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#1 of 7 Old 06-07-2008, 01:14 PM - Thread Starter
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What age did you/ will you give your toddler those baby carrot sticks?
I eat them a lot and he wants them too. I give him tiny bits and he manages fine but I worry about the choking hazard with whole ones. He is 14 months and has one molar.
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DS, now 2.5, has had them for a while now. I don't remember exactly when he started, but he got a full mouth of teeth early. I still cut the fat ones into strips and am comfortable giving ones that are quartered (or more if need be) to young toddlers. It's the width of them that would be the biggest choking hazard, long skinny ones are totally manageable by most young toddlers/older infants.

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I cut a bunch in half lengthwise to give to ds. he has been fine eating them this way since about 19 mos. I didn't really think about giving him uncooked carrots until I was eating them and he wanted them too.

Maybe you could quarter one lengthwise and see how well it goes. Those teeth are meant for crunching, after all!
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I give the thinner baby carrots to DD, age 20 months. She loves them, although often spits them out before she finishes them. I'm actually less worried about her choking on long, skinny pieces than I am about small bites. She has 4 molars, but not much in the way of front teeth.

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We don't eat baby carrots (I don't mind peeling big ones because I think they taste better), but I've been giving carrots to DD since she's had teeth. When she was very small, I'd give her just a big fat one that she could teeth on, and every now and then she'd just shred off little bits. As she got older, I gave her thin ones that I'd cut into strips so she could actually eat them rather than just gnaw.

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My DS is 19 months and just this week I started giving him raw carrots - just sliced so they are very thin sticks. He does fine with them, but if they were thicker I would be worried about him choking.

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