10/09/2016 at 14:38
Hi all, I would love some advice on giving my baby finger food. He is 8 months and he is on lumpy food and self feeding mashed food. I am finding it very hard to get him to eat finger food. Every time I try he puts it right to the back of his throat and gags. He can bite chucks off (even though he has no teeth) and chokes on them. Therefore I then stop giving him the finger food as I am so on edge. I have to do it without my partner being there as he is worse than me. The only thing I seem to be comfortable with is the banana wafers as they actually dissolve in the mouth. Therefore no risk of choking. I feel that he is behind on the weaning stages.
Any advice would be welcome.
10/09/2016 at 16:09
introducing foods is a scary time! I read a great 'baby led weaning' book & although I haven't followed that approach 100%, I did find some of the advice really helpful... Like (as hard as it is) a your child to eat the foods & watching & waiting to observe how they handle it & notice the difference between gagging & actual choking. They will gag often & this is just how they learn to swallow solids & chew them in their mouths. Also babies gag reflex is closer to the front of their mouth than an adults so will gag easier. My son would gag every now & then in the 1st couple months of self feeding but I just tried to stay calm & give him a couple of seconds to 'fix it' & he did every time. He fixed it, was not distressed & carried straight in eating.
There was only 1 time where he actually choked & that was completely my fault (I gave him a tortilla chip thinking he would just suck on it but he broke a bit off & it was too hard to swallow). I could definitely tell the difference & we dealt with it quickly & he was fine.
With gagging it looks more like they're wretching to be sick whereas with actual choking it looked like he couldn't catch a breath.
as for foods to start introducing more finger foods I would suggest stuff like bread / toast fingers with a bit of butter or jam on.. It's a firmer texture but will still dissolve fairly easily. My son also really likes the baby fruit & musli bars (like nutrigrain bars) & those are easy to swallow if you are nervous about that. Start with things like this then build up from there.
11/09/2016 at 08:47
Hi SW2 thank you for your reply. You are right, I just have to keep with it no matter how scary. Easier said than done.
Thank you for taking the time to reply.
08/05/2017 at 11:48
Hi there ladies, And here I thought i want the only mommy battling with my little one at 8months old. I was given some really good advise from the baby led weaning group on facebook but my little girl just decided to proof mommy different and actually gags on things like soft cooked carrot sticks and then hurls. she loves flings chips( puffs) and can scoff a little packet in minutes. she does however love toast and noodles. i put it on her feeding chairs table and let her play with it and she gets a bite in here and there. i made the small noodles you put into soups. I have tried a few veggies and discovered she doesnt like any orange veg at the moment. my next step is to make her some soft cooked peas and very soft cooked sweet potato in small bite sizes with some cinnamon on and see how she does with that..
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