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I’m having a hard time finding specific info about starting to feed raw veggies to babies/toddlers. (off topic - when do they officially become toddlers?!)<br><br>
There’s tons of advice out there about starting solids – especially don’t give chunks of hard raw veggies b/c of choking hazard. But I can find little beyond that.<br><br>
My DC is 11 months, and eats most cooked foods and soft raw fruits without problems. Now I'm wondering about introducing less easy to eat stuff, like leafy greens, raw carrots, that sort of thing. How about finely grated? Or juiced/pureed in blender? He likes to gnaw on a raw snap pea or carrot, but doesn't have the tooth power to actually eat them yet, just enjoys rubbing them on those poor sore gums!<br><br>
I’m curious about your experiences. When and what were your children’s first raw foods after fruits and softies like avocado? Did your DC have any problems with digesting them? Any warnings I should be aware of? Anyone feed their children exclusively raw foods? I'm interested in hearing about that, too!<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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We just grate carrots, and pears. All leafy greens we cook (tried it uncooked and it all globbed up and he did choke). Mangoes, bananas, peaches apriocots, blueberries, cherries, raspberries (all berries) we server raw, and kiwis. I also just pop the peas and he eats those raw too. Yum, now I'm hungry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I call them toddlers when they can toddle (walk). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
My first son (who is definitely a toddler) didn't handle raw veggies well until he got his 2nd year molars. Now he can pretty much eat anything. Before that, even with the 1 year molars, he would start to choke if he tried to eat something that needed to be chewed like that. Grating would certainly work though - small enough to not choke on it.
 

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We've had much better luck with steamed veggies than raw. Grated carrots can get stuck in their throat and mag them gag. We cut ours into thick medallions and steam them until they're a little softer. That works much better. They're big enough so she's not likely to shove the whole piece in her mouth, but will bite off pieces as she likes. Raw broccoli hasn't been very succesful, but slightly steamed has been at least attempted. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I think it's tough to deal with many raw veggies (and some harder fruits, like apples) until their molars start coming in. So when in doubt, steam it some to soften it up just a bit.<br><br>
But that's just been our experience.<br><br>
(And yes, toddler = walking for us.)
 

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I gave raw veggies when I started solids. Keep the sizes sensable & all should be fine. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Apples we grated till about a year then gave DD thinish wedges. Carrots we either grated or use a peeler to cut thin strips, DD still prerfers carrots that way at 2 1/2 although she can cope with sticks now.
 

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Thanks everyone!<br><br>
How about juicing? Anyone give their little ones fresh juiced veggies/greens? I think in small doses it should be fine, but my DP thinks they'd be too potent for DC. Any thoughts, experiences?
 

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DD gets raw carrots now but it's mostly been a teething remedy since they're nice and cold out of the fridge.<br><br>
She bites down and pulls little chunks off with her bottom teeth but doesn't swallow them. Actually, goes out of her way *not* to. Picks them out of her mouth. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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