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What do you let your 8 month old eat?

Ok i have a fear of my 8 month old choking, i give her itty bitty bites when im sure she can have bigger ones, im pretty good about mashed potatoes, but any other suggestions on what i can give her that has a lesser chance of her choking?

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Asked by xxSummaxx13 at 11:10 AM on Jun. 2, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • We went pretty much to table food at 8 months - except for things that are really hard (carrots, nuts, etc). Some things he loved - any type of beans (butter beans, green beans, etc.), peas, any veggies steamed until soft (bits of broccoli, carrots, squash, etc), bananas, halved blueberries, etc.

    Answer by missanc at 11:39 AM on Jun. 2, 2010

  • I am kinda like you are- terrified about chocking so we are starting out slow: potatoes- both regular and sweet mashed and cut in small pieces, Bananas, toasted bread in pieces, tiny bites of chicken, peas. The PP said halved blueberries- I took that advice and gave my son one and it wasnt good because the he couldnt chew up the skin of it (he only has 2 front teeth), so i wouldnt recommend that at all.

    Answer by kh717 at 12:27 PM on Jun. 2, 2010

  • Pasta, soft bread, avacado, soft ripe fruit, etc. I let my son have whatever i ate at 8 months. But to keep your fear away i listed some soft stuff :)

    Answer by carsonsmommytam at 12:53 PM on Jun. 2, 2010

  • We've given our 7 month old (now 8 months) cooked and/or raw apple, carrots, asparagus, pears, peaches, grapes (cut into small pieces obviously), blueberries (smooshed between fingers or halved if large), mango, melon, persimmon, starfruit, kiwi, watermelon, black beans, kidney beans, chick peas, pinto beans, broccoli, cauliflower, avocado, banana, small amounts of bread, tastes of cooked regular rice, bell pepper, cucumber, tomato, butternut squash, zucchini, sweet potato, potato, peas, string beans, strawberries (no history of allergies to this fruit in our families), hummus, and cooked spinach. Now and then I try a small piece of uncooked greens but she's not quite ready. When we eat, I pick appropriate tastes from our meal.

    An 8 month old should have the ability to chew/smash bits of food. Gagging is a reflex to help prevent choking. So just be sure the pieces are not large enough to get lodged.

    Answer by amileegirl at 1:19 PM on Jun. 2, 2010

  • My baby has no teeth but shell gum food just fine. What matters more than teeth is their ability to move food around with the tongue. She'll also work on / chew a raw blueberry a lot longer that a lightly cooked one. She's also automatically spit out something that's not working like a piece of spinach. Of course the should be upright and not ever reclined.

    fyi babies have a more active gag reflex than adults. Don't be alarmed with normal gagging or coughing. Sometimes the may spit up (that's a safety mechanism). Sound is good! They usually don't even seem to care. What you should worry about is silence...that indicates no air.

    Answer by amileegirl at 1:29 PM on Jun. 2, 2010

  • I'm worried about choking too so I just give tiny bites when i give my twins real food. I've tried to give them baby food from jars that have more texture to get them used to it. lately ive been giving them pieces of banana that are about the size of a pea, and they do really well with it. they gag a ton on those little carrots that are int he stage three baby foods. they dont gag at all with the bananas.
    I'm more comfortable with this because I know baby CPR and the himlic (spelling?) you can learn these at a fire station for free! you should call and take a class, its really useful. It makes me more comfortable and feel more prepared!

    Answer by ElsaSalsaaa at 12:07 PM on Jun. 3, 2010

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