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    Default Please help me with starting finger foods...

    My DD is 7mo and has been on solids since 4.5mo and we have had no issues, loves it all.

    But I am yet to really start finger food as i have a massive fear of her choking on it and I just don't really know what to give her.

    So can anyone help me out on what is the best thing to start with, she has a mesh feeder which I'm comfortable using but I don't want my fear delaying her progress.

    She doesn't have any teeth yet and I just don't know what to give her...?

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    Steamed veggies are a good place to start. Nice and soft so limited worry with choking. My DS loves pumpkin, sweet potato, broccoli.

    Watermelon is a good fruit as its nice and soft. Banana may also be something you feel comfortable with

    Toast fingers, omelette strips.

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    With the introduction of anything solid there willl be some gagging....its a completely natural instinctual reflux that babies have to stop themselves from choking. The trick is knowing the difference between choking and gagging so you dont freak yourself out too much.

    Often bubs when transitioning from purees to chunks will gag a lot because they are getting used to 'bits' in their mouth and are working out how to deal with them (chew, eat, swallow).

    Try toast with hommus, avocado, vegemite or french toast, omelette like pp said, anything steamed in strips so like zucchini, beans, carrots, etc so they can hold as they are still firm yet soft enough for them. Ripe pears cuts into strips are great, steam apple fingers.

    Basically its anything they can hold.

    DD is 10mo and still doesnt have teeth and she has no issues at all with her chops and steak, etc.

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    I have a mesh feeder, you can get them from woolies and Coles, they're great, baby can start munching on food without having to worry about chocking, I used it with DD occasionally since 5 months never chocked.

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    Elijahs mum is a font of info ob good foods for bubs. I like the following:

    Cucumber strips
    Steamed broccoli, cauli, carrot, zucchini
    Roasted pumpkin, sweet potato
    Grilled fish/chicken
    Meatballs with minced meat and veges
    Fish cakes
    Zucchini slice
    Rissoto balls
    Chickpea patties
    Pancakes
    Banana fritters
    Pasta bolognaise
    Etc

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    just because she has no teeth yet doesnt mean you cant give her certain foods. Those gumbs are strong and made for chewing!
    I started dd out on banana and avocado.
    The mesh feeders were great, esp for harder fruits and fruits with seeds.
    Babies have the gagging reflex for a reason and she will most likely gag quite a bit to start off. DD gagged up a whole strawberry and still does it occasionally now at almost 20mths.
    Try not to let ur fear of choking hold you back from offering bub's solids.


 

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