Anyway, a speech therapist/occupational therapist can be used when there are issues with a baby/child eating. Some kids have issues with food textures and some have issues with tongue etc etc.
So pretty much getting them used to/working their mouth the correct way to eat properly!
The first one-two months of solids is all about leaning to bite and chew and getting used to different textures and tastes, not filling up on them as breast milk and formula have so much more calories and fat that any amount of solids you could give them so don't be surprised if it takes them a while to get used to it , just keep offering a huge variety of foods
I was wondering this with my 5 month old too and hoping someone can help.
He's lost his tongue thrust reflex and literally takes food from my hands. I gave him a strawberry today and he ate it with such gusto, he actually cried when I took the squishy part left in the palm of his hand.
The only issue I have is that he is not sitting unaided. He was in a hip brace which has just been removed for daytime only and he is even unable to bring his feet up to play with his toes. I know the brace has impacted on his physical development, but he seems ready for solids in every other aspect.
What do you think I should do?
Last edited by SookiLala; 27-08-2016 at 20:45.
If it were me I would wait, his body is obviously not ready yet and there is no hurry, they need a clear passage for food from the mouth, down the oesophagus, so if they are flopped over or reclined it could cause be a choking hazard, I never did purées - which you could do - but I would wait, so much will change in the next 4 weeks and he might be fine then!
my main concern with BLW is the obvious choking risk. like what if he bites off more than he can handle and it gets stuck in his airway? he has 2 lower front teeth and a pretty hard bite so I have no doubt he would be able to chomp things like cucumber sticks.
did your kids ever bite off more than they knew what to do with? when doing things like cuc sticks, how thick should they be? I'm guessing something thicker than the width of the airway would be good as then it can't get stuck??
I'm in a rush so will answer quickly as I know Elijah's mum has answered the question on choking many times. It doesn't happen. Yes they might gag and put too much in their mouths but choking is extremely unlikely. And you never leave them while they're eating.
My kids shovelled everything in and would just spit it out if it was too much. It was pretty disgusting but they never came close to choking.
Eta I'm talking about 6-9 months age group when finger food is soft. Certainly not giving young kids biscuits or crackers (my kids didn't have sharp food until they had quite a few teeth).
Last edited by Sonja; 28-08-2016 at 09:07.
Their little bodies / brains honestly are amazing at working out what to eat ( when they are ready!) which with BLW it's important to leave their food whole or in big pieces so he can take appropriate size bites for his mouth, when DS gummed off some broccoli a bigger bit came off and straight away he just coughed and spat it out and took another bite - they cough /gag exactly like we would if something was to big to swallow , it sounds daunting but it's honestly not and it happened only once or twice as they work out how to do it very quickly - it's all practice but trust me their natural instincts kick in!
Cucumber sticks should be thick so cut one in half and half again, they gnaw off the flesh inside but the stalk is still way too thick to come off- use them to dip into yogurt or homemade dips
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