Jump to content

Finger food at 8 mths
Bub wants but mum too scared of choking!


  • Please log in to reply
11 replies to this topic

#1 biankabu

Posted 13 April 2012 - 09:42 AM

Hi,
I have browsed through a number of posts in search of a similar topic but couldn't find any, hence I have decided to write.

My son is 8 months old and a good eater. He eats three good solid meals (fruit, veggies, meat and fish) and has 4 BF and 1 FF per 24 hours. He is quite independent and I can see that he would like to feed himself. I would like to introduce finger food but am too scared of him choking. We tried a few times with toast, cucumber and melon and he puts everything straight to his mouth and a few times gagged, which for me is stressful enough even though apparently normal.

I don't know if it matters but he still has no teeth.

Did you have similar fears when you were starting with finger food? Did you cut up food in sticks or small pieces?
Thanks

#2 elle-zo

Posted 13 April 2012 - 10:13 AM

Let him have a go! My boy is also 8 months - he much prefers to feed himself with finger food, or even really messy foods like pasta or stews.

Just make sure you steam crunchy veg like carrots, broccoli or even capsicum to make them easier for him to gnaw on. They like a little bit of resistance as it feels good on their gums, but not too much or they find it hard to gnash food with their gums and then swallow.

They have a strong gag reflex, so larger chunks will not get stuck.

Have fun with it! There are more posts on Baby-led Weaning (aka feeding finger foods) in one of the other sections if you search

#3 jindy poss

Posted 14 April 2012 - 01:39 PM

Try things like banana, stewed apple & pear. I make little meatballs with veg in them the cut them in 1/2 and DS shovels them in :)Also in the fresh pasta section of the supermarket they have kids ravioli which are perfect size and easy to chew. Recently DS has got into little corn cobbets, loves to hold them and grind his teeth but you might have to wait till your bub has teeth before you try that one.My DS has been feeding himself for quite a while and still gags every now and again but it doesn't worry me cause I have realised he is very good and bringing the food that hasn't been suitable to swallow back up and he tries again. So go for it original.gif

#4 MissM86

Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:55 PM

My DD is 7 months and has recently started on finger foods. I was very nervous as she has previously choked on mushy baby food. Very scary. Anyway, I have started with toast and homemade rusks. If too big a bit is 'sucked' off, I watch carefully and have been tempted to jump in there with my finger to pull it out but she has managed so far. I also offer lots of sips of water to sort of 'wash' her mouth out in between mouthfuls as I see bread etc build up in there.

Good luck!

#5 emsbubba

Posted 18 April 2012 - 11:30 PM

My DD is 8 months has we have done a combination of mashed and baby led weaning from the start of solids.  I find things like brocoli, half a carrot, pieces of potato etc steamed so they are not crunchy any more but not soft enough to become mash. My DD also loves chicken breast, hamburgers, pasta, sausages, toast, vegemite sandwiches etc.  Ravoli was a big hit here too. It can be scary but it is how they learn so if you are worried wait until someone is home with you to help. I have found though that by taking the plunge and giving her things to eat herself she is great with food.  She will give anything a go and I Onow have to consider what I am ordering when out so she can try some. Otherwise have you tried rusks? There is one called baby mum mum that says 12 months plus but are great for this age as they almost dissolve when bubs eats them.  Something like that give them some practice until you are more confident.

#6 Lokum

Posted 19 April 2012 - 10:05 AM

When they first try out play equipment it's nerve wracking. And riding a bike. Hell, when they first start walking they crash into things and fall down heaps as well.

But you have to give them the chance at some point, and 8 months is even getting late for finger food. The gag reflex is excellent and very effective. Just don't look anxious or worse, gasp when something looks stuck. You don't want baby to get nervous or gasp - then they really might inhale something.

I wouldn't cut food too small - it's hard to maneouvre and pickup if it's too little. Little rissoles, strips of chicken, fruit, veg, pasta, toast, rice cakes with hummus or avocado were all winners for us early on.

They get so much pleasure from the texture and handling it, you wouldn't want them to miss that. Same as us - I'd hate to be stuck on mash all the time.

#7 Lucygoosey1

Posted 21 April 2012 - 07:29 PM

My 8mth old loves toast, pasta, meatballs, sausage, roast veges.

#8 Choufleur

Posted 12 May 2012 - 06:33 PM

Chicken strips were a winner here and even at that age. DD didn't get her first tooth til 9 months and she had been eating finger food for ages.

The only thing she struggles with these days is beef strips as they're a bit tougher.

