010

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I didn't give my boys bagels until they were at least 18 months and even still they were small pieces at a time. Toast is fine. They also only got small pieces at a time at the age of 10 months.

Ashley - posted on 12/24/2010

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my children love toast but mostly bagels and as long as is small amounts they have been fine I have never had one of my children choke on food (knock on wood) and they are 3yrs and 19 months old now the oldest started toast at about 8 months and the youngest was about 10 months old when she had her first peice

Nicola Kristie - posted on 12/23/2010

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yeah..i did..with no harm on my baby...he loves eating bread when he was like 8 mos...until now...and he has 2 bottom teeth 'til now that he is a year and a month old...=)

Cara - posted on 12/23/2010

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My daughter was delayed with getting teeth but that didn't stop her! I didn't try bagel til she had more teeth but I did do toast and things like such and she did great.

Alexis - posted on 12/23/2010

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I gave my son toasted bread. When toasted it would break up easier and not just turn into mush...I didnt give him un toasted bread though just in case.

Kathryn - posted on 12/23/2010

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I gave my son toast and bread. but both were in to SMALL pieces and i only gave them to him one at a time.

Iysha - posted on 12/23/2010

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I gave my daughter toast at that age, we never ate many bagles. I would just cut it up in little bite sized squares for her to eat.

Lin - posted on 12/23/2010

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If you're concerned about the slick outside of the bagel's crust and the general thickness of it, try the bagel thins - they're a lot thinner than even bread and they have a good texture to make picking up food easier. Just make sure everything's in bite-size pieces. My 11-month-old son has 2 bottom teeth too and LOVES them.

Kyla - posted on 12/23/2010

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My daugther is 7 months and just starting to get her first tooth and she loves toast, my doctor told me that you would be suprised what they can gum up with there gums, just be carfeful and watch

Holly - posted on 12/23/2010

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My daughter is 9 months and has just the 2 bottom teeth. She loves to feed herself and I give her bread, toast, and mini waffles which she loves! Give it a test run and if she chews it good I would say give it to her!

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My daughter loves bread, either toasted or not. It actually almost dissolves with the amount of drool the babies have :) just be sure to give small pieces. My daughter only has 2 bottom teeth as well and she does fine. GL!

Amanda - posted on 12/23/2010

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my daughter is now 15 months and has been eating toast since she was around 5 or 6 months old and had no teeth. It just depends on the child. My daughter just wanted whatever her brother had and she would normally just suck whatever I had put on it off and mush the soaky toast up in her hands

Savona - posted on 12/23/2010

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I don't see toast as being much of a problem, =)
Although A bagel can be a lot more.. chewy? I think you should try the toast. Its not like youre going to give it to her and walk away so if anything happened you are going to be RIGHT THERE with her ready to do what you can. =)
Good luck!

Morgan - posted on 12/22/2010

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My daughter loves toast and bagels she been having both scince about 7 months.

Caroline - posted on 12/22/2010

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I gave my son toast without any problems... after I toasted it I would cut it up into little easy to pick up squares. You just have to watch and make sure they dont shove it all in at once LOL

Stephanie - posted on 12/22/2010

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i have a 15 month old daughter and she loves bread thats like her favorite food anyhting with carbs lol but try it out it wont hurt but i never had any choking incidents

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I started with toast when my daughter had 4 teeth. They are less likely to choke on it than soft bread. I had her bite off bits of a big piece and I held it for her. She mainly sucked on it. If she got too big of a piece I'd take it away.

Kirsty - posted on 12/22/2010

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my daughter loves to have toast, muffins, crumpets, the works and as long as you watch her she should be fine. millie used to suck her toast instead if eating it! xxx

Dawn - posted on 12/22/2010

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I have two boys and I am a great fan of baby led weaning, if they want it, give it to them, at 6-7 months old my boys were chewing on Pork RIbs, I think the bones were nice on their little gums. As with any food watch your baby when they are eating and learn what to do if they do choke. Mine have choked a bit on a couple of occasions but usually tipping them upside down and a good pat on the back clears it. At 6 months+ they have also developed the gag reflex so should be able to bring softer foods up themselfs if it get stuck. Just be careful with harder foods suck as raw carrots as this can damage the throat.

Laura - posted on 12/21/2010

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I think toast is fine. We're in Australia so we don't really eat bagels though. One thing I would mention though is some other mum's mentioned cutting it up really small for your little one. I'm not saying this is wrong at all but I found bigger pieces (like "fingers") worked best because my daughter would need to "chew" or move it around her mouth a bit first. If you cut it up so small they can just swallow it whole, defeating the purpose of letting them learn how to eat and maybe causing their gag reflex to work when not needed. Good luck and well done on getting your little one on solids!

Stifler's - posted on 12/21/2010

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I give Logan toast. They just suck on it until it's really gross and soggy and then gum it down.

Kimi - posted on 12/20/2010

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Bagels seem a bit risky with the density and the slippery crust. Toast is fine, when it's toasted enough it gives it a safe texture.

Callie - posted on 12/20/2010

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I gave my daughter bread when she was about 8 months. I found that she didn't like toast. But did really well with just regular bread, no incidents at all. In all honesty a child can choked on anything. Just don't ever leave your child alone while they eat and arm yourself with the knowledge of what to do if/when your child chokes. I also have used the Super Baby Food book and I love it.

Sarh - posted on 12/20/2010

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Make the pieces about pea size and she will be fine. Just watch her and make sure she doesn't shovel them in. I would be careful with bagels as they are made with eggs.
My son is 6 months old and I gave him a roll at Thanksgiving, he did fine w/it, but I watched him VERY closely and took any bigger pieces out of his mouth. My daughter (almost 5yrs old) was eating bread and things of that sort at about 7 months old when she had 2 teeth. Might have been before 7 months.

User - posted on 12/20/2010

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Toast is no problem with two teeth. I found that my son sort of sucked on the bread and made is soft and then would eat it.

September - posted on 12/20/2010

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I gave our son toast and bagels at 8 months of age and he had no teeth and did just fine with both. I always cut the toast and bagels into very small pieces and watched him closely. I guess it just depends on how comfortable you are, really. Good luck! :)

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I wouldn't know, but it seems logical that toast would be good for the baby's gums while she's teething. Help with the itchiness, maybe. Just watch her and make sure she doesn't choke.

Isobel - posted on 12/19/2010

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bagels are really thick, I can see the problem with that...but toast should be good...I would think

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Choking on foods is one of my big "nightmares" with my son.
I would go ahead and give your daughter toast and bagels but keep an eye on her... because if she takes too big of a bight - then you need to go in and sweep the mouth out before she does choke. OR you can just tear it up into little bite size pieces. My son, who is almost three, still likes me to do this with his food...sometimes... :)

a GREAT book I used was "Super Baby Food" - which had all sorts of recipes and age appropriate food.

Nicole - posted on 12/19/2010

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I haven't given my daughter bagels but she had toast when she only had two teeth and she did really well with it.

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