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My 4.5 month is teething I think. Last night DH and I gave DS a very large piece of apple to gnaw on and DS loved it! Is there any reason why we shouldn't do this?
 

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At that age I'd stress about an apple ... chunks can come off.<br><br>
If you have one of those little net thingies, forgetting what they're called ... someone help me out here ...<br><br><br><br>
I don't think we used any food-like teethers at this age, just my fingers on the gums and various rattles and the like. We saved the food-type teethers for somewhere in the 6, 7 or 8 month range, depending on the baby. We'd wet soft baby washcloths and freeze them and they enjoyed teething on that. And rubbing fingers on gums & rattles, like I said.<br><br>
But seriously, once you're okay with them having foodstuff, the most heavenly wonderful best best best teether for little ones, with no safety issues or chunks involved, is mango pits.<br><br>
Cut all the mango off that you can get off, and let 'em at the pit and whatever's left on it.<br><br>
It's the perfect thickness, and it's a gorgeous color, and it's got just enough mango on it to still be a little squishy in parts yet hard enough for good teething, and you know it tastes like the best food on Earth ... total teething baby heaven.<br><br><br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I've done that myself. I don't see any harm in it as long as you are paying attention.
 

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We frequently do this, however we pay close attention in the event that a piece comes off. I put our apples in the fridge, so the extra coldness really helps our babe.
 

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yep i would too. if its her first food and its a nice hard apple then its safer. the more teeth she has and/or the softer the apple the more i would worry about pieces.<br><br>
(i know some ppl hate them, but if you were worried about pieces and choking you could use a mesh feeder.)
 

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I totally did that with both of mine. just make sure you are actively watching them. if you are worried then carrots like the poster above suggested really are awesome.
 

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Yes, there are two good reasons.<br><br>
starting solids this early increases your baby's risk of illness for the rest of the first year, plus raw apple is a choking hazard.
 

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Thank you everyone for your responses...<br><br>
Just wanted to add that we do watch our DS very very closey while he's gnawing on the apple - he is either in my lap or DH's lap, and we make sure that no part of the apple is breaking off. And no, he doesn't have any teeth yet.
 

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We didn't start quite that early. We used the mesh feeder with ice and then gave her raw carrots and celery. That worked really well until the top 2 teeth came in. With the bottom 2, she couldn't get chunks off. But, now she can. I highly recommend the mesh feeder. That thing will keep my baby occupied for an hour.
 

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both my babes had teeth by 4 months. I personally feel more comfortable with my babies gnawing on an organic peice of produce than plastic teething toys. I really dont think it's the same as starting solids.<br><br>
my son played with a peice of cold celery for a half hour the other day...it was cute.
 

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We didn't start solids early and DS never once gnawed on a plastic teething toy, as he has no plastic toys.<br><br>
To relieve teething we soaked a cloth in breastmilk and froze it, gave DS wooden teething rings.<br><br>
I would personally not feel comfortable introducing any type of solid food at such an early age. Just because the teeth are ready does not mean the gut is ready.
 

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nope<br>
nothing until at least 6 months.<br>
allirgie issues, chucks, and most importantly their GI tract is not mature enough to digest food.
 

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I let my daughter suck on and gnaw on an apple at around that age. It was an apple I had already bitten into. I don't think much, if any, made it to her belly but the coolness of it soothed her gums.
 

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ideally not. i would consider that in the range of eating solids, which i believe 4.5 mo is too young for. also if there is skin involved, non-organic apple skins are <b>loaded</b> with pestcides.<br><br>
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