This post is a followup to the “For Those Loving Parents Worried about Choking with Their Baby” and in response to parents who say their baby/child won’t eat…anything pureed.
My daughter started getting large amounts of food to her mouth and down her throat around 9 months. She was more interested in nursing. Every child is different.
Baby boy wants to eat. He can eat. He can swallow way more than I am comfortable with.
Luckily for us both, I am comfortable being uncomfortable.
When I let my baby do as much as he can with his food. Feeling it, tasting it, mouthing it, swallow it and, yes, even gag on it, I am allowing his skills to develop. These skills are the very friends I need to assuage the natural fears I have as a parent that he is choking.
Choking is silent (no coughing, no talking, no sound) and blue in the face (sometimes).
Gagging is noisy, hacking, heaving sounds and gestures.
Despite the horrendous sounds emerging from my just turned 7 month old baby in this film, he is quite fine and happy. Does this every day almost, but less and less each day as he learns the ins and outs of food:
Here’s a list of the other things beside “eating” (swallowing “calories”) that my baby boy is up to exploring in this video:
- and, of course, taste.