Cheerio fear

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    Cheerio fear

    Hi ladies - DD is 8 months! She has 2 bottom teeth and one top on the way. 

    I think she should be starting more "solid" solid foods - she's been on purees since 4 months. I am TERRIFIED of her choking. I gave her a puff once and she gagged and I have been pretty scared to give her anything since. She has had cheerios at daycare and supposedly has done fine with them - but I am still to scared to do it myself. 

    Anyone have advice on how to get over this? I know she can't have purees forever. :-) 
     
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    Maybe you could think about all the times you've had something go down the wrong way and survived. :)
     
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    Try some puffs first - gerber and happy baby make them.  They look like cheerios but dissolve quickly.  Maybe seeing her do those will help you feel a little more comfortable moving on to cheerios.
     
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    Someone told me this when my daughter started on solids and I repeated it every day: Gagging is NOT choking! Gagging is normal and you can expect to see a LOT of it over the first year. Cut everything up into corn-sized bits and you will be fine! That was my other go-to. I even got a largish bit of corn out for reference when I felt extra crazy. And in case you're wondering, it's impossible to get a waffle down to a corn-size bit -- it keeps puffing up. But you'll be fine! And the baby will be fine! Trust me.
     
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    Silver - We had an eval with a speech/swallowing specialist when DD was 8 months because of her inability to eat solids without gagging.  She gave us some helpful tips, one of which was to tuck the solid piece into her cheek when you feed it to her.  Otherwise, it is placed on her tongue and her instinct is to bring it right back, which hits the gag reflex.  You are basically teaching her the way to eat solids, which is to bring the food to the side of the mouth/cheek, chew it, and then bring it to the back of the mouth to swallow.  This made a huge difference for us, and within days she was eating much better. 
    Some other tips were to avoid "mixed texture" foods - either go puree or solid bits.  She recommended foods that stay cohesive or melt when eaten, rather than foods that scatter little pieces in the mouth when eaten.  Also, when feeding purees, she advised to introduce the spoon, but then let the baby do most of the work getting the food off the spoon.  This helps her learn to use her mouth to manipulate food.
    Hope that helps!  It is so scary starting out, but rest assured that she will get the hang of it!
     
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    I hear you!  I second the happy baby puffs.  Put one into your own mouth, and once you see how quickly it dissolves, you will feel much more comfortable.  They were our gateway drug.  :)
     
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    Totally normal.  She just has to get used to it.  We started my DD off with baby mum mums and she gagged (choked?) at first, but then just suddenly got the hang of it. 

    I like the mum mums and puffs at first because they just melt in the mouth unlike cheerios.  I think they are a good way to start.  Mum mums are easiest to pick up and hold.
     
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    [QUOTE]I hear you!  I second the happy baby puffs.  Put one into your own mouth, and once you see how quickly it dissolves, you will feel much more comfortable.  They were our gateway drug.  :)
    Posted by medfordcc[/QUOTE]

    I was going to say the same thing.  You might feel better about the puffs if you eat some yourself and see how quickly they dissolve.  I haven't done Cheerios yet - just Puffs and Mum Mums - but my neice is 6 months and she has Cheerios already.
     
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    Thanks, ladies!!!
     
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    You can also break the puffs up if it makes you feel better.  Let her get used to the texture and then work up to giving them whole.  We also do yogurt melts, I break those up as well.
     
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    I actually cut the Cheerios in 1/2 the first time I fed them to my twins. DH did remind me that they have a hole in them so it's unlikely the baby would choke on them anyway! :)
     
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    I think I'm in the minority here....  Although I was always concerned a little about choking, I wasn't ever really worried about it.  I never cut cheerios for my kids.  I did cut blueberries in half and grapes into quarters or sometimes smaller (but didn't remove the skins).  We watched them carefully while they were eating and they gagged sometimes and that was ok.  If they seemed to be struggling with something, we'd cut it smaller.

    Your pedi can probably give you a reference for how big/small the pieces should be to minimize the choking hazard.

    MumMums were a HUGE hit with my kids and I highly recommend them.

