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Starting solids

Anonymous

My LO started baby food at 6 months and is now 7 months. I’d really like to start giving her solids but I’m very scared. Her first tooth just broke through a couple days ago. Should I hold off on solids? If not, what’s do you recommend and how big should the pieces be (size of her pinky nail)? Ughh first time mom 😫

  • Alex
    Jan 27

    I didn’t change what I did for solids when my girls first teeth came in- sometimes they get more fussy if it still hurts but I wouldn’t worry or stop solids unless she starts refusing them

  • Anonymous
    Jan 27

    We haven’t started solids. I’m just worried since she only has one tooth coming in.

  • Alex
    Jan 27

    Sorry I misread- I would go ahead and start! You can start with purées if you’re worried about it, otherwise I’d start with mushed pieces of soft foods like sweet potato and avocado or teething wafers (a big hit with my girl)

  • Alex
    Jan 27

    Tons of babies (including mine) start solids with zero teeth- they are experts at gumming food

  • Anonymous
    Jan 27

    She’s tried very soft sweet potato once and she seemed to do ok. We’ve also do the wafers/rusks but sometimes she doesn’t gum them enough and will swallow and kinda choke a little until it dissolves. I have a heart attack when that happens. Is she too little to slow her to try and feed herself? I feel like the pieces of sweet potato I gave her are too small for her to pick up but I’m afraid to give them to her larger

  • Alex
    Jan 27

    I did some research into this stuff when I started and you can find videos etc that help. This one is simple but it helped relax me a bit- https://www.babycenter.com.au/vXXX-XXXX7/baby-led-weaning-is-gagging-normal-video

  • Alex
    Jan 27

    I would try doing both large chunks of food to gnaw on and small very small puffs or other appropriate snacks so she can practice her pincer grip. Also if you haven’t already- I recommend taking a cpr class or watch videos about infant cpr so you are ready for anything

  • Kerry
    Jan 27

    For blw with solids the food should be finger size so they can knaw on it and learn to chew. If you give small pieces she will gag or choke as she is not used to it. I started with the rusks then as he started chewing more i gave foods that were soft to much between my tongue and roof of my mouth like avocado banana sweet potato. My son gagged and puked alot to begin with but as he learnt it slowed down now he gags occasionally but no puking hes a yr old next week and pretty much eats all solids.

  • K
    Jan 27

    I BLW’d all 3 of my babes. Finger size foods that can be mashed fairly easy. There are great sites and videos to get you started.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 27

    Thanks I will have to look it up!

  • Anonymously
    Jan 27

    You can give her like soft solids if you’re kind of scared and it’s okay to feel that way but don’t be start with small pieces of solids and see if she can eat it and swallow. And if she’s doing good, then I’d just keep going so she can get used to it. And there’s pouches that are purée veggies and fruits those are yummy for my son. And his fav.

  • Anonymous
    Jan 28

    We did sweet potatoes tonight and she did ok for the most part but at one point it seemed more like she was chocking not gagging 😫

  • Kerry
    Jan 28

    Awww, if she was like coughing and making noise its generally gagging. Chocking generally you cant make noises. I hope it gets easier for you. The more she is given the chance to learn the quicker she will grasp it. And if you find it too much you can always do thicker purees a bit longer.

  • Alex
    Jan 28

    See video linked above- gagging can look and sound pretty scary but it’s part of how they learn