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Firstly, your doctor is the authoritative voice here. The doctor says your toddler is okay, so I would listen to them before asking strangers on the internet. If you do want some reassurance though, yes, children all have different times they stop breast feeding. Some wean themselves early, others would keep going forever. Your baby is already happy with ...


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That sounds like my one year old. He has a few teeth - 4 of them - but really doesn't make much use of them; incisors aren't that helpful at proper chewing (and he only got the bottom two a month or two ago). He's been shoving food into his face since he was 4 months old, never liked purees. Definitely have had a bunch of choking incidents, although all ...


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I have 4 children and am a Registered Nurse. After seeing my friends use the BLW fad I am really concerned. With this method "Gagging and Choking" are considered normal and one which the child will "get better at" after around 10 months. My friends have been told by the BLW activists that this is very normal and that gagging, and choking is managed well by a ...


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I found this article helpful because it describes the kind of consistency the food should be. Baby should be able to mash the food against the top of the mouth. http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/20/health/baby-led-weaning-choking-risk/index.html Also this study finds that choking is a serious hazard regardless of the approach used to introducing solids. It ...


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we have used a similar method (defined where I live as "self-weaning") with our daughter (now almost 3). The basic observation is that the digestive apparatus of infants become basically "mature" (as in the same or very close to the "adult" version) around 6 months (this is also indicated here: http://www.rapleyweaning.com/assets/blwleaflet.pdf) The other ...


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I'm not an expert (we did BLW but not in a terribly organized manner), but I would tend to say, not very much. Baby-led weaning, from what I know, is mostly about teaching the baby to learn how to eat; and while feeders are nice to use for teething (which is what we used them for), they don't really teach the baby how to eat very well. To the extent that ...


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I think Joe has answered the bulk or your question so I won't repeat his answers, but I think it's worth mentioning that choking can happen irrelevant of your chosen weaning method. So even if you decided to revert to spoon feeding pureƩ you're not going to completely cut out any risk. If baby is unbothered by what happened, you just have to get on with it. :...


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I always considered a spoon to be the only "food feeder" a baby needs. Why have her learn to use a mesh bag unless that's what she'll use as a grown up? It doesn't make any sense to teach her to use one gadget (which is gross and really hard to clean, BTW) only to have to teach her to use another later. I think the most effective "food feeders" for babies ...


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I did puree weaning with my daughter but my second child, my son, his dad was adamant it will only be blw!! It puts the fear of God into me tbh. I'm doing it as well as the lumpy/chunky puree food about 50/50 I'd say. He is as good as gold. So maybe I'm lucky he doesn't choke (not wanting to speak too soon!) he did choke on a strawberry a while back. He ...


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To the OP - i feel you. I'm in the exact same position. My son choked on a leaf early on and i am terrified of an encore. I was aiming for BLW but a combination of the choking event and a toothless 9 month old that shoves way too much food in his mouth at once has stopped that. I would also LOVE concrete answers to size and texture of "pieces" of food to try ...


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We started our little one with baby-lead weaning when she was about 6 months old. We gave her soft fruit (kiwi, mango, watermelon) cut into pieces she could hold in her hand. Sometimes the mango had skin on it, sometimes it didn't. She had the kinds of problems you'd expect, some gagging, choking a couple of times, but she just loved eating proper food, so ...


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