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12/06/2013 at 12:00
Is there anything a 6 months old CAN'T have?
How soft/hard do veg and fruit need to be? I got told off by MIL for letting Henry hold a piece of swede the other day as it was too soft apparently. (I wouldn't let him eat it, just play and lick- yet its fine to purée a full Sunday dinner for him? Hmmm he is not btw!)
12/06/2013 at 12:02
At 6 months I think everything is fine except honey IIRC
12/06/2013 at 12:03
Runny eggs (I think, not sure now) and honey are the only things I can think of that they shouldn't have.
Veg and fruit - not too hard that they can't gum it, and not too soft that it will disintegrate and make a huge mess!!
I gave P pretty much everything from 6 months, except honey and nuts which aren't recommended until a year.
The BLW book is fantastic at explain what they can have and when and why etc etc. I did a mix of mashed food and finger food but used much of the BLW principles and found the book such a useful guide.
Veg and fruit can be however you want. I'd give P some mushed up, some as they come and some cooked. Depending on what we were having. Only thing i was wary of was raw carrot (we know of a family who lost a little girl from choking on it) and i cut up grapes and cherry tomatoes into quarters.
12/06/2013 at 12:06
Honey and some types of fish are the only things to avoid I think. And obviously sugar/salt content.
Its tricky getting it to the right consistency when you're an awful cook like me! Steaming is better than boiling IMO and you could try roasting to give a bit of extra grip.
12/06/2013 at 12:07
So he can't suck soft veg and choke? Tis ok to give?
What's the book called I may have to purchase
12/06/2013 at 12:09
Yes, soft veg is fine!
The book is called Baby Led Weaning by Gill Rapley - there's also a cook book, but wasn't out when I did BLW with C so don't know what it's like.
12/06/2013 at 12:10
No honey, no nuts, watch your salt so things like marmite which are high in salt are you going down blw route now?
12/06/2013 at 12:20
Might be worth checking if your library has a copy, ours did x
12/06/2013 at 12:36
Blw cookbook is better than the regular book, it has the basic principles plus some good recipes (cheesy lentil slices were yummy).
Honey aside, my son had everything during his weaning. At first just cooked carrot, cucumber sticks, broccoli, banana, etc and then went from there. I used those microwave steam bags as they are quick and no faff. We use them anyway. He got the hang of food pretty quickly and would eat anything, it's only now he is more fussy (will not eat any form of chicken for example)
12/06/2013 at 13:34
Thanks everyone. Cherrypie I will do a bit of both but want to make sure I'm not choking my child as MIL had me believe lol
12/06/2013 at 13:38
As everyone else said, from 6 mths anything but honey is fine. If there is a family history of allergies I would be cautious re peanuts etc.
As for how soft, mostly it is more to do with the size of it. It should be big enought hat they can hold it in their fist and then have equal size available to eat, if that makes sense. Giving them something too small can be a choking hazard, whereas if they have managed to break some off then that means they have the skills to deal with it IYSWIM.
12/06/2013 at 13:40
That's reassuring. It's scary as all I keep getting told is that il choke him *sigh* I don't know enough about blw to reply
12/06/2013 at 14:26
Go get the book, it's great!
12/06/2013 at 19:41
Definitely get the book but maybe also think about going on a baby first aid course so that you could deal with a choking incident should it happen x
12/06/2013 at 19:49
The NHS have a simple guide on what babies can have and when - www.nhs.uk/.../solid-foods-weaning.aspx
12/06/2013 at 19:51
No don't listen to mil, they choke when they can't control what goes in their mouths so if bits are too small, chunks need to be fist sized. I do veg a bit aldente so it doesn't turn to mush.
12/06/2013 at 20:01
The book is really good at explaining it. Basically their gag reflex is further forward than an adult's, so what people think is choking is usually just them gagging on something. Then they learn to chew before they learn to swallow.
Alex ate some banana the other day at MIL's, he did cough and splutter a couple of times but that just dislodged it and then he either swallowed that piece or spat it back up. H was a bit concerned first time but I said to leave it (as it explains in the book) as that's exactly what he's meant to do and if you stick your finger in then you risk pushing it down further. MIL backed me up and we were right, that's exactly what happened, and then he carried on eating like nothing had happened.
12/06/2013 at 21:38
I don't know if my nerves could take that... I need to read don't i
13/06/2013 at 10:52
Baby's who are purée fed gag too
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