The gag reflex in a baby is much farther forward than in an adult, so "choking" is actually just gagging. A baby is choking if they are turning blue and cannot breathe. Most of the time they are just gauging how much food they can have in their mouths and are learning to move it around with their tongue Hope that helps!
At first the gagging worried me but you'll get that however you wean, he hardly ever gags now and no choking thankfully.
The introducing each food one at a time is out dated advice now, if you wait til the 6 month recommendation there's hardly anything they can't have.
My dh and siblings are allergic to nuts so before introducing them I will get a test done with the doctor. If there were no known allergies I'd not be concerned.
I agree with whoever said you're gonna have the worry whichever way you wean. We started off with TW, now he feeds himself some stuff or if its something in a bowl (messy )I spoonfeed him. He has gagged a few times when he's been a little piggy and put too much in but as Ozzie said don't be in too much of a rush to to remove the food (I have done that by the way, early on) they need to judge how much they can chew. It's really hard to watch cos your mummy instincts kick in instantly but try not to panic too much.
I'm still a bit nervous at times but my LO has shown that he can handle himself. I watch pretty carefully but so far have intervened only once when he was trying to spit out a big bite and was having trouble getting it out. There has been some gagging but that is fading as he learns how to bite and chew.
We are still introducing food but so far I have only purposely avoided nuts (including peanut butter) and strawberries due to the potential of a strong reaction. I haven't decided how I'm going to handle shellfish yet. We don't have any reason to suspect an allergy so other foods we just introduce as we have then ourselves. I think you have to go with what feels right.
What about foods that one parent is allergic to and the other isn't? (I'm allergic to kiwi and melon, OH is fine....) -- I used to wonder why people put kiwi on cakes and in fruit salads as to me, it tastes like pepper -- LOL!
We've not started yet (well LO is 5 months, sorting with us while eating and grabbing etc) but I'm feeling a lot more confident after attending a first aid course run by Royal Lifesaving Society called Save a Baby. I feel I know what I would do if she did choke. Also reading the BLW book which explains the difference between gagging and choking.
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