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Scared of gagging etc..

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Astonmartinis Fri 19-Aug-11 10:17:19

6 month old daughter - am about to enter the arena of finger foods.. scared witless of choking and gagging and am wondering what I should give her first that's not going to get stuck in the wrong place. Are sticks of cooked carrot a good idea? Is soft buttered toast? What about pear slices? CHeese..? Help would be v much appreciated!!

Iggly Fri 19-Aug-11 21:12:20

I was told that you cook food so it squishes under your thumb easily when first giving finger food. We gave carrots first.

Gagging is good, choking bad. Gagging is a natural way of bringing back food and involves baby making a noise. Choking, on the other hand is near silent as no air is getting in.

I remember sitting on the edge of my seat when weaning - I used to encourage DS to chew chew chew by showing him. Also never left unattended.

Other food options - chips, toast is good (not bread as can get sticky), thin slices of pear which mush easily, broccoli florets, strips of roast chicken - bits which are soft like sliced breast meat. I also used to make burgers and give fist sized pieces (his fist not mine) to him.

Good luck! It's daunting at first but they learn quickly. I did look up first aid on babies to reassure myself too.

Astonmartinis Sat 20-Aug-11 09:32:55

Thanks Iggly, the toast worked a treat today..

Iggly Sat 20-Aug-11 10:32:04

That's good! I hope it goes well smile

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