Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: mamalove | 2009-02-22

Q.

eating solids, baby 12 months old

my 12 month old is still mostly on purity for all her meals. she is not a fussy eater, she eats very well. i give her other things like bread which i' ve torn up into tiny pieces, or pieces of biscuit that i have broken into tiny pieces. i once gave her a purity teething biscuit but she chewed off such a big piece that she nearly choked. now i am so scared to give her big pieces of food as she tries to take big bites out of everything (too big for her to chew properly) . how do i know when i can give her food that she can chew pieces off? so what i actually want to know is... are babies capable of knowing how much they can put in their mouth before it becomes a choking hazard??

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Babies do not know what is safe to put in their mouths. Your baby has teeth now and can chew more coarse foods. You can prepare your own food for her now. Be careful of hard foods which may cause a baby to choke, but she can chew on a piece of carrot or apple or pear which she can hold in her hand.

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