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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
So, my son is almost 7 months (my first) and not super interested in food. I'm ok with that, I enjoy nursing and so does he, although we have to supplement. But id like to nurse for a ling time. I feel a lot of pressure for starting solids at 6 months, which i did but he just doesnt care much for it. Anyways, I'm doing all all the apple sauce, rice cereal, mushed banana and avocado etc but after reading about baby led weaning and baby led solids, well, it just sounds easier and more fun. He is just starting to sit unassisted, is swallowing, still has gag reflex, no teeth, thinks chewing is funny but isn't grabbing for our food or anything. Anyways, with baby led solids, or self feeding, I'm concerned about choking. I've read that food should be in sizes that they can hold and manage but for example, if I give him a piece of yam to sort out on his own, couldn't it break off in his mouth, leading him to choke on it? Is baby led solids about trying not to worry about these things but the hazards being still present? I really want to try the baby led solids thing but I'd like to hear other people's experiences with it, regarding safety compared to doing the feeding. Hope this novel makes sense! smile.gif
post #2 of 15
Basically yes, there is a risk of choking and you try not to worry too much about it. My experience with BLW two children is that they are very good at manipulating food in their mouths if left alone to get on with it. We have plenty of gagging but neither of them came near to choking.

There is a theory that BLW actually decreases the risk of choking. In small babies the gag reflex is triggered much further forward on the tongue than in older children and adults. So a baby will gag well before the food is near their trachea. The theory is that spoon-feeding may override the forward gag reflex because food is sucked off the spoon and deposited at the back of the mouth. Unfortunately there is no formal research on this yet.

Have you seen the BLW website yet? It has guidelines for safe BLW. Making sure your baby is always seated upright is important. And I always modified foods which I considered a particular hazard, cut grapes in half etc.
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Ok, great answer, thank you. I have actually been wondering if the self feeding would reduce the chance of choking...Also, did you start your kids earlier with solids or later? I feel like my son is not quite ready as his tongue thrust reflex is still quite strong and he isn't grabby with our food yet. Also, just gets very bored with it quickly. I give him the spoon to play with with food on it but he doesn't swallow it that way and gags himself constantly with the spoon. So I feel like there is more a risk of him injuring himself with the spoon going too far in than a risk of choking himself when manipulating food with his hands! Which is why I wonder if I'm too early and should wait a little longer. For a baby that wants everything in his mouth, he is completely disinterested in putting actual food in his mouth! Pff. Yes, I've looked at the BLW site and read the food safety stuff. I'm going to keep reading into it and maybe give it a try.
post #4 of 15
We started both of them at just after 6 months. Both were interested in putting the food to their mouths and tasting it but very little was actually swallowed. We didn't do three meals a day or anything. We just gave them something to hold/play with whenever we were sitting down to eat together, usually once a day.
post #5 of 15

My little guy is 7.5 months old, and we've been introducing solids for about a month now.  We're doing BLW - just giving him chunks of foods to play with and sometimes gnaw on.  He was sitting really well unassisted (in his high chair) before we started introducing, and he's an early teether (8 teeth already!), so that probably makes a difference too.  But it's been really good for us.  We give him slices of apple, mashed up sweet potato, almond butter on a little wooden spoon, raw carrot, celery, cucumber…and probably some other things I'm forgetting.  He's sometimes interested and other times not, though he always loves the almond butter!  Choking was a concern for us, especially since he can easily bite off pieces with all those teeth, but so far nothing serious.  He does gag occasionally, and has even spit up a couple of times because of it, but it seems that he's learning how to move food in his mouth, and we've never had anything really scary happen.  Letting him take charge of his own eating just makes sense to us.

post #6 of 15

I should also say that we never did spoon feeding / purees, so I have nothing to compare our BLW experience to!

post #7 of 15
I think your baby will let you know when he is ready to eat some food. My baby is 7.5 months and we have been feeding him some purees and when he tried chunkier things he didn't like them and tried to spit them out or he gagged. Just this week though he has started to be able to eat more substantial foods. He ate some toast and avocado and orange. The rind was still on the orange and it was cut into a wedge so he could hold it by himself. We also put frozen purees into a mesh feeder and he holds it and feeds himself.
post #8 of 15
Be very careful with nut butters! Not a good idea for a little one just starting out.
post #9 of 15
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Originally Posted by blessedwithboys View Post

Be very careful with nut butters! Not a good idea for a little one just starting out.

Because of allergies? I think the advice now is not to delay any foods (except choking hazards) unless there is a family history of allergies.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by blessedwithboys View Post

Be very careful with nut butters! Not a good idea for a little one just starting out.

 

I'm also wondering why you caution against this.  The most current recommendation is that allergenic foods need not be delayed:  http://www.jaci-inpractice.org/article/S2213-2198(12)00014-1/fulltext.  I've also read (though I can't remember where now) that delaying introduction may increase the change of allergy.  

 

Is there some other reason to wait on nut butters?  

post #11 of 15
My ped only said to wait on honey and cow's milk. I have also heard it is good to introduce nuts early.
post #12 of 15
Huh that's really interesting about the allergy foods. I just told DH yesterday not to give the baby any nut butter that he was eating... I'll have to do some digging on this now.

About the BLW, I was a really big fan of the mesh feeders! Whatever we were eating, I would put some in the mesh feeder and let the baby have at it! Or, I cut up our food pretty tiny and let him feed himself. I'm too much of a worry wort to give him big chunks to work with. Plus my LO insists on shoving the whole darn thing in his mouth, so very scary!!
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by pokeyAC View Post

My ped only said to wait on honey and cow's milk. I have also heard it is good to introduce nuts early.

Oh yes, I forgot about honey.
post #14 of 15
Not because of allergies but bc it is a thick sticky glue like substance that can plug up the throat. The pp said her 7.5mo eats almond butter. Maybe that baby won't get a wad of it stuck in the throat but another might. Just be careful and make sure your little one has had practice with safer foods first. And for sure never walk away if your small infant is eating something of that consistency!
post #15 of 15
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Originally Posted by blessedwithboys View Post

Not because of allergies but bc it is a thick sticky glue like substance that can plug up the throat. The pp said her 7.5mo eats almond butter. Maybe that baby won't get a wad of it stuck in the throat but another might. Just be careful and make sure your little one has had practice with safer foods first. And for sure never walk away if your small infant is eating something of that consistency!

Yes, concern about the consistency definitely makes sense!  I should have added that the almond butter that I give him is the kind that you have to stir, so it's really oily and runny.  It literally drips off a spoon.  I don't think I'd give it to him if it were the consistency of "regular" nut butters.  Sorry - should have made that more clear!  :)

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