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My DD is 5.5 months old and not interested in food...yet...but I'm sure it'll be soon! So - here's my question - how small should the initial pieces of food - say Avocado - be in order to be "safe"? What about other foods?
 

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I'm curious what other people will say. We've been giving dd pieces of soft food that are either about 1 cubic cm (to go right in her mouth) or big enough that she can hold it in her fist and gnaw on one end.
 

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This might not be popular but I just gave DD big hunks & she bit off what she wanted. BUT, she never just put any old thing in her mouth & DID take bites...if she stuffed all the food in, I'd revisit that! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Make my own baby food...5 1/2 month old DD...and for now I blend/mash the HECK out of all my foods....no clumps at all.....not sure when to start making it a bit clumpier---but for now...better to be safe!! I worry about choaking (no teeth yet)<br><br>
Good luck finding an answer....ps...my DD Loves avocodo!
 

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Babies should be allowed to self feed soft chunks. If they cannot self feed, they are not ready for solids. Spoonfeeding leads to overfeeding & isn't the best idea.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My DD is 5.5 months old and not interested in food...yet...but I'm sure it'll be soon!</div>
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Well, don't be so sure! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Dd is 11 months and still has not eaten more than a few tiny nibbles of banana.<br><br>
We do what a pp does--either give her little tiny chunks or, more often, just give her a large piece of something to gnaw on--like a big apple or pear slice, 1/4 or 1/5 of a banana, etc. She likes to bite pieces off, but then just spits them out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
If you're doing child-led solids, you already know to skip the spoon-feeding. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> And I would definitely NOT give solids until 6 months at the earliest (to avoid gut issues) and until babe shows all developmental signs of readiness: sitting unassisted, loss of tongue-thrust reflex, development of pincer grasp, interest.<br><br>
cinnamonstick: Having teeth is not related to readiness to chew--some babes have teeth at 2 months, some don't have any for 16 months. Baby's jaw is quite strong enough to chew without teeth.
 

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Teeth have nothing to do with solids - the front teeth (biting) usually don't come in for quite a while.<br><br>
My "rule" was always pea-sized bites, unless it was something they liked to "tear up" themselves (sandwiches, crackers, etc.). We just fed our babies whatever we had on our own plates, no special preparation.
 

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<span><span style="font-family:'Comic Sans MS';"><span style="font-size:medium;">Thanks for all your replies! I should have also said we were going to skip the spoon this time (we spooned the other kids after they were 6 mo old)...<br><br>
So - my question was really how big the pieces they were going to self feed should be - and can I have some examples, please? I know...so demanding! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Should soft foods like avocado be pea size (1 cm) or long so they can mush off a bit?<br><br>
What are other foods and should they be pea size or long/big?</span></span></span>
 

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Anything you want. And it really depends on the food.... like scrambled eggs are already sorta "peasized", but I wouldn't break up a cracker. I gave whole pieces of bread and let them tear it up. Meat I tended to make small like a pea, and after a few months I let them gnaw off of larger pieces, things like shrimp and crab are very tender. Veggies, depends on the veggie - I would let them "bite" green beans, but would cut up others.. you really just play it by ear here - and baby will be fine! Have fun, give her whatever you're having at a meal, and let her have a ball...
 

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you might want to go to <a href="http://www.babyledweaning.com" target="_blank">www.babyledweaning.com</a>. it's a blog but has some good info. there's also an article referenced a lot here, and linked to on there something like boerstvoeding.com (there's definitely more to it than that)<br><br>
we give ds pieces of soft foods he can hold onto:<br>
pears; 1/4 at a time, peel on<br>
bananas: 1/2 at a time, peel off<br>
avocados: 1/2 at a time<br>
sweet potatos, cooked until soft: in large potato wedge/french fry size pieces<br>
broccoli steamed in normal adult sized pieces<br>
zuchinni steamed in wedges/ff shapes<br><br>
he takes bites of them-- if its too big he spits it out.<br><br>
initially, though he showed signs of readiness he didn't eat much at all, and sometimes gagged and spit the food back out. i've read that this is part of the learning curve. he has never seemed like he would choke.<br><br>
oh, and just now getting his first bottom tooth-- it hasn't seemed to make a difference in his eating.<br><br>
have fun, and consider feeding your kiddo in just a diaper/bib-- they can make quite a mess with the self-feeding<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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It's been w while since I last did this but I think DD did much better with larger pices of food which she could hold and graw on. Anthing cut into pea sized pices she would pick up and stuff several pices in her mouth at once till she couldn't move them around or swallow <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Pears and apples I pealed and cut into wedges them steamed till soft. Carrots cut into sticks steamed till soft. Avacaodo we either cut into wedges or mashed and spread on rice cakes. Steamed brocolli was quite good as the stalk stayed firm enough to hold. Bananas less slippery if you cut off a finger length them spilt down the sections of the banana rather thsn cut into circles.<br><br>
One tip I was given was to caot slippery food in cruched cereal to make them easier to pick up.<br><br>
I htink we must have stuck to veggies tilll she was old enough to chew as I can;t remember doing much with meat exept cut into small pieces (almost mincing it at first)
 

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MIne likes a big chunk of food. He takes the food and presses it against his teeth to take off a bite--never closing his mouth. It's pretty funny to watch. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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some info:<br><a href="http://www.borstvoeding.com/voedselintroductie/vast_voedsel/rapley_guidelines.html" target="_blank">http://www.borstvoeding.com/voedseli...uidelines.html</a><br><br>
and readiness list:<br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/solids/solids-when.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/so...lids-when.html</a>
 
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