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To feed a baby with a couple little teeth soft pear or apple off the core? (If you're holding it and watching carefully, etc.).<br><br>
Does anyone have any tips on books I can read about introducing solids? I don't want to do the puree thing and I doubt she'd care for it... but whenever I'm eating fresh fruit she swipes at it like crazy, and now that she has little teeth on the bottom, she has been biting off pieces and eating them...
 

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If she is scraping it off with her teeth, that's great! As long as you are with hr and watching closely I would not worry about this.
 

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I just witnessed the most beautiful sight of DH and DD sharing a very ripe pear the other night. DD (10 mo) would bite it, then push it to DH for him to take a bite! It was heartwarming! And those little teeth scrapes on the fruit, how adorable!!<br><br>
Yes! I think so long as you're watching it's great. And a cold ripe anything feels good on those sore gums!
 

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I think it is safe!<br>
Here is a link - hopefully some of the pictures will make you laugh <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><a href="http://www.borstvoeding.com/voedselintroductie/vast_voedsel/rapley_guidelines.html" target="_blank">http://www.borstvoeding.com/voedseli...uidelines.html</a>
 

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I think it is safe, however, my DS gags on apple sometimes b/c it is harder. I stick to softer things when he is self-feeding, like pear, banana, cut up grapes. But I do share my apples with him. Sometimes he gums it up for a while then spits it out. Ick. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">
 

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Hmm, I let my DS have my apple yesterday when it was mostly core (i.e., little peel left). He scraped and sucked a lot more than I thought he would, and cried when I took it away! By then I could see the seeds through the flesh, and felt it wasn't safe to let him continue gnawing away at it.
 

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Yep, that's what you want if you're going to be feeding solids--baby to be able to eat soft chunks of solid food.
 

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Yes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br><a href="http://www.borstvoeding.com/voedselintroductie/vast_voedsel/rapley_guidelines.html#dos" target="_blank">http://www.borstvoeding.com/voedseli...lines.html#dos</a>
 

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We went quickly from pureed to steamed chunks and soft fruits as soon as I realized how capable DS was. Waaaaay easier for mama <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I do this all the time with DD and have been since she was 6 months.
 

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Yep-- DD has been reaching for apples since 5ish months.
 

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That was one of DS's first solid experiences, sucking on watermelon and my japanese pears and apples. NOW... if he sees me eating one he HAS to have it. he bites and chews and sucks and then spits most if back out. funny boy
 

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When DS was 8 months old we stayed at a hotel that had a huge basket of green apples on the counter. Every time we walked by he pulled and strained until I put him near enough to grab one (or two) and then for the next 1/2 hour he'd be occupied chewing at it -- he could break through the peel and get to the soft part himself.<br><br>
Then again, I let DS (with no teeth) chew on my apple when he was 4 months old until he choked on a piece of peel and I realized he was actually eating it! So my judgment might not be best...
 

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my dd loved using her two bottom teeth on the apples too...........<br><br>
but she choked on some sort of piece that must have come off. for a whole minute we both were terribly freaked out. it was like i was dying. the look in her eyes was terrible. she was able to cough the piece out........ she was scared but breathing. make suuuuuuuure you are doing what you think is best but make sure you know that our little ones trust us to help them out.
 

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DH takes a few bites out of the apple, andthen DS walks aroundwith it gnawing at the open part. He spits out the peel when he can't chew it. I also woulduse a fork to scrape the flesh of a pear or an apple to 'loosen' it up andthen let him eat off it whenhe was 6-7 mos. He's 17 mos, and quite competent with all sorts of food.<br>
It's definately easier when they can eat real food.
 

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Yuppers! DD screams at me if I pick up an apple and DON'T SHARE lol...<br><br>
Up until recently I'd eat the skin off myself and let her nibble at the flesh, or else we'd give her slices of apple to eat herself. Any skin would just get spat out or get in her way. Just lately though, she's started to actually successfully eat the skin too!<br><br>
So at almost 12mo, we'll just give her an entire apple and let her go to it. Yes we keep an eye on her, but she's never had more than a 'normal' gag. And just because it can't be said often enough: gagging is normal, and is in fact GOOD, because it's protecting your baby from choking. It is not the same thing as choking in the slightest.<br><br>
My niece choked on an apple when she was 3 -- and yes, it was actually turning-blue, passing-out, head-to-the-ER choking. I don't mention this to scare people into not giving apples to their babies! Quite the contrary. See, she was "old enough" that she was supposed to be able to handle any foods safely. But she still choked. The point being, choking is ALWAYS a hazard, however old you are. But you can't go around sipping purees your whole life.<br><br>
What you can do is learn how to eat properly and safely, so that the risk of choking is much less. Babies learning how to handle chunks of solid food in their mouths *while they still have the protective over-active gag reflex* is, IMO, the best first start for this!
 
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