H.W. asks from Altoona, IA on December 11, 2009
Can He Eat This?
I have a 6 1/2 month old little boy who is doing very good with 1st foods. We have eaten oatmeal and rice cereal, and peas, beans, squash and are now onto applesauce. I have read in a lot of plces that he is at an age where I can give him other foods such as unbuttered toast, crackers, etc. I am afraid that he would choke on such foods (although I would be right at the table with him supervising his eating). Is he old enough to have foods like this? What about Cheerios?
thanks for all your responses!!!! They are always very helpful!!!
S.G. answers from Rapid City on December 12, 2009
Crackers that will melt when wet will be ok.. like graham crackers. I would suggest staying away from toast though. It doesn't desolve like crackers so unless he can chew it up he would be swallowing larger pieces. When I was young a baby across the street choked to death on toast.. so I never gave it to my children until they had full sets of teeth and could eat really well.
E.S. answers from Minneapolis on December 11, 2009
It really depends on your child... I took it slow with all my kids, but they didn't have any teeth until 9-10 months. Then there was the friend of mine who was feeding her kid pizza at 6 months, and he did fine! I agree with the person who suggested starting out with the biter biscuits. If he does fine with that, you could try club crackers, they are on the softer side, as far as crackers go. No need to rush things!
M.W. answers from St. Cloud on December 12, 2009
Our son didn't even get rice cereal or baby food till he was 9 months old (he was strictly breastfed). I would hold off. There is no need to rush into feeding him other food at 6 1/2 months.....
L.H. answers from Milwaukee on December 12, 2009
Honestly I would wait a little longer to introduce these other foods to him. He's still woking on pureed foods.
S.L. answers from Madison on December 12, 2009
C.D. answers from Omaha on December 12, 2009
Alot of moms have fears over what they think there children might choke on. But if your child has the ability to pick up a cheerio.. let him try. Most of the time they will gum things very nicely so there isn't a choking issue. Start with a limited amount of things so in case something does happen you can take action right away. Most children don't choke on these things. Choking actually happens more often in toddlers thans infants because we are more careful because they have no teeth. It is okay to have crackers and cheerios and all the other things that we had as a child. Just use your mommy instincts and you will do well. I know that alot of moms worry about children developing allergies to food because they are given to early. Well to be honest I don't believe in this because when I grew up in the 50-60's we were given everything and we had less allergie than the children today do. We also were exposed to germs and developed an immunity today that the kids don't have. Which is right?? I don't know except if you look back in history which has the more issues? I started my kids on table foods when they were young, (now 16 and 25) and neither of them have food allergies and have great immune systems because we didn't de-germ everything to a point of total sanitation. Even Dr's now say it is a bad thing because it is causing kids to get sicker than any other era in the past. Use your own judgement.. you know best.
C.F. answers from Rochester on December 14, 2009
I wouldn't go right to toast and crackers and hard foods- too easy for them to choke. Also, it depends on how many teeth he has. If he has a ton of teeth, he'll be able to handle more than if he doesn't have any. Try the 2nd foods and make sure he's doing okay with them before you start with foods he really has to chew. The Gerber puffs are great for this stage because they pretty much melt in their mouths and they can feed themselves, which they like. Once he's doing okay with those, go ahead and try Cheerios and other hard foods.
S.D. answers from Minneapolis on December 11, 2009
B.H. answers from Minneapolis on December 11, 2009
If he is using his gums to chew, mash and can effectively swallow go for it. If he is sorta only really using his tongue to squish the food to his throat wait a bit. Another quick rule of thumb is if they can sit up on their own they can start crackers and such.
I am not a big fan of babyfood it just gets old quick with both my kids and with me so I jump to table food and cut out the babyfood pretty quick with my kids. Both my girls were eating complete table food only along with formula by 9-10mos probaly.