Good luck!

#9 sharkie81

Posted 12 May 2012 - 06:41 PM

Most of the time when babies learn to eat finger foods, they are not choking, but gagging on foods which is perfectly normal.
A baby has a must stronger gag reflux and it is initiated when food touches the tongue much closer to the front of the mouth than adults.
Babies need to learn how to manipulate food in their mouths and gagging is part of this process.
Choking is when food has progressed into the airway and is completely different. You would almost certainly need to intervene in this instance.

I agree- let him have a go. Not having teeth is not a problem. Maybe start with softer strips of food and progress up form there. Enjoy!

#10 Logging out

Posted 30 May 2012 - 03:47 PM

my DD is all gums too.. she will only eat finger foods she love strips of chicken and green beans original.gif

#11 Logging out

Posted 30 May 2012 - 03:47 PM

my DD is all gums too.. she will only eat finger foods she love strips of chicken and green beans original.gif

#12 ScarfaceClaw

Posted 30 May 2012 - 03:56 PM

WE started at 6 months with baby led, and he LOVES it... he basically eats whatever we are.... He's 11 mo and has only really started to swallow larger chunks now, and occasionally gags, but has always managed to clear it or swallow.

He is willing to give anything a go, so its heaps of fun. He particularly loves rice (and risotto) cous cous, noodles and the like coz he can ram a good handful in his mouth..

I think it's like anything, sometimes you have to let them try so they can learn...




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Eight things to do as your due date nears

The home stretch of pregnancy can seem like an eternity. But there are some constructive ways that you can pass the time.

Lily Allen takes Twitter break after taunts about stillborn son

Singer Lilly Allen has announced that she is taking a break from Twitter after she was subjected to hateful trolling over the weekend about her stillborn son.

1756 questions a day: What's a mum to do?

There was a time when I thought that waterboarding was the most serious torture threat facing civilisation. Then my toddler started asking me questions.

Nick Cannon welcomes baby boy with a 'Golden' name

Rapper, actor and former America's Got Talent star, Nick Cannon, has welcomed a baby boy with actress, Brittany Bell. 

Mum takes aim at those who called breastfeeding photos 'gross'

Renowned Gold Coast fitness blogger Nadine Muller says she is "proud & confident to stand up to people's ignorance," as she hit back at an online troll who attempted to shame her by calling her breastfeeding photos "gross" and done just for attention.

The heroes who take the pain out of grocery shopping with kids

We've got two happy stories to tell you, and they both feature the most kind-hearted checkout operators you can imagine.

Adorable donut and avocado smash photo shoots

Getting babies messy with all kinds of food is something Lyndsey's PhotoCo excels at.

'Spend every waking moment with your children'

The heartbroken parents of a baby who died in a baby swing have spoken out to warn other parents about the dangers of leaving infants alone.

Three white balloons at gender reveal party will touch your heart

Little did this mum-to-be know that their friend had arranged something extra special for their gender reveal party.

A note on friendship and the loss of one of your 'tribe'

There are the friends you grow up with, the people who know you inside and out, who know your flaws, your secrets, your talents and your failures. Katie was one of my tribe.

Is this celebrity baby name for real?

Forget Apple. Forget North West. Forget Kal-El Cage even (son of Nic).

Watch this stubborn toddler school her dad on counting to five

Once a toddler makes up their mind about something, it's very hard to persuade them to change it. Just ask this dad!

Why I'm happy to be a terrible mother

Read any glossy brochure in the doctor's waiting room, and they will tell you – I suck at being a mum.

'My baby saved my life by finding my breast cancer'

A 26-year-old mum has credited her baby boy with saving her life after his sudden refusal to breastfeed led to her being diagnosed with breast cancer.

The double dip gender reveal party

The most entertaining gender reveals are the ones with a twist and this one is no exception, with double the fun for guests.

Five reasons why I can't wait to be pregnant again

This time, I know it will be my last bump and I plan to enjoy every moment.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

From our network

Essential Baby & Toddler Show, presented by Blackmores

3-5 March 2017, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Get your FREE ticket now. Save $20.

Your child's fine motor skills: what you should know

There is less of a focus on fine motor skills, but they're just as important as others. (SPONSORED)

5 ways music helps your toddler's development

There are at least five other compelling reasons to get musical around your toddler. (SPONSORED)

 

Free ticket offer

Essential Baby & Toddler Show, presented by Blackmores

3-5 March 2017, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. Get your FREE ticket now. Save $20.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.