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Old 10-16-2008, 06:52 PM   #1
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when to step up to small pieces

DD is almost 7 months old and has been getting about 4oz of puree every day to every other day. She likes it and does well with it. But she seems more interested in finger painting and playing with the spoon than in actually eating. She is teething and I would like to give her teething biscuits, but I am afraid she will choke if a big piece breaks off. Should I step up to stage 2 with more chunks of food - or just try her with tiny pieces of what I am eating? I really don't want to do the whole baby food thing for much longer since it feels un-natural to me. But at the same time this is my first baby and just don't want her to choke - I'm a little paraniod about that. BTW I do BF and plan to extend BF. I am not afraid of her weaning since she really likes to BF.

All you long time more experieced Mamas - HELP!!!

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Old 10-16-2008, 07:52 PM   #2
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Well, my DD is only 8 mos old so I wouldn't call myself "experienced" BUT, I started noticing that DD would make chewing motions while she watched us, and even "chewed" her mashed/pureed stuff, so I started out with real soft things, like pieces of banana, or grapes, mashed potatoes, or squash. Eventually they catch on and start mashing it up with their gums (or teeth, if they have 'em!). My LO now can eat pieces of cracker, bread, fruits...she doesn't even want me to feed her most of the time, she just wants a piece that she can work on. I guess just start out slow and build up to it!
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Old 10-17-2008, 11:13 AM   #3
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Re: when to step up to small pieces

my 7mo is on 2nd foods moving to 3rd slowly. theres no chunks in 2nd its just a thicker puree. My DD likes it when I add some cereal to the fruit puree to the texture of cream of wheat. She seems to like to roll it around and chew on it. She also LOVES the Gerber puffs finger food. They disolve super quick. Try little pea sized pieces of bread, banana I wish those puffs were around when my 6yo was this age.
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I was looking at those gerber puffs today but I was wrried that they would be too big still,but if they disolve fast, that might be the answer!
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The puffs do dissolve... but not that fast. My 9 mo old DS is okay with tiny pieces of food that're more moist but still really gags on dry foods -- like the puffs! Just a warning!
I would try softer things first, like bananas, avocado, or squash. It's more messy, but isn't half of life as a mom spent cleaning up messes anyway?!?
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Old 10-17-2008, 03:28 PM   #6
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We started on whole food at 6 months. We never used pureed food/spoon fed at all.
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I've been reading a lot about BLF today and I really like the way it feels. I think once we get settled after the big move we'll start BLF and see where it takes us. Thank you all for the advice about the puffs - I didn't even think about them being too dry.
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I feel silly asking... but what's BLF???
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baby led feeding

we havent had any issues with gagging. maybe its because my kids mouth leaks like a faucet lately LOL
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Re: when to step up to small pieces

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We started on whole food at 6 months. We never used pureed food/spoon fed at all.
thats what we did too
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