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Old 10-05-2012, 02:50 PM   #21
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Re: Afraid of BLW

I agree with those who said to use large pieces. We started out with fairly big (for her) pieces of meat because she could gum it for a long time, suck the juices out (it wasn't as messy as mushy food), and get the hang of putting food in her mouth with no fear (for us) of choking. We didn't really give small pieces until she was good at gumming off bits to swallow. We started at 6 months, and now, at 11 mo. DD eats anything we give her like a pro. She never choked on food (though one time a penny found it's way into her mouth and she did start to) and only gagged once or twice--quickly "correcting" how much she was trying to swallow herself.

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Old 10-05-2012, 07:50 PM   #22
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I still dont tthink blw'ing is for everyone. Sorry, i just dont. We tried large pieces of soft food (like super mushy banana) and she will break off a large piece. It scares me. I KNOW she probably isnt going to choke and i have taken cpr many times so im aware that silence is what to worry about. Still. It makes me anxious. Its not for us. I do think people should get their hands on some blw'ing books and see if it is for them bc i believe wholeheartedly that it works great for lots of people. I have close friends who LOVE it. Not my thing totally ok by me.

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Nothing is right for every family.

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Old 10-06-2012, 09:42 AM   #24
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Amen, but nice to know im not the only weirdo who found blw to be a nail biting, anxiety inducing experience :lol:

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Re: Afraid of BLW

Certainly, nothing is right for everyone. Hopefully you found something that is right for you and your family.

I just wanted to mention a comment (for other readers, not you particularly) that I personally wouldn't start with something as mushy as a banana. I'd start with big pieces of something that won't be "sticky" if they break off. For us, that meant meat was a good first. We pretty quickly moved to zucchini/squash sticks and apples, but held off on bananas until DD was able to figure out what was a good size to break off and swallow.
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Certainly, nothing is right for everyone. Hopefully you found something that is right for you and your family.

I just wanted to mention a comment (for other readers, not you particularly) that I personally wouldn't start with something as mushy as a banana. I'd start with big pieces of something that won't be "sticky" if they break off. For us, that meant meat was a good first. We pretty quickly moved to zucchini/squash sticks and apples, but held off on bananas until DD was able to figure out what was a good size to break off and swallow.
We tried roasted carrot sticks as well. eta: we are prettyy content with the baby food so dont feel compelled to "find" something else. I will try more "solids" as she gets bigger. She did get two teeth

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Re: Afraid of BLW

My little one and I tried BLW (bananas, really soft pears, etc) and TWICE she turned red and we had to remove her from her high chair. It was beyond gagging but not full-on choking. Just too scary for me.

So, we hybridized...

Purees that she can spoon feed herself (SO MESSY! :P), oatmeal, smushy peas. It works well, she gets to explore and I don't have to watch her turn red in the face again...
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Re: Afraid of BLW

Oh, and PS. make it interesting with spices! We do butternut squash with cinnamon and nutmeg, and it tastes like pumpkin pie! Just in time for fall.
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My little one and I tried BLW (bananas, really soft pears, etc) and TWICE she turned red and we had to remove her from her high chair. It was beyond gagging but not full-on choking. Just too scary for me.

So, we hybridized...

Purees that she can spoon feed herself (SO MESSY! :P), oatmeal, smushy peas. It works well, she gets to explore and I don't have to watch her turn red in the face again...
This is an interesting idea,..thanks for sharing, i may try this. I let dd have fulllly cooked, soft asparagus and zuchini last night. It went ..better.

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If it makes you feel Better I was alone the whole time I was introducing solids to DD2 becuse hubby was on a course. I did BLW with both girls and they did great. You just have to try not to worry much about the baby actually eating food because at this point it's all about learning about food Nd not nutrition. I never spoon fed a baby anything! I am far too lazy for that. I finely cut up lots of different foods and gave them a bowl and spoon with chunky yogurt and cottage cheese and let them go town. Barely any food actually got into them but by 8 months they were eating nearly everything we ate. Like I said I am too lazy to do special baby food and now I have great eaters who like curry and sushi and sauerkraut :-)
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