    They're 2 1/2 now and the only thing I'm conservative with is hot dogs.  We cut them lengthwise first and then cross-wise. 

    Try not to stress too much about it.  Do what you're comfortable with, but it's a learning process and it's likely that there will be some gagging along the way.
     
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    They're 2 1/2 now and the only thing I'm conservative with is hot dogs.  We cut them lengthwise first and then cross-wise. 


    Hot dogs are reallly high on the list of choking hazards - even the manufacturers recommend cutting until age 5-6 (at least).
    I still cut grapes too - they seem the perfect size to get stuck in a little throat.
     
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    I tried the side of the cheek trick last night and that seemed to be pretty effective. She is definitely doing the right thing and making "chewing motions." I used bananas, cut into tiny corn-size (actually smaller) pieces...so I'm not sure that even counts since it is is mushed already by the time I cut it into little pieces. But, its progress! Good point about the hole in the cheerios...
     
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    I sat and watched DD while she ate but I am always running around while they both eat now which is why I broke up snacks at first.  You could also let her chew on an orange slice, DS loved that when he first started table foods.
     
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    You could also try one of those special mesh teethers that you fill with solid food. They're a safe way for your baby to practice chewing without the risk of her accidentally taking big bites. You could also fill them with frozen fruits or veggies to help with those teeth coming in! I hope this helps.

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    My DS is now 1 year old and he will try to shove as much food as possible into his mouth at one time! I used to watch him like a hawk to make sure he wasn't choking and could actually chew things once he was picking them up and putting them into his own mouth. My DH was much more concerned than I was, since he didn't feed him as much as I did and hadn't seen him shove three cheerios in at once before...we never cut up cheerios, but do cut up all the stuff that people already mentioned - hot dogs, grapes, etc. For bananas, we do a slice of the banana and then into about 1/3 sections. DS can take "bites" out of the banana by himself, but half the time he takes HUGE chunks and that still makes me nervous, so we cut them/mash them with cereal and he is just as happy. When first learning to chew, lots and lots of food gets pushed out of the mouth and there can definitely be gagging/coughing when trying new textures. A new fun thing for us has been when DS chokes on his own spit since teething increases the amount of drool he is making and sometimes he just chokes on it while sitting there! Keep watching as your LO tries some more. You will be amazed how much more proficient they get in even a couple of weeks!
     
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    I should add that I only cut the Cheerios because I was afraid - like the OP.  I did cut everything up into small pieces - even blueberries got cut in half - when they were learning to eat finger foods.
    And you need to watch for "Chipmunk mouth". They will shove piece after piece right in without chewing. I used to put not more than 4 pieces down on the tray at once to avoid this. It's hard to watch two learn to eat so handing out the food slowly helped me.
    And as my pedi says, "coughing and gaging aren't choking. If they are coughing, they can breathe."
    And LCGC is right...practice makes perfect!
    Good luck.
     
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    Re: Cheerio fear

    misslilly, how long did they continue with chipmunk mouth?

    DS does that a lot - we usually try to make sure there is nothing he has hoarded in his cheeks before we release him from the high chair but some things he will shove then chew and chew and chew, and wait for the next piece without swallowing - so sometimes I will bring the milk or water to him to drink and that seems to get him to swallow the bits he has chewed up.
     
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    I'm not sure. My kids are almost 2 1/2 and my daughter still does it with hot dogs sometimes. But it does abate as they get better at eating. :)
     
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    I am also a pretty neurotic sort and broke my first baby's cheerios in half while he got used to the texture. If you have the time and inclination, go for it! She'll be fine either way. :)

    (edited b/c I can't spell before 9am)
     
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    Re: Cheerio fear

    Avadado was my gateway food, because it was sort of semi solid and it seemed to go well.  Baby Mum Mums are good too.

    Weirdly, I found that teensy pieces made my little one gag more than a regular but still small piece that she could really grip and chew on.
     
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    Re: Cheerio fear

    We do a lot of the pop cakes they sell at whole foods - they dissolve really quickly (imo, much more quickly than the puffs).

    I was dismayed to learn that Mum-Mums are made in China!  So we're done with those.  Call me paranoid.
     
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