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    Default BLW advice needed

    DD is 6.5 months old and I'm keen to do BLW with her. She's very interested in food and loves gumming on everything we offer her. She seems particularly fond of steak and lamb cutlets, but I'm concerned about her choking if she gums off a chunk of it, which she does nearly every time. What should I do if she does this? Should I pull it out of her mouth or let her spit it out herself? She tends to just hold it in her mouth and then shove something else in on top. Any advice would be much appreciated!

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    Give her a chance to spit or swallow it. Generally they only gum off a size they can swallow.

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    Default BLW advice needed

    I found that my DD loves food and would literally stuff her face. We found that by initially giving her one thing on her tray at a time stopped the 'shoving more in with a full mouth' thing.
    Gradually the novelty of eating wore off and she slowed down!

    I'm a huge BLW Fan. So enjoyable watching them eat and explore all the different textures.

    I've always trusted my DD to not put herself at risk and she hasn't let me down yet. She spent a week finding her gag reflex and has been fine since.
    I'd suggest the Gill Rapley book. It's great for understanding how best to start.
    Worth investing in a food catcher too!!

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    With DS at that age I would give him a lamb cutlet but would cut off the meat and leave maybe 2cm of meat on the bone so he would gnaw at it and couldn't actually gum off chunks but just little shreds of meat

    Flaked steamed salmon is also great at this age as it literally melts in their mouth

    By doing BLW exclusively they do learn very quickly to bite and chew and work out pretty quickly if the piece is too big and will spit it out but just make sure you don't go too much too soon and always let her bite an appropriate size piece for her mouth and don't put chunks on her tray

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rose&Aurelia&Hannah View Post
    Give her a chance to spit or swallow it. Generally they only gum off a size they can swallow.
    This is what we do too

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    We've done exclusive BLW. Our baby is one now. She hasn't choked once but there was lots of gagging to begin with. It was good that she learnt the gag reflex and how to control things in her mouth as she was a perennial putting everything in her mouth baby.

    As for meat, I use the slow cooker a lot so the meat is really soft. If it wasn't slow cooked I'd cut it up really small.

    Enjoy! We are so glad we did it!

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    My ds had a very strong gag reflex - so gagged quite a lot. It's best not to remove chunks from their month has they have to learn to chew/swallow somehow...I liked to play it by ear.

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    Thanks everyone, I'll get myself a copy of that book. I've been giving her strips of steak she can hold and suck, but she has been gumming off decent-sized chunks that I think she could easily choke on. Perhaps I need to put it in a mesh feeder??

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    Default BLW advice needed

    Maybe just cut the steak into very thin strips like half a cm or less thick so that is she gets a chunk off it won't be so big for her?

    Also maybe try some other soft foods than can get her used to chewing.. Like steamed/boiled pumpkin chunks or broccoli? With the broccoli my DD used to suck off the bushy part and it was cooked well so she didn't get big chunks and it was easy for her as a very first food.

    Even bread is very soft and melts easily in their mouths.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CountryGirl77 View Post
    Thanks everyone, I'll get myself a copy of that book. I've been giving her strips of steak she can hold and suck, but she has been gumming off decent-sized chunks that I think she could easily choke on. Perhaps I need to put it in a mesh feeder??
    No! That defeats the purpose of BLW, she will be fine, just give her the whole lamb cutlet, she won't be able to bite pieces off but will gum off little bits and suck all the juices out, then in the next month with her practising on veggies and fruits and fish and pasta and eggs and toasts etc she will get very skilled at what she can handle and then start again with the strips of meat or chicken - it takes a month or two to "get it" milk is sill her most important meal, solids are just practice at this age

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