From about 4 months Evie has been able to pick up toys and bring them to her mouth and she is very good at it now
We have started slowly with BLW but I'm so worried with choking!!
She has brilliant hand to mouth control and loves gumming and sucking bits of pear, broccoli and mango etc.
She has managed to bite of chunks and has actually eaten things but sometimes she will gag and I know it's all part of her learning but when she bites off big chunks it takes her ages to actually eat it and she does gag.
My stomach turns everytime she has bitten something into her mouth
but i know its not that easy. You just need to have faith in Evie that she knows how much she can manage.
River has always shoved massive amounts of food in her mouth and not once has she choked hun
I do know it's how she learns not to shove food so far back in her mouth and how to move the food around with her Tongue but it's so scary when she gags but she doesn't seem bothered by it she will normally just spit out what made her gag and put more food in her mouth.
She gagged a fair amoung and still does it now sometimes. It gets less scary as time goes on. makes me giggle when she starts gagging and her eyes water but then will smile and go back to the same piece again for another go.
I always just think that even if i TW i would have to worry about gagging albeit a bit later and id rather do it early on while the gag reflex is closer to the front of her mouth and stonger.
Dont forget that when babies gag the food is nowhere near as far back as if it were us gagging.
As long as your LO can sit up properly in a highchair (not a bouncer) the risk of choking is not high. My boy couldn't sit up unsupported until six months so we had to wait.
As you probably already know, gagging is there to prevent choking so nothing to worry about.
But if it makes you feel better see if you can find an infant first aid course. I did one at my local children's centre, only cost £3 for a half-day. I haven't needed any of the techniques yet (touch wood!) but I feel more confident that I would know what to do if anything were to happen now.
we switched to BLW at 5 months from purees, and I can honestly say that we have had nothing to worry about in terms of choking. The only time I really panicked that he was choking, was once when he was still on purees. We've been BLW for just over 2 months and gagging is a lot less now, but it still happens pretty much every meal time. But I learned fairly early on to just sit back and let him do his thing (obv i would step in if i was worried he was choking, but its never come to that)
We started giving our LO finger foods last week when my HV told us to try. She's bitten off bits, and she seems fine with the chewing and swallowing. Sometimes she gags, but TBH she gags a lot more when we give her calpol
I'm dealing with this right now, as we're just starting BLW.
Every time Devin puts something in his mouth, I'm on the edge of my seat, ready to jump up and "rescue" him. He must think I'm nuts!!
I forced myself to just sit and watch him the other day, munching on some toast strips. He gagged a few times, but nothing major, and he never came close to choking. Now that I've seen what he's capable of, it's easier to watch. I'm still nervous, but I'm more able to trust him now.
EJ was gagging on TW food this morning lol i trust him so much more feeding himself as he is in control of what hes doing and since most of the time he just leans foward and spits whatever it is out if it doesnt just slide off his tounge being in a peice rather than a lump of puree
We've done a bit of TW as well. He doesn't seem to like it as much, but OH insists on it! I let him do the spoon feeding, and I BLW during the day. OH just can't stand to watch BLW, as he's convinced LO is going to choke! I gave LO a Mum Mum last night, because he wasn't interested in the puree, and had to hold OH back as LO gagged a bit. OH wasn't impressed.
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